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Young people dazzle at Salford Arts Theatre

28 July, 2016
Bugsy Malone

Local young actors triumphed with their colourful performance of the much-loved musical Bugsy Malone at Salford Arts Theatre

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Final push on £120m housing scheme

26 July, 2016
Fitzwarren Court

Plans to replace the last 150 homes as part of a £120m Salford regeneration scheme have been given the go ahead by Salford City Council.

The redevelopment of the High Street estate, off Fitzwarren Street, Pendleton, is the final piece in the jigsaw of a 10 year regeneration plan which has begun to transform the area.

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A youth and two men hit with Civil Injunction Orders

21 July, 2016

Salix Homes has secured three civil injunction orders (CIO) against two men and a youth – using legislation under the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

On 4 July, a Manchester County Court judge banned 18-year-old Thomas Booth from entering Mulberry Court in Pendleton, Salford, for 12 months.

The housing association applied to use the legislation after concerns of a tenant’s safety and other residents who live in the tower block.

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Salford's 'Happy Street' raising Cash For Kids

19 July, 2016

A Salford community rocked by the Boxing Day floods is showing great charitable spirit, selflessly raising money for disadvantaged, poorly and vulnerable children across Greater Manchester.

Residents of Gordon Street, in Lower Broughton, are finalists in Key 103’s Cash For Kids Happy Street competition – where the street with the most donations wins an amazing party that will be aired on the radio station.

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Flood affected properties receive up to £5,000 protection work

11 July, 2016

Hundreds of Salix Homes properties affected by the Boxing Day floods will now receive up to £5,000 of flood-resilient improvements.

The Salford housing association has successfully gained funding from Salford City Council to better protect these Lower Broughton homes – around 300 in total – against any future floods.

All these homes, deemed as ‘flood affected’ following the worst flooding Salford endured in decades, are currently undergoing a major programme of repairs and improvements.

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HCA awards Salix Homes its first Regulatory Judgement

5 July, 2016

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has awarded Salix Homes its highest rating for governance in its first Regulatory Judgement since becoming a stand-alone registered provider.

The social housing regulator’s recent in-depth assessment sought to assess the financial viability and governance of the housing association in line with its regulatory framework.

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£600,000 facelift on Salford’s ‘steel’ homes is complete

27 June, 2016

Salix Homes has completed a major improvement programme to more than 60 steel-built homes on Salford’s Weaste estate.

Residents of 67 homes have benefited from new kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors, electrics and heating systems - while the properties’ distinctive exteriors have been given a modern makeover.

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Tea & Tech: Salford joins forces to deliver digital training

17 June, 2016

A series of free drop-in sessions will take place this summer across Salford to help residents get to grips with the online world.

Housing association Salix Homes is teaming up with Salford Council’s Digital Together campaign, City West Housing Trust, Pendleton Together and digital training initiative Go On Salford, to deliver six “Tea & Tech” sessions, aimed at people who want to learn and boost their IT and online skills.

The events are also designed to tackle digital exclusion in the city.

The informal sessions will help with things like online bank accounts, paying bills online and managing benefits, such as Universal Credit.

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PJ steps into the ring in memory of mum

14 June, 2016

Memories of his mother will be the inspiration for a Salix Homes maintenance operative who will be stepping into the boxing ring for the first time.

PJ Hall is strapping on his gloves on Saturday, June 25 at the Ultra White Collar Boxing exhibition, held at Manchester’s Bowlers Exhibition Centre, to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The Eccles resident is undergoing a crash-course, eight-week training regime and is busy fundraising in memory of Katherine Hall, who lost her short battle with cancer four years ago.

The 24-year-old, who will take to the ring in front of hundreds on the night against a fellow novice, hopes his effort will deliver a knockout blow to cancer.

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Limelight magazine out now

9 June, 2016
Limelight cover image - Summer 2016

The summer edition of Limelight is out now. Just click on the link below to download your copy or view the page flip version.

In this edition we've got a special feature on our apprentice recruitment drive, where we are looking to recruit local people to join us on our exciting apprenticeship scheme.

You can also get an update on some of the things that have been happening in our communities; everything from IT courses to local events that will be in full swing over the summer.

