Changing Lives /
The aim of the Changing Lives initiative is to make a positive contribution to improving peoples' lives by providing opportunities for employment, skills development and holding community projects to tackle local issues. Our aim was to touch and improve the lives of 20,000 people within the communities we work across, and we are proud to have achieved this, which is why for 2017 we have not set a further target, our aim is to simply just keep on changing as many lives as possible in the communities we work! The ticker below summarises our progress to date.
U12’s football Team Donation
20Novus have previously supported this young team with a donation of their football strip and our ken to continue this support with helping them to purchase new equipment and goals.
Speed Networking Event
120+Novus are committed to supporting skills and career events in the communities we work. Excel Academy in Stoke-on-Trent asked if the Novus team could support a careers event to help their pupil’s gain a better understanding of some of the careers out there. The activity was a Career Speed Networking event for Year 8 students. The aim of the event was to provide pupils with the opportunity to talk to the different professionals and ask questions about their jobs before they start making decisions on their potential future career paths.
St John’s Church Donation
100+The church is involved with a number of non-secular programmes to support local people in what is an impoverished area of high unemployment. Their most recent programme is to help refugees to supplement their income by using an area provided by the church to grow vegetables and other fresh produce to consume or sell. We have been asked to assist with the creation of a small coffee bar area at the rear of the main church building that will allow the church to provide a drop-in facility in the evenings and at the weekend when currently it isn’t in use. This will be open everyone from the community, regardless of religious denomination.
150+Novus Bathgate office redecorated Barrowfield Community Centre in January 2017. The centre is open 7 days a week and is used by a varied age group of people and local clubs ranging from after-school care to a centre for teaching vulnerable people valuable life-skills for survival within the local community. Novus redecorated the Community Centre internally and externally, as the it was very run down and by doing this Novus helped to lift the spirit of all those who use the centre and make it more inviting to other members of the community.
30+ Lives ChangedLeighton Bzzard office been asked to help redecorate Ardwell Community Centres Nursery, which is in the same area as one of our Places For People projects where we installing the windows and doors. Catherine Page and Mark Mead spent two days painting the centre.
100+ Lifes ChangedCommunity facilities play such an important role in helping build strong, thriving communities and the work that is being done at the Tanterton Village Centre in Preston is a great example of how working in partnership can help impact on so many lives, the Youth Boxing Programme held at the Village Centre provides sessions for local young people to take part in boxing classes developing their fitness, discipline, team ethic and gives them a place to go. Novus are proud to support this project and we plan on supporting many more in the area.
30+ Lives ChangedYork office donated toolkits to SASH which is supporting young people get started in their new homes. A young woman moving from SASH supported lodgings into her first home in the 2017 and her flat needs a lot of work. She will be able to make good use of the toolkit, with some gentle coaching from Gary our SASH Active Coordinator.
1 Life ChangedDuring external painting works for Cotman in Stowmarket, one of the residents unfortunately was bereaved, with the loss of her husband. Painters Garry Unwin, Billy Holland and Steven Wagstaff took it upon themselves to buy flowers and worked with the management team to ensure the property’s works were moved to a later date to accommodate the resident’s needs.
Fresh Food Collection
100+ Lifes ChangedThis venture is organised by Cotman Housing (PFP), who have requested our support in transporting the fresh food. Fresh food was collected from the farm and delivered to first base to deliver to those most in need this Christmas – organised by CotmanHousing (PFP).
Supporting Local Nursery
38 Lives ChangedNovus supported Coylton Nursery School by donating brushes, mini rollers, pots etc. the children aged 3-5 will be using the materials to make a Nativity backdrop to raise funds for the nursery at their Christmas concert.
36+ Lifes ChangedWhile we were working on one of the Hanover Housing projects our Contract Liaison officer Terrie Crame have noticed that one of the benches outside had a sign 'Do not sit on', as the bench was broken. Terrie spent some time with the residents and she noticed that residents use the outdoor seats to socialise and asked if we could donate the bech to encourage even more residents to get together.
Supporting Garden Club
15 Lifes ChangedNovus are working across Yorkshire carrying out improvement works for Places for People. Novus have been working in Wakefield on Sovereign Gardens improving the externals to properties. While Novus were working on the scheme Terri Crame, Novus Resident Liaison Officer asked the residents if there was any way in which Novus could support them to help improve their area. The residents asked if Novus could support their gardening club. The aim to meet up each week and work on the front gardens and the communal garden areas. Novus donated £100 worth of plants to improve the area. The residents met over a number of weeks to plant these plants across their scheme helping improve the overall environment
College Career Talk
40+ Lives ChangedNovus in partnership with Places for people held a school career talk at Felpham Community College in Bognor Regis (4 miles from a PFP Housing area Novus are improving). Novus contacted all the schools in the area to offer a Construction Career Talk (although the career talk is relevant to pupils even if they are not wanting to pursue a career in Construction). The Career Talk was delivered by Novus employee, Kevin Rhone (Head of Social Value), The talk is called ‘Changing Perceptions’ and provides pupils with an insight into the world of work, the pupils work in groups to challenge perceptions in the Construction industry. After which the wide ranging roles in the Construction industry are highlighted. Three Novus employees were then interviewed by Kevin to highlight the different career paths these wide ranging Novus employees took.
Redecorating Norfolk Hospice
100+ Lifes ChangedNovus became aware of the Hospice while working across Cotman’s area and after discussions between Novus employees and Cotman employee Nigel Howes, Compliance Officer, it was decided Novus and Cotman would jointly volunteer their time and skills to redecorate some of the rooms at the Hospice, this was required as the Hospice wanted ‘Wipe Clean paint’ to help improve hygiene in the building, and also the Hospice wanted to brighten up the environment. The Norfolk Hospice provides care, comfort and compassion to those in our community nearing the end of their lives and to their families and friends. The end result was improved facilities for existing and future residents nearing the end of their lives.
3 Lifes ChangedIn Co-operation with our Gosport borough council Client, we have been asked to help a local this local family. The oldest sibling aged 23 has had to take on board her younger sister and brother after they lost their mum through a terminal illness. She is finding it very hard to keep her full time job and look after the home and her siblings. They would like to have use of the garden as it was their mums place but they have let it become too overgrown and it’s all too much for them to do without help.
20+Cotman Housing asked if Novus would donate bulbs to plant around one of their housing areas in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Novus not only donated hundreds of pounds worth of bulbs (several sacks full), Novus volunteers also helped plant the bulbs in the communal areas across the Housing area. Novus are working in partnership with Cotman Housing carrying out planned maintenance works to their properties (Cotman are one of East Anglia’s leading housing associations. They own and manage over 3,300 homes across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire).
Single Parents Homeless Shelter
20+Novus Southampton office commencing work on an internal refurbishment of a shared housing scheme in Basingstoke. On the meeting with the client they also met some local residents which all are single parents living in this homeless shelter shared accommodation. Unfortunately they can not afford to buy presents for their kids this Christmas. Novus team decided to help and donated presents for the parents too give to their children. One of the residents said: 'Thanks so much for all the gifts its lovely to see the smiles on the kids faces'.
100+ Lives ChangedOur client, Whitbread/Premier Inn have been supporting Derwen College. the College is a campus and provides education and training for disabled individuals. The College in partnership with Whitbread have built a few ‘makeshift’ Premier Inn Hotel Rooms which are used to provide pupils with onsite training in hospitality. Once confident enough they then take a part in a work placement at a Premier Inn. The partnership is going so well, that Novus been asked to help expand the training zone and improve the facilities. Our team refurbished the current space into three identical Premier Inn Hotel Rooms. This now provides a real life experience to help prepare the pupils even better for future work placements and even employment.
School Career Talk
180 Lives ChangedNovus held a Career talk and skills challenge at Heather Avenue Infant School in Norwich. 180 kids attended the talk in an assembly format. The pupils took part in a Career in Construction game to learn all about the different careers in the Construction Industry (although the pupils seemed to have a good idea already). The pupils then took part in a Construction Challenge (also known as the marsh-mellow tower game). The aim of the skills challenge was to challenge the pupils, involving working in teams, problem solving.
24 Lives ChangedNovus hosted our Skills Stand at the Thistley Hough Academy employment and skills Event. Two Novus employees took part to teach pupils painting skills and pass on some career advice.
Community Day Out
8 Changed LivesNovus Property Solutions have recently completed Central Heating Works and UPVC window installations at Ramford and Hammond Street in St Helens. Residents were happy with the works completed and Novus achieved a 96% customer satisfaction. As a thank you to residents Novus asked residents what they would like from Novus now that the works were complete, the residents asked for a day trip out of the area as it would help bring their community together. The residents chose a day trip to Southport which was organized by SAHA representatives, Novus provided the mini bus and a meal and ice cream.
101 Changed LivesEach year WHG hosts the 'WHG by the sea' event, which treats our under privileged tenants and children that are unable to afford to take their families to the seaside, so WHG brings the seaside to them. Novus are proud to raise funds to support this.
10 Lives ChangedNovus have donated noticeboards to Gwersyllt Resource Centre Nursery. Novus used the nusery facilities whilst carrying out work locally and the notice boards were our way of giving back. Before our donation the nursery were not able to put work up on the wall as they do not own the building. The noticeboards have allowed them to display the childrens creations!
1 Life ChangedNovus have welcomed Thistly Hough pupils on work experience as part of our commitment to Business in the Community. Philip has completed one weeks work experience with Novus in Fenton, Stoke. During his time with Novus Phil worked with the bid team gaining valuable experience with an emphasis on finance and the business world.
670 Lives ChangedNovus accounts department volunteered there time to plant trees at local school Thistley Hough Academy.
1 Life ChangeNovus have welcomed Thistley Hough pupils on work experience as park of our commitment to Business in the Community. Grace has completed one weeks work experience with Novus in Fenton, Stoke. During her time with Novus she gained valuable admin experience, working alongside the receptionist, undertaking a variety of tasks.
