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Our Tenant Hub is designed specifically to keep you up to date with all the latest news, competitions, surveys and developments.

As well as this, we will be sharing regular videos, live Q&A sessions, tenant stories and more. Be sure to visit frequently so you don't miss out.


Our Tenant Hub is designed specifically to keep you up to date with all the latest news, competitions, surveys and developments.

As well as this, we will be sharing regular videos, live Q&A sessions, tenant stories and more. Be sure to visit frequently so you don't miss out.

  • Car Wash Fundraiser Success

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    For Lancashire Women

    On Thursday 22nd July, we took on the challenge of washing 100 cars to raise funds for Lancashire Women and support one of our Community Champions Michelle.


    The team of 21 consisted of myself, Sharon, Kirstie and Kelly from Community Engagement, as well as volunteers from LUF (Lancashire User Forum), staff from Red Rose Recovery and 3 local young people.


    We are over the moon to share with you that we managed to wash 88 vehicles throughout the day and raised £379.53 for Lancashire Women. Each car required 3 buckets of water and the 7 vans we cleaned needed 5 – so we filled 278 buckets throughout the day. Not an easy task in 30-degree heat!


    Our Community Champion Michelle was overwhelmed with the support we received not only from the community who donated generously, but all the team who worked so so hard in the heat to make this happen for her.


    For those who didn’t get chance to come down, you missed a day of laughter, good tunes and a feel-good vibe. When you next see Sharon ask her to show you her ‘Shammy Dance’… I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.


    Round 2 - We are doing the same again on 13TH August to raise funds for the Red Rose Recovery Football Team, who work tirelessly to tackle stigma, improve lives, and give back to the community. If you want to take part, please email get.involved@communitygateway.co.uk

  • 8 Tips For Keeping Kids Cool In Summer

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    Make the most of the long, hot summer days, with 8 top tips for keeping your cool with kids in the heatwave.


    1. Use a Sunscreen

    Sometimes, getting the kids ready and out the door can feel like a full-scale military operation. However, sun protection should be part of the daily routine. Even on cloudy days, unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.

    Use a sun care brand you trust – sun protection is no area to scrimp on. Use at least a factor 30 sunscreen that’s effective against UVA and UVB. It’s important to choose sunscreens that are formulated for children’s and baby’s skin as these products are less likely to contain alcohol or fragrances that might irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions.

    Apply the sunscreen to areas that cannot be protected by clothing, such as the face, shoulders, neck, ears, feet, and backs of hands. Apply generously and regularly throughout the day, as sunscreen can easily be washed off, rubbed, or sweated off the body.

    2. Stay in the shade

    It’s always important to provide areas of shade, under trees, umbrellas, or canopies, especially for babies who should be kept out of direct sunlight. The sun is usually at its most intense between 11am and 3pm, so shade is even more important during this time.

    3. Cover up

    When outdoors, protect your child’s skin with loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat that shades their face, neck and ears.

    4. Keep hydrated

    Children are often too distracted to remember to drink water regularly. It’s easy to become dehydrated and this can result in some rather nasty symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, feeling light-headed and irritability. Supervise regular water breaks to ensure children are hydrating correctly. Avoid sugary, fizzy beverages – they simply won’t have the same effect.

    5. Slow down

    Avoid strenuous activities which will stimulate the body and raise its core temperature. Try to have plenty of calm time before the bedtime routine begins.

    6. Ventilate your home

    If you’re out during the day, keep the curtains drawn to stop it heating up like a greenhouse.

    Open your loft hatch if you have one to allow heat to escape up through the roof. Ventilate bedrooms before you start the bedtime routine so that it’s more comfortable for sleeping.

    7. Chill out in the bath

    A luke-warm bath or shower can help to refresh your child before bedtime and relieve any clamminess. Try to keep it quick though as you don't want them to be too alert before they go off to the land of nod.

    8. Use appropriate bedding

    Use only cotton bed sheets and avoid any waterproof mattress covering as this will hold heat and make children sweat. Synthetic pillows will retain heat so opt, if possible, for a feather pillow if your child has no allergies.

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  • Uniform Bank 2021

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    Following the success of the first CGA Uniform Bank in 2020, this year we have switched it up with a little help.


    We put an open call out across Preston and now are very pleased to say we have partnered with 7 Community Organisations. Each group, along with our funding and support will deliver more localised uniform banks within the community.


    So, if you need some support ahead of the new school term or simply wish to donate, please get in touch with one of the Uniform Banks. All contact details are on the individual flyers.


