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Join the conversation in our private Facebook group!

PFH residents and their families who follow us on Facebook may have seen we recently launched our new group called PFH Community Talk. The purpose of this group is to encourage residents to engage in active discussions amongst their fellow residents and PFH staff. We consider this group an open space for residents to get […]

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Would you like to learn how to use the internet?

PFH’s popular IT and Biscuits workshops have now relaunched for the first time in over a year. The sessions provide an informal opportunity to learn how to use the internet and complete other tasks such as using a computer, smartphone or tablet. The first live workshop took place at Broadway Manor, Holderness Road, east Hull, […]

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State-of-the-art bungalow development now complete.

Work on a development of new bungalows on the former Eleanor Scott site is now complete. The development work, in Southcoates Lane, east Hull, saw the former almshouse cottages – which were built in the early 1900s, no longer fit-for-purpose and beyond economical repair – demolished to make way for new two bedroomed PFH bungalows. […]

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Try Tai Chi and reduce your risk of falling in later life

Medical research has shown that Tai Chi is effective for preventing falls in older people. PFH is therefore looking to run a series of taster sessions for residents to try out the ancient martial art, which combines breathing techniques with graceful movements. The preventive effects are thought to increase with exercise frequency and the research […]

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Doing our bit in the battle against the virus

90-year-old Dennis Davey and his wife are urging other residents to go for their Covid-19 vaccination if they haven’t already. Dennis, better known by his friends as ‘Dave’, and Sylvia, aged 86, say they felt a sense of reassurance after having the vaccine and that they did not suffer any side effects. “It’s only like […]

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Smart technology installation picks up pace

PFH is delighted to confirm that residents with a current lifeline will soon benefit from state-of-the-art technology in their homes, providing health and well-being benefits. Work on our new Smart Technology system is due to start this Spring, bringing a new digital service to residents. The project, which will be managed by Tunstall Healthcare, is […]

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PFH resident raises thousands for veterans

Proud veteran Vic Clubley raised almost £10,000 for The Royal British Legion towards the end of 2020. The Ada Holmes Circle resident has been selling poppies outside Tesco, in Hall Road, north Hull, for the past seven years. Mr Clubley served in the Royal Artillery, with most of his time served in Germany. He wears […]

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Bungalow PFH

‘Moving into our new home has changed our lives dramatically.’

There is a clear shortage of accessible housing in the UK. There needs to be the provision of homes that are tailor-made to help people who need it to live independently for longer. The need for this type of housing can be seen through the people that benefit from it. Mr and Mrs Melbourne moved […]

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PFH | Homelessness song recorded for Charity

Talented resident records song for homelessness

After a lifelong career in musical theatre and television, PFH resident Ben Burt thought he had hung up his musical hat when he retired earlier this year. But the 66-year-old Pickering Crescent resident dusted off his keyboard and set about continuing to write more music – although this time with a very different cause at […]

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New home hits the right note for Carol

Former singer Carol Hussain has often entertained residents at PFH pop-ins in years gone by, which is when she first set her sights on living in one of our properties. Now, she can’t wait to move into her new two bedroom, two bathroom home at Bilson’s Yard, in Reynoldson Street. The allocation of Mrs Hussain’s […]

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Be aware of fraudsters when ordering online this Christmas

Whatever you’re doing, don’t give a fraudster a Christmas or Black Friday treat. As if 2020 hasn’t been an unusual enough year, many of us are now thinking about Christmas. With the pandemic still very much with us, it’s anybody’s guess what the festive season will bring … not least when it comes to getting […]

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British Gas Energy Trust grant for Green Doctor service to help Hull residents winter fuel poverty

Groundwork Yorkshire has received a financial grant from the British Gas Energy Trust to help its efforts in giving invaluable support to people impacted by fuel poverty and energy debt as a result of the pandemic. The grant will be used to create the Green Doctor Energy Advice Service in Hull – a team of […]

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PFH | Homegrown during lockdown

Homegrown during lockdown

Residents haven’t let lockdown get in the way of ensuring an intergenerational project continued to make progress. Grow It, Eat It was launched with the Soil Association in February 2020 and was due to see PFH residents working with school children to create edible gardens, before cooking and eating the produce together. Lockdown slowed the […]

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PFH | News and Views

Thanks to the residents who produce People First

One of the many online Zoom meetings to have taken place recently was for our News and Views group, which works together to produce this magazine.

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PFH | Fire safety

Fire safety investment continues

Significant investments are being made to ensure fire safety measures are continually being upgraded in line with the latest legislation. New fire risk assessments were carried out to all multi-occupied premises before the lockdown started in March. The remedial works are well underway with over 70% completed so far. PFH is working closely with an […]

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PFH | Pickering Crescent

Properties steeped in history hoped to receive an upgrade

PFH has applied for planning permission to upgrade its Grade II properties at Pickering Crescent. The properties were some of the first to be built as a result of philanthropist Christopher Pickering’s generosity in 1910, when he donated £6,300 for the construction of 12 almshouses (Pickering Crescent) to be built in west Hull. They were […]

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PFH | Smart technology

Smart technology coming to PFH soon!

Residents within Retirement Living Plus Schemes can look forward to a new range of services at the touch of a button. PFH is currently going out to tender on a Smart Technology system, which will provide a range of health and wellbeing services and replace the analogue telecare with a new digital service. Once a […]

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PFH - Secret to a happy marriage

The secret to 70 years of happy marriage? Being in love!

As Walt and Dorothy Richardson celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, they share the secret to a long and happy marriage

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PFH - Resident Trustee

Could you be our next Resident Trustee?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a resident to join PFH’s Board of Trustees.

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Older People Week - Hull and East Riding

Older People’s Week – 28th September to 2nd October 2020

Get involved with UK Older People’s Day and help celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and tackle negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes and support issues that affect their lives on a day to day basis.

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Join our online clubs and learn a new skill!

PFH is launching a series of online clubs and interactive activities to bring residents together and keep people socially active. Activities are hoped to include book clubs, the chance to learn how to play the ukulele, sewing and knitting and even singing in a choir. Residents are being invited to suggest ideas for clubs and […]

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Hobson & Porter - PFH - Eleanor Scott Cottages

Building work on 13 new bungalows is underway

The foundations have been laid for 13 new bungalows on the former Eleanor Scott site, in Southcoates Lane, east Hull. The development work has seen the former almshouse cottages – which were built in the early 1900s, no longer fit-for-purpose and beyond economical repair – demolished to make way for new PFH homes. Four of […]

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Activity packs help people who live and work in housing to mark end of war

A series of activity packs have been launched to help people who live and work in social housing to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Saturday 15 August marks 75 years since VJ Day and the Royal British Legion and National Memorial Arboretum have worked with a group of […]

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September is residents survey month!

