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News 2009

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A new home for Christmas
Two very vulnerable sisters from Chalfont St Giles will be spending this Christmas in a new home thanks to Paradigm Housing and their local community.
Paradigm and Connaught challenge schools
Four schools competed for the Connaught Paradigm Challenge in Chesham on Friday 11 December.
Foyer residents inspired
Two residents of Paradigm's Foyer in Hatfield have big plans following a sports training course in Germany.
Fire safety goes wireless
Paradigm's health and safety team found a modern solution to a complex fire safety problem.
Tree dressing in Chesham
Trees across Chesham waved arms full of decorations following the Tree Dressing event November 28 at Shelley Road Gardens.
CAB make-over
Chesham CAB district manager, Ian Nixey, has been presented with a framed certificate to celebrate the CAB’s office makeover,
Can Mind help you?
Buckinghamshire Mind and Paradigm Housing are conducting a survey to find out how many people within Paradigm have experienced mental health problems and would like support to get back to work.
Bridging the generation gap
Students from Chalfont Community College gasped in amazement as they heard about days with no TV or MP3 files from the elderly residents of Edith Bell House, in Chalfont St Peter.
Volunteers recognised
Volunteer work by staff of Paradigm and Connaught has been recognised by a major award.
Reception make-over
The new-look Whitehill reception opened Wednesday 11 November. We consulted our residents about improvements they would like to see. 
Vie celebrates her century
Atlas House resident Vie Vassie celebrated her 100th birthday with a party on November 10.
£100 for deaf children
A donation of £100 raised at the de Havilland community cafe was handed to Mohammed Akhtar, founder of the Kashmir Deaf Children’s Charity on November 5.
Meet the Board!
Would you like to meet members of the board that governs Paradigm? Why not join us at a informal Meet and Greet event on 9 December?
de Havilland memories
Memories flew back at the de Havilland Reminiscence Project in Hatfield November 4.
Little and Large
Paradigm has created an exact copy of Paradigm People magazine in large print to help partially sighted customers keep up with the news.
Residents Polish Adventure
Three Paradigm residents took an exciting trip to Poland in September with Youth in Action.
Ruislip office in the Pink
Staff at Paradigm's Ruislip office went pink for the day on October 30th and raised £121 for the Breast Cancer Campaign.
Seniors helps the youngest
Generous residents of Nightingale House sheltered accommodation in High Wycombe raised £30 at their regular coffee morning for the Door of Hope Charity in South Africa.
Switch to save cash
The days of residents on prepayment meters paying more for their gas and electricity could soon be over thanks to pressure from groups such as the National Housing Federation.
Another award for Paradigm!
Paradigm Housing’s Bichway eco-community picked up 'Best off-site housing development in the UK' at the Offsite Construction Magazine Awards held at the NEC, Birmingham October 20.
Will you benefit?
The rules around benefits are changing, and you might be entitled to more benefits than before.
Celebrating the past and future
Residents at Glebe House in Windmill Road, Chalfont St Peter celebrated the International Day of Older Persons, October 1, with a 1940s’ themed party.
Eco-community launch
Paradigm Housing officially opened one of the greenest new developments in the south east Sept 29, developed in partnership with the London Borough of Hillingdon and the HCA.
QHS improvements
Paradigm is delighted to announce substantial improvements in all areas surveyed by independent organisation QHS (Quality Housing services) for the past six months.
Reception make-over
The main entrance to our reception at White Hill in Chesham will be closed from four weeks beginning Monday 12 October, but we will still be open for business.  
BBC films silver surfers
The BBC dropped in to film the innovative silver surfer project at Paradigm Housing’s sheltered accommodation, Cromwell House, in Chesham, Bucks on Friday 18 September.
£15 for your opinion
What do you really think of Paradigm? That’s a question the independent consultant Housing Quality Network (HQN) wants to ask you.
Hatfield Polish Day
Music, sizzling sausages and the whirl of bright costumes greeted visitors to Hatfield Polish day in White Lion Square 12 September 2009.
Hilda on her 103rd Birthday
Hilda Flello celebrated her 103rd birthday on Sept 9 with friends and family at Atlas House, managed by Paradigm Housing. 
Paradigm at Landlords Show
Paradigm made its third appearance at the London Landlordsí Show at Olympia September 9-10. More than 60 industry suppliers attend the show, looking for the best deals on the market.
Including everyone
Paradigm has revamped and strengthened its social inclusion strategy, making sure to ensure that this issue is at the heart of our business.
Mayor welcomes residents
The Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Shirley Harper-O'Neill welcomed residents to Paradigm’s new community for the over 55s in Ruislip September 2.
Paradigm wins major award
Paradigm Housing has scooped the award for Best Environmentally Friendly Scheme in the Affordable Home Ownership Awards 2009.
New Customer Care Standards launched
Paradigm launched its new Customer Care Standards September 1. These are 'promises’ we have made to our customers about the level of service they can expect to receive from every member of our team.
Currying favour
A lively community cafe event at the de Havilland community in Hatfield raised £100 for the Kashmir Deaf Children’s Trust.
New homes in Broxbourne
Paradigm’s brand-new apartments at Southbury House and Churchbury House, were visited on August 24 by officers from Broxbourne Council which helped fund the development.
Fun and feathers
Paradigm's Community Involvement team, residents and volunteers from our maintenance partner Connaught all showed their artistic streaks and nimble fingers at the Children’s Fun Day in Lowndes Park, August 5.
