In every community there is often an unsung hero. Somebody who goes the extra mile, purely because of their love of where they live and their neighbours.
This summer, we were incredibly impressed by one of our own residents – a true community champion. Clive, who lives in St Austell, can only be described as Chapel Fields’ own community hero.
A keen gardener, Clive has been a tenant at Ocean for many years.
Recently he contacted Arthur Robertson, who heads up the grounds maintenance service. Clive sought permission to bring the communal area, and beds, back to life with a sparkle of colour.
“I had no hesitation in saying yes,” said an impressed Arthur. “It is great to have a working partnership with tenants on our estates.”
So, with contributions and help from his neighbours, Clive soon transformed a corner of Chapel Fields into what he calls ‘The Lost Gardens of Chapel Fields’.
Community champion Clive told us: “It is surprising what a community can do when they all pull together. I’m delighted to see the results of all our hard work.”
Bird feeders, colourful flowers and even a bug hotel make for a wonderful view for those who live nearby.
Pat, another resident, is one of many who has been delighted with the difference. Due to limited mobility she is unable to help out, but she provides much-welcomed tea and cake for the workers to enjoy.
She added: “It’s been a blessing to have such a lovely outlook from my ground floor window.”
Clive is also finding time to help neighbours with their own individual gardens. Arthur has even recruited him as one of our grounds maintenance monitors, to let us know if we are providing a good job.
Would you like to be a monitor and give us feedback on our grounds maintenance service? If so, visit Tenant Monitors for more details. You can also contact our Tenant Involvement Team on 01726 874450.
We would love to hear similar stories of residents like Clive, who also go above and beyond to bring their community together. Let us know!
Over the weekend our first taste of Shared Ownership Myth Busting will see Sarah Pechkaytis (sales administrator) and Leanne McIntyre (home ownership administrator) discuss the facts and dispel the fiction behind Shared Ownership.
We will also post a quick interview with Bianca, one of our happy Shared Ownership buyers, who will describe how the scheme really helped her family get on the property ladder and give them greater stability.
On Monday we will welcome you to have a look inside some of our Shared Ownership properties, before returning to bust more myths on Tuesday. Finally, on Wednesday, we will hand you back to Scott and Nicola who will wrap up the week!
What is Shared Ownership?
This is exactly why we’re marking this week, to raise awareness of the benefits of Shared Ownership. Shared Ownership is essentially where you part-buy and part-rent your home.
With Ocean, you can buy between 40% – 75% of your home and pay rent at an affordable level for the portion that you don’t own. The rent will always be set at an affordable level, so you’ll never be priced out of your own home.
Shared Ownership also provides local homes for local people. This means that if you’re priced out of the area you currently live in and want to stay – thanks to local connection rules – these affordable homes are set aside for people like you. So, you can remain in the area you grew up in or stay close to work and loved ones.
Another key feature is that you can personalise your own home. You can really make it your own and a home to be proud of. Feel free to add your own wallpaper, colours and any other furnishings!
What can you expect from Ocean’s Shared Ownership service?
“As a sales team we are very approachable and incredibly friendly,” says Nicola. “We are very much open to tailoring our service to suit you. We are with you every step of the way and will happily answer any question you have, big or small.
“Quality is definitely key. We ensure value for money and the best quality – building homes and communities for the long term.”
She added: “At Ocean, we set out to make your buying experience as seamless as possible. This includes tailoring all communications for you.
“We get a real buzz from seeing the process through from start to finish. So, it is especially rewarding to hand you the keys for your new home. We are essentially silent partners in this, you are the homeowner and securing your financial future.”
To find out more about the scheme you can take a look at our dedicated webpage on our site. Here we have outlined exactly what you can expect from Ocean, current opportunities and the answers to common queries.
Through the #SOOcean hashtag we will be posting regular updates on social media this week. We would love to see as many comments, questions and general interaction as possible.
Our video content will be primarily uploaded on social media, but will also appear in this article.
So, Happy Shared Ownership Week 2019! We hope the following videos and information will be really helpful!
Are you local to the Crowan Parish and interested in finding out more about new affordable homes being built in the area?
We are holding a drop-in event for local residents from the parish near Camborne this Thursday (September 19) from 2pm – 6pm. At the event, we hope to speak to as many people as possible who are keen to find out more about how they can access new affordable rental housing being built in the area.
