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Trusty House represents Watford Community Housing Trust, the town’s largest social landlord, which owns and manages 5,000 properties in and around Watford. The Trust, which is owned by its tenants and leaseholders, has been in existence for just over three years and during that time satisfaction with local neighbourhoods has increased significantly.

Trusty, to his friends, will be providing an update on what is happening at the Housing Trust and in the local communities. He will also be updating you on how people’s lives are changed by the things that he and the team at the Housing Trust do.

Posted at 3:54pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

Clarendon Living

Last Thursday, was a very exciting day when I attended the launch of “Clarendon Living”, our “Market Rent” brand. I had originally viewed the building before the works commenced and I could not believe my eyes with the finished project.

Posted at 8:43am Friday 15th November 2013

Our Journey Together

I have been counting down the days to Wednesday, 6th November when I was going to be the Guest of Honour at “Our Journey Together”. This event took place at The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

Posted at 10:29am Tuesday 15th October 2013

Community Chest

I am very excited that the Trust has some money available to help invest in the local community with projects and community initiatives that will make such a difference!

Posted at 12:56pm Thursday 12th September 2013

Watford Foodbank and Challenge 6

Life can be challenging and just living day-to-day can be very difficult for some people due to all kinds of different reasons. 

Posted at 11:23am Thursday 22nd August 2013

★ Challenge Six ★ – Putting Something Back Into The Community

In celebration of our Sixth Birthday in September all of our staff have been given the opportunity to give something back to the community by carrying out six hours of voluntary work over a six month period. It’s what the Trust and our Gateway ethos is all about and together all our efforts will make such a positive difference to our local community areas and to ourselves. We are calling this Challenge Six.

Posted at 9:41am Friday 16th August 2013

Prime Minister Visits Cycle Hub

On Thursday, 12th August I was very privileged to meet Prime Minister David Cameron and Olympic Cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendelton. They were visiting Watford Cycle Hub, which is one of our Social Enterprises, to find out how the Hub is promoting cycling in Watford.

Posted at 3:06pm Monday 12th August 2013

New Homes

I was really excited to hear about the success of our bid for funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). This will support our growing programme of new homes to meet the need for affordable housing in Watford & Three Rivers.

Posted at 10:45am Friday 9th August 2013

Pop Up Business School

Last Saturday and Sunday the Trust organised a Pop Up Business event at Harebreaks Community Hub. With over 30 people from Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere attending this was a key part of our drive to help 100 people into work by summer 2015. I can never turn down the opportunity to expand my ideas and made sure I enrolled on this course as soon as I heard about it. Am I glad I did it was truly inspiring. The weekend included exercises in confidence building, understanding your target market and selling skills. It also guided attendees on the use of social media and the internet for trading and a demonstration of how easy it is to build a website. The trainers were inspirational and good fun and the event was really engaging. So much so, that the group will be meeting again on Saturday 21st September to share their experiences and how they have got on with their 3 key actions they took from the weekend.

Posted at 1:57pm Tuesday 30th July 2013

Working in Partnership

To help our tenants pay their rent by Direct Debit, one of the new incentives I am really excited about is a quarterly ‘Trusty’s Seasonal Savings’ offer. This is our first offer for new tenants signing up to Direct Debits and they, in turn will receive Home Contents Insurance for free for the first 12 months. How cool is that!! Do make sure you look out for other offers going forward after all, these are great opportunities not to be missed.

Posted at 11:00am Friday 19th July 2013

Board and Gateway Leadership Team Elections

It’s Election time again for our tenants and leaseholders. This year we have 2 vacancies on our Board and 3 on the Gateway Leadership Team (GLT). I am pleased to report that we have had some really excellent and capable candidates come forward!

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