    Here are a few things for you to be aware of:

    • Community Gateway will not be accepting any referrals directly.
    • The partners have set their own criteria regarding which schools they will be supporting. If your school does not feature on the flyers, please still get in contact with your nearest Uniform Bank who will support you if they are able to do so or will signpost you to another service.
    • To ensure we support as many families as possible, each family can access only one of the 7 Uniform Banks


    Farri Park

    Intact

    Larches & Savick Community Association

    Project Fit Preston

    SAHARA in Preston

    Brookfield

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  • Brookfield Litter Pick

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    The idea for the Brookfield litter pick originated from a comment made by a community member, Linda, on the CGA tenant Facebook Group. Linda has a passion for keeping her local area clean and we wanted to find other local like-minded people. We teamed up with Chris, from Soundskills, to collaboratively plan the litter pick.

    We had lots of support before and during the event which really added to its success. The Greencare Team removed large items that had been fly-tipped leading up to the event and kindly provided litter pickers. On the day of the event, we had a great turnout of around 35 people. The Community Engagement and Support Officers, Soundskills, Red Rose Recovery and community members all got stuck in and took part in the clean-up.

    As a result of the event, a huge amount of litter was collected, including an armchair and a few pairs of shoes! We have also collected details of local people who are interested in future environmentally themed events in Brookfield and wider communities.

  • G2E App Is Now Live

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    The App version of our Engagement Portal is now live, making it even easier to get involved and stay up to date.

    Android users can download the app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.gateway2engagement.app

    IOS users can download the app here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/g2e/id1561985955

    Make sure to turn on notifications so you don't miss any updates.

  • Community Champions

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    In 2018, we carried out a full-scale review of our tenant involvement opportunities. The recommendations told us to provide more opportunities to get involved in the local community. So today we are delighted to launch our new Community Champions roles.

    We are starting with 3 key opportunities for you to make a real difference and hopefully there is something for everyone.

    PLEASE NOTE: YOU WILL BE REIMBURSED FOR ANY EXPENSES YOU INCUR AS PART OF THESE ROLES.


    Environmental Community Champion

    Do you love the outdoors and making sure communities are greener, cleaner and happier places to live? As an Environmental Community Champion, you can get involved in a range of projects such as:

    • Community gardening
    • Litter picks
    • Community allotments maintenance
    • Tree planting


    Community Events Champion

    Do you enjoy planning and supporting community events and activities? As a Community Events Champion, you can get involved in a range of activities such as:

    • Family fun days
    • CGA engagement events
    • Sports activities
    • Large events e.g. Preston Pride, Preston Pulse, Lancashire Encounter


    Community Centre Champions

    Do you want to support local organisations make the most of community venues? As a Community Centre Champions you can support in a range of ways such as:

    • Food banks
    • Youth clubs
    • Coffee mornings
    • Administration tasks


    As a Community Champion you can commit as much, or as little time as you want. We will share opportunities as and when they arise, and you can decide if you want to get involved.

    All Community Champions will receive any necessary training and will be allocated one of our brilliant Community Engagement and Support Officers who will support you every step of the way.

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  • CGA Development Academy

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    In partnership with Engage Associates, we are offering the opportunity to join the CGA Development Academy and take part in a specialised programme of training and development.

    About the programme

    • 6-week programme
    • 60-90 minutes per week time commitment
    • Delivered online through a mix of Zoom sessions, and personal development
    • Personalised Learning Journal tailored to you
    • Course start date: 24th May 2021

    What will I learn?

    • Social Housing, past, present and future
    • Regulation of Social Housing
    • Tenant Involvement with CGA
    • Preparing for meetings
    • Working with reports and performance information

    To apply for a place, please call 0845 953 0213 or email get.involved@communitygateway.co.uk

  • Stress Awareness Month

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    The theme for Stress Awareness Month 2021 is ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’. Check out all the ideas and information on the office website at: https://www.stress.org.uk/stressawarenessmonth/

    To tie in with Stress Awareness Month, we asked CGA staff:

    “What helps you when you are feeling stressed?”

    Here are some of the answers we received…

    Paula Lister

    1. If working from home I make sure I put my work things away and out of sight at the end of each day and every weekend and then get them out again when I am “going to work”. It’s like a very short commute – but keeping things separate helps me to switch off from work and get into home mode and vice versa.
    2. Whilst at home I like to keep busy so I plan out the things I /we want to do over the next month to 6 weeks and tick them off as we do them. This can be anything from painting the fences, cleaning the gutters, general DIY or doing some sewing, knitting or crafts.
    3. I have also become quite interested in gardening – I usually manage to kill things – so it has been quite a surprise to have had some successes in this area. The garden actually looks quite good too which is a bonus
    4. I have made a real effort to stay connected with my family during the pandemic and I am really looking forward to when I can hug mum and dad, help my kids to decorate their houses and have a sleepover with my grandchildren….hopefully it will be soon.