70+ Lives ChangedNovus volunteers have renovated Mill Bank Court for Places for People in the North West. The sheltered housing scheme has 36 flats for vulnerable families. On arrival the residents described the facilities as very ‘hospital ward like’ and not ‘very homely’.Novus' improvements have helped to change this and to improve the lives of the families who live at the scheme.
1 Life ChangedNovus have donated £50 to Cancer research. Cancer research have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Over the past century, their researchers have made consistent progress in the fight against cancer, and over the past 40 years survival has doubled.
80 Lives ChangedNovus Property Solutions at Manchester are currently working on redecoration works and responsive works Langley House Trust. Langley House Trust asked Novus if they could help with a donation for tombola prizes for Chatterton Hey Summer fete. Novus donated £75.00 towards tombola prizes and Novus attended the fete.
10 Lives ChangedNovus have donated a selection of insect attracting plants to Red Gables Community Garden Project in Stowmarket. The community project aims to improve gardening knowledge and enhance the natural environment, working with specific groups such as the unemployed and individuals with mental health issues to enhance their lives. Colin Lay, head gardener stated that” loneliness is a major issue within these groups and the gardening project aims to bring people together”. Martyn Burnside, Manager added “We are so grateful to our volunteers who help look after and develop our garden at Red Gables. Thank you again”
101 Lives ChangedThe Novus accounts team led by example and organized their own Department volunteer challenge. The Novus team helped Primary School pupil’s plant their own tree sapling, before starting High School in September (over 100 trees were planted).
1 Life ChangedNovus in North Wales have donated surplus stock to the Wrexham Warehouse Project. The Wrexham Warehouse Project offer a variety of training courses for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. By nurturing, guiding and training it helps young people develop skills and a purpose in life, allowing them to move on into employment or further education.
1 Life ChangedThe River Derwent played host to the annual duck race raising funds for Sight Support. Thousands of rubber ducks were released from St Mary's Bridge to race along, with one being crowned the winner. Novus Derby entered 4 ducks into the race by donating £100 to the charity.
Health & Safety
400 Lives ChangedNovus are carrying out improvement works in Castlepark Primary School, Irvine on behalf of North Ayrshire Council. As some of the works will be done during the school term Novus organised a Health and Safety talk with the children and Novus Bear to raise awareness of the potential risks at building sites. Novus considers health and safety to be our number one priority when carrying out jobs and by giving the children an increased understanding of the potential risks we hope to reduce any potential accidents or injuries.
49 Lives ChangedSutherland Street in Edinburgh is a retirement housing development owned by Manor Estates which is designed specifically for people over 60 and people whose circumstances would be improved by living in sheltered housing. There are 49 homes and shared communal areas. Novus carried out a ‘Health Check’ of the properties ensuring doors, windows, electrical etc. were all in good order and are safe to use. We also repaired and replaced items where required.
10 Lives ChangedNovus supported a Places for People Complex Needs (Homeless) scheme by holding a skills workshop. Residents from two schemes were invited to take part. Novus Supervisor/Painter, Mike Dicks and Head of Social Value, Kevin Rhone hosted the workshop with Mike providing advice and tips on painting. The residents put their skills to use by helping redecorate a communal room at the scheme. The aim is for a series of these workshops to take place over the year.
2 Lives ChangedNovus have made a donation to University of Manchester Alumni Fund . Manchester University currently has 800 students on scholarships benefiting from donations such as this. Scholarships and donations allow students from less wealth backgrounds fund a university education.
1 Life ChangedNovus in Wrexham have donated £75 to Wrexham County Borough Council to help support a charity football event locally. Without donations such as this the youth teams would not be able to continue.
200 Lives ChangedNovus have donated towards Neston Ladies day. A Ladies afternoon tea event held by Plus Dane for residents in Ellesmere Port.
300 Lives ChangedNovus have made a doantion to Taverham and District Lions Club to support projects which engage the local community in social activities. The donation will be used to fund fayres, fetes and school events.
36 Lives ChangedNovus York have hosted a coffee morning and energy saving quiz for York Council residents at City Mills. The morning was an opportunity for the residents to get to know the team ahead of pending works.
40 Lives ChangedNovus in York held a presentation prior to works commencing for Hanover at Little Horton Green in Bradford. The aim of the day was to inform the residents in detail step by step of the up and coming works, advise them what will be involved and how it will affect them. It also gave residents an opportunity to as any questions they didn't feel were answered in the presentation.
35 Lives ChangedNovus in York have hosted an afternoon tea for Hanover residents at Hillam Manor Court. The event was a great opportunity for the residents to get to know the Novus team and to raise and queries or concerns they may have ahead of work commencing,
5 Lives ChangedNovus Business Development Manager, John Welch, has taken part in a charity bike ride for the Warrington Wolves Foundation. John cycled 214 miles from Warrington to St James Park in Newcastle, raising £8000 for the charity. The charity supports various causes in the local area with a focus on health, education, young people and social welfare. The charity holds strong ties with the Rugby Club who enhance and promote their fantastic work, using the rugby players and mascot Wolfie as ambassadors for the charity.
36 Lives ChangedNovus in the North East have held a coffee morning and energy saving quiz for Lovel House residents in York. Coffee and cake was plentiful and prizes were awarded to the top scorers in the quiz. The day was a great way for the team and residents to get to know each other ahead of work starting in their homes.
5 Lives ChangedNovus Property Solutions have been working with Irwell Valley Housing Association for the past 5 years on cyclical pre-paint repairs and painting programme. Irwell Valley organized a under 11s 5 a-side football match with all Primary Schools within their neighborhood’s and asked contractors to sponsor their football kits.The event took place at Bolton Wanderers Academy on Wednesday 25th May 2016 Novus attended the event and sponsored Christ Church CE School in Eccles by providing kits, the team won 2-1. Mr Lancaster (PE Teacher) commented “Thank you Novus for this kind donation it has really made a difference to the team”
10 Lives ChangedYsgol Heulfan is situated in the centre of where we a currently carrying out kitchen and bathroom refurbishments in Gwersyllt for WCBC. Following a health and safety talk we conducted at the school in February, Novus have now donated £100.00 towards the cost of an activity table for the playground.
20 Lives ChangedTo start off the social activities in the new common room at Alec Rose House bingo was organised by Gosport Borough council.The Novus team had such a good time with the residents whilst working at the shared housing scheme they decided to get involved by donating prizes for the bingo winners.
60 Lives ChangedGosport Borough Council in partnership with Novus held an open day with the Mayor of Gosport, to reveal the newly refurbished Alec Rose House. Novus donated some hanging baskets for the new patio area and an original book about the Alec Rose for the residents to enjoy reading in their new common room. It has brought the community together and the common room is now much more heavily used than in past months.
20 Lives ChangedOur Southampton team are half way through works for Gosport Council at Alec House Shared Housing Scheme, This was the perfect excuse for the team and the residents to get together over cake and coffee. The coffee morning also serves as a platform for the residents to voice and concerns or ask any questions they may have about ongoing work in their home.
1 Life ChangedNovus Head Office held a dress down Friday to raise funds for the MS Society. The MS Society is the UK’s leading MS charity. They fund research, give grants, campaign for change, provide information and support, invest in MS specialists and lend a listening ear to those who need it. Staff were invited to dress down for a £2 donation to the cause, and a bake sale hosted to held generate more funds. A grand total of £133.51 has been donated.
1 Life ChangedNovus Employee Lindsay Gallacher has donated her hair to The Little Princess Trust. The Little Princess Trust use the donated hair to make wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatments.In 2015 Little Princess Trust gave away over 850 free real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland.
1 Life ChangedAs part of our Changing Lives Social Media competition we have donated £150 to Caring for Kian. Kian is a 3 year old little boy with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Kians family are raising money for a potentially lifesaving trip abroad for more treatment.
1 Life ChangedAs part of our Changing Lives Social Media competition we have donated £150 to Operation Smile UK. Operation Smile provides free cleft surgeries for children around the globe. In as little as 45 minutes & for just £150 They can provide surgery that will transform a child’s life forever.
10 Lives ChangedNovus in Wrexham have donated and fitted two kitchens to a community centre for use by Flintshire County Council residents in Holywell.The kitchens will provide a much needed upgrade to communal areas and support social occasions for residents.
2 Lives ChangedNovus Wrexham have donated £200 to the local Air Ambulance Charity. Wales Air Ambulance covers major emergency situations in Wrexham where patients need to be transported to hospital quickly.
1 Life ChangedFollowing the relocation of the Northampton Office to the new office in Leighton Buzzard the Novus team donated or sold all the furniture which was no longer required. A total of £100 was raised and donated to Sands a Stillbirth and neonatal death charity
10 Lives ChangedNovus in the East Midlands have donated a replacement kitchen to Dales Housing at Hurst Farm. Novus volunteers fitted the kitchen and fully refurbished the area to create a nicer environment in this communal area. The residents were thrilled with the new kitchen.
200 Lives ChangedNovus are working in partnership with Cotman Housing delivering planned maintenance works to their properties in and around Harwich. The resident representative discussed with the Novus team the need for an additional heat source in the community hall. The lack of sufficient heat supply in the hall leaves it largely unused during the winter months.Touched by this story Novus Thetford have provided portable heaters for use in the hall. The site team wanted to thank the residents for their patience throughout the works and the heaters were the perfect token of their appreciation.
10 Lives ChangedNovus Bristol employee Sean Thompson, Contracts Manager has been volunteering for more than ten years in support of an international charity ‘Educate the Kids’ to provide education to hundreds of kids and help improve their lives. Over the years Sean has helped to raise substantial funding for the charity but more than that its about awareness and keeping the charity in the public domain, every child who attends school or lives in our Orphanage has a sponsor from the UK & Europe, to sponsor a child cost just 20p per day this gives them , shelter, an education, school uniform and a meal each day, it is so rewarding to see the commitment they have to wanting to succeed in life & being educated.
120 Lives ChangedNovus are working on behalf of Dales Housing carrying out kitchen refurbishment works to properties across the country. Novus wanted to thank the residents for their patience and help during the works Novus organised a buffet lunch for all the residents.
