We’re Looking For A Building Surveyor

Are you looking to build a career in Surveying, and would like to work for an award winning Housing Association?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and customer-focused individual to join our Asset Management team as one of our valued surveyors. We are passionate about our homes and community, and are looking for someone to share our passion and help shape our team for the future.

Here’s the exciting part, it’s your motivation and commitment that we are interested in and that’s difficult to put in a standard Job Description. So, whether you’re newly qualified looking to gain experience, or time-served now wanting to develop professionally, as long as you have that “spark”, then apply, because we’ll tailor the role around you!

We are holding an Open Event on Thursday 31st August, 4-7pm. It will be a great opportunity to meet with the team and find out more about us and the role.

Applications for the role close at midday on Wednesday 6th September 2017, with interviews held on Thursday 14th September 2017.

Please visit bdhtcareers.co.uk to apply.

Entertain the whole family at bdht’s annual fun days

If you’re looking for somewhere local to entertain the children this summer holiday, then why not come along to bdht’s family fun days on 16th and 23rd August.

The fun days are held annually and run by bdht staff for the local community to enjoy. On Wednesday 16th August the event will be held at King George Close Recreation Ground, Sidemoor, and on Wednesday 23rd August come along to Charford Recreation Ground, off Lyttleton Avenue. Running from 12-3.30pm, entertainment includes a bouncy castle, face painting, pony rides, tombola and raffle stalls and lots more to keep the whole family entertained.

Ashlea Green, Driving Futures Manager at bdht, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to hold summer fun days each year in the heart of two of our largest communities. We’re hoping to see more people than ever this year enjoying the free bouncy castle, face painting and other activities. There’s always a fantastic atmosphere, lots of fun and laughter and memories to be made.”

bdht to host digital fayre at Bromsgrove Library

bdht is hosting a Digi-Fayre at Bromsgrove Library on Tuesday 8th August to offer free guidance and information to anyone who isn’t familiar with computers or the internet or would like advice and help to find employment.

Everyone is invited to gain confidence in accessing services online, improve their digital skills or seek information about employment at the event, which will run from 10am – 2pm at the Parkside venue.

For those who are familiar with the internet but may be worried about cyber security, the Digi-Fayre will also include two cyber-crime workshops, at 11am and 2pm, which will allow people to get a greater understanding of how to stay safe online.

Rachael Tooth, Driving Futures Officer at bdht, said: “We’re really pleased to launch our second Digi-Fayre. Some people have never used the internet and this means they aren’t getting the same opportunities to access services, gain employment or find important information as regular online users. It can be quite daunting if you haven’t used a computer or the internet before, but we’ve designed workshops that make it really easy to get online.

“We’re also working with some great partners at this event, such as Worcestershire County Council, Libraries and Learning and the Job Centre, who can talk to people about all of services that are available to them online. HoW College, Nova Training and Community Learning will be on hand to talk about the training courses they offer and how to apply, and ABI Ireland will be showing people how to renew or apply for a Blue Badge parking permit online.”

Everyone is invited to come along and see friendly faces from bdht and our partners, all offering a wealth of free information and advice.

Fire Risk Statement – bdht Properties

Following on from the tragic incident of the fire at Grenfell Tower flats we can confirm that within the bdht stock we do not have any buildings over 18 m in height (3-storeys) that have been externally clad. For those buildings where we have installed external insulation we can confirm that the system is not the same system that was used on the Grenfell flats, nor is it in any way similar. It is a render based system where the insulation product is fixed directly to the wall with a fire resistant mechanical fixing and then coated with an external cement render. It has been approved by building control and meets all of the current building regulations.

As required by the Department of Communities and Local Government we provided full information on Monday, 19th June and received from them confirmation of our nil status.

As a number of queries have been raised in relation to wider issues of fire prevention we believe it is appropriate to update you with bdht’s current practices. Every individual flat is provided with a smoke detector which is designed to ensure early identification of any fire related difficulty. All communal areas have been subject to fire risk assessments (FRA) which have been carried out by an independent third party and have been audited by an external auditor. The purpose of the risk assessment is to ensure that the way in which our communal areas are managed in relation to fire detection and control is in accordance with the required regulations (the Regulatory Reform (safety) Order) RRO. The fire risk assessments, which are carried out on a maximum 3-year frequency, are reviewed annually and if there are any material changes to the building or layout in accordance with the RRO. We can confirm that we are 100% compliant with any recommendation that has arisen from the current fire risk assessment.

Although a technical issue, fire risk management is dealt with through passive and active measures and as a result buildings can be designed differently in respect of the measures that are in place. Therefore you may see things that appear to be different between similar buildings. We can assure you that we have carried out the FRA for every single block of flats but if you have any individual query please do not hesitate to email:

Gary Fowler, Director of Asset Management – gary.fowler@bdht.co.uk
or Barry Stevens, Head of Asset Management – barry.stevens@bdht.co.uk

MIKE BROWN
Chief Executive

It’s official – we’re number one! Bromsgrove’s bdht tops the list of the UK’s Best Workplaces™

Bromsgrove’s bdht has topped a national list of the UK’s Best Workplaces™. Staff celebrated as they were handed the top accolade in London last night (Wednesday 3rd May) after the Trust was ranked first in the Medium category by Great Place to Work®.