PFH has appointed a market research company called Acuity to carry out a postal satisfaction survey of all residents to find out how well we are doing across our many service areas. We choose to use an independent agency so you can be honest and open about your views, and confident that the results are […]

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PFH is supporting the Homes at the Heart campaign

PFH is supporting Homes at the Heart, a campaign and coalition calling on the government to put social homes at the heart of its plan for social and economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis. The coronavirus crisis is further highlighting the need for secure, high quality, affordable homes and, for many people, support to live […]

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Protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do: 1 – Watch out for scam messages Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite […]

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A Big Housing Thank You!

Today is an important day to say a #BigHousingThankYou to all frontline housing workers everywhere. Everyone has played such an important role in supporting others during this time. Well done – we’re proud of you.

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How volunteers can help people with dementia during Coronavirus

A latest blog from Wendy Mitchell: A few of us volunteered to meet via Zoom with Philly and Damian from Innovations in Dementia. We were there to discuss ways these thousands of NHS volunteers around the country, could help provide a better service if allocated someone with dementia. We spoke about people who were delivering […]

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Download your VE Day 75 activity pack here

We’re helping our residents and staff celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day with special activity packs. We’re offering special packs to our residents and staff to help them celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day in lockdown. The anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on 8th May was set to be a significant occasion […]

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Neighbourhood Network Online Seminars

Join the Neighbourhood Network as they continue to offer their ‘Keep Connected’ series, supporting Neighbourhood Watch groups and the wider communities by organising awareness and discussion seminars. Cybercrime now accounts for more than 50% of all crimes in the UK (National Crime Agency). To find out how you can best protect yourself from becoming a […]

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Singing for her neighbours!

PFH resident Wendy Dillon featured on BBC Radio Humberside’s Facebook page recently after singing outside her property to lift the spirits of local residents. “I just did about an hour and it was lovely,” said Wendy, who has lived in her property at Summergroves Way, west Hull, for three years. “I thoroughly enjoyed it and […]

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Open Days – February 2020

PFH is hosting open days in February 2020: Come and visit the properties and see what PFH has to offer you!

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PFH residents turn 21st Century experts

Just the thought of switching on a computer can be a daunting prospect for some PFH residents, but for others technology is helping them to listen to music, stay in touch with family and even order prescriptions. In the last edition of People First, we revealed a pilot initiative for residents willing to try using […]

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Speak to your loved ones about courier fraud

Information from Humberbeat We’re asking residents across the East Riding and Northern Lincolnshire to start a conversation with vulnerable loved ones about courier fraud. This week a national campaign, coordinated by the City of London Police, is focusing on educating potential victims on the different ways criminals con vulnerable and elderly people out of their […]

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PFH prize brings Hull veteran’s voice back

It’s something the family of Dennis Matthews thought they’d never hear again.But after his wife Stella won a competition to travel to London, advertised in the last edition of People First, she revealed to her family her wish to go to the Imperial War Museum to hear the sound of her late husband’s voice.The couple […]

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IT and Biscuits

IT and Biscuits workshops start next week. Learn some skills and take some devices on trial to see how they can make a difference to your home. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Help tackle fraud and take a stand against scams

Humberside Police, Hull City Council, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and other local partners have developed a Hull Fraud Forum and are working together to reduce the number of people being scammed in Hull. Sadly fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated in the ways they target people meaning it is not just older […]

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Resident re-creates amazing replica of his bungalow – using lollipop sticks

PFH resident Edward Overton has recreated his beloved bungalow using hundreds of lollipop sticks. It was his son, Lee, who brought him a load of lollipop sticks with the challenge to do something with them. “It’s the first time I’ve done anything like that,” said the former joiner. “My wife has died and I live […]

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We won! – Newbridge Village development wins Inside Housing Development Award

We’re delighted to announce that PFH and Hull City Council have won an Inside Housing Development Award for the Best Older People’s Housing category. The award is for our Newbridge Village development, which has the Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre adjacent – tailored to the needs of older people.

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Older People’s Week celebrations

The 1st of October is UK Older Peoples Day and coincides with International Day of Older Persons. Get involved with UK Older People’s Day and help celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and tackle negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes and support issues that affect their lives on a day […]

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Newbridge Village community comes together as final houses near completion

An event to celebrate the development of a major housing development for older people drew in the community to meet each other and learn about local services available.   We were delighted to host an event which gave the new residents of Newbridge Village a chance to meet each other through afternoon tea, while meeting […]

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Sessions helps PFH residents take a trip down Memory Lane

We are proud to host regular sessions with Dr Alec Gill, which helps residents to reminisce about old times. His most recent session was called: “Games We Used to Play- A Talk and Discussion with Dr Alec Gill” Alec has received an MBE for his work documenting the fishing community in his home city of […]

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“I love my home so much I have stayed for 24 years”

Nell Bower moved into Broadway Manor whilst her flat was being renovated – but 24 years later she still lives there because she loved it so much she didn’t want to leave. The 90-year-old grandmother was amongst the first residents to move in when it was brand new in 1995 and is now the longest-serving […]

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Fraudsters Targeting Social Media Influencers

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received intelligence to suggest that fraudsters are contacting social media influencers, based in the UK and abroad, offering them the opportunity to market a bogus product, service or investment opportunity. Fraudsters will present professional and credible pitches to the social media influencers and try to convince them to feature […]

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Our latest volunteer’s role get her a sense of purpose in her 70s

Nancy Brown is quite possibly one of the city’s busiest women – and she is just turning 72. If she’s not making wigs or styling amateur dramatics performers’ hair backstage on the region’s theatre circuit, she’s out assisting with countryside walks to help people enjoy healthier lifestyles. Now, PFH is delighted that Nancy, who lives […]

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PFH working with residents to launch smart devices into its homes

Hull and East Yorkshire-based housing association Pickering and Ferens Homes (PFH) is working with its residents to launch smart devices into their homes in order to help improve independent living, as well as tackle loneliness and isolation experienced by some older people. Up to 50 PFH residents will trial the use of tablets and internet-enabled […]

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New report highlights physical inactivity as a big public health challenge

More than 6.4 million older people in England are regarded as physically inactive, according to a new report. Anchor Hanover’s Active Ageing report warns that without a change in attitude towards exercise, it could cost the NHS more than £1.3bn by 2030. The team at PFH is always looking at ways in which we can […]

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Hospital consultant specialising in geriatric medicine joins PFH’s Board of Trustees

A hospital consultant who specialises in geriatric medicine has joined our Board of Trustees. Dr Anna Folwell, Consultant Community Geriatrician works on the elderly care ward at Hull Royal Infirmary, where she treats patients over the age of 82. In her role with Hull University Teaching Trust, Dr Folwell also works at the Jean Bishop […]

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Healthy Living and Nutrition Workshops

Are you interested in having a healthier lifestyle? Saving money and feeling good. If so, then come and join in the workshop. The six-week FREE workshop will include: Movement to music Free health check Ideas of meals on a budget Nutrition advice and information Healthy lifestyle changes Support with Weight management For more information contact […]