22 Lives ChangedNovus head office have donated £1000 to the Stoke RUFC under 14's team. The donation has helped to secure the club new shirts for the players to wear on their upcoming tour. James Gear the fundraising communicator at Stoke RUFC commented "I think it would be true to say that all the boys were thrilled with their new shirts."
50 Lives ChangedNovus volunteers in York have completed a full makeover at 2a Park View Road for Yorkshire Housing. The makeover which was bedrooms, bathrooms, TV room, chill out rooms and the kitchen transformed has changed the lives of residents who can now have more pride in their home. One resident commented “we are thrilled with the end result and confident Park Vied Road is now the environment the customers and staff deserved”
10 Lives ChangedWhen Ysbytu Gwynedd hospital contacted Novus Wrexham for a quotation to referbish the Childrens Cancer Respite Room, the team were compelled to donate time and materials to the cause. Novus volunteers refurbished the area at no cost to the hospital in the hope that it would make a more comfortable environment for the young patients and their families.
30 Lives ChangedNovus in the North East have held a coffee morning for York Council residents at Honeysuckle House. The coffee morning was an opportunity for the Novus team and the residents to get to know each other better ahead of works commencing.
200 Lives ChangedNovus in North Wales have taken part in the Anglessey Egg Run raising money for the Air Ambulance. £1,268 was raised on the day and 200 Easter Eggs donated; 100 to the childrens ward at Ysbuty Bangor, 100 to special needs school Ysgol Y Bont, Bangor. £200 is also to be donated by Novus to the Air Ambulance.
36 Lives ChangedNovus is Gateshead have held a coffee morning for Hanover residents in Darlington. The morning allowed Novus staff and the local community to get together before work began in the area. The team supplied homemade cakes and treats and a great time was had by all.
156 Lives ChangedWhist working for Plus Dane at Joseph Groom Towers, the Novus team noticed that the community lounge was looking a bit tired. Novus volunteered to redecorate the room to encourage it to be better used by the residents. One resident commented “Thankyou Novus this has made a huge difference to our community as the lounge was in need of a makeover.”
2 Lives ChangedNovus in Wrexham have donated billboards to our client Wrexham County Borough Council. The boards will be used to brighten up communal areas for residents.
Arts and Crafts
200 Lives ChangedNovus in Manchester have donated £150 worth of arts and crafts materials to Arawak Housing, Birch Court. Birch Court are starting an Arts and Crafts class to help the residents mix within the wider community. Novus wish the centre the best of luck with the new venture.
16 Lives ChangedNovus recently carried out works for Home Scotland, replacing heaters at Logie Gardens, Dundee. The property has a communal living room for the tenants to meet and socialise. May of the residents at Logie Gardens have little or no English language skills, giving added importance to the communal areas. Novus volunteers have given the room a makeover, so the room feels more comfortable to residents.
20 Lives ChangedNovus in Wrexham are completing work in Llay for Wrexham County Borough Council. The team have held an open evening for residents, allowing locals and Novus staff to become acquainted ahead of works commencing. Novus provided refreshments and it was a great social event for all who attended.
1 Life ChangedNovus in Leighton Buzzard have donated £100 to local charity Home-Start. Home-Start helps vulnerable families with young children, they support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. On average it costs local Home-Starts just £1,300 - £1,500 to support a family for an entire year, so our donation should make a huge impact in the lives of vulnerable families.
20 Lives ChangedWith the help of Princess Anna, Queen Elsa and Novus Bear, our team in Gateshead have collected and Donated Easter Eggs to the Great North Childrens Hospital.
10+ Lives ChangedNovus staff across both Glasgow and Bathgate offices have collected Easter Eggs which they have donated to Glasgow Childrens Hospital Charity.
10 Lives ChangedNovus in Wrexham have collected and donated Easter Eggs to the Childrens Ward of Countess of Chester Hospital.
20 Lives ChangedNovus Head Office in Stoke on Trent has donated Easter Eggs and Gifts to the Childrens Ward at Royal Stoke Hospital,
20 Lives ChangedStoke Head Office staff have collected and donated Easter Eggs to Aspire Housing's Easter Appeal. Sharon Battiste, from Aspire Housing, said: “This fantastic partnership working in our communities is helping people celebrate Easter. In conjunction with Tesco stores and Novus, we've collected and distributed 468 eggs to charities and local groups. “Everyone has been so generous. This year the eggs are being given to 12 local kids charities and groups who are distributing them to the vulnerable families in our communities and making Easter special for them.”
20 Lives ChangedNovus employees in Thetford have collected and donated Eater Eggs to Hillside Primary School and Nursery in Ipswich. The school is situated near Felaw Street, where Novus have recently carried out works. The school held a raffle with all the donations they had received and used the proceeds to help fund the school activities this year.
50 Lives ChangedNovus in Leighton Buzzard have collected and donated Easter Eggs to local charity Homestart. The families that Homestart support are vulnerable families going through hard times, this may include Bereavement, Disability, Isolation & Loneliness, Poverty or financial issues.
50 Lives ChangedNovus employees in Birmingham have collected Easter Eggs and goodies which they have donated to the Kingfisher Foodbank in Solihull. The food bank looks after many Solihull Community Housing residents in a area when we have been working recently.
6 LivesNovus in Southampton have collected and donated Easter Eggs to Sovereigns Shaw Road Disabled Centre. The Novus team were thrilled to be reunited with the residents at the centre who they because friendly with whilst carrying out a refurbishment there earlier this year.
20 Lives ChangedNovus Property Solutions in Stoke on Trent have donated 20 Easter Eggs at a local Centre for our partner Plus Dane. Novus have recently completed internal painting works in the centre that houses vulnerable families locally.
35 Lives ChangedThe Novus team in York have hosted a coffee morning for Hanover Housing residents at Hanover Gardens in Middlesbrough. The morning brought together residents, staff and the team making sure they are firmly acquainted before work starts in the area.
30 Lives ChangedThe team at York, along with Novus Bear, have collected and donated Easter Eggs and gifts to the Children at Leeds Teaching Hospital.
5 Lives ChangedNovus in Southampton have collected and donated Easter Eggs to Agnew House, a homeless shelter in Newbury. The Shelter caters for the borough’s most vulnerable people, providing temporary accommodation for families with a local connection who have become homeless and are waiting to be re-housed.
30 Lives ChangedNovus in the East Midlands have collected and donated Eggs and Easter Gifts to William Alvery School in Sleaford. Many of the pupils attending the school live in North Kesteven District Council properties near by, Novus is currently carrying out works for the council in this area.
20 Lives ChangedNovus Southampton have held a coffee morning, with homemade cakes, for Poole Housing Partnership at at Simmonds Close. The events brought residents together to meet the Novus team and to discuss the pending work in the area.
30 Lives ChangedNovus Manchester have collected and donated 30 Easter Eggs to the Six Towns Housing, Victoria Community Youth Centre. We have recently completed a makeover at the centre As part of our changing Lives campaign. The eggs will be distributed to vulnerable members of the community over the Easter weekend.
12 Lives ChangedNovus in Liverpool have collected and donated Easter Eggs to local charitable organisation,the Chet Centre. The Chet Centre supports Riding for Disabled and is funded purely by donations from the general public and local businesses. Novus donated Easter eggs to the centre for the Easter egg hunt that is taking place this weekend.
2 Lives ChangedNovus have supported the Trent and Dove "Never Mind The Grococks" Charity Quiz 2016. The team at Burton have sponsored the event and also entered a team. The quiz is held annually and this year all proceeds are to be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
1 Life ChangedThe Novus team working on the Holiday Inn at Stroud have recycled all of the unwanted fixtures and fittings including mattresses, beds and sofas. The items have all been donated to a local charity.
20 Lives ChangedNovus York have held a coffee morning for Hanover residents at Bempton Court in Bradford. The morning, complete with home made cakes, gave the residents and Novus team chance to get to know one another ahead of work beginning. It also provided a platform for any questions or concerns to be addressed by the Novus team.
10 Lives ChangedNovus Head Office in Stoke on Trent has held a dress down Friday raising money and support for Sports Relief. Each member of staff donated £2 to Sports Relief and wore casual Clothes to work on Friday 18th March 2015!! A total of £94 was raised for Sport Relief, a great charity which supports those in need both in the UK and overseas.
20 Lives ChangedNovus York held a coffee morning at Hanover Court, North Cave. The morning, which lasted well into the afternoon, was a great opportunity to residents and Novus staff to get together and socialise. It gave everyone the chance to get to know each other better, and allowed residents to ask any questions they may have about the upcoming work.
35 Lives ChangedNovus York have donated raffle prizes to Yorkshire Housing for a residents raffle draw at Garth Court-Huntington.
20 Lives ChangedNovus Southampton held a skills day at Agnew house Homeless Shelter. Novus professionals spent the day teaching residents the tricks of the trade and some basic DIY skills. We had a colouring competition for the children and gave out prizes for the best drawing and prizes to those that showed real talent with their painting skills. Everyone had a great day. Novus have since returned to the shelter and refurbished the communal area.
1 Life ChangedNovus Scotland have offered a BLESS training opportunity to Mark Rafferty. Mark has started with us on a 12 week trial working alongside one of our joiners. Mark is collected from home each morning and is dropped off after work. The training offers Mark experience which will prove invaluable when he is looking for work.
240 Lives ChangedNovus employee Mick Bull and his wife Maxine regularly volunteer their own time and money to a school in Sri Lanka. Novus have donated £200 towards a playground for children at the school.
20 Lives ChangedNovus York have held a coffee morning for Hanover Housing residents at Horton Hall Close. The event was a great opportunity for residents to get together ahead of works being carried out. As well as being a great excuse to socialise and eat cakes, Novus staff were on hand to answer and questions and concerns the residents had about the pending works.
