A very special place where people can meet up informally, take part in activities or drop in for help and advice when needed.

All of the activities we provide are free of charge with no referral process and they are open to all, although children under 7 years must have a responsible adult present On your first visit we will ask you to complete a registration form for monitoring purposes only.

Investing in excellence

As part of our commitment to providing an excellent experience we are now signed up to Investors in Excellence.

The Investors in Excellence Standard combines the very best approaches to excellence, enabling organisations to excel in the areas that matter most to the organisation, its customers, people and stakeholders.

Covering all performance areas, the Investors in Excellence framework guides improved achievements through effective and efficient leadership, resourcing and delivery.

We’ll keep you updated as we continue on our journey

  • November 27, 2017 by SNewman

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Recognising our work

We are delighted  to say that our work and initiatives have been recognised in the last few months.

In July we were announced as finalists in 2 categories at the 24 Housing Awards, these were Welfare Wise for our financial inclusion work which has seen an extra £211,088.28 gained for residents between April 2016 and March 2017.

We also received finalist status for our Sure Futures programme which helps residents get back into or start in the world of work. So far 11 students have been on the course with 5 of them now back in work.

Finally in October we were a finalist in the large company category at the Adur and Worthing Business Awards

 

Regeneration street

Following on from the successful regeneration project at Littlehampton Road, Worthing and the award winning one in Meadow Road, Worthing, we are now undertaking a new project in Tarring.

Church House, based in a little close next to St Andrews Church in Tarring, was built in the mid 60’s and has 19 studio flats and 1 three bedroom house on an intermediate (private) rent basis.

Due to the age of the property there are a number of significant repairs to be undertaken and the layout has become outdated and substandard with residents having to share bath / shower facilities and the kitchen facilities in each studio being no more than a Baby Belling, sink and small fridge. Despite various investigations it has now become apparent that works to the block would not be value for money as at the end of the process there would still be substandard housing which is not something we wish to provide.

So starting in spring 2018 we will be demolishing the existing blocks, which sadly includes an old stable block that we had hoped to save but is beyond repair, and building 15 new social housing homes, a mixture of 1, 2 and 3 bed houses and flats for local families who are on the councils housing list.

We will keep you updated as we travel through this regeneration journey

  • October 23, 2017 by SNewman

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I like to ride my bicycle…

Following national Bike week which took place 10 – 18 June, a group of our colleagues decided they wanted to go the extra mile….or 1000 to not only help the planet but also Worthing Churches Homelessness Projects.

They set themselves a challenge of doing 1000 miles in 4 weeks with Worthing Homes sponsoring them 50p a mile. There was no limit to the number of people that could or couldn’t take part so the founders, Clive Cavanagh – community development manager and Andy Wyatt – procurement coordinator, had left themselves open to an awful lot of cycling if they weren’t joined by many others!

As it turned out they had 17 colleagues commuting to work by bike as well as cycling to any offsite meetings, so they were close to their target by week 3!

We had great pleasure in handing over the cheque for £500 to Sue Stevens, PR and fundraising manager from WCHP last week…and our cyclists look forward to their next challenge!

  • August 3, 2017 by SNewman

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Fun, fun, fun

Last Saturday (15 July) played host to our annual Funday, held at the Maybridge Keystone Club.

Along with our usual activities such as face painting, art zone, coconut shy and soft play area we introduced some new activities, a bungee run which was highly popular, making bug hotels for the garden and Scalextric powered by your pedal power!

We were pleased to be joined on the day by the Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Alex Harman and his wife Fran, along with the youth mayor Josh Davies, who took the time to mingle with the 673 visitors that came along on the day as well as posing for a few photographs.

During the event we were joined by none other than Gully, the Brighton and Hove Albion mascot, who joined in with the penalty shoot-out much to the children’s delight.

“What a fantastic turn out for this event” said Clive Cavanagh, community development manager. “Opportunities to mix with both residents and the wider community whilst providing activities – both fun and educational – for them to take part in is just one of the many ways in which we like to make a difference. Our business isn’t just about the bricks and mortar it’s about people, enabling them to create and enjoy the community and support their lives”

  • July 20, 2017 by SNewman

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And the results are in…

Thank you to everyone that took part in our STAR customer satisfaction survey this year.

The results of the survey have helped identify what is most important to you, our customers, in the services we provide and the ways in which we provide them. You have told us what your priorities are, what we are doing well and what we are doing less well.