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Social and activity morning

Bored? Lonely? Stuck in the house? Want a natter and a friendly face? Join us! PFH volunteers are keen to join in with an informal social morning. Something different each week. Poetry, Quiz, Music, natter and a cuppa, dominoes, cards, Board games aimed to be developed by what residents are interested in and want. No […]

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Befriending and buddy scheme for PFH residents

Ever feel Lonely or Isolated? Want to attend PFH activities, but no one to go with? Just want someone to visit you and have a natter? PFH have volunteers that are keen to get involved in befriending and buddying, in your own home. Contact PFH on 01482 223 783 PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE A […]

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Notice of HMRC scam

What you need to know Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC. The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other […]

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Hull FC reminiscence sessions

Hull FC has been hosting Old Faithful reminiscence sessions at our Retirement Living Plus schemes over the last few weeks. Everyone who has attended so far has loved it and they are looking forward to more sessions potentially in the future, as well as meeting some players. Watch more here:

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Be aware – extortion scam

  Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims’ password to install spying malware on the victims’ computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these […]

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Letter from Hull Homeless Community Project

We received a letter from Hull Homeless Community Project this week, thanking PFH and its residents for the fantastic donations from all. Everyone who donated should be very proud, you’ve done something fantastic for an important cause.

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Full of Life event

Make sure you get down to the Full of Life event as part of Older People’s Week next week!

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Older People’s Week

The Older People’s Partnership and PFH have teamed up for a week’s worth of events to celebrate Older People’s Week (1st – 6th October). The week-long celebration includes a series of activities and entertainment to celebrate and showcase the contributions that older people are making to our local community and society today and the positive […]

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PFH shortlisted for another award as development progresses

Pickering and Ferens Homes is delighted to announce that has been shortlisted for an Inside Housing Development Award for its current Newbridge Village development, scheduled for completion in early 2019. The Hull-based housing association, which caters its housing provision and services towards people over the age of 55, has been working to address the national […]

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Hull’s Got Talent 55+

The Britannia Royal Station Hotel, Hull Tuesday 2nd October 2018 6:30 pm – late Are you 55+? Do you have a talent (Singing, Dancing, Comedy)? Do you live in Hull or East Riding? If so ENTRIES BEING TAKEN NOW for Hull’s Got Talent 55 + For an entry form Contact oppg@hotmail.com or call 07724 532955 […]

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Hull Dementia Collaborative Present A Grand Day Out

August 9th 2018 10 am – 3pm St Stephens Shopping Centre, Hull Join Hull Dementia Collaborative for a fun family day to raise awareness of all the services and support groups dedicated to helping people to live well with Dementia. Visitors and shoppers alike can take part in the arts and crafts activities and enjoy […]

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Knitters wanted

Age UK Hull (which now includes East Riding) is once again asking you to knit hats for Innocent smoothie bottles. 25p from every bottle sold will go to Age UK Hull. Details and knitting patterns are available from our Hull office, Age UK shops and on our website. Please help us raise money to continue […]

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The Power of Volunteering with PFH

“One hour of your time can change a lifetime” Are you looking for something to do in your spare time and do you enjoy meeting new people? Have you ever thought about sharing your skills, learning new skills, being involved in new opportunities or just getting involved in social activities? If so, VOLUNTEERING is for […]

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Befriending Service Event – 4th July

Are you interested in becoming a befriender to a resident of Pickering and Ferens Homes To brighten up someone’s day, visit us, find out more and even sign up on Wednesday 4th July. Refreshments will be provided. Barrington Avenue Pop-in Florence Nightingale Court HU5 4BW Wednesday 4th July Between 1pm – 4pm For more information, […]

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Women in Housing Award – Finalist

We are delighted to announce that our Chief Executive, Claire Warren, has been shortlisted for a Women in Housing award under Employer of the Year. The awards, in which the winners will be announced at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester in October, are highly prestigious in the housing industry and recognise the achievements of […]

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First residents move in as part of Hull-based housing association’s plans to address housing shortage on former school site

Pickering and Ferens Homes is delighted to announce that the first residents have moved in to a brand-new housing development consisting of 82 two-bedroom bungalows on the former David Lister School site.

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PFH signs pledge to make a stand against domestic abuse

Pickering and Ferens Homes has signed up to a national campaign launched by Chartered Institute of Housing to help tackle domestic abuse. Millions will experience some form of abuse every year, with two women being killed by their partner or ex-partner every week. Statistics from the Office for National Statistics suggest that the number of […]

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Report of bogus caller

Humberside Police has released information of potential bogus callers in and around Lodge Street in Hull. Older people are to be aware and report this if they receive a call such as this. An elderly lady was offered to have some roofing work carried out by a male who left a double sided leaflet. The […]

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Open Days – June 2018

PFH is hosting two open days in June 2018: Come and visit the properties and see what PFH has to offer you!

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Art workshop for Beginners

Learn a new skill by joining our pencil drawing workshop at Westgarth pop-in (HU6 8LS) – taught by a teacher with a degree in Fine Art. Spaces are limited so call 01482 223783 to book your place and avoid disappointment! Dates: 14th June – 10:30am – 12:30pm

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Free Basket Making

Where: Hebrides Pop In When: 5th June 2018 – 9.30am, 11am and 1.45pm PFH is working with Hull City Councillors to provide these sessions. Appointment only and available for those in and around Malin Lodge – book with place with your scheme manager of call 01482 223783 or 01482 616892

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Warning: Fraudsters claim to be police officers

A warning has been issued to elderly residents to be on their guard following a number of recent reports of a telephone scam where fraudsters call claiming to be police officers. The scammer says that they have information about fraudulent activity on the victim’s account and encourage the victim to withdraw their money. They then […]

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Meet the Chair

You can meet Tom Hogan, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Broadway Pavilion on Thursday, April 26th to discuss PFH and ask questions you may have!

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The Big Elastic Band at Songs of Flight

The Big Elastic Band, which includes members of PFH, performed at Songs of Flight at Hull City Hall on Friday, April 20th. Well done to all involved, it was a brilliant evening.  

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Get involved with Timebank

This Tuesday, visit Barrington Pop In to learn more about how you can get involved in Timebank!

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Music and Singing Group – continuing the legacy of the Big Elastic Band

Fancy dusting off your vocals? If you have a love of singing and making music and enjoy meeting new people, then please visit Broadway Pavilion every Friday from 11am – 12:30pm. The music and singing group is continuing the legacy of the Big Elastic Band and providing a great opportunity for all to enjoy a […]

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Flower Display Session at Humber View with Glendale

We had a great morning at Humber View with Glendale as we held a Flower Display Session. Glendale burst into spring by providing residents with free flowers and all the necessary items to make a fantastic table display! Thank you to John and the Glendale team.