1 Life ChangedMaxime is a French student, currently learning English at West Lothian College as an exchange student. As part of this exchange he is staying with a local family and has entered into a training opportunity with Novus whereby he commutes to our Bathgate office daily and works 25 hours a week shadows our admin team, the surveyors and the help desk. Maxime also helps with general tasks like filing. This has allowed Maxime to increase his independence in a foreign country and help improve his understanding of the English language. Also this has given him the opportunity to learn about how Novus works, about the Scottish culture in the workplace
1 Life ChangedAxel is a French student, studying accounts in France and is currently learning English at West Lothian College as an exchange student. As part of this exchange he is staying with a local family and has entered into a training opportunity with Novus whereby he commutes to our Bathgate office daily and works 25 hours a week shadows our admin team, the surveyors and the help desk and also helps with general tasks like filing. This has allowed Axel to increase his independence in a foreign country and help improve his understanding of the English language. Also this has given him the opportunity to learn about how Novus works, about the Scottish culture in the workplace
50 Lives ChangedNovus have just completed a makeover at the local Community Centre in Prestwich for Sixtown Housing The Centre was in need of some modernisation, The Novus team lent a helping hand and transformed the Centre for the local community. Sharon at Sixtown commented: “I felt I had to message you to let you know how pleased I am with the painting that Novus have done at the Victoria community centre they have pulled out all the stops and done a fantastic job, words alone can not describe how good it looks it has to be seen to be believed, please pass on my heart felt gratitude for any company to offer free work is great but to do the job they have is fantastic”
1 Life ChangedAs reward for being one of the first recipients of the Novus Student Scholarship programme,Thistley Hough pupil and budding musician Sam Green got to pick out a brand new guitar, ably assisted by Novus Chairman, Stuart Seddon
100+ Lives ChangedNovus have taken part in the hugely successful BITC Careers Fair at Keele Hall Year 8 students were able to talk to and discuss career opportunities with university advisors, try their hand at a number of practical skills offered by the local employer network, and talk to representatives from the local voluntary, community and charity sectors. Novus painter and decorator, Sam, was on hand mentoring hundreds of pupils on the Novus Skills Stand.
20 Lives ChangedVolunteers from our Southampton office are refurbishing and painting the communal kitchen area of Christopher Crescent. Novus are also donating picture frames to help give the communal spaces a more homely feel. The residents are delighted with the new look at feel of there communal space.
100 Lives ChangedNovus arranged a review and buffet for all residents of Hanover Gardens kitchen programme, to gain valuable feedback on how works were carried out from a resident’s perspective helping us to improve future client experience, and to address any possible issues or niggles the residents may have. Novus and Hanover Managers were present to discuss areas for development and share in good practice with residents.
100 Lives ChangedThe Venture is a charity in the Wrexham estate where we are currently carrying out kitchen and bathroom refurbishments. We have rented a room at the centre as our welfare for the site team, and have held numerous coffee mornings there. The centre has recently had a run of bad luck, being hit by a flood late last year, and this month being the target of an arson attack. They do not receive funding from the government and so rely on charitable donations to keep going. We have offered to help bring one of their kitchens up to standard. A renewed kitchen will allow them to start their plans to open a café as part of the centre. The kitchen will be up to a standard so that they can prepare food at the health and hygiene standard required. This will benefit not only the centre but the local community.
12 Lives ChangedTogether with Cornwall College, PCH are putting residents through CSCS tests and offering work experience. Novus have agreed to donate all surplus paint to the cause! changing the lives of 12 people per month!!!
10 Lives ChangedAs part of our changing lives program Novus have sponsored fire training being held by Midland Heart. The course will provide staff and contractors guidance on complying with regulation, best practice and key fire related issues such as fire stopping, fire doors. As well as furniture related maintenance and maintaining appropriate compartmentation. This will allow Midland Heart staff and residents to remain safe and secure.
35 Lives ChangedNovus Preston are carrying out planned works on a Places for People residential scheme in Rossendale, Irwell House. Before the works were delivered the Novus team held a resident engagement coffee morning event to bring the residents together and update them on the planned work. This was a great excuse for the residents to get together and also put their minds at ease with the works to come.
2 Lives ChangedNovus offices across the country have charity tuck shop on their receptions. These tuck shops sell sweets and snacks and help raise money for numerous good causes. The Novus head office in Stoke through their tuck shop raised £140 which has been donated to a local charity the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
10 Lives ChangedDawn Maddin, Trent & Dove Resident Involvement Officer asked if Novus could support with a food donation to help some of the areas most vulnerable families. Novus donated £100 to help fund 10 hampers, allowing 10 families to have warm meals in these cold winter months.
Kids Safety Talk
100 lives changedNovus in Wrexham held a school safety talk to over 100 pupils from Ysgol Heulfan Primary in Gwersyllt as we are working on the Wrexham County Borough Council Kitchen and Bathroom programme in the area. The primary school is located in the middle of many of these properties and the Novus team wanted to educate the pupils on site safety. A talk took place at assembly, Novus the Bear supported, and the pupils are also taking part in a Stay Safe Poster competition. The winning posters from this competition will be communicated on and near future Novus sites.
50 Lives ChangedNovus Southampton has just finished refurbishing a Homeless family centre for Gosport Borough Council. This homeless shelter consists of 55 units used to house families. The community room is the only place for those that live here to socialise and was lacking in a lot of play equipment to keep the children entertained. Novus has donated some toys and a Fussball game much to the delight of everyone living there. Instantly the community room came to life with competitions being played on this new table and the children loved the kitchen and the workbench supplied. It was a great day and really rewarding to see how much the residents were enjoying their new room.
20 Lives ChangedNovus Southampton have heal a coffee morning and energy saving quiz for PHP residents at Baiter Gardens. The event was a great opportunity for residents to socialise and meet the Novus team.
20 Lives ChangedNovs Southampton held a coffee morning and colour choice meeting at Christopher crescent coffee morning for PHP residents. A great day was had by all!!
20 Lives ChangedOur Novus Burton office were approached by Kay Lear who is the council Parish Clerk for Branston, they have a community room that is being used by the Salvation Army and was need of a redecoration. As they are a non profiting charity and the facilities are used widely by the local community we donated our time, skills and materials to improve the facilities.
21 Changed Lives11 Novus employees from our Head Office are mentoring 21 pupils from Thistley Hough Academy in Stoke on Trent. This is a year long project with the mentors meeting their mentees each month to support, advise and and carry out skills development workshops. The overall aim of the project is to help these 21 pupils prepare for their exams in the summer and prepare them for life after their exams whether that is for further education or employment.
100 Lives ChangedNovus Property Solutions have recently completed a Bathroom refurbishment programme for Hanover at Runnymede Court in Widnes. Novus completed all bathrooms to the programme and also achieved a 100% customer satisfaction from the residents. Novus have also completed a fencing programme at the Court as part of this we donated a garden bench for the residents at Runnymede Court. Scheme Manager Clare Quick commented “Thank you Novus for the kind gesture the residents will make good use of the bench when the warmer weather comes”.
50 Lives ChangedNovus in Plymouth have donated £100 to support a local Rugby team. The donation will go towards maintaining and running of the Devon High School Old Boys Rugby Club.
50 Lives ChangedNovus working in partnership with Places for People in Greater London have donated £500 to the Creative Cafe Social Enterprise to fund a series of youth workshops. Novus are working on the Meadows Housing Estate in Hounslow improving the social housing.
16 Lives ChangedWhile working at Lawrence Court,in London for Places for People carrying out groundwork's and landscaping to the communal garden area of the 16 properties, Novus donated two benches to help the residents enjoy their new surroundings. Contract Manager, Florin Nistor commented; “we are helping Places for People improve their neighbourhoods across the country and as a partner we are keen to support in any additional ways we can, and it was for this reason we came up with the idea to donate some benches, as this would allow the residents to sit outside and enjoy their improved communal garden.”
50+ Lives ChangedNovus in Stoke on Trent took part in the Excel Speed Networking event for schools. Year 8 students in groups of 5 interviewed volunteers from a variety of professions. The groups spend 5 minutes at each station and then rotate to the next career discipline. At the end there was a question and answer session to make sure the pupils could take away as much as they can from the event.
20 Lives ChangedNovus Southampton are working at John Eddy Court on behalf of Sovereign. Whilst on site the operatives noticed at the much used guest bedroom was in need of an update. The site team decided that they would surprise the residents by refurbishing the room! Everyone was thrilled with the new environment for when guests visit!
1 Life ChangedKirsty was nominated for a room make over as part of the Your Housing conference day. Kirsty has lived at Holbrook Close since February 2014 and whilst she has made great improvements to her flat on her own, she has not had the money to decorate her bedroom, which is was without flooring, and her kitchen. Kirsty was delighted with the makeover which has helped her flat feel more homely.
20 Lives ChangedNovus Southampton held a coffee morning and energy saving quiz for the residents of John Eddy Court shared Housing Scheme, Basingstoke, for Sovereign Housing, were we are currently doing an internal refurbishment here. The residents found the quiz enlightening and said they will certainly change how they use their household energy now, to save them money on their bills. Prizes were awarded to the winners and energy saving bulbs were given to everyone who took part.
20 Lives ChangedOur Southampton office had such a great time hosting their Gilbert Court coffee morning they decided to do it all over again, holding a 2nd coffee morning. With more coffee, more tea and more cakes!!!
50 Lives ChangedNous in Southampton have helped to change lives at Agnew House Homeless Shelter. After completing a refurbishment the site team set to work on the childrens playroom. They created a much cleaner and vibrant environment where the children could spend time. We also donated some toys and games to help make the room extra special!!
£12.83 RaisedAll of our offices nationally have an orange charity collection tin in reception. Novus Bristol have collected £12.83 in their tin which has been donated to our Changing Lives Campaign
£1000 DonationNovus Head Office have donated £1000 to a boxing event being held by Mike Ridgeway, in support of Donna Louise Trust. The Donna Louise Children's Hospice is a local charity which provides respite and end of life care for children with life-limiting conditions, as well as support for the whole family
70 Lives ChangedA coffee morning was held for the residents of Alec Rose to introduce the Novus team, explain all works and to give the residents opportunity to voice opinions, share concerns and ask any questions. It was also a good excuse to catch up with neighbours, drink coffee and eat cakes!!