A roaring success
An incredible 2,600 residents turned out to celebrate the second Celebrating Our Community Festival in Cheshunt, Sunday July 26, supported by Paradigm Housing.
Green day
Happy kids from Beechcroft Road, Chesham ran on to their brand-new green as the fences came down on Monday August 10. Fences to protect the new plants and grass had been up for two months.
The Spray Team
A graffiti-covered footpath in Chesham was transformed July 30 thanks to young people with spray cans.
Mayor visits the Foyer
The Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield made an informal visit to the Foyer July 22, to the delight of residents and staff.
Respect for LIFE
Youngsters learned discipline and team work with working firefighters on a week-long LIFE course.
On your bike!
Mums, dads and delighted kids got on their bikes for the Tour de Havilland, June 14.
We are Happy to Translate
Paradigm Housing has become the first company in England to become part of the 'Happy to Translate' initiative. To celebrate, we held a 'sharing cultures' event on June 10 at the Hillingdon Civic Centre.
Customer Conference 2009
On June 10, more than 100 residents joined members of staff and Board members for our Customer Conference and Awards on the theme of 'Customers at the Heart of Paradigm'.
Pupils inspire plans
As part of a local regeneration project, Paradigm's Community Involvement team helped pupils at Little Springs School in Chesham to make models of the delipidated Shelley Gardens footpath. They then discussed what would like to see there.
Launch for new credit union
HertSavers credit union serves Hertfordshire, with a little help from Paradigm
Annie celebrates her 90th birthday
Paradigm resident Annie Maher celebrated her 90th birthday in style at the Amersham Rugby Club.
Surfers web-cam with Ghana
Residents of Paradigm sheltered accommodations joined web cam debates with with schools and senior citizens in Ghana and Paris on Silver Surfer Day, May 15.
Come to our Conference
Come to Customer Conference June 10 6-9:30pm at the Park Inn, Watford. The theme is 'Celebrating Customers at the Heart of Paradigm'.
New home in Pardix House
Gemma Burdge and her daughter Paige are delighted with their new two-bedroom flat in Pardix House, Cheshunt. They moved in minutes after the Mayor, Carol Crump-Eynon, cut the ribbon to open the new development for social rent in Cadmore Lane, Cheshunt, April 23.
World's largest buttercup?
Mayor Howard Morgan and children from Green Lanes School opened a vibrant - and comfortable - piece of sculpture in Hatfield, April 22.
Getting higher on High Street
Paradigm celebrated 'topping out' at 1-7 High St, Slough
First resident for St Laurence House
Mrs Ali is thrilled to be the first resident for St Laurence House
Paradigm calls in Batgirl
Environmental specialist Charlotte Lea is helping to rehome bats at Church Farm House
Eco Community takes shape
Modules arrive at the site of Birchway Eco Community in Hayes, north west London
Foyer resident joins jet set
Scott Thorlby assisted award-winning photographer Tyson Sadlo for his Prince's Trust work experience
Seeing solutions
Blind or partially sighted people may not be aware of the services available to them
Surfs up at Croft House
Paradigm is looking for volunteers to help Silver Surfers at Croft House in Iver
New home £250 per month
Paradigm is offering new one-bedroom starter homes from £250 per month through shared ownership
Spring flowers for Cromwell
£2,000 grant pays for blinds and colourful flower pots
Dragonland tales thrill kids
Silver surfer training helps bring stories to life
Sandy is residents choice
Paradigm resident Sharon McEwan joined the interview panel that appointed new Community Development Officer, Sandy Coyle.
A trip to Housing Oscars
Residents of Cromwell House enjoyed a night out at a prestigious awards ceremony in London on Wednesday March 11.
Go Kickabout!
Kickabout courts in Broxbourne have reduced anti-social behaviour 10% 
Helping the Homeless
Chief Executive Alison Hadden was one of many volunteers from Paradigm Housing to volunteer for Hillingdon's night shelter this winter.
Are you claiming enough?
Free benefits surgeries for Chilterns and South Bucks are to be held March to May.
Silver Surfers short-listed
The innovative Silver Surfer project at Paradigm's Cromwell House has been short-listed for a major award.
Snow trouble
The recent snow hit Paradigm's offices with a vengeance, but the customer service team made sure our phones were manned, and answered almost 90% of calls over the week.
Low-cost Home Insurance
It's hard to avoid ads offering cheap car insurance, but what about cover for your home? Replacing carpets, furniture and electrical goods such as the TV can cost thousands of pounds after a flood or fire.
Towering Ambition
Youngsters living at Welwyn Hatfield's Foyer have won a £10,000 grant for three exciting projects, including recording their own EP.
Join in the National Conversation
The Tenant Services Authority (TSA) is the new regulator for homes owned by housing associations and co-ops. From spring 2010, they are likely to be responsible for local council and arm's-length management organisation (ALMO) landlords too.
Homeowners Satisfaction Survey
Paradigm Housing Group has asked 'mruk research', an independent research company, to undertake a survey of Paradigm's shared owners, fixed equity owners and leaseholders.   Everyone who takes part can be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win one of three £150 cheques.
Eco-homes for social rent
Work has begun on an ambitious eco-community development in Hayes. The Birchway eco-community is a development of 24 new homes, a mixture of one and two-bedroom apartments across five low-level buildings.
Home alone - at last
Julie Hedley has achieved an ambition she'd begun to think was impossible - she's moved out of her parents' house by the age of 30.