Doing the job I love for 25 years!

After twenty-five years of service at HCHA, Christine Hill, Intensive Housing Coordinator at Gillian House sheltered scheme, is retiring. Christine started work at Gillian House in 1990 as a relief staff member; a month later she secured the post of deputy manager and a year on was promoted to scheme manager. Christine reflects, ‘All these years I’ve been doing a…

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HCHA launches Year of Digital Inclusion

This summer HCHA is launching a year of digital activity and training as part of its commitment to digital inclusion for older residents living in our sheltered schemes. Tracey Baldwin, HCHA’s Finance Manager said, ‘HCHA strongly believes that digital inclusion is important for all of our tenants and by making this a priority in 2015 we hope to reduce the digital divide.…

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Merger between Harlington Rectory Housing Association and HCHA

The Hillingdon based Harlington Rectory Housing Association has merged with Harrow Churches Housing Association (HCHA).  For the fifty-four tenants and their families living in Woodforde Court and St Paul’s Close, the merger has meant that they have a new landlord with sound experience of building and managing social housing. On announcement of the merger in…

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HCHA hosts reception at the House of Commons

On Monday 24th November, Harrow Churches Housing Association celebrated fifty years of providing social housing by hosting a reception at the House of Commons. The reception was attended by Gareth Thomas MP for West Harrow, Bob Blackman MP for Harrow East, Nick Hurd MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, Harrow Mayor Cllr Ajay Maru, the Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr Catherine Dann, Harrow Council…

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Celebrating Diwali with a bhangra dance!

In November the Hindu festival of Diwali was celebrated by residents at St Barnabas Court with great style. Guests were encouraged to dress up in their saris (or borrow them from each other) and join in the festivities which included Bhangra dancing in the lounge. Some of the residents prepared a feast of traditional Indian…

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Harrow Mayor marks HCHA’s Golden Jubilee

Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Ajay Maru visited HCHA’s sheltered scheme for the elderly at St Barnabas Court in Harrow Weald to meet residents and celebrate the Association’s Golden Jubilee. The Mayor met several of the residents at a buffet lunch and presided over the cake cutting by eldest resident May Slater age 94 (pictured) and Inez Watson age 91;…

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Dashwood Court serves up a treat

A delicious buffet lunch was prepared for the residents of Dashwood Court in Hounslow as they gathered together in the lounge and celebrated HCHA’s 50th anniversary in their scheme. Housing Coordinator Susie Thomas said, ‘There’s a good community spirit here at Dashwood and residents were very pleased to attend because they are happy to be living here and…

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Grace at Gillian House

More than thirty guests including residents, staff and friends from the Friday Friendship Circle, sat down to a delicious home-cooked meal prepared by Christine Hill and her invaluable assistant Jennifer Stapleton. After saying grace and giving thanks, there were a few informal speeches from Christopher Holley, CEO of HCHA, Michael Carmody Committee member, and Patrick Barry, Chair of…

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Living well in your golden years

In HCHA’s thirty-six flats at St Barnabas sheltered scheme, fifty percent of our residents are between 57 to 79 years of age. Nine of our residents are in their eighties, and a further nine are aged between ninety and ninety-six. All of our residents live independently in their own units. When asked about the secret to her good health, May 94,…

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Wolstenholme residents raise a glass to HCHA

Residents at our Wolstenholme sheltered scheme in Stanmore marked the Association’s golden jubilee with a picnic on the patio on a lovely sunny day in June. Linda Jackson, Wolstenholme’s Intensive Housing Coordinator said, ‘The party was wonderful. Our residents were very involved, some made food, others prepared the patio by painting pots and planting flowers.…

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