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Magenta Living appoint Liberty to provide gas servicing in major contract win

Liberty will deliver gas servicing, maintenance and installation services to over 13,000 homes owned by Wirral based housing association, Magenta Living.  The contract for gas service and repair is worth £1.6 million per annum over the next five years, with the opportunity of installation works in addition, taking the contract to a maximum value of £3 million per annum.  Magenta Living have worked with Liberty for over 13 years delivering smaller contracts, but this contract award will see Liberty expand its services with Magenta Living to deliver vital safety services to all of Magenta Living’s tenants. 

 

Ian Thomson, Executive Director for Assets at Magenta Living said: “I’m pleased that Liberty have been awarded the contract for gas servicing and repairs with Magenta Living. We have a great partnership with Liberty, and I know they pride themselves on ensuring our tenants remain safe and warm in their homes. Awarding Liberty the contract for the next five years offers both our tenants and colleagues assurances that we, along with Liberty, are committed to providing excellent services to our tenants with the main priority being ensuring safety in their homes.”

 

Property services business Liberty has secured 9 new contracts in the North West worth over £18 million. Seven further contracts with ForHousing will see Liberty’s repairs, maintenance and construction division, and heating and compliance division jointly deliver £2.95 million in planned improvement and routine maintenance programmes.  These will see Liberty completing re-roofing, balcony replacements, fire compartmentalization and fire safety system maintenance, roadside parking improvements, windows and doors renewals, asbestos removal, legionella works, high rise commercial boiler maintenance.

 

Ray Jones, Group Managing Director of Liberty, said: “These contract awards are great news for Liberty at a time when we are remobilising our services as the restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic begin to lift.

 

“We’ve been working hard with our partners and clients during lockdown to ensure we can deliver work safely and in line with guidelines. As part of this we’ve taken the opportunity to look at our ways of working to make sure we continue to offer smart and straightforward services to meet clients’ needs as part of the new normal.

 

“We’re excited to be working with Magenta Living, ForHousing and Torus to deliver a wide range of work to keep their tenants safe, secure and warm in their homes.”

 

The final contract win for Liberty, is with North West growth and regeneration group, Torus, and is a £133,000 retrofit project to install innovative, eco-friendly, electrical water-filled heating systems to sheltered housing scheme Portland Gardens in Liverpool.  This scheme will reduce carbon emissions from the building and save their tenants money.

 

Liberty specialises in the full range of property services including reactive and planned maintenance across all technical disciplines, refurbishments, mechanical and electrical projects, construction and renewable energy.

 

For more information visit, liberty-group.co.uk

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Keeping up with COVID: Magenta Living - Housing Digital

Our very own Transformation Director, Fiona Astor kicks off Housing Digital's new series, sharing insight into how Magenta Living responded to COVID-19, the impact on our customers & colleagues and how we worked together with digital innovation being faster than ever!

Read the full article here: housingdigital.co.uk/keeping-up-with-covid-magenta-living/

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VOLA, Sefton CVS & the Include-IT Mersey Team win ERSA’s ‘Team of the Year 2020’ Award


Include-IT Mersey is a Digital Inclusion project funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery Community Fund to support digitally excluded, workless people in the Liverpool City Region to learn essential IT skills to help them get into or closer to work.

 

Established in 2017, the project helps people to improve basic ICT and online skills, confidence and access to digital technologies, with the ultimate aim of supporting progression towards employment or further training, helping those furthest from the labour market to become more job-ready.

 

Led by Sefton CVS in partnership with VOLA Consortium and 14 other not-for-profit providers, the project has supported 1,299 socially and digitally excluded residents to upskill and move on in life in a more positive direction. 

 

Our Partners include: Age UK Wirral, Alt Valley Development Trust, Big Help Project, Everton Development Trust, Greenbank College, Granby Toxteth Development Trust, Independence Initiatives, Rotunda College, Speke Training and Education Centre, St. Helens Chamber, Torus Foundation, Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action, Good Things Foundation, Worker’s Education Association. Magenta Living are proud to be part of the consortium, along with other Liverpool City Region Housing Associations, helping our communities to access the award winning support available.

 

Supported by a 48 strong project team, to date, 563 participants have progressed to work, further training or active job search, with 174 currently on programme, surpassing total project targets.

 

Project Manager Stu McGrory said “My Board, members, funders and strategic partners always tell me that we never shout about ourselves enough for the excellent, crucial work we do to support the city region’s most disadvantaged residents; and we have certainly never applied for an award before!

 

But in recent months, with the challenging circumstances presented by the Coronavirus crisis, the way I have seen my project team – at all levels – proactively spring in to action to change the ways we work to ensure continued remote support for learners during the lock-down, has just inspired and encouraged me, and filled me with pride!  I have genuinely thought ‘what a team. “

 

 

For the Include-IT Mersey project, Sefton CVS, founding member and host agency for VOLA’s management unit, stepped up as lead body, pulling together the partnership and successfully applying for a large NLCF/ ESF co-financed grant.

