Christmas Wreath Competition

In December, tenants got into the festive spirit by participating in our design and decorate a Christmas wreath competition. Over the month social committees from our sheltered schemes organised Christmas decoration parties and they got together to create wreaths as well as adorn their Christmas trees. The creative wreaths were displayed in communal lounges for all to admire.…

Whirlpool Product Recall

We’ve been informed about a product recall affecting tumble dryers, and want to share this important information with all HCHA tenants. Whirlpool is recalling some of the tumble dryers sold under its Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline brands made between 2004 and 2015. If you think you might have a tumble dryer from one of these brands, you…

Diwali – Happy New Year!

On the 7th of November St Barnabas tenants held a celebratory Diwali lunch in the communal lounge to mark the Hindu ‘Festival of Lights’ and the beginning of their New Year. Tenant Beatrice (pictured below in brown sari) said, ‘I’m not very steady on my feet so don’t get out much, but I made a special effort to join…

Ghoulish goings on at Ewart House!

Halloween saw terrifying axe murderers, hairy bears and wicked witches walking about the communal lounge scaring off our tenants. Oh wait a minute, they were our tenants! This tenant-led activity was the idea of Ewart resident Marian who organised the food, decorations and Halloween fun for tenants living in Ewart House.New tenant Rita (pictured top right) said, ‘I…

A place I can call home

HCHA’s over 25s housing project provides single homeless people aged over 25 with support and a safe place to stay to help them get their lives back on track. Adam (pictured in the centre with our project staff Raph & Laura) explains his experience, ‘I split up with my ex-partner and moved out, then stayed at my mum’s, but…

Dr Paul Shenton GP awarded HCHA Community Star Award

Dr Paul Shenton a community GP from Maswell Park Health Centre in Hounslow has been awarded a Community Star Award by Harrow Churches Housing Association (HCHA).  Dr Shenton has been recognised for his 30 years of dedicated service to tenants living at HCHA’s Dashwood Court sheltered scheme for older people. Dr Shenton holds a small…

Ewart Gardening Club

The Ewart Gardening Club was started this spring by residents of Ewart House following on from discussions at a tenants meeting about the need for a hands-on green space. It was decided that funds from the scheme’s social budget would be used to purchase a raised flower bed. Whilst all the other gardening materials were…

Preparing for Remembrance Day

Much to the delight of Paxfold residents, Stuart McDonald moved into the sh­­eltered scheme one year ago and instantly became a popular figure, his poppy festooned trike drawing both attention and smiles. Stuart tells us about his passion for volunteering with the Royal British Legion. Q: What made you decide to decorate your trike with…