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STAR Survey Closing Soon!

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 Have you completed yours? You still have a few days left to complete and return STAR to us. 

STAR is a short survey that asks for your views and opinions on some of the services you receive from the Housing Department.

You can complete STAR online and it only takes a few minutes. 

All completed surveys returned by 8th October 2021 will be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon Fire Tablet.

The surveys are anonymous and all response received will be considered as part of service improvements.

STAR Survey

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How to Report a Repair

Need a repair? Report it straight away.

Try not to save them up, as it's most likely they will not all be completed at the same time. Due to different skilled operatives being needed for the jobs.

You can report a repair in the following ways:
• Online: Repairs Request Online Form
• By email: housingrepairs@broxtowe.gov.uk 
• By phone: 0115 917 7777

Report Repair

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We're Buying Back Properties

Home with a key going into the lock

Do you have an ex-Council property that you would like to sell?

To support our Housing Delivery Plan to provide more homes for applicants on our waiting list, the Council will pay market value (as determined by an independent valuer) and are currently looking to buy properties within the areas of:

Awsworth, Brinsley, Cossall, Eastwood, Kimberley, Nuthall.

For more information, please email acquisitions@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit our Buy Back Scheme web page. 

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Well for Work

Well for work poster - text with a people back ground

Do you know about our Well for Work project?

They don't just offer careers advice, they offer the opportunity for you to feel confident and supported, for life.

Careers advice isn't just help finding a job! They can help you with free courses, build on your confidence together and even help with managing money.

If you're looking for work but not sure where to start, Well for Work can show you the way forward and help you to get there, with support for life.

Interested? Contact us on 0115 917 7777, or email housing@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit  www.broxtowe.gov.uk/wellforwork

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Adaptations by Capital Works

Bedroom and Wet room for tenant

The Adaptations team in Capital Works are here to support council tenants who need adaptations to their properties.

They help identify their needs and assist in finding and adapting properties.

Working closely with Housing and Occupational Therapists they aim to provide improved living accommodation for those in need, so that they can retain dignified independence as much as possible.

The team is currently in the process of extending 2 properties.

In Watnall, an extension will provide a wet room and a bedroom allowing the tenant to have their independence and comfort.

The tenant said, 'This will make all the difference in the world to all of us, I will have the privacy of a bedroom to sleep in. This will be fantastic for all of us, as the children will also have a lounge that isn’t part bedroom!'

Example of outside space created by Capital Works

In Eastwood an extension will provide ground floor facilities for a child, due to disabilities. They will have their own bedroom and wet room as well as access to the rear garden to play with their siblings.

The tenant said 'My child will have their own independence for as long as they are able, they can shower without assistance and have their own space downstairs as well as going to the garden easily.

As my child gets progressively worse as predicted, we will be able to carry on as normal, as all the adaptations, including hoists will all be in place ready for this, we couldn’t ask for more and are very excited about the extension and what a difference it will make to us all as a family”

Learn more on Aids and Adaptations here.

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International Day of Older Persons 

Friday 1st October

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On the 1st October we celebrate and appreciate our older generation. The theme for this year is 'Digital Equity for All Ages'.

The pandemic resulted in more people getting online and learning how to use new technological devices. However, as more people connect, new risks have become apparent. It is important that people know how to be safe online and ensure their personal details are secure.

Being able to access online services can help people in so many beneficial ways, from keeping in touch with loved ones, to being able to order essential supplies.

Organisations, such as Inspire Learning can help with practical courses to help people get online, including:

  • Keeping Safe Online: Apps, Privacy & Transacting
  • Understanding the Digital World
  • Coding for Beginners 

Inspire Courses

Home Security Month this October.

National Home security web banner

We’re proud to be supporting National Home Security Month this October. Helping to raise awareness around the importance of good security amongst homeowners, especially as the dark nights draw in.

According to recent data from the Office for National Statistics, 76% of domestic burglars in England and Wales accessed a property through a door, and in 24% of cases where entry was gained, the door was unlocked.

Check how safe and secure your property is by downloading Home Security Checklist

For more information on National Home Security Month visit their website. 

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Resident Involvement Group

Your voice, your views - two house outlines overlapping

Are you a Council tenant or leaseholder? Come along to a Resident Involvement meeting and have your say. 

Each month the group discuss different issues, changes and ideas regarding the Housing service.

This is an open meeting to all Council tenants and leaseholders, so come along and see what it's all about. 

FREE tea, coffee and cake provided!

Our next meeting is Tuesday 12th October, 10am - 12pm.

Interested? Email housingengagement@brotowe.gov.uk or visit our Opportunities web page. 

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Garage of the Month

Lark Close Garages
Using Garage as personal gym

 Lark Close, Chilwell

Keep tripping over your ‘personal gym weights’ at home? Rent a garage and create your very own gym space just for you! (personal use only) 

Rent a Garage

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Property of the Month

Hopkins Court front entrance

Hopkins Court

Great location and in walking distance to Eastwood Town Centre

  • Close to local amenities
  • Onsite Parking
  • Private accommodation with fitted kitchen and bathroom
  • 24 Hour Tunstall Call System
  • Social Activities delivered by Activities Co-ordinators
  • Secure door entry system
  • Communal Lounge with kitchen facilities
  • Personalised contact with Independent Living Co-ordinators

Properties available now!

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Around the Borough Postponed

The 'Around the Borough in 5 days' running event has been postponed until Spring 2022. Look out for more information in the new year. 

In the meantime, find out more about the White Ribbon campaign by visiting their website. 

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