20 Lives ChangedNovus Southampton have hosted a meet and greet and coffee morning at Gilbert House. This was a fantastic opportunity for the residents to team and catch up with neighbours, as well as an excuse to eat cake and have a gossip!!
6 Lives ChangedNovus Southampton held a Great British Bake Off themed coffee morning for residents at Sovereigns Shaw Road disabled scheme. The whole team got involved baking treats for the residents to enjoy! A great day was had by all!!
10 Lives ChangedNovus Plymouth together with Plymouth Community Homes have donated timber to local charity Nopro Training Ltd. The timber is used by students on the ‘Befriending Carpentry Course’ which helps disadvantaged residents of Plymouth Community Homes to improve social and practical skills. Novus donated approximately 20 lengths of 4”x1” timber, a few sheets of MDF/ Plywood and some end panels left over from a recent kitchen project. Nopro were over the moon with the donation the timber donated was used to construct bird feeders used in the community.
250 Lives ChangedNovus Birmingham have held a coffee morning for Bromford Housing residents at Beacon Court. The coffee morning gave the community an opportunity to discuss the forthcoming redecoration works and to take part in an energy saving quiz hosted by Novus.
60 Lives ChangedNovus recently carried out work at Town Bridge Court, sheltered accommodation in Northampton. Whilst working in the area our operatives notices that the garden benches were looking a little worse for wear. Novus donated paint and materials to allow the site team to refurbish the benches, giving them a new lease of life in time for summer 2016.
60 Lives ChangedNovus recently carried out work at Town Bridge Court, sheltered accommodation in Northampton. In a bid to make residents feel more comfortable with our team and with the ongoing works, a coffee morning was arranged. The event was open to all of Town Bridge Courts 60 residents with plenty of cakes a biscuits for everyone. Novus room thermometers were also gifted to the residents to encourage them to stay warm this winter.
Give a Gift
30 Lives ChangedNovus Stoke Head office collected selection boxes and toys as part of our Give a Gift at Christmas campaign. The donations were delivered to the children's ward at Royal Stoke Hospital, to Children facing spending Christmas in hospital.
50+ Lives ChangedNovus Head office have made a donation to food bank distribution centre in Blurton. The Food Bank distribution centres give out emergency food parcels to single people and families in crisis through a voucher system referred by front line professionals. Food is donated by local people for local people and the warehouse and all distribution centres are staffed by local volunteers.
£275 RaisedA group of Novus head office employees, including director Chirs Walford, have taken part in a Scorpion Run Assault Challenge, raising funds for Caudwell Children. Caudwell Children provide family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK. A total of £275 was raised through sponsorship for this very worthwhile cause.
£640 RaisedNovus Employees nationally took part in Movember with even our Novus Vans getting in the spirit. Together we raised £640 which has been donated to the Movember charity. The Movember charity funds research, treatment, care and support for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, physical inactivity and mental health.
70+ Lives ChangedNovus Northampton has hosted 3 workshops to educate SAHA residents on their energy bills. We shared tips on how to save energy, reduce bills and help to fight climate change. The workshops also served as an excellent community get together allowing residents to catch up and socialise.
£3000 DonatedThe Realise Foundation is part of the Aspire Housing (their in-house charity). The projects supported by the Realise Foundation are developed together with community groups, businesses and individuals. Novus in 2015 became a Platinum member donating £3000 to the charity. Novus will be continuing this support throughout 2016. .
£200 DonatedNovus Property Solutions have made a £200 donation to Mansfield Hospital as part of our Charitable Foundation. Novus employees across the country can apply to the Novus Charitable Foundation to make a donation on their behalf to a charity of their choice. This donation was to support an employee who wanted to say a small thank you to Mansfield Hospital.
1 Life ChangedNovus Thetford welcomes Connor Ewan onto our apprenticeship program. Connor joins us straight from school. The Novus apprenticeship program works to bring much needed youngsters into the industry, expanding the talent pool to hopefully find the companies next supervisors, managers, stars of the future and company leaders. It also helps young people to forge a life long career by learning essential skills.
1 Life ChangedNovus Bathgate welcomes Alan Cairns to the business. Alan joined Novus as a trainee and was subsequently successful in applying to join Novus permanently as part of the apprentice painters program. During the program Alan will pick up all the skills required to become a Novus painter. Good Luck Alan.
Children in Need
1 Life ChangedNovus head office recently held a dress down day raising money for Children in Need. Staff each paid £2 to wear more casual clothing to the office. Children in Need provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. They are local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices
11 Lives ChangedNovus Wrexham have supported a local under 11s football team by sponsoring their team kit. The sponsorship has boosted team moral as they now feel they look more like a team. Novus wish Severnside Football Club the best of luck for the ongoing season.
3065 Changed LivesIn the 2014/15 academic year the Staffordshire Cluster, led by our Chairman Stuart Seddon and made up of 8 businesses supporting 8 schools across Stoke-on-Trent volunteered 1718 hours, through over 50 pupil support projects, supporting 3065 pupil interactions helping improve academic achievement and increase employability. Since the Cluster was established in 2013, each of the 8 schools involved have seen their performance improve. For example, Thistley were the most improved school in Stoke-on-Trent for exam results in 2014/15. 3. 80 pupils surveyed after attending a Skills and Employment Event organised by the Cluster, 90% said their confidence had been improved.
Give a Gift
85 lives changedOur Glasgow and Bathgate offices also donated selection boxes to St Rochs Nursery and Childcare. Some of these children come from poorer backgrounds so even a small token like a selection box can make a huge difference.
39 Lives ChangedPFP staff have removed eight foot high shrubs and landscaped the ground at Alexander Hutchison Court to give more light and enhance the view for the tenants. Novus have donated a sun circle for the front garden at Alexander Hutchison Court. This will help to make the area more pleasant for the residents and give them an outdoor haven to spend time.
Rock FM Donation
10+ Lives ChangedThe site team in Preston have passed on the opportunity to have a Christmas party, deciding instead to use the money to donate presents to the Rock FM Christmas toy appeal.
Give a Gift
25 Lives ChangedNovus Stoke have donated again this year to the Aspire Housing Christmas Appeal.The appeal helps children across North Staffordshire have a happy Christmas by collecting toys and games. The collected toys are distributed to children nominated by a series of selected local charities at an event before Christmas. The toys were given to children and the charities at a Christmas party held at Kidsgrove Town Hall on 20 December.
Give a Gift
100+ Lives ChangedNovus have donated Christmas toys to the Central Manchester University Hospital. The toys will remain on the Children's ward so that patients can enjoy these for many years to come.
Give a Gift
1 Live ChangedNovus Property Solutions are currently working with Wulvern Housing and have just completed some fire upgrade works at Goddard Crt. All residents were put in a raffle and the lucky winner was Elizabeth O`Riley from flat 37. Tony Watkin Novus Property Solutions Contracts Manager Stoke Office commented; “Novus are committed to providing excellent client and customer service, we are delighted to give something back to our clients.
Give a Gift
2 Lives ChangedNovus Property Solutions are currently working in partnership with Aspire Housing Group and have just completed some remedial works at Millrise Court. All residents were put in a raffle and Mr Paul Stoker manager from Aspire helped with the draw, Mr & Mrs Cooper from flat 39 was the lucky winner. Tony Watkin Novus Property Solutions Contracts Manager Stoke Office commented; “Novus are committed to providing excellent client and customer service, we are delighted to give something back to our clients.
Give a Gift
6 Lives ChangedThe Southampton team, along with Mr and Mrs Claus and their Elves have been spreading Christmas cheer at 78-80 Cromwell R, Newbury, a Sovereign ran centre for the disabled.
1 Life ChangedNovus head office are supporting the Text Santa Christmas Jumper campaign. With staff paying £2 each to come to work in festive attire!! Text Santa donations are shared equally amongst Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish UK and Save the Children, going directly to support vital work both in the UK and abroad! Everyone enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit and we think everyone looked fantastic in their jumpers!!!
Give a Gift
10+ Lives ChangedThe Novus team as Derby have been spreading Christmas cheer at Derby Royal Hospital this year. Toys and games have been gifted to patients on the Children's ward!
1 Life ChangedRay and the team in Southampton recently celebrated their Christmas party. On the way to the restaurant Ray spotted a young man, Sean. Sean is homeless and is currently sleeping rough on the streets. After meeting Sean, Ray was unable to enjoy his meal, knowing that Sean was going without. When his meal arrived, Ray immediately took the warm meal outside for Sean. Sean has been homeless for just two years. Before this Sean had a wife and 3 girls. At aged 7 his youngest was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and died 2 years later. This terrible tragedy caused Seans life to implode. Sean was very grateful for the warm meal and Ray gave him some extra cash to make sure he could eat the following day as well! All the team at Novus hope Sean has a vary happy Christmas.
30 Lives ChangedHome Scotland held a community event in Castlemilk where Novus are currently carrying out Kitchen replacement works. Novus attended the event to offer a DIY skills session, allowing residents to pick up some decorating skills. Novus Bear and Father Christmas were also in attendance, with face painting and Christmas chocolate to keep the little ones entertained.
Give a Gift
35 Lives ChangedNovus in Burton have donated Christmas toys and sweets to the Bromford Housing Pathways Project. The Pathway Project is a registered charity offering sanctuary to women and children whom have experienced domestic violence. Some of the women here are starting their lives from scratch, with literally little or no possessions meaning that the gifts delivered by Novus may be the only gifts these children receive this year. Novus supported the Pathway Project last year and is delighted to be able to help again.
£300 RaisedNovus in Thetford have given up evenings to help The Norwich Lions raising money for various local charities. Staff knocked on doors collecting donations whilst Father Christmas got a ride on the Lions newly refurbished float. £300 was raised and a great time was had by all.
27 Lives ChangedNovus in Wrexham donned Christmas slightly earlier than the National Jolly Jumper Day (due to staff rotas). We raised £25 for Nightingale Hospice. The hospice provides specialist palliative care service for patients with specific life-limiting illness living within the catchment area of North East Wales Trust.
Give a Gift
25+ Lives ChangedNovus in Wrexham organised for Father Christmas to deliver presents to patients on the children's ward at Oswestry Hospital.
