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News 2012

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Tenancy agreement from 1920s uncovered
A document dating back 80 years has been found at Paradigm offices in Chesham, informing a resident of several rules to living in their home.  
NHS says “Get the Jab” to be flu safe
The NHS is urging people with a health condition, such as neurological conditions, severe asthma, diabetes or a chest or heart complaint to get flu safe with a free flu jab.
Shared-ownership sales success
Paradigm Housing Group experienced record levels of shared-ownership sales during November helping more than 37 first-time buyers enjoy Christmas in their new homes this year.
Getting a 'tash on' at Paradigm
Staff from Paradigm Housing Group’s offices in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire have been getting a ‘tash-on’ as part of a month long fundraising effort.
Proposed merger off between Paradigm and Aldwyck
Proposed merger between Paradigm and Aldwyck Housing Group is off Paradigm Housing today announced with regret that it will not be possible to progress with the merger which was being discussed by the two bodies.
Health risks of drying clothes indoors highlighted
With wintery conditions upon us, many of us dry clothes indoors on, or near, radiators or in tumble dryers. However, a new report has revealed the health risks attached to this common practice.
Residents benefit from energy saving workshops
The residents joined experts in Chalfont St Peter, Chesham and Great Missenden to hear about getting better deals on their fuel bills and to see if they are accessing the most appropriate benefits as part of a welfare benefit health check.
Dramatic rise in homelessness
A new report from the National Housing Federation has revealed dramatic rises in homelessness in London, the South East and the East of England since 2010, including a spike in the number of families with small children living in temporary accommodation.
High Housing Benefit claims extremely rare
Contrary to mainstream media images, extremely high Housing Benefit claims in the UK are extremely rare. A report from website Full Fact reveals that extremely high benefit levels constitute less than 0.001% of claims.
Staff learn to be stress-aware
The importance of being stress-aware was highlighted to Paradigm staff at a seminar aimed at raising awareness of the impacts of the condition as part of Stress Awareness Day.
Paradigm "Wears It Pink" for breast cancer
Staff across Paradigm Housing Group were "pretty in pink" on Friday to raise funds and awareness for the Breast Cancer Campaign. Team Paradigm raised £400 in activities at Paradigms' Chesham and Wooburn Green offices, including two bake sales, a pink themed raffle and an on-going "Guess the Super Hero" competition.
Landmark installation for Paradigm
Paradigm Housing Group’s property maintenance team are celebrating their 1,000th kitchen and bathroom installation just two years after it was formed following on from when the Connaught Group went in to administration.
New affordable homes unveiled with an Edwardian twist
An Edwardian school in Banbury has been transformed as part of a £3.4 million project, giving much-needed affordable homes to 13 local families, and independent living accommodation for people with learning disabilities.
Project Manager nominated for top CIOB award
Tony Bone, the Project Manager for Paradigm Housing’s new developments at Ickenham Park, has been nominated for a prestigious construction industry award.
NHF Director visits Lea Bridge
National Housing Federation Assistant Director Kate Dodsworth paid a visit to Paradigm’s Lea Bridge House in Waltham Forest.
Sheltered Services Manager appointed
Paradigm Housing Group is expanding its sheltered housing team with the appointment of Russ Kennedy to the newly created role of Sheltered Services Manager.
Paradigm’s Ruislip office to close
The Ruislip office of Paradigm Housing Group will close its doors on Friday 21st September at 5:30pm.
Shared-ownership development takes shape
Phase one of a £6.8 million shared-ownership scheme in Bedfordshire has been completed, initially giving 32 first-time buyers the opportunity to buy their own home.
Gas Safety Week 2012
September 10-16 is Gas Safety Week, highlighting the need for gas safety in the home. This week aims to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances.
Helen projects into new role
Paradigm Housing Group has appointed Helen Green as Service Development and Project Manager. Helen will work within a new team at Paradigm, project managing service reviews and developing the business tools to support frontline staff to improve the service offered to residents.  
Free home contents insurance
Paradigm Housing Group has launched a new initiative to offer free home contents insurance to 10,000 of its residents, giving them peace of mind should they lose belongings through theft, fire, or accidental damage.
Gower House day out
The residents at Gower House, a sheltered scheme in Amersham Buckinghamshire, have formed a social club who headed out on Wednesday to Milton Farms in Frillford outside Oxford.
Changes in Housing Benefit
From April 2012 the Government is reducing the amount of housing benefit some people can claim. The changes will mean that some people get less housing benefit than they did before. Are you affected?
Garages are to get a makeover
Paradigm own about 1450 garages in blocks all in the Chiltern district. They are rented to Paradigm tenants and private individuals with about 160 garages being empty at any one time.
DIY skills and handy tips
Do you want to learn something new or just improve your DIY skills around the house? Then join us for some DIY training and you could pick up some useful handy tips.
Paradigm starts merger talks with Aldwyck
Aldwyck Housing Group and Paradigm Housing Group today announced they have entered into preliminary discussions with a view to a merger.
Missing out on benefits?
Every year there are almost £20 billion unclaimed benefits in the UK. To help people access the financial support that they could be missing out, the national charity Turn2us have identified April as 'Benefits Awareness Month'.
Five ways to wellbeing
There are five small, simple steps you can take to improve your general health and wellbeing. By adopting these actions, you could increase your life expectancy by 7.5 years.
Credit Unions offer a new way to save
Credit Unions are not-for-profit co-operatives, who provide affordable financial services for members of the local community. That means rates to encourage you to save and low interest loans that enable you to borrow only what you can afford to repay.With no shareholders to worry about, their only focus is their members.
Opportunity Fair comes to Hillingdon
Paradigm will be holding a 'speed dating’ style event on Thursday 15 March in the Barnhill Community Centre, Hayes to help residents get involved with the company. This is the second event of its type held by Paradigm, after a hugely successful Opportunity Fair was staged in 2010.
Savings on your energy bills
Are you worried about staying on top of your bills? If money's tight, there is help available. There are grants to insulate your home and you can shop around for a cheaper deal and much more.
How are we doing?
It's that time again - when we ask our residents what they think about us and the services we provide. A customer satisfaction survey will be going out to residents later this week.
Staff raise money for charities
Paradigm, thanks to PML, produced a fantastic 2012 charity calendar and then sold it to staff, partners and friends raising more than £3,000 for charity.
Winter coat appeal success
ITV’s Daybreak recently launched an appeal encouraging people to 'Donate a Coat'. This was a nationwide appeal which was widely advertised in the local and national press. Coat donations were collected and distributed by the Salvation Army.
Moves to make subletting a criminal offence
Teants who sublet could face either two years in prison or a fine of up to £50,000 if the Government go ahead with plans to crack down on the subletting of social housing.
Family facing homelessness
A family facing eviction from their home just before Christmas found somewhere to live, thanks to Paradigm. Gemma Brannan and her two daughters, Ellie-Jade, 12, and Alana-May, nine, had just two months to move and find a new home they could afford in the local area.