Development update

This spring, we celebrated progress in Stanground at the second development we’re delivering as part of our ongoing partnership with Peterborough City Council, a joint venture called Medesham Homes.

The land where the first homes are now welcoming their first new residents used to be a stable block owned by a local woman, Peggy Fishpool. To commemorate Peggy, one of the new roads on the development is called Fishpool Drive. We were joined by members of the Fishpool family and a special four-legged guest, Dolly, the 12 year old pony who was the last pony to be housed in the former stables, to take a first look at the new affordable development of 24 houses and 6 flats.

We’re also forging ahead with homes at our latest development in Spalding. The homes at Willow Walk will be ready for people to move into from early summer and we visited the site just as the first roof tiles were laid. We were joined by members of South Holland District Council and Burmor Construction as we took a look at how the 20 new homes are progressing.

Tackling tenancy failure together

At CKH, our aim is to help all our customers to sustain their tenancies and overcome personal challenges that can stop people living well in their home.

We know we’re not the only ones working to support people with complex needs and reduce the risk of homelessness – which is ultimately what happens when someone can’t sustain their tenancy. So at the beginning of the year, we brought together a group of support agencies and charities from around Peterborough to talk about how we can better work together.

There are lots of reasons why people can struggle to maintain a tenancy, from mental and physical health to poor money management. So it makes sense to make use of the experience and expertise on offer around the city to make sure every individual gets the right support for them.

From NHS services to specialist advice, there are loads of agencies that offer support in Peterborough. Almost 30 representatives joined us to learn more about the services we offer and how we could work more closely together to support our customers.

What is tenancy sustainability?

We define tenancy sustainability as people being able to manage their rent account, look after their home and live peacefully with their neighbours. Falling into debt, damage or disrepair to a property, and anti-social behaviour are all issues which could lead to people losing their homes – all of which can be avoided.

We have a specialist Tenancy Sustainability team who are here to help people who are at higher risk of not being able to sustain a tenancy. We’ve worked with people of all ages and from all backgrounds to help get them on track to live well in a CKH home.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling to maintain a tenancy, talk to us today 01733 385000.

Giving young people a clean break

We have teamed up with East Anglian children’s charity, Break, to provide a positive future for young people leaving care in Peterborough.

We are providing a three bedroom home in Dogsthorpe for supported accommodation for two young people to live in, with support workers from Break available to them, to give them the chance to gain the skills they need to live independently in the future.

The support the young people receive will enable them to move between care and an independent adult life. They will learn about sticking to a budget, get help to get into work and learn how to keep their tenancy. They will also get the support they need to build mental resilience and get links to the community based services they may need in the future.

Our Chief Executive, Claire Higgins, said of the project: “This is a fantastic example of partnership working to solve a very real problem within our communities. Young people leaving care face many challenges in terms of accessing housing and maintaining tenancies. It’s great that we can give them the house and Break can give them the support!”

“Young people leaving care face many challenges in terms of accessing housing and maintaining tenancies. It’s great that we can give them the house and Break can give them the support!”

Rachel Cowdry, CEO from Break, added: “We know that 14% of young care leavers sleep rough within their first year of leaving care and 26% sofa surf. This home will enable us to provide really strong foundations for the future, to enable these young people to access the education, employment, support networks, and most importantly housing, for their futures.”