The not-for-profit organisation topped the national list in its category (for companies with 50-499 employees) after 98% of its employees said that the company was a ‘great place to work’. This is only the second year that bdht has entered the annual Best Workplaces™ ranking, which recognises high trust, high engagement workplace cultures, after coming 7th in 2016.

Mike Brown, Chief Executive of bdht said: “We’re number one! I am absolutely delighted and humbled by this recognition. We take pride in our culture and place huge value on employee happiness, welfare and general wellbeing so to be ranked first in our category is a real honour, particularly as employee feedback plays a significant part in the judging process.

“We are passionate about the work that we do with the community and I am pleased to see that each and every employee at bdht embodies this spirit. Fundamentally, when staff are loyal, engaged and happy, they in turn are able to provide the highest level of service to our customers. I would like to thank each and every one of them for their ongoing dedication and commitment.”

The methodology behind the Great Place to Work® list and its success is one of the most rigorous available. It uniquely comprises both an employee survey and an audit into bdht’s organisational management and HR practices. The award celebrates the strength of bdht’s leadership and the range of innovative, creative and effective HR policies that it has formed in its workplace culture.

Tom O’Byrne, Great Place to Work® CEO said: “We are delighted to see bdht at the top of our Best Workplaces™ list this year. It is a validation of the strength of their leadership and their commitment to creating the kind of culture which attracts and retains the best talent and where people have pride in what they do and want to do their best.

“The hallmark of a great workplace like bdht is that their policies and practices are designed around the employee; this employee focus helps attract and retain the talent essential for driving and sustaining competitive performance. It is no coincidence that high trust organisations like bdht also tend to perform better than their peers.”

By topping the UK’s Best Workplaces™, bdht is now automatically entered into the Great Place to Work® 100 Best Places to Work in Europe competition and is up against companies from 19 other European countries. The results will be announced in June.

For more information about bdht please visit bdht.co.uk.

 

 

bdht jobs available after triple promotion

 

bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, continues to grow in strength and skills after promoting three internal candidates, freeing up positions for local job seekers.

Emma Morris has been working at bdht for 11 years and has recently been promoted from Senior HR Advisor to HR Manager. She said: “I love working at bdht. We have a great team of enthusiastic people and a lovely atmosphere to come into each day and I’m delighted to have been promoted to HR Manager.”

Matt Fenton joined bdht one year ago as a Roofing Operative and has now been promoted to Responsive Repairs Team Leader, where he will oversee his fellow roofers and the Larger Works Team, diagnose roofing maintenance repairs and ensure all work is carried out safely and efficiently.

Lee Pitchford joined bdht’s Communities Team a year ago and has impressed senior staff with his excellent customer service skills and focus on the local community. After a successful application he has been promoted to Customer Liaison Officer.

Mike Brown, chief executive at bdht said: “We always want to find the right person for each role and we’re delighted that all three of these candidates were keen to apply from within the company. This allows us to grow our expertise with staff who are extremely knowledgeable and experienced, but it also frees up new roles for external job seekers to apply for.”

bdht is now looking for a Customer First Advisor and Communities First Officer. Full details and an application form for each job can be found on the bdht careers website and applications close on Friday 7th April. Anyone interested in the roles should visit https://bdhtcareers.co.uk/

bdht is one of the largest employers in Bromsgrove, with 130 staff based out of its head office at Buntsford Court. Last year bdht was named by Great Place to Work® as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces, coming 7th in the Medium category (organisations with 50-499 employees). The company also scooped the Employer of the Year award at the annual Business Masters Awards in Birmingham. Competing against five other nominees, bdht was delighted to take home the award in recognition of having a high trust, high engagement workplace culture.

At the time Alex Turner, editor of TheBusinessDesk.com, said: “The judges were unanimous in their choice in this category because of bdht’s obvious and genuine commitment to their staff.”

Mike Brown said: “We take employee satisfaction very seriously, not just in a monetary sense but we look at their happiness, welfare and general wellbeing. I honestly couldn’t be more proud of each and every one working for bdht as I’m sure they would all agree when I say that you cannot be the Employer of the Year without great employees!”

 

 

bdht makes life-saving equipment available for Bromsgrove residents

bdht has made further investments into the local community with two new defibrillators for Bromsgrove residents in an effort to help manage cardiac arrest and save lives.

One of the defibrillators will be available just outside bdht’s offices at Buntsford Court, while the other is a mobile unit that will be dispatched across Bromsgrove.

The two units will be accessible at any time, are easy to use and equipped with safety features that ensure the equipment is not only useful but also safe from accidental discharge by those who may not be familiar with them.

bdht employees have also undergone first aid and equipment management training in order to be able to provide this potentially life-saving service.

Mike Brown, Chief Executive at bdht, comments: “At bdht, we recognise the importance of offering this as a crucial first response that could increase a person’s chance of survival from cardiac arrest.

