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  • Plaque unveiled at Halifax celebration

    A garden party was held as part of a double celebration at Yorkshire Housing’s Asquith Court scheme in Halifax.

    There was buffet food, drinks, games and a tombola in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at the sheltered housing scheme on Sandhall Green on Wednesday, July 17.

    It was organised to rededicate a time capsule and celebrate the completion of external renovations.

    The time capsule, featuring items such as news clippings and school uniforms, was buried when the care home first opened in 1992.

    It was retrieved and had modern pieces, including a fidget spinner and a new £5 note, added to mark the 25th anniversary.

    And then, starting in January this year, work started on revamping Asquith Court externally.

    New signage, exterior paths, patios, flower beds and a lovely garden in the central courtyard were among the improvements.

    Yorkshire Housing’s environmental services team led the renovations, with funding coming from neighbourhood services and community investment.

    The work is now complete and staff, including senior independent living officer Stephanie Wescott, who is based at Asquith Court, organised the celebration.

    Yorkshire Housing chief executive Nick Atkin attended and unveiled a plaque in the garden courtyard in honour of the anniversary.

    The time capsule is located under a paving stone in the courtyard and is marked by an engraving of the Yorkshire Housing logo.

    Nick met Asquith Court residents and said: “It’s days like this that make it all real.

    “You can read lots of reports and you can read lots of stats. But it’s only when you get out to our schemes and have conversations with people that you understand the difference that Yorkshire Housing makes as a fantastic landlord.

    “In particular, I spoke to a couple of people who’ve recently come into Asquith Court and about the difference it’s made to them.

    “One lady and her son were in really difficult circumstances and we changed her life.”

    Party games included Hook-a-Duck and Play Your Cards Right and there was also a fancy dress photo booth.

    This allowed residents, including Lorraine Hollins, who was celebrating her 63rd birthday, to have their picture taken in all sorts of funny costumes.

    Yorkshire Housing staff, including community investment officer Charlotte Woollard, planned the activities and provided funding from the Community Development team to provide a buffet lunch.

    Neighbourhood services manager (west) Jo Griffin, neighbourhood officer Pamela Davies, income officer Emma Warden and community investment administrator Georgia Irving also attended.

    Nick paid tribute to their efforts and added: “This is where you see really fantastic examples of people who go more than the extra mile.

    “The fact that they’ve put in all this effort and you can see the rapport they’ve got with every single one of the resident.

    “You don’t get that unless you put the hard yards and effort in and it’s great to see.”

    Stephanie said the improvements came about through talks with residents and the neighbourhood team since she joined the scheme last year.

    “It’s not just about listening,” she said. “It’s about action and that’s why when Jo Griffin put the works request in supported by Pam, things started to move.

    “Our community involvement, championed by Charlotte and supported by Georgia, has really begun to bring our customers together and get to know each other better.

    “The work has made a real difference. It’s so much nicer now, and we’ve also got clear marked bays and disabled parking for those who need it.”

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