 

The project has a 6-strong central management unit, with 39 staff in the wider project team, spread across 14 delivery partners.  The vast majority are front-line delivery with some back office roles.  We also have 37 volunteer Digital Champions who support and enhance the work of the project, who are equally respected and embraced as project team members.

 

VOLA said “So why do we think we are such a good team?  For a range of reasons, including: A shared sense of ownership and common goal across all project team members of our mission to help socially and digitally excluded people to move on in life.  We are committed, proactive and professional people – at all levels - who really care about the learners we support.  We pride ourselves on having an extremely positive working culture apparent across all partners/project team members – with high levels of trust, flexibility and responsive, constructive engagement around performance management & problem solving.”

 

If you would like to know more about Include IT Mersey or to get onto the course then visit includeitmersey.org.uk or call Magenta Living on 0808 100 9596 to be signposted to a Wirral based partner.

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Anwyl Partnerships handover Magenta Living’s first Extra care Scheme in Wirral

Anwyl Partnerships, specialists in the provision of residential land and build developments, has handed over a £3.4million extra care development to Wirral based Magenta Living.

 

The Barncroft development in Pensby encompasses 21 apartments, built around a range of internal and external communal spaces to help maintain social interaction and support well-being for residents. A vegetable and shrubbery garden makes up part of the scheme, designed to provide a space where residents can meet and tend to the garden together. It also offers a Dementia friendly environment to help improve the quality of life of those affected residents.

 

The development is the first project Anwyl have delivered in partnership with affordable housing provider, Magenta Living, and helps to address the demand for high-quality over 55’s accommodation in the Borough. Further to delivering the requirements for extra care living, the project also represents a high quality and attractive architectural feature to the local area, having been designed to remain in-keeping with the neighbouring Pensby Hall.

 

Development on site during lockdown was recognised as essential works in order to achieve project hand over and residents are now set to move into their new apartments in the coming weeks.

 

Logo 'Anwyl Partnerships' Tom Anwyl, Managing Director at Anwyl Partnerships commented: “We’ve remained committed to progressing this project during the lockdown period to reach completion, as we recognise the urgent need for this type of housing. We’ve enjoyed a collaborative and close working relationship with the team at Magenta Living which has helped us realise our mutual wider objectives.

 

“This is a fantastic scheme, marking our first on the Wirral and we look forward to supporting the council’s plans by developing further projects of this nature here in the future. “

Barncroft Extra Care Scheme external picture with garden

Not-for-profit housing provider, Magenta Living own and manage just under 13,000 homes in Wirral and across the North West. Paul Anson, Executive Director of Growth at Magenta Living added:

“The completion of Barncroft Extra Care Scheme is a fantastic achievement especially given the recent challenges of the lockdown period. Anwyl Partnerships have delivered a great scheme that will provide much needed homes for people over 55 in Wirral and adds a second extra care scheme to Magenta Living’s development portfolio.  It is really important that we address the housing needs of an increasingly ageing population and offer independent living schemes like Barncroft Extra Care Scheme. I’m sure this scheme will provide a wonderful place to live and I’m looking forward to seeing our residents moving into their new homes soon.”

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By working together, we can help reduce anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood.

Magenta Living has been dealing with three ongoing cases of anti-social behaviour in three flats in the same low-rise block in central Birkenhead.

 

The first flat was being sub-letted illegally by a Magenta Living tenant to homeless people whilst he lived elsewhere. Magenta Living took action and asked the tenant to surrender tenancy or be put in court for eviction and be reported for benefit fraud. The tenant surrendered but the property was found to be in very poor condition and cost thousands of pounds for Magenta Living to refurbish the property before it could be let to the next tenant.

 

The second flat was tenanted by a young male who unofficially moved his partner in and we had complaints of loud music, drug use, incidents of domestic violence, fly-tipping in communal gardens and keeping a dog in the flat which was unallowed. The tenant was repeatedly warned about behaviour and was asked to terminate the tenancy or face legal proceedings, but he refused. The tenant served Notice Seeking Possession and Birkenhead County Court evicted the tenant for multiple breaches of tenancy.

 

The third flat was tenanted by a female who unofficially allowed her partner to move in after he was released from prison for racial assault. The partner began drug dealing from the flat soon after he moved in. Magenta Living liaised with the local community to ensure the drug dealing was reported to Merseyside Police and Crimestoppers. Police were able to obtain Misuse of Drug Warrant and raided the flat in December 2019. The tenant was asked to surrender the tenancy or face legal proceedings for eviction for drug dealing and rent arrears of over £1,500. The tenant surrendered the property but the flat will cost thousands to refurbish to an acceptable standard for the next tenant.

