Further response to planning consultations

Earlier this year, the Government launched two planning consultations that could have a significant impact on the number of affordable homes we build – the white paper “planning for the future” and a second consultation outlining shorter term changes to the planning system. We published a short document that highlighted the evidence for our key concerns in Milton Keynes, Central…

Blog – National Safeguarding Adults Week: supporting our most at-risk customers

By Deborah Stuart, Director of Wellbeing & Safeguarding National Safeguarding Adults Week is a good opportunity to look back at the work we do as an organisation to support our most at-risk customers. As Director or Wellbeing & Safeguarding, I’m proud of the work our teams do to support these customers and how important safeguarding is to Grand Union. “This…

Christmas cooking workshops

Want to wow your family and friends with some home-cooked treats this Christmas? We’re offering you the opportunity to take part in free online cooking workshops hosted by Julie Clay from Food Etc. Meeting weekly online (via zoom) in a small informal group, you will spend four weeks learning to cook some delicious Christmas treats, while still being kind to…

Aileen Evans honoured as mental health leader

Grand Union’s Group Chief Executive, Aileen Evans, has been honoured in the InsideOut LeaderBoard 2020 for championing mental ill-health issues in the workplace. Individuals on the list were selected by InsideOut on the basis of nominations solicited from across the spectrum of business sectors. The list is #Smashingthestigma surrounding mental ill-health in the workplace and recognising business leaders who are…

Blog – “Sustainability and rent – the time to act is now”

By Phil Hardy, Executive Director of Operations Earlier this year Grand Union adopted a new strategy to 2023, Further together, setting out how we’re going to build on the strength we achieved through coming together as a single organisation. It sets out our commitments for today and tomorrow, for our customers, for our partners, and for each other. Although we’re still…

Milton Keynes online business course

Milton Keynes Council is providing free online training to budding entrepreneurs in Milton Keynes who are interested in setting up their own business. The council is particularly encouraging young and marginalised people to take up the opportunity to gain the tools and confidence they need to get a business off the ground. The pop-up school will be offering a range…

HomeSwapper update

From Monday 19 October, any of our customers looking to sign up for a mutual exchange will be able to join HomeSwapper free of charge; this will be in addition to using the House Exchange service. HomeSwapper is the UK’s leading mutual exchange service for social housing customers. With over 200,000 homes listed and over 5,000 new members every week,…

Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding team

As an organisation, we support the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand pledge, launched in 2018, and take domestic abuse incredibly seriously. This is why we’re pleased to announce the creation of a dedicated Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding team. Although we already provide support to our customers experiencing domestic abuse, having helped over 50 customers in the last year,…

Quince Court extension planned for summer 2021

Quince Court is one of our modern independent living schemes with Extra Care services, situated in the market town of Sandy, Bedfordshire. Extra Care means that we offer tailored support to those aged 55+ who have care or support needs to enable them to live securely in their own home. Quince Court currently has 30 individual apartments (26 one-bed and…