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Customer Service at Moat

Customer Service at Moat

Received from Anne-Britt Karunaratne, Senior Director of Customer Services at Moat by Jason Amos Director of Property Services at Moat.
 
“I was down at Holywell House today, the first time since the work in the communal lounge and hallways has been completed, and felt I needed to write to say thank you.
  
I am delighted to say that the ghost of Holywell past was exorcised today! Thank you for pushing through the communal works; the difference is phenomenal! The lounge is now bright and welcoming, with feature walls, a clean and crisp kitchen and a social scene.
 
And Armour, I am told (and can see) have been fabulous with their donations that mean the room now has all the finishing touches that make it homely; cosy lighting, cushions, pictures that add something to the room and decor rather than hide a stain on the wall.
 
So, personal thanks from me to you and the team.
 
It was such a relief and delight to see Holywell today looking as it should and being somewhere we can be proud of”.
 
From Jason Amos to Armour

Great work to all of you for continuing to deliver a great service and for particularly for the time, energy and additional works, etc. that you put into turning around this scheme. J


Moat Homes Go-Kart

Moat Homes Go-Kart

We took part in the Moat Homes Go-Kart contest last Friday 15th July and had a great evening. Thanks to all at Moat who organised the event and to all the participants for the great competition.
Trottiscliffe School

Trottiscliffe School

As part of our commitment to the local community we went to Trottiscliffe Church of England Primary School during the summer holidays and painted their pupil washrooms and some of the external cladding. Working with our partners at Dulux (Akzo Nobel) who donated the paint free of charge members of our Kent Team undertook the work which was funded by the Armour Community Fund at no cost to the school.
We were very pleased to be recognised in the schools September Newsletter and look forward to helping out in further projects.
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Put a little bird house in your soul (or your garden)

Put a little bird house in your soul (or your garden)

Armour has been working with Amicus Horizon Housing Association on their cyclical decorations contract for nearly two years so when someone was needed to provide a special event at the Sheppey Residents’ Fun Day the team at Amicus knew who to call!
With the brief to provide an activity for the children that did something for the community Armour came up with the idea of supporting the RSPB “Make a Home for Nature” campaign by putting together a range of bird houses which the kids were able to paint with our help.
So as you can see from the pictures, some people may say that British birds are all a dull brown but in Sheppey at least they can rest up in some colourful surroundings.
Claire shrugs off injury to Race for Life

Claire shrugs off injury to Race for Life

Armour Resident Liaison Officer, Claire Hughes had agreed to participate in the Race for Life “Mud Run” at Mote Park on July 11th to raise money for raise money for the Neuroblastoma Alliance for Children’s’ Cancer. Having gathered sponsorship from her less fit colleagues at Armour she was ready to go when disaster struck.

On the preceding Thursday her works van was involved in an accident when a larger vehicle ran into the back of her stationary vehicle causing her to suffer from Whiplash Trauma. Despite this she was determined to compete and on the Sunday ignored the pain to take part in the “walking section” of the event.

As you can see from the pictures her team mates made sure that she didn’t miss out on the mud and she was rewarded by knowing that she had raised nearly £400 for this most worthy cause.
Neighbourhood Furniture Store

Armour makeover brightens a Community Store

Armour personnel attended a celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of the Neighbourhood Furniture Store (NFS) on Tuesday 9th June. NFS is one of Armour’s community enterprises and the company provides decoration and refurbishment services free of charge to help support the Sittingbourne based store.


NFS is managed by Armour Client, Amicus Horizon Housing Association’s charity Fresh Visions which helps the local residents access affordable furniture and supported over 4,650 households over the last ten years.
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New Mayor of Swale, Cllr Anita Walker, joined happy customers, staff and local community representatives along with Armour’s representatives at the store to mark the anniversary and highlight the importance it plays in the local community. She launched a display of balloons, in the stores new colours of pink and grey, marking the 10th birthday event. Cllr Walker told the gathering: “I came here ten years ago for the launch. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary and here’s to the next ten years.”

The charity project relies on local business support and Armour Group, carried out a makeover on the front of the building earlier this year to help launch the valued community project into the next ten years.
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The Loft

Supporting Young People in Gillingham at "The Loft" a centre run by a Christian outreach group providing activities and a safe environment.

"The Loft" had suffered from a number of years of hard use by an increasing number of young people who made use of its facilities and was also seen as too small for its for current demand. Despite its name, the organisation had moved to occupy the whole building some years before and still found itself cramped and unable to meet it's potential for serving the local community.
In partnership with two other contractors we constructed a conservatory extension to the property and coompletely redecorated it. We involved the faciity's users in the colour choice for the building which helped to give them a sense of ownership which ties in with the overall aims of "The Loft" which seeks to impart a sense of community in its attendees rather than the feeling of not belonging that was at the root of a lot of local anti social behaviour.
Since it's refurbishment "The Loft" has thrived and according to local community leaders the incidence of vandalism in the area has dropped significantly. More importantly, the expansion of activities allowed by the larger premises has gone to make participation in the centres pursuits something that is aspired to by the local young people and is seen as agood reference point when looking for a job after they have finished school.
Tranquillity Garden

Tranquillity Garden at Medway

During our contract with Housing & Care 21 we became aware that at a facility in the Medway Towns that was used to house residents with varying stages of dementia the Counselling Staff had a project to create a tranquil garden where residents could find some peace when things got too much for them. We offered to provide this and built a small covered seating area (nicknamed "the Pagoda" by staff) within a grassy area that we planted out with fragrant plants this whole experience being part of the settling experience that could help ease some of the stress felt by dementia sufferers.
While it is difficult to quantify the exact level of benefit that such a project imparts it has enabled the Counsellors and care staff another avenue of care and support in their efforts to make the lives of their residents as comfortable as possible.
Because of the lack of similar facilities both at Housing & Care 21 sites and other care providers in the area, the tranquil garden has been made available to other people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease as part of their therapy.
Training Young People

Training young people for the future

We have been working for Circle Housing in Camden as a specialist subcontractor to their main provider (Kier plc) and have been in partnership with the charitable organisation “Building Lives”. This has enabled us to provide apprenticeship opportunities for young people in the Camden Area who otherwise faced a bleak future without qualifications or skills. Our efforts were recognised in December 2014 when we were awarded the “Subcontractor of the Year “ award by the Building Lives organisation.
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