By working together with you and the wider community, we can tackle anti-social behaviour. We want to ensure that you feel safe in your home and enjoy where you live. As part of our #ClaimBackYourCommunity campaign we encourage you to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour you witness - you can do this confidentially by calling us on 0808 100 9596 or visiting magentaliving.org.uk/contact-us

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Magenta Living’s statement on equality, diversity and inclusion

Like many organisations, Magenta Living has been shaken by two recent global events. Firstly, the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and secondly, the wide-scale protests that followed the tragic death of George Floyd which has served to reinforce the need to speak out against racism, inequality and discrimination in all its forms.

 

We truly believe that everyone is entitled to respect and to be treated with dignity but, we recognise that there is always more we can do. Therefore, Magenta Living is committed to listening, learning, and improving. We want to understand what barriers prevent people from accessing our services and entering and progressing in our organisation.

 

Put simply, at Magenta Living, we want to make it clear that we do not, and will not, accept or stand for any form of racism, prejudice or discrimination and we always want all our colleagues to display inclusive behaviours because we know from recent experience that we are stronger when we are together.

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#BikesForNHS Campaign a Wheely Big Success!

186 bikes loaned to NHS staff in Merseyside


Following the launch of its #BikesForNHS campaign in April, social enterprise Hype Merseyside has loaned 186 bikes to NHS workers supporting the fight against COVID-19.


The organisation - which focuses on getting people involved in cycling - has also seen 67 unwanted bikes donated by the public and is still appealing for more, so that they too can be refurbished and loaned to the NHS workers who applied for the scheme.


The scheme, which received hundreds of applications, was launched to allow staff on the frontline of the national health crisis save money by not having to take taxis when public transport wasn’t available, to save time and allow them to spend more time with their family (rather than waiting at bus stops and train stations) and to improve their own health and general fitness.


The #BikesForNHS Merseyside initiative even gained the support of The Minister of State at the Department for Transport, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, who described it as a “fantastic scheme” in a Zoom call with organiser Matt Houghton.


During the call, which also included Jenny Box, Head of Behaviour Change in England, James Scott, Director of Behaviour Change at Cycling UK and Alexandra Jarvis, from the Department for Transport, wider initiatives to encourage people to take up cycling were also discussed.


The success of the initiative with NHS workers at The Royal Liverpool Hospital, Aintree Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, The Walton Centre, Arrowe Park and the Clatterbridge Hospital has also encouraged other local organisations to invest in similar schemes.


Magenta Living, the largest provider of affordable housing in Wirral, has committed £6,000 to provide up to 60 of their residents with a bike and access to workshops delivered out of Hype Merseyside’s new unit at the Environmental Innovations Centre in Birkenhead.


The free bikes will be loaned Magenta Living residents who are front line workers for three months. They will use Strava to log their journeys and complete a monthly survey, to feedback on how having access to the bike has improved their lifestyle.


Matthew Houghton, Chief Executive at HYPE Merseyside, said: “We set out to loan 100 bikes to NHS staff in the first phase of the campaign and we exceeded that target by almost double - 186 in total. The response has been incredible and we are proud to still be supporting the fantastic frontline workers who applied to the scheme with free, healthy and safe transport until the end of the year.

It is also wonderful to see other local organisations like Magenta Living recognising the potential health and lifestyle benefits of cycling and investing in our bikes for their residents.


Brian Simpson, Chief Executive of Magenta Living said: “I am thrilled that Magenta Living is supporting this scheme from our Community Fund, set up to help local organisations, such as HYPE, during the current COVID-19 crisis. This initiative has been a great success and we are pleased to support our tenants who are key workers through this scheme and recognise the fantastic work they do on the front line.

Cycling also provides great health and wellbeing benefits which are so important, especially during the current situation. Providing free bikes through this initiative has provided a great option for our customers to reach their place of work in a safe, timely and healthy way as well as helping with our climate change agenda.


Dawn, a Magenta Living tenant who is currently using the free bike scheme said: “The team at HYPE, Matt and Kev have been fabulous and super helpful. This is a great community project for local frontline key workers to utilise and it’s fantastic that my landlord, Magenta Living, is able to provide the support for projects like this, without them it wouldn’t exist!

I’m really enjoying using the bike which allows me to travel to and from work safely. It’s also allowed me and my son Thomas to spend time together on our bikes, touring around the Wirral and helping more of the local community as we can, whilst also keeping us both fit and healthy! Projects like this really do bring the community together by helping those who may not have had the opportunity to hire a bike previously. A big thank you to HYPE and Magenta Living for making this happen.


