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 July e- Newsletter

Benefits Calculator - Are you missing out? 

 

The Benefit and Budgeting Calculator is a great tool to give you budgeting advice and helps you to manage your money.

It lets you know how your benefits will be affected if you start work or change your working hours.

It gives information on how income-related benefits are calculated including: tax credits, contribution-based benefits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, and Universal Credit.

You can also use this tool to see if you would be better off living elsewhere by comparing costs in affordable locations in London and across the country.

To get the best out of the calculator, you'll need accurate information about your:

  • savings
  • income, including your partner’s (from payslips, for example)
  • existing benefits and pensions (including anyone living with you)
  • outgoings (such as rent, mortgage, childcare payments)
  • council tax bill.

Hearthstone Award

Hearthstone, our domestic violence support service, has been selected as a finalist for the Women in Housing awards.

The announcement by judging panel in the ‘improving the lives of women or communities’ category brings further national recognition for the team and the help they provide to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

Set up 15 years ago in Haringey, Hearthstone provides a vital role for nearly 500 residents a year who have been the victim of domestic violence and abuse. Domestic violence is a significant cause of homelessness in London and fear of losing a home can often trap people in violent situations.

This is the second year in a row that the service has been a finalist for a national award following an appearance on the shortlist for last year’s Housing Heroes Awards.

The winners of the Women in Housing awards will be announced in October 2018.

For more information visit our website

This summer, pay your rent before it's spent

Summer is an expensive time of the year for most families. The days are longer, the children are on holiday and the city is abuzz with different types of festivals and events. We at Homes for Haringey understand that it is easier for tenants to fall into arrears in summer and want to help you make sure that you’re not one of them.

This summer, your rent is due on the:
30 July
6 August
13 August
20 August
27 August 
3 September
10 September
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Getting into rent arrears can be distressing and it is unwise to ignore the situation. The easiest and most convenient way to avoid this situation is to set up a direct debit account with us and you can then choose to pay your rent from your bank account on the 1st, 15th or 22nd of each month. Once a Direct Debit or standing order is set up, our tenants no longer need to worry about remembering to pay the rent every month. This reduces the chances of forgetting to make a payment and pay a late fee.

There are other methods to make your rent payment as well. You could pay it digitally through our website, the My Haringey Home app or the Allpay app or you could contact the Automated telephone payments helpline on 0300 4560 520.

Our financial inclusion officers can also help you budget and help manage your rent payments and check if you are getting all the benefits they you are entitled to.

Homes Zone Summer 2018


Our summer editions of Homes Zone will be landing on your doorsteps by the 31st July.

You can find the online version on our website now!

RRVA 2018


This year we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary of the Rewarding Resident Volunteer Awards. 
 
If you know of any outstanding Homes for Haringey resident volunteers who have gone the extra mile, putting significant energy, commitment and effort into working for the benefit of their local community and you feel that they deserve to be recognised, then please let us know by filling out this form.
 
These resident volunteers might have worked with us to improve an estate or local area got others involved in their community, run a positive community campaign or represented their community to improve services. They may coach a sports team, helped and supported their neighbours or fundraised to bring about improvements to the local area amongst other things. 

Large Fine for Dumping Sofas


A builder and a resident have been fined over £500 for illegally dumping rubbish on Homes for Haringey estates earlier this month.

The latest in a long line of successful prosecutions we have brought over the past year followed an investigation by one of Haringey’s Enforcement Officers and CCTV after two sofas were dumped and left looking unsightly on local estates

For more details on this incident, visit our website.

Top 50 Landlords List 

For the second year in a row Homes for Haringey has made the Top 50 landlords in the 24 Housing awards.

This year Homes for Haringey came in at number 34 and was one of only five Almos featured in the list.

The organisation was commended for its work addressing ASB and homelessness.

Spurs Event Day Parking Restrictions

In September,Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) will open their new stadium. A number of resident groups are concerned this will cause parking problems, so we would like to know if you feel we should introduce new parking rules on estates.

In order to prevent abuse of parking on estates we are introducing event day controls which can operate any day of the week. We are also extending the operating hours to ensure restrictions cover events that may start and finish later.