10+ Lives ChangedNovus are involved with a multi school competition to win the business class team trophy. The latest event was held December 14th. Business in the Community is the Prince's Responsible Business Network. Members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to creating a fairer society and a more sustainable future.
10 Lives ChangedAs part of our annual give a gift at Christmas campaign, Novus in Wrexham held an after school Christmas party for the community we are currently working in. Site supervisor Jeff Hughes was a very well received Santa handing out presents to The local children. A fun filled day was held by all!!
11 Lives ChangedNovus in Wrexham have held a Bingo session for Cefn Y Bedd residents. The community centre has previously held weekly sessions but since the lead member was hit with a stroke the bingo had been cancelled. Novus RLO Karen Jones acted as the bingo caller bringing to community group back together and a great day was had by all.
Children in Need
£100 RaisedChildren in Need provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. They are local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices. Novus in Scotland held a dress down day raising £100 for this great cause.
3 Lives ChangedNovus Southampton have donated Christmas presents to the PHP Mission Christmas appeal. 1 in 3 children are living in poverty and families are struggling to provide gifts this Christmas. The PHP Mission Christmas Appeal identifies disadvantaged children from organisations such as social services, womens refuges, family centres, schools and food banks. This charity ensures that these children receive a wrapped present at Christmas.
1 Life ChangedNovus in Gateshead have donated a food hampeer ISOS Christmas Resident Raffle.
72 Lives ChangedNovus in Wrexham have hosted a festive coffee morning complete with mince pies for residents at Wynnstay. The morning was a great excuse for residents to get together, catch up and gather feedback on the work to their homes.
100+ Lives ChangedNovus Scottish Offices’ currently provide Reactive Repairs for Melville Housing Association. 2015 marks the Housing Association’s 20th year and with this in mind as a gesture to recognise the Anniversary Novus have decided to make a donation to their local Food Bank, the Trussell Trust Midlothian Food Bank. Over 900,000 adults and children have received three days’ emergency food and support from Trussell Trust foodbanks in the last 12 months, a shocking 163 percent rise on numbers helped in the previous financial year. This donation should go someway to help Scotland's most vulnerable people this Christmas.
18 Lives ChangedNovus attended a school careers day helping teach the school pupils new skills and ask questions about careers in Construction. Two Novus employees attended the evening of the Thistley Hough Academy Career Event. Novus supported this event as part of Business in the Community's Business Class initiative. Eighteen pupils took part in the training sessions with many more asking questions and advice from the Novus team. £7264 worth of social value has been delivered through supporting this careers event.
10 Lives ChangedPHP donated three beach huts to the residents of Sterte Court, the aim was to help brighten up the area. Novus donated pastel paints and all the tools to paint the huts. We also helped to teach the residents some painting techniques that they could implement at home or if the huts needed painting in the future.
68 Lives ChangedNovus Property Solutions have recently completed a Bathroom refurbishment programme at Runnymede Court in Widnes Novus completed all bathrooms to the programme and also achieved a 100% customer satisfaction from the residents. Hanover asked Novus to attend a workshop session with the residents to see if there was anything that could have been changed to improve the service they received whilst having the works done All the residents gave positive feedback about Novus and said there was nothing to improve Novus did a fantastic job and delivered to them a good service and that they would have Novus back in their homes again. As a thank you to the residents for letting us in to their homes to complete the works Novus provided a buffet after the workshop session.
155 Lives ChangedNovus Property Solutions are due to start internal decoration to corridors works at Joseph Groome Towers in Ellesmere Port for Plus Dane Housing. Novus and Plus Dane invited residents along to choose from the colour scheme selections that were on offer giving resident chance to have a say in how they would like there corridors look like. Residents that came to the event were given a raffle ticket and put into a prize draw for the chance to win High Street shopping voucher which were donated by Novus .
60 Lives ChangedNovus Liverpool office have helped local organisation Chet Centre in Crosby Liverpool. The Chet Centre is a charitable organisation for the Riding for Disabled and is funded purely by donations from the general public and local businesses. Novus with the helpful labour of sub-contractor Jag Builders provided shelving in the tack rooms to help with storage and also patch plastered where needed and retiled the kitchen for them. All the staff at the Chet Centre thanked Novus for their kind support and said the work they had done had made a difference.
2 Lives ChangedNovus head office recently held a social media campaign. We asked Twitter followers to Tweet using #ChangingLives, and tell us how they have helped to change someone’s life.The winning Tweet was from Rachael Lines, she won a £100 donation to the Blackpole and Fairmount community group where she is secretary.
50 Lives ChangedNovus head office have taken part in the Operation Christmas Child, Shoe box appeal. Staff were asked to take a shoe box and fill it with lots of lovely things. The shoe boxes were then collected to be distributed around the world to be gifted to children who may not otherwise receive any gifts. The Operation Christmas Child appeal has being running since 1990 helping more than 124 million children, in over 150 countries.
10+ Lives ChangedNovus in Burton have been collecting waste wood to donate to a local nursery. The nursery has been using the wood to help to fire the heaters in the green houses helping to cut energy bills and reduce the impact on the environment. This project is ongoing, with all future waste wood being recycled in this way.
1 Life ChangedNovus in Bristol have offered Matthew Barnes a life changing apprenticeship. Matt will be working along side the team at Bristol to gain all the necessary experience and qualifications to become a Novus joiner. Good Luck Matthew!
50+ Lives ChangedThe Harlesden Town Garden project was started in March 2013. The main aim was to improve the green space located at Challenge Close, St Mary's Road and create an accessible and inclusive urban facility that will enable and promote community cohesion and contribute to improving local biodiversity. The Friends of Harlesden Town Garden along with LIFT and the new Park Coordinator will support and guide volunteers and the local community to develop the physical transformation of the park, and ensure the project will provide a greater knowledge and understanding of environmental issues as well as conveying a passion for community development and well-being through the use of a public garden. Novus have donated £100 to help support this worthy cause.
10+ Lives ChangedNovus Wrexham have donated paint to Severnside Community Centre and Youth Club. The centre was looking for a refresh and Novus stepped in with a paint donation to help keep the costs of this project down. The centre is key to local life meaning that this donation will improve the lives of the whole community.
172 Lives ChangedNovus Wrexham organised a community get together for residents at Whitegate. It was a great opportunity for the residents to socialise and discuss the ongoing works in the area. Novus also held a raffle which was free to enter.
1 Life ChangedNovus in Wrexham has offered a prestigious trainee QS position to Adam McCarthy. Adam will attend university 1 day a week but will spend most of his time in the office or on site learning his trade. This valuable opportunity allows Adam to earn money whilst learning hands on from some of the best in the business. Good luck Adam.
2 Lives ChangedNovus in Wrexham have taken on 2 Resident Liaison Officers( RLO's), Harriet Lowe and Karen Jones. Harriet and Karen will work closely with residents in communities where we are carrying out works. They will be a direct contact for residents to approach with any concerns or questions. They will also work to bring the community together with lots of fun events and fundraisers. Good luck girls.
72 Lives ChangedNovus in Wrexham held a coffee morning for Wynnstay residents ahead of work in their homes. The event allowed residents to ask questions about the works, see examples of completed works and book surveys. It is also an opportunity for the community to come together and have fun as well as hopefully pick up some tips on how to save energy and reduce household bills.
7+ Lives ChangedThe site team for Novus in Wrexham are helping local residents by "freecycling" unwanted appliances and furniture. Novus are collecting the unwanted goods from properties where residents are replacing items and finding them homes with residents who are in need. So far a table and chairs, a toaster and microwave and a set of 2 chairs have gone to help 3 different families facing financial hardship.
1 Life ChangedThe Bathgate office welcomes Stevie Lee Rowland, whom is completing her work placement as part of her course at West Lothian College. Stevie will be with us for 4 weeks and whilst here will play an integrate role as part of the Support Team carrying out Administrative and Helpdesk tasks. As part of our relationship with West Lothian College, we look forward to welcoming many more students through the doors of the Bathgate office to hone their skills in the workplace.
46+ Lives ChangedResidents in Cefn Y Bedd are having refurbishment works carried out in their homes. Novus wanted to offer residents the opportunity to voice any concerns or raise any queries. Novus held a community breakfast allowing the residents to meet the full site team, over sausage and bacon sandwiches as well as tea, coffee and toast.
14 Lives ChangedNovus in the south west have donated £250 to Horrabridge Primary School Coucil. Each year, pupils from Reception to Year 6 are represented on the Council and these representatives are voted for by the pupils. The school council meet every month with the Chair of Governors to discuss issues raised by the children themselves. The school council supports several charities as voted for by the children and organises fund raising and other events within school.
£200 DonatedNovus donated £200 Roger Morter who is walking the 3 Peaks raising money for Langley Housing Trust. Roger is hoping to raise £1000 to purchase fitness equipment for the residents at Tekoa House, helping them live healthy lifestyles. In 2015 the staff team at Tekoa are working with residents to provide and educate residents in the benefit of living a healthy lifestyle. The fitness equipment would provide basic equipment to ensure they are physically fitter whilst addressing any issues they have their diet, mental health, addiction issues and spiritually.
£100 DonatedNovus have donated £100 to Dee Banks School. Dee Banks is an all age special school which caters for a wide range of special needs and learning difficulties. Most pupils have severe learning difficulties. Though a significant number have Profound and Multiple difficulties and some are on the autistic spectrum.
1 Life ChangedNovus Property Solutions are currently working with Six Town Housing in the 4th year of the cyclical pre-paint repairs and painting programme. Novus have successfully completed their 500th property with Six Town and to celebrate this Novus invited Six Town representatives and presented the resident at 50 Wooded Close Bury with a Bouquet of flowers. Joyce Clifford of 50 Wooded Close commented “I am very happy with the works Novus have done at my property”.
35 Lives ChangedOn completion of kitchen work for Hanover Housing, Novus in Manchester held a workshop session with residents. This session allowed residents to ask any questions or raise any issues they had with the works. Novus provided refreshments and it proved to be a great community event.