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Songs of Flight

Location: Hull City Hall, Hull Date: Friday 20th April, 7:30pm Costs: £6.00 – £8.00 Songs of Flight is a spectacular new choral work by James Redwood and the people of Hull. Created as part of the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennal Residencies in Hull and performed by massed choirs and community groups, as well as […]

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Countryside Health Walks 2018

If you are looking to get out more in 2018 then why not join the local health walks supported by the Older People’s Partnership? COST – £6       Terms and Conditions **Walks may be subject to change due to weather/building/access** **Pick up point for all walks is Hull Truck Theatre** NO TICKET NO […]

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Movement to Music with Sandra

Movement to Music is a great way to keep healthy and meet new friends. The sessions are £3 and held every Tuesday at Westgarth Pop-In Centre. Call Sandra Thompson on 07730 309429 for more information.

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Care Givers Pro – A new study into technology for people with dementia

What are the main aims of the study? The study is interested in how technology can support people living with dementia and their families. We have created a new website called ‘CAREGIVERS-PRO’ that is full of all sorts of useful information and resources about memory problems and dementia. It will also be a way to […]

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First pencil art workshop held

Despite the awful weather last week, we still had a participant in our first pencil art workshop at Westgarth Pop In. As the images show – there’s some fantastic artwork completed! PFH will be announcing further dates for this later this month, as we know many stayed away due to the weather. Dates will be […]

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PFH residents donate to worthy cause

Residents from Pickering and Ferens Homes have been getting busy with their knitting needles after providing vast amounts of blankets and clothing for the Wheelchair Foundation. Knitted and crochet blankets, bonnets, hats, cardigans and jumpers have been sent to the Wheelchair Foundation to take to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. The blankets are given to […]

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Music and Movement

Starting 6th March at Christopher Pickering Lodge, PFH is launching Music and Movement. From 1:30pm to 2:30pm, all can join for fun and good music, with requests taken! If you’d like more details, speak to Claire Champlin at the office on 01482 223783.

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Our Lives. Our Hull – The Making of and Final Performance video

You can now watch the video which showcases the Our Lives. Our Hull. project, along with the ‘Making of’ interviews! The project was initially started to produce canvasses to make a talking wall about residents lives, memories , hobbies, skills, jobs, family life etc to reduce loneliness and isolation and give residents a platform to […]

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Dancing through the golden years…

A story regarding PFH’s Our Lives. Our Hull. project has been featured in the Holderness Gazette. Residents of a Withernsea care home were taken on a trip down memory lane through expressive dance on Thursday, January 18. Dancers Sandra Thompson, Lottie Hanson and Tamar Draper, of the Hull and East Riding Dance Hub, visited Tamarix […]

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INTRODUCING: Pencil Art Workshop for Beginners

If you’re interested in learning a new skill, Westgarth Pop in is hosting a new pencil art workshop. Hosted by Jane Hallett, who is an experienced Art teacher and has a degree in Fine Arts, is delivering workshops over the next few weeks. Jane said: “I am really looking forward to meeting the residents and […]

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Third successive shortlisting in three years for East Yorkshire housing association in national awards

We are delighted to announce that Pickering and Ferens Homes has been shortlisted for a third consecutive year in the coveted UK Housing Awards – this time in the Development Programme of the Year category. Our team will be attending the awards ceremony again in May, after winning the Outstanding Approach to Tenant Involvement award […]

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Music to Movement at Westgarth Pop In

Music to Movement is gentle exercise suitable for all ages and abilities, held at Westgarth Pop In every Tuesday from 2pm – 3pm. It’s a great way to exercise and costs only £3 per session. If you’re interested in taking part, please contact the office on 01482 223783 or call Sandra on 07730 309429.

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Retirement Plus Apartments Open Events

Looking to downsize or know someone who’s current house is becoming a little too much for them to look after? Then please visit our open events at Malin Lodge, Maybury Road, on Wednesday 17 January and Christopher Pickering Lodge, Hessle High Road on Thursday 18 January between 10am and 12pm. Anyone is welcome to drop […]

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Join our Neighbourhood Panel

Our Neighbourhood Panel meetings are open to all residents and will cover issues such as: Grounds Maintenance Planned Maintenance Resident Feedback Resident Involvement Opportunities Other matters raised by residents or staff Activities, events and health and wellbeing How to use the Resident Portal And if you have any queries about a repair, your rent account […]

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Christmas raffle winner announced!

A big well done to Margaret Caulfield, the winner of Glendale’s Christmas raffle. Margaret was presented with her prize by the Glendale team, just in time for Christmas!

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New £5.5m affordable housing development for over 60s in West Hull officially opened

An affordable housing development designed with older people in mind has been officially opened in the West Hull area. The new £5.5m development, owned by leaders in retirement living PFH (Pickering and Ferens Homes), consists of 40 two bedroomed, purpose-built bungalows on Hawthorne Avenue East. The new homes, built by Keepmoat, benefit from a range […]

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Better together: Resident Showcase

A housing association is encouraging older people in the wider Hull community to get out of the house, make new friends and learn new skills. Pickering and Ferens Homes (PFH) is hosting a Residents Showcase, with live entertainment, on Thursday 5<sup>th</sup> October, at A Awards Dance Academy, on Holderness Road, from 1pm to 3.30pm. PFH […]

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Hull housing association proves bigger is not always better after being named as one of UK’s top social landlords

One of the UK’s smaller housing associations has proved that bigger is not always better after being named as one of the top social landlords. Pickering and Ferens Homes (PFH), which specialises in later life housing, has been named the 19th best social landlord in the country as part of 24housing magazine’s annual Top 50 Social […]

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“Life is for living and music makes you feel alive”

A renowned composer has helped residents at a leading Hull and East Riding housing association rediscover their love for music by forming a band. More than 15 people aged between 60 and 92 years old from Pickering and Ferens Homes are now part of The Big Elastic Band, pulled together by much-loved musician, composer and […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes set to leave culture stamp on city thanks to backing by regional community fund

A community project developed by one of Hull and East Riding’s leading housing associations has been awarded a share of £153k grant funding. Our Lives. Our Hull, being launched by Pickering and Ferens Homes, is one of 29 projects to be backed by social housing consortium Efficiency North. The City of Culture-linked project will provide […]

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Our office hours are changing

Starting Monday 13th February 2017, the office opening times will be from 10.00am until 3.00pm Monday to Friday. There’s no need to worry as the telephone lines will still be open as usual from 9.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and from 9.00am until 4.30pm on a Friday. All out of hours services will also […]

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East Yorkshire housing association shortlisted for second year running in national awards thanks to its pioneering approach to digital inclusion

A long-established East Yorkshire-based provider of quality homes for later life is celebrating after being shortlisted for a coveted national award for its groundbreaking work to engage residents in learning how to use the internet. Pickering and Ferens Homes is currently preparing itself for the final rounds of the UK Housing Awards 2017 which will […]

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Housing association paving the way for 25 people to join new volunteering scheme aimed at building confidence and self-esteem