The new rules will only operate when there is an event at the stadium. At all other times the normal estate controlled parking scheme rules will apply.

For more information on the restrictions and to fill in our online questionnaire, visit our website.

Making a Stand

Homes for Haringey has proudly pledged support to the Make a Stand campaign that was launched last month. The Make a Stand pledge was developed by CIH in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women’s Aid to tackle domestic abuse.

Millions of people experience domestic abuse every year and two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week.

This is the start of a commitment for us to go over and beyond our duty of care to protect the people in our homes and we hope to make a difference to those who are experiencing domestic abuse to come forward and get support.

We have pledged to put in place four actions to support people who are experiencing domestic abuse which are:

  • To put in place and embed a policy to support residents who are experiencing domestic abuse 
  • To make information about national and local domestic abuse support services available on your website and in other places which are easily accessible to residents and staff 
  • To put in place a HR policy and procedure on domestic abuse, or to incorporate this into an existing policy, to support members of staff who are experiencing domestic abuse 
  • Appoint a champion in your organisation to own the activity you are doing to support people experiencing domestic abuse.

So please, join us and Make a Stand!

Stay Safe in Hot Weather


It has been hotter than the Mediterranean for the last few weeks, and while many of us welcome the heat, it is important to stay safe and healthy.

The main risks posed by a heatwave are: 
  • Dehydration (not having enough water)
  • Overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • Heatstroke
Top Tips for coping in hot weather:
  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside.You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

Summer Roadshows

It's that time of year again! We are pleased to announce the ever so popular Summer Roadshows are back in full swing!

This year’s events are planned for:

Wednesday 1st August 2018                       

Bigbury Close Supported Housing

London

N17 8JQ

Wednesday 15th August 2018                     

Lowry House Supported Housing

26 Pembury Road

London

N17 8LZ

Wednesday 24th October 2018   11.00am until 3.00pm

Imperial Wharf Community Centre

Craven Park Rd

London

N15 6AB
 

Timings for all three events is from 11.00am to 4.00pm

There will be fun things for the children to do including: A Petting Zoo, Bouncy Castle, Face Painter, Smoothie Bike and lots more including (weather permitting) a Bar-B-Que !!

Campsbourne Summer Play

We are pleased to announce the dates for the Campsbourne Play/Youth Project in partnership with Haringey Play Association.
 
This is an open-access provision for our young residents between the ages of 7years to 16 years. They can participate in a range of creative projects and exciting activities like tree climbing, den building, active games & team-building as we;; as develop a range of arts-based skills like drawing, painting & much more.
 
Location: Wat Tyler Children’s Play Area N8 7AU
Ages: 7yrs-16yrs
Cost: Free-of-charge (except for summer holidays trips)
 
Week One

  • Mon. 30th July: 11:30am-3pm Den building / Play & Craft activities / Group games / Keyring making
  • Tues. 31st July: 9:30am-1:45pm TRIP: Somerford Grove Adventure Playground (Tottenham)
  • Wed. 1st August: 9am-1:30pm TRIP: Laburnum Boat Club – Kayaking (Hackney)
 
Week Two
  • Mon. 6th August: 11:30am-3pm Play & Craft activities / Painting & Junk modelling / Ball games
  • Tues. 7th August: 10am-3pm TRIP: London River Thames Boat trip & Greenwich Park
  • Wed. 8th August: 11am-2:30pm: TRIP: Rowlans Bowling (Finsbury Park)
 
Week Three
  • Mon. 13th August: 11:30am-3pm Play & Craft activities / magnet making / Den building / Ball games
  • Tues. 14th August: 10:15am-2:45pm TRIP: Somerford Grove Adventure Playground (Tottenham)
  • Wed. 15th April: 9:30am-5pm: TRIP: Family Coach Trip to Seaside – Southend-on-Sea

 
Please note: Some of the activities are subject to change.
 
For further information please contact:
Tam Carrigan / Sereena Keymatlian
Haringey Play Association
Tel: 020 8808 0533/07807 100 189
Email: tam@haringey-play.org.uk  / sereena@haringey-play.org.uk
www.haringey-play.org.uk

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