“The availability of public defibrillators has become increasingly important, given the rise in the number of people suffering from this life-threatening disease in Bromsgrove each year. Beyond providing affordable housing for all, I am pleased that we are able to expand our contributions to the community through this initiative.”

For more information please contact bdht at www.bdht.co.uk or call freephone 0800 085 0160.

 

bdht smashes £20,000 charity fundraising target

bdht charity fundraising

 

bdht staff are always eager to support both local and national charities through fundraising opportunities and, since the company was formed in 2004, it has raised a massive £21,370 for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Help for Heroes and Blue Cross Bromsgrove.

Mike Brown, chief executive, explains: “We’ve been raising money for local and national charities for the last 12 years and have been aiming for the £20,000 mark which we’re delighted to have smashed at the end of last year. All of our staff are justifiably feeling extremely proud. Fundraising is always a company-wide focus and a big part of our ethos with charities chosen via an internal poll each year.

In 2016, bdht staff upped the ante and raised their biggest annual haul yet, £2,358, which was divided between the Stroke Association, Cancer Research UK, Children in Need, St Basils and Alzheimer’s Society.

Plans are already in place for this year’s fundraising capers, with staff preparing to don fancy dress costumes, bake cakes, pound the pavements in fun runs and hold a family fun day in support of 2017’s chosen charities: St Basils, Cancer Research UK, Make A Wish Foundation, SUDEP (Sudden Death in Epilepsy) and New Starts (Bromsgrove).

Mike concludes: “We’re hoping to raise even more money this year and aim to reach £2,500 by the end of 2017 for these very worthwhile charities.”

 

New Year, New Starlight: bdht’s Café & Community Centre in Charford enjoys a makeover in time for the new year

 

The Starlight Café & Community Centre in Charford, Bromsgrove, established by Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht) has been given a brand new look, thanks to joint efforts by the Starlight team and employees from the marketing department from Halfords head office.

The initiative saw 27 team members from the marketing team at Halfords work with Darran Moore, Manager of the Starlight Café and Ashlea Green, bdht’s Sheltered Living Services Manager, as well as café staff and regular volunteers to transform the centre’s décor with a fresh and exciting new look.

This includes a complete overhaul of the training room, toilets, hallways and IT rooms. Beyond that, the centre will also be expanding on this effort with more renovation and refurbishment works in January which will feature new blinds, pictures, furniture, wall decor and more.

Speaking on behalf of the Starlight Café and Community Centre, Darran Moore, Starlight Centre Manager for bdht said: “This is our first redecorating and refurbishment effort since Starlight’s inception in 2012. We were excited to work with volunteers from the marketing team at Halfords in giving the centre the look and feel that will make it cosier and even more welcoming for all our volunteers and visitors.”

Ashlea concluded: “The Community Centre has been instrumental in promoting a wide range of skills enhancement and personal development programmes for members of our community. This makeover demonstrates our continued commitment to the community and we hope that it will get staff and volunteers excited about new activities that we have lined up in 2017.”

Karen Bellairs, Marketing Director at Halfords, commented: “As a team we were looking for an opportunity to give back to the local community and when we found out the Starlight Cafe was in need of decorating it was a perfect fit. It was hard work decorating eight rooms in just one day but we had a lot of fun and we are very grateful to Ashlea and everyone at the community centre who looked after us on the day. It was wonderful to see the finished result and we hope the people that regularly use the fantastic facilities at the Starlight Cafe like it too!”

The team at Halfords also took the time to help the Café redesign its menu to appeal to a wider range of customers and audiences. Those interested in experiencing the new Starlight Café & Community Centre can head over to Humphrey Avenue in Charford. The Café is open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 4pm and on Friday from 10am to 2pm.

The Community Centre offers a range of courses and services, such as youth groups, disability youth groups, autism and Asperger syndrome groups, weekly craft groups, drug and alcohol recovery sessions and much more.

For more information, or if you would like to be a part of Starlight’s community activities please contact Darran Moore at bdht on 01527 833886.

 

Local school children help bdht bury Bromsgrove time capsule

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bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, has been joined by local school children to bury a time capsule at its office at Buntsford Court.

The burial ceremony took place at 11.30am on Thursday 6th October after an idea from a bdht staff member to remember Bromsgrove how it is now and record what local children think it could look like in the future.

Posters designed by pupils at Sidemoor First School, Batchley First School, Charford First School and Sunfield in Clent, were placed in the capsule.

The themes were ‘all about me’, with children describing what they had enjoyed about 2016 and what they hoped for the future, and ‘my home in 2041’, which saw children draw how they thought their homes would look in years to come.

The capsule also contained hand print trees from local community groups, current town road maps, a bdht mascot designed by staff and a bdht year book with news articles and photos from this year’s staff conference.

Harry Chapman-Hart and Molly Downing, both Year 4 team captains at Sidemoor were present to help bury the capsule.

Mike Brown, chief executive of bdht, says: “We would like to thank everyone that took part in filling the time capsule with Bromsgrove moments and future imaginings, with special thanks to Harry and Molly for helping us bury the capsule today. The intention is that the capsule is discovered in 2041 and I fully intend to be coming back when I’m 85 to help dig it up.”