Ocean is committed to providing Value for Money for you, our tenants.
From the rent that you pay us we aim to supply you with the best possible services and to spend your money wisely.
The Government also expects us to provide Value for Money and require all housing associations to follow a Value for Money Standard that has been produced by the Government’s regulator of housing associations, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Ocean and all other housing associations are required to produce an annual report. Continue reading →
During the summer holidays we took some of our younger residents to Polkerris beach to stay overnight in the Scout Hut and take part in a range of indoor and outdoor activities, including kayaking, pioneering, a scavenger hunt and table tennis. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side but that didn’t dampen the childrens’ spirits!
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can be caused when fumes from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels i.e. gas, oil, and solid fuels (wood and coal) are inhaled. In other words when you breath in half-burnt fuels.
You may have recently seen in the local news or heard from your neighbours that there are some changes taking place at Ocean.
The main reason behind these changes is to improve our service to you. That’s why we plan to merge the repairs and maintenance arm that you know as Ocean Services, with Ocean Housing Ltd and our Mechanical and Electrical Team will soon join our successful construction company Gilbert & Goode.
David Renwick, Group Chief Executive tells us
“We’ve never been in better financial shape. By bringing Ocean Services in with Ocean Housing we can further invest in new services, continue to grow and improve upon our reputable repairs and maintenance service”.
Rest assured, the changes won’t affect you and we’re sure you’ll look forward to seeing the improvements over the coming months.
Excited Sue of Poldark Gardens couldn’t wait to show us her new shower room, thanks to Ocean’s Planned Maintenance Programme.
Poldark Gardens is amongst the first of many areas which will experience first-hand the benefits of our recent £105M investment plan. Not only improving homes but quality of life too.
“I’m really pleased with my new bathroom”says Sue.“Jamie the plumber did a fantastic job. His hard work meant we were using our bathroom again in no time”.
Sue and her neighbours also played a part in decorating the skip used to take away the old bathrooms. Bunting and windmills were placed
around the skip bringing a splash of colour to the area whilst work was underway.
So far 2015 has proved to be a busy year for our Development Team.
We recently welcomed several families to their new homes which included four rented properties at Heartlands near Redruth, twelve rented properties at St Newlyn East and a further five in Mount Ambrose.
If you’re looking to take the first step on the property ladder, pop down to 3 The Sidings, St Newlyn East for our OPEN DAY on Saturday 11th July 10am – 4pm.
The new government will be bringing in changes that will see families across Cornwall faced with new challenges.
• Cuts to benefits per household from £26,000 to £23,000
• Freezing working-age benefits, tax credits and child benefit for two years
• Removing automatic entitlement to housing support for 18-21 year olds
If you think you’ll be affected, contact our Welfare Advice Team
Residents at Hawkin’s Road Newquay have taken a stand against fly tipping with help from their Neighbourhood Services Officer Paul and the recent installation of CCTV.
“This area has been a hotspot for fly tipping and we’ve had enough” explains Mary. “It makes me mad to see so much rubbish making the place look untidy”.
“The CCTV seems to have done the trick as there’s been a major improvement in the area. The discreet and portable equipment helps us to identify those responsible and keep our estates clean and tidy” concludes Paul.
If you’re concerned about fly-tipping, make a report:
Whilst the world was recovering from the Millennium aftermath there was a celebration of a different kind which took place on February 7th 2000. The Ocean Housing Group that we all know todaycame into being, taking responsibility of more than 3000 homes from the former Restormel Borough Council.
Fast forward fifteen years and Ocean Housing Group is stronger than ever.
At Ocean’s 15th Birthday party held in February earlier this year, Group Chief Executive David Renwick announced a staggering investment plan of £105M. The injection of money is to be spent on further improving existing homes which means new roofs, kitchens and bathrooms along with 500 new, affordable homes for local families.
Chair of the Tenants Panel, Jan said
“We are all delighted with this announcement; what a present! Not only will it improve the lives of hundreds of local people; it will also create much needed jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities. It really shows how committed Ocean is when it comes to investing in local communities”.
Mobility scooters offer a lifeline to many people giving mobility and independence. Chances are you know someone who uses one or maybe you use one yourself, so here are some reminders on how to store scooters safely.
Firstly, storing scooters out of the way means you have a clear escape route in the event of a fire so it’s important not to store them in communal halls and stairwells. Scooters left on charge overnight or whilst you’re out can be a common cause for fire, therefore make sure they are serviced regularly and keep an eye on them whilst they are charging. Finally scooters can be everyday trip hazard so make sure they are not blocking paths or doorways.
By keeping communal areas clear, you are helping to keep you, your family and neighbours safe.
No, we’re not on about the British film classic by Monty Python, but our very own Brian who is our new caretaker for Park House.
We welcome Brian from a life down-under where he used to run his own business, but he couldn’t resist the lure of Cornwall and recently returned to the county.
As the only high rise building in Cornwall, Brian has a tall order on his hands. With over sixty flats across eleven floors, he will be responsible for the upkeep of the building, ensuring Park House remains safe and secure for its residents.
Brian steps in from Peter who recently retired from the caretaking role after nine years. We wish Peter a fond farewell together with a long and happy retirement.
To celebrate the launch of our Facebook page, we’re on the hunt for your Easter photos. There’s a Hudl tablet waiting for the winner with the most ‘liked’ photo, with vouchers for runners up.
1. ‘like’ our page to receive newsfeeds from Ocean
2. Send us your Easter themed photo via the ‘Message’ tool, with a brief description. It could be a photo from your Easter goodies, gifts and crafts to a family fun day out, it’s your choice.
We will then post up all images to our page for viewers to like and share.
To vote for your favourite photo, visit our Photo Album and ‘like’ your favourite image. Go to Photo Album