£1.8 million investment into local property maintenance

South Yorkshire Housing Association has extended its contract with building services company J Tomlinson to continue providing stock investment services until 2019.

Over the next two years J Tomlinson will carry out £1.8 million worth of upgrades, programmed repairs and investment work at the housing association’s properties across South Yorkshire.

Carmelle Sampson showing staff from SYHA and Tomlinson around her new kitchen

Carmelle Sampson showing staff from SYHA and Tomlinson around her new kitchen

The new contract includes boiler installations, as well as kitchen and bathroom refits – all of which will be carried out by the J Tomlinson repairs, maintenance and regeneration teams.

SYHA’s investment reflects the organisation’s commitment to developing the standard of their properties and providing customers with a home they are proud to live in. The decision to extend the contract was taken based on excellent feedback over the past year, with work carried out on kitchens and boilers receiving a 99% customer satisfaction score.

Mike Fisher, Senior Property Services Officer at South Yorkshire Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to have offered a contract extension to J Tomlinson following the successful completion of a programme of works over the past three years.

“Their teams have always acted professionally and represented SYHA brilliantly – we’re pleased that we’re able to use their skills and expertise in these areas to carry out improvement work in our customers’ homes. It’s clear from our customer satisfaction surveys that they are very happy with the quality of the work they carry out.”

Antony Newton, Regeneration Director at J Tomlinson, said: “J Tomlinson has worked on kitchen and bathroom replacements for South Yorkshire Housing Association properties since September 2014 and we are very pleased to have secured a two-year extension to continue the renovation and improvement programme being undertaken by the organisation.

“Our teams have wide experience in refurbishments of this type, and it is always pleasing to receive a contract extension, as it is an endorsement of the work already completed to date. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with SYHA and to improving residents’ homes by updating and installing new kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems.”

To find out more about our investment in our properties visit our planned works page.

Newsome Vale: A new place to call home

Our newest housing development in Wombwell officially opened its doors to customers at a special opening ceremony last week.

Newsome Vale, our latest development in the area, is made up of 50 one and two bed apartments designed specifically for over 55s.

Sheila cut the ribbon to officially open Newsome Vale

Sheila cut the ribbon to officially open Newsome Vale

To help celebrate the opening, local councillors and guests from all of our partner organisations who had been involved in the project were in attendance: Barnsley Council, Berneslai Homes, Lovell and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Newsome Vale offers high quality apartments which take away the hassle of having to look after a family home, and provides a ready-made social life with the community of residents.

The first residents have now settled in and are already making use of the large communal gardens and longue areas.

Residents can also take part in the daily activities arranged by the on-site wellbeing facilitator who provides social activities ranging from knitting and chair aerobics, to bingo, line dancing and quiz nights.

Miranda Plowden, our Director of Business Development, said: “There’s no better sight than to see happy, smiling customers move into their new home. We’re really proud of Newsome Vale and we hope that it will be a place where memories are made for years to come.

“I’d like to thank all of the organisations who have worked with us at Newsome Vale. In particular I’d like to thank the Homes and Communities Agency whose £1.87 million grant made this scheme possible.”

There are still a few apartments available at Newsome Vale, if you would like to register your interest, or to find out more, call Berneslai Homes on 01226 775 555.

Basketball tournament aiming for slam dunk success!

Children from schools across South Yorkshire are joining the Sheffield Sharks basketball team to celebrate the fifth year of their community development project.

The ‘Respect’ basketball tournament is taking place on Friday 10th July and will involve over 100 local children. The event has been organised by Sheffield Sharks and South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) and is the culmination of months of activities which have been hosted by the Sharks.

The project delivers a community awareness day and six hours’ worth of basketball coaching in ten schools across the region. During the project over 600 school children have taken part in the hugely popular workshops.

Sharks players worked with children to tackle bullying, community issues, fire safety, build community spirit and help younger people express themselves through sport.

Eight schools will be sending a team to the tournament which is being held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Pete Jepson, Neighbourhoods Team Leader at SYHA helped organise the event, he said, “I can’t wait for the tournament. It’s going to be a real celebration of all the hard work that the children have put in over the past few months and the winners will be the first to take home our new trophy.

“The best thing about basketball is it is something that boys and girls can play together and no-one will feel left out. I’d like to thank all of the schools and the Sharks for making this happen.”

Sheffield Sharks Chairman Yuri Matischen said, “The club, in partnership with South Yorkshire Housing Association has worked hard to develop an award winning programme. We are proud of the positive work we have done impacting the lives of children across the county”

To find out more about the work being done in communities by South Yorkshire Housing Association visit www.syha.co.uk.