A leading housing association is inviting people to make 2017 the year they make a difference to someone’s life by volunteering. Pickering and Ferens Homes has opportunities for up to 25 people to join its new volunteering programme, P.A.V.E (Positive Ageing Volunteer Experiences), which aims to provide opportunities that will ‘Pave the Way’ for people […]

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Andrew Jackson assists Hull social housing supplier secure £10m specialist property fund

Andrew Jackson assists Hull social housing supplier secure £10m specialist property fund Pickering and Ferens Homes, the supplier of social housing in Hull and East Yorkshire, has secured a  £10m specialist funding package to assist its expansion. Pickering and Ferens plans to develop 122 new homes during the course of the next three years. To […]

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PFH scoops award

Time really does fly when you’re having fun. It’s been almost a year since Pickering and Ferens Homes bravely put itself forward for a prestige UK Housing Award. A victory we claimed as ours earlier this year for An Outstanding Approach to Tenant Involvement based on our budget roadshow work. This year we are going […]

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The grass really is greener

Since Glendale’s appointment as our Grounds Maintenance contractor in April, the team have been hard at work engaging with the community and making a great first impression on our residents. Mrs and Mrs Young, of Ada Holmes Circle, take great pride in their garden. When a razor wire was preventing them from being able to […]

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Another day another accolade

Pickering and Ferens Homes has proudly held Bronze Investors in People status since January 2005, which recognises the people and teams that make a difference every day. The internationally recognised accreditation is held by 14,000 organisations across the world and we are pleased to announce that we can once again proudly display the distinctive laurel […]

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Over-60s empowered to take responsibility of health and wellbeing after series of successful awareness events held at leading housing association

At 82-years-old, learning archery wasn’t at the top of Audrey Brown’s to-do list, but thanks to a series of health and wellbeing events held by a Hull and East Riding housing association, she’s found a new sport she loves and made new friends in the process. Pickering and Ferens Homes, which aims to enhance living […]

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Our survey says

Residents are at the heart of everything we do at Pickering and Ferens Homes and we pride ourselves on working with residents to ensure that everyone is getting good value for money from our services. Over the course of three days, we surveyed a sample of 125 residents to establish their communication preferences. Throughout the […]

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Groundbreaking ceremony celebrates start on site at Hawthorn Avenue new home scheme to enhance later life for over 60s

A traditional sod cutting has been held to mark the official launch of an exciting new housing development on Hawthorn Avenue East. The 12-month build programme, with a contract value of nearly £5m, will provide 40 purpose built bungalows that will aim to enhance later life for the over 60s. All homes are expected to […]

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Leading housing association for over 55s partners with budding young gardeners to break down social barriers between generations

Budding young gardeners are bringing a splash of sunshine to the gardens of a leading housing provider aimed at enhancing later life. Residents at Humber View, a Pickering and Ferens Homes sheltered scheme, will be visited by a group of ten students from Victoria Dock Primary School to plant sunflowers and help spruce up their […]

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East Yorkshire housing association welcomes community to cheer on England amongst efforts to tackle loneliness and isolation in older people

An East Yorkshire housing association is inviting the wider community to enjoy an afternoon of football-inspired fun as part of its efforts to further tackle loneliness and isolation amongst older people. Pickering and Ferens Homes residents, who live at the Christopher Pickering Lodge sheltered housing scheme, on Hessle High Road, will be joined by neighbours […]

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East Yorkshire housing association further demonstrates commitment to the health and wellbeing of residents in later life

A leading provider of housing aimed at enhancing later life is expanding its dedicated team amidst efforts to ensure the region remains the least lonely place to live for over-55s. Pickering and Ferens Homes has recently appointed Claire Champlin as its new health and wellbeing manager, a position that has been created specifically to target […]

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Residents encouraged to showcase their hidden talents at later life talent show

Pickering and Ferens Homes is encouraging talented residents to come forward and showcase their unique skills later this year. Whether residents fancy themselves on stage as a singer, dancer, comedian or even a magician, Hull’s Celebration of Older People is set to play host to a vibrant event which is open to all over-55s. Hull’s Celebration […]

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East Yorkshire housing association celebrates national victory at social housing sector’s most respected awards ceremony

One of the region’s foremost providers of housing aimed at enhancing later life is celebrating success after scooping a top accolade at a national housing awards ceremony. Pickering and Ferens Homes picked up the Outstanding Approach to Tenant Involvement title at this year’s UK Housing Awards, which recognise the ingenuity, creativity, passion and results of […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes uses pedal power to support national Run for Homes event and raise money for local facility tackling homelessness

Residents of a thriving local housing association, which specialises in independent living for later life, haven’t let anything stand in their way of supporting a national housing sector campaign whilst raising vital funds to help end homelessness. Run for Homes, pioneered by the National Housing Federation, is the latest initiative being backed by Pickering and […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes teams up with local health provider to make mental health services more accessible to older people

Mental health services for older people in Hull and the East Riding are about to become a lot more accessible thanks to a new partnership between a social housing provider for the over 60s and City Health Care Partnership CIC. The Let’s Talk… Anxiety and Depression Services could soon be offered to residents at Pickering […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes set to launch befriending scheme to help tackle loneliness and build confidence in people over 50

A popular befriending scheme for older people is set to launch at an East Yorkshire-based housing association thanks to a new partnership with Age UK. Staff at Pickering and Ferens Homes are delighted at the charity’s decision to partner with them on the hosting of the new In Company sessions, which are aimed at helping […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes welcomed the return of sixth form student poetry reading to help residents celebrate Valentine’s Day

An East Yorkshire-based housing association played host to a series of live poetry readings by sixth form students to help over 60s celebrate Valentine’s Day. Residents of Pickering and Ferens Homes enjoyed an anthology of classic poetry that celebrates love, read aloud by Wyke College students, at Ada Holmes Circle, as part of a longstanding […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes celebrates success after being shortlisted for a string of national accolades

A long-established provider of housing for later life is celebrating its success after being shortlisted for a string of national awards. Pickering and Ferens Homes is currently gearing up for the second and final rounds of the UK Housing Awards 2016 and the Almshouse Associations Patron’s Award, which will both take place in the first […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes retains highest assessment grade awarded by national regulatory body

A long established provider of housing designed to enable independent living in later life has retained the highest assessment grade awarded by the Homes and Communities Agency. Pickering and Ferens Homes welcomes the exciting news and can confirm its regulatory judgement is G1, V1, which is the first-rate band, in relation to how it is […]

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Grass looks set to get greener for Pickering and Ferens Homes

As always, the Resident Led Scrutiny Panel have been hard at work to ensure Pickering and Ferens Homes continue to provide excellent quality homes and services to its residents. A review of the current grounds maintenance service has been the group’s key focus of recent months, which will be incredibly useful in the retendering of […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes urges residents to stay active over winter months

Getting out and about in the wintery months can often be tricky. Before you know it two days have gone by and you’ve barely left your favourite chair, which is why we are encouraging residents to make exercise in the home a winter priority this year to make sure you stay fit and healthy as […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes launches digital scheme to get residents online

