St Vincent’s staff have provided a lifeline for Mr and Mrs Savage, a couple who had been left homeless after Mr Savage sadly suffered a sudden brain haemorrhage earlier this year.
The couple had been living happily in Spain for the past ten years, and following the tragic incident, which had left Mr Savage with brain damage, the couple had found themselves back in the UK homeless, with few belongings and no family to support them.
After getting in touch with St Vincent’s, they were quickly offered a flat at sheltered scheme Charles Forbes Court in Warrington. Neighbours and staff at St Vincent’s rallied round to help the couple get settled in their new home, donating furniture and household items, whilst offering them continuous support.
Mrs Savage said: “We were in a situation where we were homeless and needed to find somewhere to live quickly in the UK. St Vincent’s did everything they could to help us get settled. Moving to Charles Forbes Court has been a lifesaver for both of us and will help my husband’s health improve. The support we have had from the staff at St Vincent’s has been amazing, and the neighbours have been lovely. Thank you so much to everybody who has helped us.”
Mr and Mrs Savage with Barbara Dolphin (centre), Scheme Manager at Charles Forbes Court.
Author - Ruth Coglan | Added on 19/12/2012
We held a celebration lunch today at St Vincent’s to thank all the staff and residents who have raised money for our nominated charity, St Ann’s Hospice, this year.
We are delighted to have raised £7167 for St Ann’s, well over our initial target of £2000!
Staff and residents have taken part in various activities over the past 12 months, including a midnight walk, 10K run, cake sales, curry lunches, and a hike up Snowdon.
St Ann’s Hospice, based in Greater Manchester, offers a valuable service caring and helping around 3,000 patients every year, who are affected by cancer and non-cancer life limiting illnesses.
Charlie Norman, Chief Executive at St Vincent’s said; “St Ann’s do such an amazing job and I am delighted that we have been able to contribute as the Hospice relies on charitable donations to keep the service going. Personally, I feel so proud and privileged to work with such caring people across all the schemes and offices. Thank you so much to everyone that has been involved."
Author - Ruth Coglan | Added on 19/12/2012
St Vincent’s is delighted by the news that it has scooped the award for Best Housing Association at the Best Business Awards this month, which assesses both public and private sector businesses.
The judges felt that, despite a challenging year with lots of changes on the horizon for the whole sector, the staff at St Vincent’s have continued to work hard to make a difference, running the business for the benefit of customers, as well as keeping their social values at the heart of everything they do.
Andrew Areoff, chairman of the Judges at the Awards commented; “St Vincent’s does much more than just put a roof over people’s heads. As well as providing 3250 homes to people in housing need, it has helped tenants take up training and get jobs; it works to develop its employees; it provides a handyman service to the elderly and has introduced innovative energy efficiency schemes. It’s successes have driven home just what can be achieved to help those in need when time and effort is invested.”
Charlie Norman, Chief Executive at St Vincent’s said “This is a lovely award for us to win and I am delighted…it’s all down to the staff”.
Author - Ruth Coglan | Added on 18/12/2012
If you are a St Vincent's tenant and you 'like' our Facebook page before the 24th December 2012 you are guaranteed to win a prize!
Simply 'like' our facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/StVincentsHousing
Author - Ruth Coglan | Added on 07/12/2012
If you are struggling with the cost of Christmas this year, please contact the St Vincent’s Money Management team for advice rather than take up loans from doorstep lenders or loan sharks.
Doorstep lenders can charge extremely high interest rates, and although these loans appear to offer a short term solution, they can lead you into even further debt. Similarly, please be aware that Payday loans, despite being legal, also charge very high interest rates.
Loan sharks are illegal money lenders who offer unsecured loans at extortionate interest rates. The tactics they use to collect monies can be intimidating and even violent so please avoid them at all costs. If you have already borrowed from a loan shark please bear in mind that you haven’t broken the law, it is the loan shark that is acting illegally.
If you would like any advice on this, or any money management issue, please contact Angela Kehoe on 07793444172, or Shazia on 07867 359639.
If you have already borrowed from a doorstep lender or loan shark and would like some advice please contact your local Trading Standards office. Alternatively, call the Illegal Money Lending Team’s confidential hotline on 0300 5552222.
Author - Ruth Coglan | Added on 06/12/2012
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