Ocean Housing is currently building 16 affordable rented properties on Fore Street in Praze an Beeble; comprising eight two-bedroomed and four three-bedroomed houses, and four one-bedroomed flats.
Taking place at the Praze Institute on Fore Street in Praze an Beeble, the free-to-attend event will have representatives from Cornwall Homechoice and Ocean Housing on hand to discuss the process of bidding for the new rental properties. Plans for the scheme will also be displayed.
“We aim to ensure no local people miss out on this exciting opportunity to live within an area in which they have a strong affinity.”
Tim Boston, lettings and lifeline manager at Ocean Housing, said: “We are keen to ensure these properties go to local people with a strong connection to the Crowan parish.
“The homes are soon to be advertised on Cornwall Homechoice, and this open event aims to ensure potential applicants have a live and up-to-date application ready for when the properties become available for bidding. Cornwall Homechoice will be attending to offer advice and guidance on this.
“We aim to raise awareness of the timescales and availability, to ensure no local people miss out on this exciting opportunity to live within an area in which they have a strong affinity.”
For more information about renting or buying an affordable home with Ocean Housing, visit the Your Homesection on our website.
If so – and you come from Mevagissey – this event could be perfect for you. Our affordable housing team will be hosting the drop-in event to explain how local residents can find out more about new affordable housing planned for the town.
Ocean Housing has previously developed two schemes in Mevagissey. Now a planning application for a third has just been submitted. Comprising of 26 new homes, the plans detail 18 affordable rent and eight shared ownership properties.
“The average house price in Mevagissey is more than £275,000*, pricing many locals out of the area.”
“We are keen that all sales and rental lettings go to local people from Mevagissey, who have a strong connection with the parish,” said Louise Pyle, head of commissioning at Ocean Housing.
“The average house price in the village is more than £275,000*, pricing many locals out of the area.
“The aim of this event is to raise awareness that local people may qualify for an affordable rented home, through the housing register or for a shared ownership home, even if they think they may not.”
The event will take place on Monday September 16, between 3pm – 7pm, at the Jubilee Hall on Chapel Street, Mevagissey (PL26 6SS).
Ocean Housing has previously developed two successful schemes in Mevagissey
This free-to-attend event requires no booking, you can simply drop-in when it most suits you. Those in attendance will also have free entry to a prize draw. The draw will see someone win a £50 shopping voucher.
We will have a number of specialists on hand to explain how shared ownership and affordable rented housing schemes work. The qualifying criteria to apply will also be outlined.
Further information about renting or buying an affordable home with Ocean Housing can be found throughout our website.
For all of us, the thought of having a new kitchen or bathroom is exciting. However, not having access to the rooms we use every day can be quite an upheaval…
It can be very daunting, especially for elderly residents. In some cases, our residents have declined to have any works done – in order to avoid the disruption.
That’s why, at Ocean, we want to re-assure our residents that we are here to make any work as easy as possible. Our tradesmen will work around you, so as not to disrupt your daily routine.
Carol from St Austell can vouch for that, having just had a new kitchen fitted. She had previously declined the works, but this year our property supervisor Mark convinced her to agree to a kitchen refurbishment.
“I’m absolutely delighted with the kitchen and wish I’d had it done before now,” said Carol.
“I couldn’t have asked for more from Ocean”
“Steve and Louis were the tradesmen fitting the kitchen and were able to move appliances and ensure that water and cooking facilities were available at the end of each day.
“I couldn’t have asked for anymore from Ocean, they made it so easy and I just needed to empty my cupboards and clear the worktops.”
At Ocean, we replace kitchens & bathrooms on a continuous cycle. This year alone we are replacing 129 kitchens and 101 bathrooms with an investment of just under £650,000.
Carol from St Austell is delighted with her new kitchen – she wishes she’d done it before!
As tenants you have a real say with the works. You can choose the style of the cupboards, drawers, handles and worktops in their kitchens. You can also choose the colour of floor coverings in both kitchens and bathrooms.
There’s always going to be some disruption when we carry out these works, however this is kept to a minimum and we always explain what is involved. We aim to fully complete a kitchen within three to four days and a bathroom in three days.
If you would like to find out when your kitchen or bathroom is due for renewal please email firstname.lastname@example.org