Gone are the days where Facebook was an over 50s free zone and society is slowly waking up to the fact that the internet is a place which can benefit everyone and that the elderly are using it more than ever. Pickering and Ferens Homes have a growing number of senior surfers who are now […]

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Region’s over-60s inspired to get involved in 2017 after UK City of Culture CEO speaks at later life conference

Residents from East Yorkshire-based Pickering and Ferens Homes were given a glimpse into what 2017 will hold for Hull when the UK City of Culture chief executive spoke at an annual conference aimed at celebrating later life initiatives. Martin Green featured as the guest speaker at The Residents’ Show, which is our annual conference for […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes appoints new Trustee

We’re thrilled to welcome a new Trustee to our Board. Pete Stones brings with him huge amounts of experience from the social housing sector, which will be hugely important to Pickering and Ferens Homes as it continues its journey to provide excellent quality homes and services which enhances later life. “I have been employed in […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes team up with Hull Pie chef to launch events that will tackle loneliness and isolation in later life

Pickering and Ferens homes is taking a mouth-watering approach to tackling loneliness and isolation among its residents by transforming its sheltered housing schemes into a traditional style pub scene each month for its newly launched “Pie & a Pint” nights, complete with pies, pool, darts and a pint of lager or two. During the  launch night, renowned […]

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Official opening of bungalows for over-60s sees National Housing Federation CEO visit Hull

Residents living in new purpose-built bungalows in Longhill welcomed dignitaries to an Afternoon Tea party in their street when the development was officially opened. David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, visited Hull on Monday, July 6 to officially open Pickering and Ferens Homes’ bungalows in Weaver Grove and Larne Road, east Hull. […]

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New purpose-built bungalow development for over 60s leaves new resident speechless

Nobody wants to feel like a prisoner in their own home, but for Susan Scott getting out and about was becoming a daily struggle when she lived in a second storey flat. Mrs Scott says she was at her wits’ end when she approached Hull City Council to request a move to a ground floor […]

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New alert system revolutionising lives of Pickering and Fernes Homes residents

Every day was a constant worry for 68-year-old Norma Williamson, but thanks to our new ‘housing proactive system’ her life has been entirely revolutionised. Mrs Williamson had the OkEachDay button installed in her home, on Ashby Court, just over a month ago and says it has given her the independence and confidence she has been […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes shortlisted for national award thanks to success of budget roadshow

Our Budget Roadshow, which followed on from the success of the finance workshops held at last year’s Residents’ Show, was so successful that it has been shortlisted for a national award. The roadshow, which has seen excellent levels of participation from residents across all schemes, had been shortlisted for the Outstanding Financial Communication category of […]

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91-year-old former postman & great grandfather joins national housing rally

A 91-year-old great grandfather and former postman is just one of the residents at Pickering & Ferens Homes supporting a campaign calling for the national housing shortage to be addressed. Ken Newlove, who lives at our Humber View sheltered housing scheme, is proud to be taking part promoting the Homes for Britain Relay to the […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes appeals for candidates to join its dynamic Board of Trustees

Pickering and Ferens Homes is calling for declarations of interest from hardworking and committed people to join its Board of Trustees. During 2015, the Hull-based housing association will see four of its Trustees retire and it is now looking for two new resident Trustees and two independent Trustees to join its dynamic board this year. […]

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Local housing association tackles loneliness and isolation by forming an intergenerational choir for older people

Pickering and Ferens Homes has collaborated with an NHS health partnership to establish a new choir made up of older people and school children in a bid to tackle loneliness and isolation. The housing association is working with Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to encourage residents to form a choir and take part in rehearsals […]

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Customer Service Excellence report

Please click the link below to download the full report of our most recent Customer Service Excellence report, in which Pickering and Ferens Homes passed with no partial compliances. Customer Service Excellence report (Pickering and Ferens 2014)

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Development of new bungalows in Longhill is given the thumbs up

Work on two new developments of purpose-built bungalows for the over-60s in Longhill is almost complete. Pickering and Ferens Homes’ Board of Trustees visited the sites, which were made possible by £585,000 of funding from The Department of Health, to see progress ahead of the first residents moving in early next year. The charity’s Chair, […]

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PFH office closed due to staff training – November 20th

We would like to advise residents that Pickering and Ferens Homes’ offices will be closed due to staff training all day on Thursday, November 20th. Please note that any urgent calls with regards to emergency repairs will be handled by our colleagues at Astraline. Normal office hours will resume on Friday.

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Update for residents of Ada Holmes Circle

We are continuing to keep residents of Ada Holmes Circle updated with regards to the status of the repair work on the lift there. Please rest assured that we are working to ensure the lift is operational again as quickly as possible. Paula Kelly, director of housing services at Pickering and Ferens Homes, said: “We […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes pack out Guild Hall for annual Residents’ Show

Our second annual Residents’ Show proved to be a huge success after more than 150 people converged on the Guildhall for a day to remember. Following on from the success of last year’s event at the Mercure Royal Hotel, Pickering and Ferens Homes listened to feedback from residents to ensure this year was even bigger […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes granted funding to develop 94 homes for over-60s in Hull

Pickering and Ferens Homes is delighted to announce that it has secured nearly £3m of grant funding from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency to facilitate the development of new homes in Hull. The not-for-profit organisation, which provides over 1,250 homes for the over-60s across Hull and East Yorkshire, will now start the planning process […]

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Over-60s dust off their tennis rackets after gaining inspiration from Wimbledon

Whilst for many Wimbledon will already seem like a distant memory, residents at Pickering and Ferens Homes are just getting started on honing their tennis skills. The association is encouraging residents to take advantage of the tennis sessions after joining forces with a project aimed at encouraging older people to participate in sport. Claire Warren, […]

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Rich history unlocked as part of Freedom Festival’s storytelling workshops at Pickering and Ferens Homes

Pickering and Ferens Homes has been taking part in the Freedom to Tell Tales workshops, a year-round initiative devised by writer Rupert Creed to develop the community’s art of storytelling as part of Hull’s Freedom Festival. The sessions are giving our residents the opportunity to share their experiences of the city’s great fishing heritage – […]

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Over-60s sow the seeds for an active and healthy lifestyle thanks to pioneering gardening workshops

Horticultural experts from Coletta & Tyson Garden Centre, based in Hull Road, Woodmansey, are sharing their top tips with residents from Pickering and Ferens Homes, a housing association which owns and manages over 1,250 properties in the region. With over 14 million plants on the shop floor at Coletta & Tyson, plus a highly knowledgeable […]

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Groundbreaking ceremony celebrates start on site at pioneering housing scheme for the over-60s in Longhill

A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place on an exciting new development of 15 bungalows for the over-60s in Longhill. Pickering and Ferens Homes is delighted to now be starting on site with a pioneering new scheme, after securing £585,000 of funding from The Department of Health. Key partners came together to celebrate the start of […]