    Kelly Garrett

    1. I’ve recently been learning about gardening and I’ve just re-potted some sunflower and sweet pea seedlings! Spending time in my garden and being around nature really helps me when I’m feeling a little stressed.
    2. I also really love reading to relax, especially with a cup of tea!
    3. When I’m on a walk, I like to listen to my favourite playlist – or I sometimes find a relaxing playlist on YouTube if I want to switch things up! I also like listening to a podcast and I highly recommend the Happy Place of my current favourite, Obsessed with Line of Duty.
    4. Finally, going to my local park always helps me when I’m feeling stressed, I like to listen/observe what’s happening around me. I feel this helps to put things into perspective.

    Sharon Grimshaw

    1. A lovely walk around the park and by the canal
    2. My body shop French lavender pillow mist
    3. Reading a book sat by the window
    4. My caravan – no matter where I am (which at the moment is sitting in it next to the garden) it is my little quiet haven and makes me feel so relaxed
    5. And finally – playing cards – during lockdown I have started to learn to play poker albeit very badly 😂

    On the 25th March, on the CGA – Tenants Facebook Group, we asked the question:

    “What helps you when you are feeling stressed?”

    • Listening to music – 33 votes
    • Talking – 10 votes
    • Relaxation – 7 votes
    • Other (comments below!) – 4 votes
    • Sleeping – 3 votes
    • Cleaning – 3 votes
    • Keeping a diary – 1 vote

    Comments on the post included:

    Walking, hobbies, reading a book, writing poems, fresh air, embroidery, coffee and a chat with a friend, sound medication!

    So my question for you is…

    What helps you when you feel stressed?

    Try writing down your answers so you can refer back to them or even, drawing out the different things that help you!

  • Sion Park Camera Club

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    Are you an aspiring photographer? Do you enjoy taking pictures? If so, you're going to want to read this post presented by Margaret Singleton. Based out of Sion Park Community Hub, there is a thriving camera club run by Keith Dagger. The camera club is open to all ages and abilities and when lockdown eases, the club will once again be out and about across the U.K capturing some amazing photos and helping people build their photography skills.


    "We are busy planning routes for the camera club and its members as soon as it is safe to do so. We have Morecambe, Windermere, Tatton Deer Park and Fountains Abbey on the list, We will be doing a run to the Ribble Head Viaduct in time for when the steam train starts running on Saturday's, so any steam enthusiast should be interested, We've also worked out the best spot and its not where everyone else goes. Then from there its on to either Kendal or Ingleton Waterfalls".


    If you are interested in joining camera club, please send an email to get.involved@communitygateway.co.uk with your name, contact number and email address and use the subject title: Camera Club.

    You can have a look at some of the wonderful photos here.


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  • World Book Day 2021 - a celebration of books and reading

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    (Book) mark the day in your calendar!

    World Book Day is an annual, worldwide celebration promoting reading for pleasure and increasing access to books for children and young people. To tie in with World Book Day, Kelly Garrett one of our Community Engagement Support Officers wanted to share some of the books she has recently enjoyed reading.


    Here’s what she has to say…

    For the past few years, I have been setting myself a challenge at the beginning of the year and recording the books once I’ve finished reading them. At the end of the year, I reflect on my favourite books; this has been a useful practice alongside helping me to choose which authors/genres to read next!

    Last year, my highest rated book was The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. This was closely followed by The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. I love both these books for different reasons but the feeling I was left with after reading them was very similar. The stories are both poetic and thought-provoking.

    I like to vary the genres of books I read so among my two highest-rated books, I also read…

    • Fantasy with the newest book to the Hunger Games series
    • Sci-fi with Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
    • Thrillers with The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
    • Popular book-turned-series Normal People by Sally Rooney

    I love getting recommendations of new books to read – I’ve just read I Am Pilgram by Terry Hayes which I wouldn’t have chosen if it wasn’t recommended to me (mainly because it’s nearly 900 pages long)! I find that following recommendations can be a great way to get you reading new styles of writing or different storylines alongside teaching you what you do and don’t like

    I’d love to hear any recommendations you have for me or let me know your thoughts, if you have read any of the books I’ve mentioned above.

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