50 Lives ChangedNovus in Southampton have donated 50 kids Hi-Vis vests to help keep the pupils at a local school safe as the dark nights close in.
£1,675.00 RaisedNovus site manager, Kelvin and his daughter, Lily, ran the Liverpool Fun Run raising vital funds for Liverpool Women's Charity "Kitty". Kitty now delivers over 8,000 babies, carries out 10,000 gynaecological procedures and cares for 1,000 preterm infants on our Neonatal Unit and places as much importance on their emotional welfare as they do on delivering high standards of clinical care. Together Kelvin and Lily raised £1,675.00. Well Done.
15 Lives ChangedNovus in Wrexham were approached by Wrexham County Borough Council to help lower unemployment in the area.Novus were introduced to 15 unemployed individuals attending a iTec training course,in the Whitegate area where we have been refurbishing kitchens and bathrooms. Novus held mock interviews and provided feedback, giving them confidence and experience when applying for jobs.
90 Lives ChangedDuring school holidays, Leicester City Council's Community Wellness Services work with volunteers, providing children with a free healthy breakfast and packed lunch. They also provide fun and games allowing them to engage with other children from the community. Novus have donated £100 in food and drink allowing the staff and volunteers to provide breakfast for the week and a packed lunch for all. With Novus' support there is enough food to go round and more time for fun and games.
36 Lives ChangedNovus,working with PfP, arranged a family fun day for residents at Bell Court in Bognor Regis .It was a lovely day with refreshments, a quiz and lots of great prizes.All who attended received energy saving light bulbs helping to reduce energy usage and lower household bills.
Signal Radio SOS
100 Lives ChangedStoke Radio station Signal Radio asked Novus to help with a community centre refurbishment. The community facility is used extensively by the local Scouts and the local community. Due to the building being 'run down' the community approached Signal for help! Signal took this project on as a DIY SOS challenge. An appeal was sent out to local companies to get involved, but to allow the project to proceed a 'Principle Contractor' was required to strategically support the refurbishment, while also ensuring all the volunteers meet health and safety requirements. Novus have acted as the principle contractor, with Novus Site Manager Kevin Davies supporting throughout. Progress is going well and once the refurbishment is complete the community plan on having an official opening.
177+ Lives ChangedPrior to kitchen and bathroom works for Wrexham County Borough Council, Novus held an open evening for residents with free refreshments, a free raffle and a colouring competition for the children. It provided the residents with opportunity socialise as a group, learn more about the planner works and Novus also offered help and advise for bill reduction and energy saving at home.
£50 DonatedNovus are working at Joseph Groome Towers on behalf of Plus Dane. The residents held a coffee morning with all proceeds raised donated to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.The Douglas Macmillan provides hospice services free of charge to adults with life limiting illnesses in the North Staffordshire area and also provides supportive care for their families and carers. Novus Stoke donated £50 to the event.
50+ Lives ChangedNovus Birmingham have donated time and materials to help refurbish Lea Village Hall. The refurbishment will give local residence a better environment to socialise and help to bolster community spirit.
Paint a Fence
50+ Lives ChangedNovus have donated time and materials to help transform 3 areas at Bilford Court, Dancox House & Edgeworth Close. Together with Fortis Living, Novus have painted over 500 linear metres of fencing, this equates to approximately the length of 5 football pitches.Tenants were delighted with difference the painting made to their environment, one tenant at Dancox House even bought toffees for the painters to thank them for their efforts.
£320 RaisedNovus directors Neil Hand and Chris Walford took part in a charity golf day at Trentham Golf Club. Together with Novus employees Andy Woodhouse and Andy Besford a total of £320 was raised by Novus for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice, a charity local to Novus head office which supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
2 Lives ChangedNovus Southampton would like to congratulate Cowen Goodgame (left) and Tom Pearce (right) on finishing their 3 year apprenticeship and both achieving their Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations. ( construction). Both have been an asset to the company and we are pleased to announce both apprentices have been offered full time employment with our branch as Qualified Painter Decorators. We all wish them well in joining our team full time.
1 Life ChangedCallum Osbourne has embarked on an apprentiship with Novus Southampton. Taking on an apprentice means training is delivered in a consistent way across the business. Novus will be helping Callum gain life skills and offering the potential of gaining full time employment.
Meet and Greet
70 Lives ChangedTogether with Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing, Novus organised an open evening with free refreshments and a free prize draw. Residents were invited to attend and find out more about the works as well as ask any questions they may have. Novus also held a crash course on how to reduce energy bills in the home, helping to save the residents money as well as reduce harmful effects on the environment.
2 Lives ChangedNovus together with Trent and Dove housing held an eco competition for residents. Mrs Daly was the winner of the competition, her prize was a room make over by Novus. We redecorated her lounge,introducing a feature wall and we also painted her kitchen. Mrs Daly is delighted with the outcome and has been inspired to redesign some of the other rooms in her home.
1 Life ChangedReece Jones is currently working through his apprenticeship with Novus Birmingham.Through the course of his apprenticeship he will gain all the necessary skills and qualifications for a life long career.
72 Lives ChangedPrior to kitchen and bathroom refurbishment works for Cefn Y Bedd, Novus organised an information day for residents. Residents were invited to find out more about the planned refurbishment and to receive tips on how to save money, energy and water in the home.Information that will not only help to lower household bills, but will also help to protect the environment. The event was hugely successful and provided an opportunity for members of the community to get out of the house and socialise.
Jeans 4 Genes
£16 FundraisedOn Friday 18th September Novus York took part in the annual Jean for Genes fundraiser. By each paying £2 to wear jeans, our office in York raised a total of £16 for sufferers of genetic disorders and their families.
1 Life ChangedCongratulations to Jade Francis who is completing her apprenticeship with Novus in Southampton. Jade is currently working on our Gosport Borough County Council contract, learning all the skills she will need to complete her qualification in paining and decorating.
51 Lives ChangedNovus Birmingham organised a coffee morning for residents at Aspen & Blackthorne Court. The event took place prior to works starting in the area, giving residents the opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns they may have. Novus supplied refreshments and arranged a quiz, 4 members of the team were on hand all morning to to help residents with any queries.
Jeans 4 Genes
£29.70 RaisedNovus Head Office in Stoke took part in the 2015 Jeans for Genes campaign. The office raised £29.70 with each member of the team paying £2 to wear jeans on Friday 18th September. The money raise will go to support sufferers of genetic disorders and their families.
Jeans 4 Genes
£16 RaisedNovus Wrexham took part in Jeans for Genes. Jeans for Genes is an annual event which this year took place Friday 18th September. The money raised will go to help sufferers of genetic disorders and their families.
1 Life ChangedNovus Southampton have welcomed Tom Pearce on to a life changing apprenticeship. Tom will be provided with all the necessary training to secure a future as a Novus painter and decorator.
30 Lives ChangedNovus Thetford volunteered to carryout external repairs and decorating work to the local Royal British Legion club. The large club is used by the local community for events as well as socials for ex British service men and women. The refurbishment of the club has had a hugely positive impact on the whole community.
11+ Lives ChangedNovus site supervisor Steve Bloor volunteers managing the Cheadle SMU football club, youth team. Novus have leant Steve a helping hand by pledging to sponsor the sides uniform. We think the boys look very smart in their new kit!
2+ Lives ChangedNovus Plymouth have donated a kettle and toaster for use within a new kitchen refurbishment for Advanced Housing. The equipment has been a huge help to the residents and their carers.
Jeans 4 Genes
£71 RaisedNovus employees in Stoke wore Jeans to support the Jeans for Genes Campaign. Each employee paid £2 to wear their jeans and a total of £71 was raised for this amazing cause.
£365 fundraisedNovus employees Jess and Steve Hand (uncle and niece) took part in a 45 mile charity bike ride, raising funds for Orchid Cancer. Orchid works to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers, through pioneering research and promoting awareness. In total Jess and Steve managed to raise a huge £365. Well done Jess and Steve!
100+ Lives ChangedBrymbo Heritage Club was due to host an open air concert but required more substantial facilities. The existing kitchen consisted of a table, sink and some plywood rested against it as a partition. Novus Wrexham stepped in and supplied and fitted a brand new kitchen ahead of the event!
4 Lives ChanagedNovus in the South West have worked with PHP to provide a new utility room for a very deserving couple. The couple lost their daughter during the birth of their grandchild. The whole family was struggling to come to terms with the loss and their son in law is struggling bring up his new son alone. The new utility room helps as they are now able to launder the babies clothes. Novus also decorated the spare bedroom, supplying a travel cot, bedding and newborn toys for the baby . Grieving for your child is a hard burden to bear but hopefully Novus have helped to make the days a little easier for this family
1 Life ChangedTahir Mohammad has been awarded an apprenticeship with Novus Glasgow. Tahir is currently working hard gathering all the skills he needs for a career as a Novus painter.
£250 DonatedTwenty two colleagues from Places for People will be climbing Ben Nevis in aid of CLAPA, a charity that supports those with, or affected by, a cleft lip or palate. CLAPA provide an excellent support network and a wealth of information for families and individuals dealing with cleft lip and/or palate, including advice on feeding, effects on hearing, speech therapy, information on surgery, before and after stories from other families etc. Novus have donated £250 towards the trip.
200 Lives ChangedNovus and Wrexham County Borough Council held a clean-up day for Pentre Gwyn locals. Residents were invited to bring unwanted waste to skips and recycling facilities provided by Novus. Meanwhile a street scene gang removed weeds and cleared water channels. There was also fire safety advice, litter picking, removal of un-taxed and dangerous vehicles, path edge tidying and crime reduction advice. The day was a huge success and everyone in attendance agreed that the surroundings were much improved by the event.
1 Life ChangedNovus Scotland have transformed the life of Martyn Naysmith by offering him a coveted Novus apprenticeship. During his apprenticeship Martyn will learn all the required skills and earn all the necessary qualifications for a life long career as a Novus painter and decorator.