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Housing association for over-60s welcomes grandchildren for Easter event aimed at tackling loneliness & isolation issues

Pickering and Ferens Homes welcomed a group of very special visitors into one of its sheltered housing schemes over Easter, in a bid to tackle loneliness and isolation issues. The housing association for the over-60s, which has more than 1,200 properties across the region, asked residents at its Broadway Manor property to invite their grandchildren […]

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Dawn makes a big splash, after qualifying as a swimming teacher

A member of the Pickering and Ferens Homes team, who used to swim competitively for Yorkshire, has just qualified as a swimming teacher in a bid to improve the health and well-being of the over-60s. Dawn Wainman, who is an Intensive Housing Management Officer at Pickering and Ferens Homes, could well be found blowing a […]

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Live poetry readings tackle loneliness & isolation issues for older people

The renowned work of Philip Larkin reverberated around East Yorkshire-based Pickering and Ferens Homes, when sixth form students launched a series of live poetry readings for the over-60s living in their properties. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Whitsun Weddings, a collection of 32 poems by Hull’s most famous wordsmith. Now those poems have been […]

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Residents receive a Winter warmer from PFH to raise profile of fuel poverty issues

A housing association for the over-60s has taken a unique approach to raising the profile of issues surrounding fuel poverty by posting each of its residents a tea bag along with a guide to keeping warm this Winter. East Yorkshire-based Pickering and Ferens Homes sent out a package called “PFH Tips” to its 1,200 properties […]

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Longhill plans unveiled

An exciting new development of 15 bungalows is expected to start on site in Longhill this year. Pickering and Ferens Homes is delighted to inform residents that we successfully secured £585,000 of funding from The Department of Health out of the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (CSSHF) administered by the Homes and Communities Agency. […]

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High energy conference for over-60s hailed a success

A Hull-based housing association says its groundbreaking health and well-being conference – featuring everything from Pilates and Zumba workshops through to cookery and photography demonstrations – was a huge success. Pickering and Ferens Homes, the region’s foremost housing provider for the over-60s, hosted The Residents’ Show for the first time in October and it’s believed […]

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Alan Johnson MP officially opens £2.4m eco-development in Hull for the over-60s

Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson officially opened a development comprising 20 energy efficient bungalows. Pickering and Ferens Homes redeveloped The Jacobs Homes scheme after amalgamating with Charles and Esther Jacobs Homes. The charity, which manages more than 1,250 properties across the region, hosted a celebratory afternoon tea on Friday, September 13th, to mark […]

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Housing association prepares to broaden its horizons and appoint new board members

A housing association that manages more than 1,200 properties across Hull and East Yorkshire plans to appoint two new co-opted trustees to its board. The charity, which operates from its headquarters in The Maltings, Silvester Street, Hull city centre, is the region’s largest housing association for the over-60s and has properties as far afield as […]

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PFH delighted to provide blue plaque for Christopher Pickering’s former home

A Hull-based housing association is part-funding the installation of a blue heritage plaque on a property closely linked to its own roots. Philanthropist Christopher Pickering, one of the original founders of Pickering and Ferens Homes, once lived in a property in Coltman Street that is now being featured on BBC Two show Restoration. The home […]

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First residents move into their “dream home” at The Jacobs Homes development

“Moving to our new bungalow at The Jacobs Homes has completely changed our lives.” This is how Judy Egan describes the way she feels about her new Pickering and Ferens Homes property, which forms part of our £2.4m redevelopment of the Charles and Esther Jacobs Homes properties. Judy and husband John moved into their two-bedroomed […]

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£1.3m eco-development for over-60s is “Highly Commended” in building excellence awards

A £1.3m eco-development for the over-60s has been highly commended in a regional building excellence awards initiative. Pickering and Ferens Homes was delighted to receive the news that its Rokeby Mews development was recognised in the South Yorkshire and Humber Building Excellence Awards, which is run by Local Authority Building Control Yorkshire (LABC). Rokeby Mews […]

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New CEO unveils plans to “future proof” Pickering and Ferens Homes

It is a housing association steeped in more than 100 years worth of history Now, newly-appointed chief executive Claire Warren is expected to breathe new life into Pickering and Ferens Homes, a renowned Hull-based charity with a housing stock of 1,250 properties. The former chief executive of West North West Homes Leeds and Leeds ALMO’s […]

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Region’s over-60s invited to have their say on HullBID Fashion Week’s events line-up

Fashionistas over the age of 60 are being brought together this week to have their say on Hull’s week-long celebration of style. HullBID Fashion Week, which runs from April 29 to May 4 this year, has teamed up with Hull-based housing association for the over-60s Pickering and Ferens Homes to set up a working group […]

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Ian dusts off his dancing shoes

When the Hull Daily Mail printed a story appealing for men to come forward for a local charity’s answer to Strictly Come Dancing, Pickering and Ferens Homes resident Ian Jackson didn’t give the opportunity a second thought. Dove House Hospice’s Strictly Learn To Dance competition has seen ten couples take to the dance floor to […]

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Resident enjoys style makeover to remember

Tina Gill, a 53-year-old professional Image Consultant and Personal Stylist from Doncaster, gave up her time to take competition winner Alison Holmes on an unforgettable shopping trip. Tina normally charges £250 for this service and Pickering and Ferens Homes also contributed £75 to spend on clothes. Alison, who is 66, was delighted when she found […]

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Roger Elliot hangs up his hat after 18 years at the helm

He has been the driving force behind Pickering and Ferens Homes for 18 years and it is truly with a heavy heart that Roger Elliot bids farewell to the association to embark on his retirement. It is clear to see that Roger is very humble about his achievements since being appointed to the role of […]

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£2.4m eco-friendly west Hull development nears completion.

A multi-million pound green housing development in west Hull is well underway and close to completion. Housing association for the over-60s Pickering and Ferens Homes is driving forward the £2.4m redevelopment of the former Charles and Esther Jacobs Homes in Askew Avenue. Once complete, the scheme – which has been designed by Hull-based architects Gammond […]

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I am over the moon that my home will be getting a gas supply

This is just one resident’s reaction to the news that she will be having a gas supply and a central heating system fitted at her home partly thanks to funding from a government-run initiative called CERT aimed at improving energy efficiency and ultimately reducing fuel bills. The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) initially came into […]

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Delighted residents move into renovated properties dating back to 1843, thanks to Pickering and Ferens Homes

The newest residents to join Pickering and Ferens Homes are delighted with their new properties, after the housing association for the over-60s renovated four, Grade II listed almshouses in Patrington. Pickering and Ferens Homes, a registered Hull-based charity, amalgamated with the charity Linsdall’s Hospital, allowing the housing association to acquire the four almshouses which were […]

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Lord Mayor visits £2.4m energy efficient development with trustees to see progress

