Benefits update

News – Friday 18 February 2021 Universal Credit (UC) Last April the government provided a £20 per week uplift to UC as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. This is due to stop at the end of March 2021. If you receive UC, start thinking now about how you will cope with a loss of £20 per week (about £85…

Helping customers in our communities

News – Thursday 18 February 2021 We may be in lockdown, but our Youth Involvement service remains socially distanced with doorstep or outdoor mentoring, with a pack of activities to support the work being carried out. Our youth clubs are held online every fortnight, keeping everyone Covid safe, with craft sessions and activities like indoor scavenger hunts to keep the…

Blog: K2 Academy – investing in our people

By Anne-Marie Huff, Director of Corporate Services 9 February 2021 Richard Branson once famously stated that “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” Whilst I don’t necessarily agree with this – at Grand Union we value customers and colleagues alike – I do agree with…

National Apprenticeship Week

News – Monday 8 February 2021 This week we’re celebrating National Apprenticeship Week. We have 11 apprentices at Grand Union (including Harry, pictured) and we’re proud of every single one of them for combining study time with practical on-the-job learning to start or advance their careers. Our Director of Corporate Services, Anne-Marie Huff, said: “National Apprenticeship Week is a great…

Further together – our progress so far…

News – Tuesday 26 January 2021 It’s been six months since we launched Further together, our ambitious corporate plan for 2020-23. Further together sets out our aspirations and goals for the next three years and was created with input from our Board, our colleagues and our customers. It builds on the strong foundations we’ve put in place during the past…

Focus On: Jan Davis

Jan’s enthusiasm and knowledge shines through in her role as a dementia project manager at Grand Union. She joined us in 2013 and has helped improve the lives of dementia customers and their carers, both professionally and personally. Jan’s role Jan said: “I’ve been at Grand Union for seven years and, coming from a background of nursing, I’m determined to…

Focus On: Gina Rockall

Having worked at Grand Union, as a Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding Coordinator, for more than five years, Gina and her team are committed to helping our customers feel safe and secure at home. They work with the local authorities to manage three refuge houses for domestic abuse survivors, with another refuge coming soon. Gina’s role Gina said: “I’ve been working…

Grand Union calls for Government to save UC top-up

News – Friday 15 January 2021 Grand Union is part of a group of housing associations from across the country calling on the Government to continue with the £20 a week top-up to Universal Credit. In a letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the G15 – a group made up of some of the leading organisations…

Report launched into the wellbeing of housing professionals

News – Monday 11 January 2021 Grand Union’s Group Chief Executive, Aileen Evans, and president of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), has launched a report focused on the wellbeing of housing professionals. The publication, Wellbeing at Work in Housing, is based on research carried out by De Montfort University. It tells the story of working in social housing and…