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Home sweet home for Salford flood victim

31 May, 2016
Barbara Miles - Lower Broughton resident

A Salix Homes great grandmother who fell victim to the worst flooding in Salford for 70 years is now all smiles with her newly-refurbished home.

Barbara Miles lives in one of nearly 300 of the housing association’s properties affected by the Boxing Day floods – all of which are now going through a major programme of improvements and repairs.

The 79-year-old, of Lower Broughton, said the work that has been carried out – which includes a newly-fitted kitchen – has been done to ‘perfection’.

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Salix Homes homeless services receive top award

27 May, 2016
Members of the Housing Options Team, based at the Salford Housing Options Point (SHOP), are among the best in the country in helping homeless people. From left to right: Ian Hilton, Elaine Porter, Jane Anderson, Kevin Smith, David Lowe, Ted Baliba and Purima Kaur.

Salford’s services for helping homeless people are among the best in the country.

The Housing Options Service, managed by Salix Homes on behalf of Salford City Council, has been awarded the ‘Silver Standard’ by the Government-backed National Practitioner Support Service (NPSS), for its hard work in tackling homelessness.

Only seven areas in the country have achieved this standard – with just two services achieving gold.

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Earn as you Learn – Salix Homes launches apprenticeship recruitment drive

25 May, 2016

Salix Homes is launching ‘Earn as you Learn’ – an apprenticeship recruitment drive that helps local people kick-start their careers.

The registered housing provider, which owns and manages 8,500 homes in the city, is inviting applications from Salford residents for 11 new exciting roles.

Eighteen-month apprenticeships are available in Salix Homes’ 1st Response Security Team, Environmental Team, Customer Services Team and its Business Services Team.

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Name wanted for state-of-the-art training centre

10 May, 2016

Can you help us choose a name for a ground-breaking housing project which will help young people access training and get back to work?

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Salford tower blocks get new lease of life

28 April, 2016
Sycamore Court - one of three tower blocks currently undergoing a major facelift

 

Work has reached the halfway stage on a £7million improvement project which aims to give a new lease of life to three Salford tower blocks.

Mulberry Court, Sycamore Court and Magnolia Court in Pendleton were built in the 1960s and we are currently giving them a major facelift.

The project started last April and is expected to finish in March 2017.

Work on Magnolia Court was completed this week, while work is well underway at Sycamore Court and is due to start shortly at Mulberry Court.

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Major refurbishment programme starts for homes hit by floods

21 April, 2016
Show home

Nearly 300 homes hit by the Boxing Day floods are starting to undergo a major programme of improvements and repairs.

This week two empty flood damaged properties, which have been fully repaired, are being opened to tenants as ‘show homes’ so people can see what the renovated homes will look like and what choices are on offer.

We’ve spent the first few months after the floods supporting tenants to rebuild their lives, drying properties out, and preparing homes for comprehensive flood refurbishment work.

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Salix Homes strikes gold

1 April, 2016

We have struck gold after being awarded a prestigious accolade.

The team has been awarded the Gold Standard in the Investors in People award, in recognition of the way Salix Homes develops, supports and motivates its employees.

We were commended by judges for our clear vision, effective team working and strong staff training programmes to encourage personal development.

Lee Sugden, our chief executive, said: “Achieving the Gold Standard is a tremendous achievement for Salix Homes, particularly within the first year of us being a stand-alone housing association.

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Prime Minister praises Salford for flood relief effort

30 March, 2016
Roger Baldry, from the Broughton Trust, and Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, at Downing Street.

The Prime Minister has recognised the people of Salford for their efforts in the aftermath of the Boxing Day floods.

David Cameron hosted a reception at 10 Downing Street in London to pay tribute to organisations, agencies, community groups and individuals who were involved in flood relief operations across the country.

Lee Sugden, our chief executive, and Roger Baldry, from Salford charity the Broughton Trust were invited to represent Salford at the event on Monday, March 21.

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Salix Homes invests £13.1m in Salford housing in first year

24 March, 2016

Salix Homes has invested £13.1 million in the city’s housing in our first year of operation.

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In our first year we have:

23 March, 2016

Twelve months ago the ownership of homes we manage transferred from Salford City Council to ourselves as a new not-for-profit Housing Association.

The transfer secured the investment needed in homes and housing services in Salford not just now, but for years to come.

You can find out more about what has happened in our first year on our news pages, or click through the images above

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