A £2.4m redevelopment scheme in west Hull is set to welcome the Lord Mayor and trustees of Pickering and Ferens Homes to see progress on 20 energy efficient properties this week. Once complete, the development for the over-60s will comprise 20 two bedroomed bungalows at the charity’s Charles and Esther Jacobs site, in Askew Avenue, […]

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Housing association welcomes Alan Johnson MP for official opening of £1.3m development

The new £1.3m Rokeby housing development will be opened at an official opening ceremony with former Home Secretary and Hull West and Hessle MP, Alan Johnson. Mr Johnson will officially open the 10 eco-bungalow scheme on Friday, May 18. He said: “These new buildings not only look fantastic but I can also see they are […]

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Eco-friendly Junella Fields development welcomes first residents through the doors

A new development for the over-60s has been acquired by Hull-based charity Pickering and Ferens Homes, which owns and manages more than 1,200 properties in the region. The housing association is delighted to have acquired 20 new bungalows and two bedroomed houses for older people at Junella Fields, based off Woodcock Street, in west Hull, […]

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Area Forums – A great place to find out what is going on

Have you ever wanted to know what the association is doing in your area, find out what the association is planning to do or how it is performing? Have you ever had an idea you wanted to discuss to make your area better or wanted to talk about a problem in your area with the […]

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Rokeby handover

Mr and Mrs Stewart who have lived in Hull all their lives, were thrilled when they found out that they had been allocated one of the new properties at Rokeby – it was the best Christmas present they had ever received! It was the Tuesday before Christmas and Barbara Stewart was home alone preparing for […]

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Annual Report feedback

The Report is important as it highlights in which areas the association is doing well, but also acknowledges the areas in which it can improve. It aims to inform and engage the reader, giving them a wider understanding of what we do at the association for our residents. Along with the Report, we sent out […]

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The Pickering and Ferens Homes Good Neighbour award

Carol’s nomination stated that she is considered to be the best neighbour in the complex. She moves all the bins every Monday and plants flowers at the front and the back of the scheme. Carol also keeps the scheme clean and tidy by sweeping and picking up any litter. She looks after her friends and […]

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What We’re Proud Of Awards

Representatives from Pickering and Ferens Homes recently attended the National Housing Federation’s “What We’re Proud Of Awards”. The awards are designed to promote the organisations which pride themselves on creating better lives for residents. Pickering and Ferens Homes was shortlisted for three awards including “Best Impact on Residents” and “Best Contribution to the Local Community” […]

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PFH In Bloom

Over the last month, many residents have been pruning, weeding and de-heading to make sure their garden, hanging baskets, pots and vegetable plots were up to scratch to be entered into the Pickering and Ferens Homes annual In Bloom competition. Sue Kingett, Housing Manager (west), at Pickering and Ferens Homes said: “This year’s competition saw […]

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Scooter store is huge hit with residents

The development of a purpose built store for residents’ scooters at Humber View has proved very popular. Those who own motorised scooters and live at the Victoria Dock-based sheltered housing scheme are safe in the knowledge that they can easily get in and out of the property thanks to the storage space that was completed […]

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Work starts on £1.3m development at former Rokeby House site

We are delighted to have started work on 10 new eco-bungalows, on the site of the former Rokeby House care home in west Hull, after planning permission was granted. The Homes and Communities Agency recently approved Pickering and Ferens Homes’ bid for £539,000 from the National Affordable Housing Programme for the £1.3m development in Rokeby […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes gets green light for £1.3m development on former Rokeby House site

The Homes and Communities Agency recently approved Pickering and Ferens Homes’ bid for £539,000 from the National Affordable Housing Programme for the £1.3m development in Rokeby Avenue. Roger Elliot, director of Pickering and Ferens Homes – a charity which owns and manages more than 1,200 properties across Hull and East Yorkshire, is delighted that the […]

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Plans for £1.3m development look promising

Pickering and Ferens Homes is delighted to announce that its bid for the funding of 10 new eco-bungalows for the over-60s has been approved. The Homes and Communities Agency has approved a bid for £539,000 from the National Affordable Housing Programme for the £1.3m development on the former Rokeby House site, which would be carried […]

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Work starts on 20 new environmentally-friendly properties

Work has started on an exciting, environmentally friendly development, which Pickering and Ferens Homes is working in partnership with Hull City Council on. The Junella Fields development, in the Dairycoates Avenue area of west Hull, will see 38 eco friendly houses and bungalows being built by developer Keepmoat Homes – the first in the city […]

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Pickering and Ferens Homes appeals for new trustee to step forward and join its dedicated board

Hull’s largest independent housing association for the over-60s is in search of a new co-opted trustee to join its dedicated board. Pickering and Ferens Homes’ board consists of two nominated resident trustees and two Hull City Council nominated trustees, along with eight co-opted trustees who work on a voluntary basis. Now, following on from the […]

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‘Quality’ new appointment for housing association

Gavin Clark has been appointed to the new post, which has been created to enable Pickering and Ferens Homes to further focus its efforts on improving the services it offers to residents and ensuring the association continues to work closely with them. Mr Clark had previously worked as a performance and quality coordinator for Kingstown […]

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Residents get fit without going far

Residents get fit without going far Residents at Pickering and Ferens Homes’ Broadway Manor scheme have been keeping themselves fit, thanks to an eight week taster course in armchair aerobics. The course, which was funded by Pickering and Ferens Homes and led by Age UK, was part of a pilot scheme tested by 21 residents […]

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Successful bid for Hull’s first eco homes

Hull City Council and local housing association Pickering and Ferens Homes have today welcomed the success of their joint bid to build 57 new ‘eco’ homes in the city. A grant of £3.3m was today announced by the Homes and Communities Agency, and means that work will start at three development sites in east and […]

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Hull-based housing association’s customer service is top notch

A Hull-based housing association has recently been reassessed for the Customer Service Excellence award, a government iniative to encourage organisations which meet a high standard to show that they put their customers first and aim to constantly improve. Pickering and Ferens Homes latest assessment received a glowing report, showing that the association had no major […]

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New trustee spends spends some time getting to know association’s residents

The newest addition to the board of trustees at a Hull-based housing association, has been busy spending time getting to know some of its 1,200 residents. Tom Hogan dropped into Pickering and Ferens Homes’ Barrington Avenue Pop-In, off Cottingham Road, west Hull – where residents at that particular housing scheme congregate regularly for social events […]

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First resident moves back into housing association’s refurbished bungalow

A Hull-based housing association holds the key to one of its resident’s good fortune this week. Pickering and Ferens Homes – which operates from its headquarters in The Maltings, Silvester Street, Hull city centre – is set to officially welcome Michael Crombie back to his newly refurbished home at a celebration event on Thursday. When […]

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Keeping Pickering and Ferens Homes’ residents warm – the green way

A Hull-based housing association is turning over a new, greener, leaf this year through the launch of an energy efficiency programme. Pickering and Ferens Homes – which operates from its headquarters in The Maltings, Silvester Street, Hull city centre – has already installed new central heating, boilers and new fires at 92 of its properties […]

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