Recent months have seen increasing numbers of stories in the local and national press about ‘county lines’ and ‘cuckooing’. These terms are identified by the National Crime Agency as referring to the activities of drug gangs in the UK’s smaller towns and rural communities. But what exactly do they mean? And how do these issues affect our communities across Shropshire?
We take a closer look at our Drop-Ins and the support they provide to our customers and the wider community.
Rural poverty is an issue that acutely affects communities across Shropshire, with recent figures showing that 27.3% of workers in the county earn under the ‘real living wage’ needed to cover their everyday needs. This is to say nothing of those... Read more
The theme of Rural Housing Week 2019 is Building for rural communities. We’ll be joining in the discussion by sharing case studies and articles around this theme, looking at our work to deliver high quality, affordable housing and support communities.
Community engagement is vital for Housing Associations in rural areas, helping us to build developments that respond to local needs. With this in mind, we’ll be exploring our commitment to first-rate,... Read more
Do you have green fingers? Do neighbours stare enviously at your marigolds? If this sounds like you then this is your chance to enter our Customer Involvement Panel’s (CIP) Gardening Competition and win a £25 shopping voucher!
The CIP Gardening Competition is open to all South Shropshire Housing Association and Meres and Mosses Housing Association customers. There are 4 prize categories this year:
- Front garden
- Back garden
- Hanging baskets
- Potted... Read more
Together With Tenants is a groundbreaking new initiative from the National Housing Federation that aims to create stronger relationships and clearer communication between social housing landlords and their customers. While we always work hard to ensure that your voice is heard, however, we do understand that we do not always get it right for everyone, all of the time.
Earlier this month our Customer Involvement Panel (CIP) headed to Birmingham for the first Together With Tenants... Read more
Examining the work of our Prevention Support Workers
The issue of homelessness in the UK is often incorrectly assumed to be an issue unique to large towns and cities, but a recent headcount showed a significant increase in the numbers of rough sleepers in Shrewsbury. The total number of homeless across Shropshire is likely to be far higher, with temporary accommodation available... Read more
What is Curious Shoes?
A beautiful and thought provoking collaborative performance for people living with dementia and their loved ones.
If you or someone you know is living with dementia or have the onset of dementia you are invited to attend the show. If you would like to attend please come along with a relative or carer.
The production company say: Curious Shoes provides an opportunity for somebody with dementia to share the... Read more
South Shropshire Housing Association has been shortlisted for the Best Older People’s Landlord award at the UK Housing Awards (UKHA) 2019. The short-listing recognises SSHA’s innovative Independent Living schemes across Shropshire and Herefordshire, which help residents enjoy their home environment for as long as possible while providing reassurance about safety and security.
When UKHA 2019 judges asked SSHA colleagues to travel to London and pitch for the prize, Ludlow resident... Read more
On Friday 8th March, Amy aka The Ukulele Lady, will be at our Independent Living Centre Lambeth in Community Room, Craven Arms at 10:30am.
Tickets are £6.50 which includes a buffet lunch. All welcome so feel free to invite friends and family
Want to come along to see The Ukulele Lady and be entertained with music?
Let Elaine know on 07975 234059 by Wednesday 6th March.
The Connexus Customer Involvement Panel (CIP) has donated £200 to The Shrewsbury Ark, a charity that supports homeless people throughout the county by providing warm clothes, bedding, hot meals and face-to-face chats.
The money was raised at a coffee morning and cake stall held at The Gateway, Craven Arms that also included a prize raffle.
Ian Somervaille CBE, treasurer of The Shrewsbury Ark, came along and accepted the cheque from the CIP which he said would be very helpful in... Read more