You can read the results from the survey here STAR survey report

As a result of this valuable feedback our next step is to hold customer focus groups with some of those who responded. We will discuss specific areas of dissatisfaction in the groups and talk through what we can do to improve. We will then put together an action plan, which we will share with you, to make changes to improve your customer experience.

  • May 26, 2017 by SNewman

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Through the looking glass

Anglian Building Products, the large projects division of Anglian Windows Ltd, has been awarded a four year windows and doors contract with Worthing Homes. The contract worth £150,000 per annum will see approximately 170 properties being updated in the Sussex Coastal area.

Properties will receive new Anglian manufactured PVC-U casement windows and PVC-U rear doors along with composite front doors. Communal areas will be updated with new aluminium doors. The work is predominantly to two storey houses and flats.

‘This is the first time Anglian have worked with Worthing Homes and we are looking forward to improving the thermal performance and security of their residents’ homes’ Ross St Quintin, Head of Sales at Anglian Building Products

‘Improving our residents’ homes and helping them reduce their energy bills is high on our agenda, so ensuring our homes are fitted with good quality windows and doors is essential. We are delighted to be working with Anglian who are a tried and trusted company, who share similar values to ours. We are also pleased to say that this new contract fits in with our value for money ethos’ Ian Reed, Head of Asset and New Business at Worthing Homes

  • May 11, 2017 by SNewman

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Love your home – amnesty day

The school Easter holidays were the perfect time to hold a ‘love your home – amnesty day’ at our Fenchurch and Victoria mansions.

Organised by a team that included the housing officer, sustainability coordinator and our resident involvement officer the amnesty day was arranged to encourage the residents of these blocks to ‘love’ their communal areas and highlight the importance of keeping it tidy and to discourage fly tipping.

Along with providing a skip for residents to rid themselves of any unwanted items we had the Recycled Goods factory on hand to take away any items that could be reconditioned or refurbished to save them going to land fill, and recycle West Sussex to talk to everyone about all the different items in the home that can be recycled.

During the event the team were pleased to be joined by a number of the residents, including children of all ages, who were helping to clear weeds and litter picking with staff from Worthing Homes. We also used the opportunity to consult with the residents on enhancing the outside space that they have so that it becomes a community garden that they love and are proud to call home.

  • April 25, 2017 by SNewman

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Funding a future

Following on from Alfie Parkers success after Worth Award funding helped him to secure his place at the Royal Academy of Music we are pleased to announce that we have now assisted another resident to increase their life chances and fulfil their dream.

Resident Deborah Tong approached Worthing Homes as she had a shortfall in funding to finish her three year course to become a Therapeutic Counsellor. Having already completed 2 years, this final year will see Deborah complete her higher national diploma in therapeutic counselling skills level 4 after which she hopes to work in either the addiction or mental health field.

Having been in employment for a number of years, Deborah found life changed for her a few years ago and she found herself on benefits. Chatting to Ruth Pollard our resident involvement officer, Deborah explained that she was so grateful to the benefits system but now wanted to go back to working and providing for her family herself.

Deborah says “I had searched for other funding and was unsuccessful. Then I saw the Worth Fund on the Worthing Homes website so I rang Ruth to find out more. I am passionate in my vocation to get back into work in a profession I feel compatible with and enjoy. Thank you Worthing Homes for your help so I can finish the last year of my training.”

We wish Deborah well in her final year and will be keeping you up to date with her progress.

 

**The Worthing Homes Worth Award is a pot of money to support ‘local people who wish to improve their life chances by attending further and higher education to gain new skills and qualifications which will help them into employment and/or offer them new opportunities.’ The fund is open to everyone but priority will be given to Worthing Homes’ residents. Each year there is £5,000 available and we aim to help as many people as possible with this funding.

To apply you must complete an application form and be able to demonstrate you have searched for and/or applied to funders and show the outcomes from those searches. Applications are only for the named person and not available for a group, club or association.

For more information on the Worth Award please go to The Worth Award

  • November 7, 2016 by SNewman

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Award winning homes

On Thursday 29 September at the RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) South East awards we were delighted to win 2 awards in conjunction with Adur and Worthing Council for our Meadow Road regeneration project in Worthing.

The project saw 6 low rise blocks of flats, each containing 8 bedsits that were not suitable for today’s standards of living, transformed into 1 block of 8 flatlets with a layout and space requirements more suited to today’s lifestyle and the rest of the blocks demolished to make space for 12 much needed two bedroom family homes.

At the awards the Meadow Road scheme not only took best project in its category which was Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing, it was also awarded the overall regional winner across all 7 categories of the awards.

  • October 6, 2016 by SNewman

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