Hype’s latest project, Hype Urban Bikes, will also open to the public this month, with bikes available to hire for three or six month periods, for just £1 per day.


Matthew added: “Cycling is a sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel to work and for leisure. We believe that it should be accessible to all and our new hire service puts it much more firmly within people’s reach.

Bikes will be available to hire out of our new unit at the Environmental Innovations Centre in Birkenhead and we also plan to run some family maintenance sessions during the summer holidays, to encourage and educate people on the joy of cycling even further.


Established in 2007 to deliver workshops for teenagers in deprived wards during the summer holidays, HYPE Merseyside’s cycling and development plan now focuses on getting more people, more active, more often through cycling. It also aims to make cycling cheaper, safer, more accessible and a natural choice for transport.


For more information visit: hypeurbanbikes.co.uk

 

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Coronavirus - A message from our Chief Executive, Brian Simpson | 19 June 2020

 

Update 19 June 2020

We are currently working on plans to safely re-introduce our services at Magenta Living in line with the latest Government guidelines and continue to ensure the safety of our customers and colleagues comes first. The Minister for Housing, Christopher Pincher MP has issued a letter to all social housing residents providing an update on the current COVID-19 situation. To view the full letter click here.

Brian Simpson
Chief Executive of Magenta Living

 

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I want to assure all our customers that at Magenta Living, we continue to work tirelessly to deliver you the best service possible under these difficult conditions we all find ourselves in. Following the recent announcement by our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, that movement should be restricted unless absolutely necessary, we have been forced to evaluate the service we can offer to you, our customers.

Our plan was to keep our services running as normal as possible for as long as possible, but now we have made the decision to change our service offering:

  • Our Contact Centre is only able to take emergency & urgent repairs calls, speak to you if you are concerned about being able to pay your rent and deal with urgent enquiries
  • Only emergency & urgent repairs will be undertaken - Find out more about responsive repairs by priority and response time here.
  • We will continue to undertake gas safety checks
  • Our staff are now largely working from home but will continue to support you from there
  • All internal planned works will be put on hold. The only works that will be undertaken will be those relating to our customers safety
  • Partnership Building is closed to all visitors
  • If you have any other queries relating to other support that may be available to you, Wirral Council has set up a dedicated support helpline 0151 666 5050, available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Wirral Council and partners have launched a new online resource to help match residents needs with local sources of support during the COVID19 situation. Wirral InfoBank asks residents what help they need, providing options for people to choose from. To find out what help is available for you or to offer support from you or your organisation, visit: https://www.wirralinfobank.co.uk/
  • Our Technicians and Contractors are taking extra precautions during the pandemic by regularly washing their hands and using hand sanitiser. They clean all surfaces they touch before leaving your property

We will continue to monitor the impact of Coronavirus closely and keep you updated as we all react to these difficult times. We remain committed to keeping you safe and I have been heartened by the community spirit being shown in Wirral where our staff, customers and the general population have been coming together with offers of support.

We are facing a time where all our normal lives are being disrupted and we are asked to stay at home to protect ourselves and our community wherever possible. We do want to support our community within Government guidelines and I therefore ask for your patience and understanding whilst we settle into a different way of working.

I know there are many questions you may have, and I don’t have all the answers yet, but I have outlined the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) above. If you have other questions, please contact us via email contactus@magentaliving.org.uk

I will keep you regularly updated with the latest information I have and thank you again for your commitment, support and patience as we move through the coming weeks and months.

Very best wishes,

Brian Simpson.

 

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Magenta Living 'Thank Holiday' - 29 June 2020

 

Our Board and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) have recognised how Magenta Living colleagues have responded positively to the current COVID-19 situation, as shown here:

 

Magenta Living COVID response JUNE 2020
 

In recognition of this, our Board and SLT wanted to thank all colleagues by giving everyone a day off to enjoy doing something nice. Taking a well-earned break is so important for health and wellbeing. So, on Monday 29 June the majority of Magenta Living staff will be enjoying their day off!

 

Our Contact Centre will still be available to take your calls. Extra thanks to the Contact Centre Team for supporting us, they'll also be given the opportunity for a break soon.

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Independent Survey by IFF / Voluntas

Magenta Living have employed an external organisation IFF (Voluntas) to undertake surveys on our behalf. This helps us get independent feedback so we can understand the needs of our customers now and in the future.

 

If you are contacted by IFF (Voluntas) and you are concerned about their identity, please call our Contact Centre on 0808 100 9596 where our advisors will be happy to assist.

 

IFF (Voluntas) will never ask you for personal or financial information. If you are asked for this information, please end the call and contact us on 0808 100 9596

 

For more information on being fraud aware, please visit the Action Fraud website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/individual-protection


To view Magenta Living's privacy policies, please visit: www.magentaliving.org.uk/privacy

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