£1000 donatedNovus Liverpool, supported by Dulux Paint, helped to support Boofest. Boofest is a community festival organised by One Vision Housing. The festival brings together the whole of the community with a range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Novus volunteers demonstrated and offered a master class in basic DIY skills. Children enjoyed a Novus colouring competition. The sun was shining and everyone who attended had a great day.
£50 DonatedNovus Manchester are working at Chatterton Hey for Langley House Trust. Langley House Trust provides essential care and monitoring to offenders with complex needs. Novus donated £50.00 towards tombola prizes for their annual fundraising fete. Novus employees attended the fete and a fabulous day was had by all.
10 Lives ChangedWhilst working nearby Novus employees noticed a leak at the Ermine Community Centre. Novus employees repaired the leak and also helped to clean up the area. This has been a huge help to residents, especially with winter drawing in and the puddle at risk of freezing.
1 Life ChangedNovus East Midlands have taken part in a triathlon event to raise money to take a seriously ill child on a much deserved holiday to Portugal to fulfill his dream to see the Dolphins. The event involved canoeing for 15 miles, walking for 5 miles and cycling for 10 miles ). Preston Evans, Novus employee Andy Besford's nephew, has been suffering from a serious genetic illness for the last 12 months, the rare condition known as 'X ALD' is an incurable condition.
1000 Lives ChangedNovus Burton have made a donation to the Deferrers School Awards Evening. The awards are held annually over two dates, ensuring as many of the students as possible can be rewarded for their achievements and contributions throughout the academic year. This truly was a spectacular occasion with over 1000 students, teachers, parents and members of the community attending. Huge congratulations to all the students involved.
1 Life ChangedArran consulted through B.L.E.S as he was unable to find employment. This led to a position within Novus Scotland and a full time apprentice position for Arran. Arran is currently learning his trade which will ultimately lead to a life long career as a Novus painter.
1 Life ChangedAfter he had struggled to find permanent employment Novus and Action for Children came together to offer Paul Kelly a 4 week work placement at Novus. During the 4 weeks Novus have offered training and support to Paul who was working with as part of our team, carrying out kitchen replacement works in Castlemilk for Home Scotland. Paul has been so committed to the scheme that he has since been awarded a 6 month employment contract with Novus.
100+ Lives ChangedWhilst working with Plus Dane in the Everton Brow area of Liverpool , Novus operatives have been using the facilities at the Clock Community Centre, situated on the estate where works are taking place. The Community Centre was in need of a garden makeover so Novus operatives gave a helping hand painting all the garden furniture and donating £150.00 to help the Community Centre purchase plants and flowers for the surrounding flower beds.
10 Lives ChangedNovus Employee Dean Robinson, Project Manager for Novus Whitbread, held a charity golf day to raise money for two charity’s. Novus Donated £100 to the British Heart Foundation and £100 to the Arrhythmia Alliance. Overall the charity event raised £1000 for both charities
10 Lives ChangedNovus York donated time and materials to Yorkshire Housing helping to renovate a courtyard at Cornetto Court. The changes made a huge difference to the outside areas at Cornetto Court, creating a tranquil area where residents can relax.
10 Lives ChangedEach year, in recognition of the vital work carried out by individual residents and agencies Trent and Dove hold an awards ceremony to celebrate these community champions and shine a spotlight on the projects which make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives. This year Novus has provided a donation which has helped to make these awards possible.
100+ Lives ChangedThe team from our Wrexham office together with Wrexham County Borough Council, have enlisted the help of residents to transform the Pentre Gwyn Community Centre. We enlisted the help of volunteers from the local community including the Youth Justice Service, Caia Park Partnership, local youth club and local businesses - even current Welsh international, Christiaan Roets lent a hand. Dozens of Novus’ valued suppliers including City Electrical Factors, Travis Perkins and Plumb Centre also donated materials, enabling the project to be completed
60+ LivesOur South West team recently rolled up their sleeves to get involved in a community clean-up project at Bakers Close, Sidmouth. The project was in conjunction with DCH (formerly Devon & Cornwall Housing) and its residents! Novus donated time and materials to the cause and a great day was had by all. The end result was a nicer place to live for the 60+ residents on this street.
£100 DonatedNovus Bangor have donated £100 to sponsor Cartrefi Conway’s Charity Golf day, raising funds for CLIC Sargent.CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people, and their families. They provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help young people cope with cancer and get the most out of life
1 Life ChangedGlen Speight is an Apprentice at the Novus East Midlands office, Glen was nominated for the 2014 Novus Apprentice of the Year Award because of his sheer hard work. He has an excellent attendance and punctuality record and has a very positive attitude towards the work he carries out. Glen overall was runner up in this competition, which highlights just how well he is doing through this Apprenticeship opportunity. As well as one person's life being changed for the better £8531 worth of social value has been delivered through this employment and training opportunity.
£350 RaisedNovus employees from across the country took part in a charity football match against a Neil Baldwin Select XI. Neil is a local hero in Stoke and has shot to fame nationwide as a result of the movie called Marvelous that was made about his life. Neil has overcome a lot of challenges in his life and he continues to have a positive impact on the people around him. From this charity football match £350 was raised for the children's ward of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire Charity.
£1000 DonatedThe Novus Thetford office sponsor their local football league. Across all the communities Novus work in we are committed to playing our part in the local economy and in the local area. The Novus sponsorship goes towards the running costs of the league allowing over 10 local teams to offer sporting opportunities for hundreds of individuals.
1 Life ChangedNovus employee Jeanette Mayo organised a fundraiser and raffle at the Fenton Private Bowling Club in Heron Cross. All proceeds from the event have been donated to the Cancer Unit at the Royal Stoke, University Hospital ,where Jeanette's sister, Susan has been receiving treatment for the last 8 months. Novus donated a signed Stoke City football to the raffle and all the staff at the club wore pink t-shirts on the day in support of this great cause.
Meet & Greet
50+ Lives ChangedPrior to starting works together, Novus and Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing held a meet and greet afternoon in one of the residential areas we will be working. Staff from both companies were present to answer any questions from tenants and provide more information. Residents were provided with information sheets, colour sample choice charts and time frame expectations as well as freebie goodies and biscuits!To close the afternoon we held a free raffle which all residents who attended had the opportunity to enter. The winner was very grateful to receive his £20 Tesco voucher courtesy of Novus!
60+ Lives ChangedVicarage Court was in an unloved state and needed some internal and external attention. With Places for People we attended site and carried out painting works to all 5 stairways as well as building planting areas around the scheme. The residents joined in on the day, helping with the planting and felt that the revived garden area made Vicarage Court a nicer place for the residents to live.
480+ Lives ChangedNovus in Scotland have been working with West Primary School to help the school achieve an Eco School Award. Novus have donated time and garden resources to the school, who are working to develop pupils understanding of where vegetables come from and how they grow. Pupils will plant and grow fruit and vegetables which they will then cook and taste. Pupils of the Eco Committee and the Gardening Club hope to grow enough produce that they can share with residents of the neighboring Sheltered Housing Complex.
BBC DIY SOS
50 Lives ChangedWe’re are very proud to have been part of the BBC’S latest DIY SOS Challenge that took place in Manchester! Our CSR Manager, Kevin Rhone took a team from our Warrington Office, together with Emma Rowlands from the bid team to volunteer their time and skills to help change the lives of a number of military families by giving them a home where they’ll be able to spend time together.
49 Lives ChangedAhead of planned works for Charnwood Borough Council Novus Property Solutions held a coffee morning for the residents at Fielding Court. The event helped to inform residents about the pending works and provided an opportunity to raise any concerns or queries. Novus provided refreshments for the event as well as donating prizes for their weekly raffle.
400 Lives ChangedMore than 20 apprentices hoping to land a job at Novus have created a community allotment at Thistley Hough Academy, as part of our Apprentice Challenge. The apprentices toiled under the gaze of Dutch international footballer and current Stoke City player Marco Van Ginkel, who offered his support to the initiative, which aims to provide the school with a space for enterprise activities, and a centre for skills development and student engagement. Thistley Hough Academy in Penkhull was nominated for the project by chairman Stuart Seddon, who is keen to build on the strong links the company has already forged with the school.
1 Life ChangedKimberley Beagan has been given a life changing opportunity as an apprentice painter in our Bathgate office. Kimberly is currently training hard to develop all the required skills for a career as a Novus Painter.
25 Lives ChangedThroughout August Twitter users were asked to tag @_NovusSolutions with their own #ChangingLives story, with one winner to be picked at random to win £100. Amelia Brightley-Hodges won the £100 prize in August but in the true spirit of #ChangingLives, she asked that the money be donated to the Fields of Life charity which she is currently raising money for. The campaign will run throughout the year so don’t miss out on the opportunity to share your #ChangingLives story and be in with the chance of winning.
30 Lives ChangedNovus employee Leroy volunteered to support a community gardening event. The event, ran in conjunction with Places for People promoted gardening and helped to ‘drum up’ interest in starting a resident gardening group. Leroy helped man the information stand, and went door to door gathering support. Novus also held a ‘Win a garden makeover competition’ were any resident could nominate someone they thought deserved a makeover. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges from Novus and Places For People so watch this space!
40+ Lives ChangedNovus have teamed up with SAHA, The Salvation Army Housing Association, who have been involved in carrying out a £750,000 refurbishment, to convert a former women’s refugee centre into 29 self-contained flats with a community hub. Novus converted the hard-paved drying area, into a communal garden with benches, fencing and building plants so that the tenants now have somewhere pleasant to sit outside. Overall they donated around £5000 in labour and materials.
20 Lives ChangedNovus are working on Magee Court in the Centre of Derby providing a refurbishment as part a national framework. While working on the scheme Novus employees refurbished the communal garden area. The residents had highlighted issues with mud spreading across the walkways, dogs fouling in the plant area and that there was no where for residents to sit. The Novus team tried to combat all these issues buy installing sleepers around the garden area acting as a barrier to keep the soil where it should be and also provide seating for the residents as well. Resident, David Joesbury commented; "these improvements are going to make a real difference to the residents who use the area, and I hope more residents will now also use the area. Thank you to the volunteers who made this happen."
20 lives changedNovus, in partnership with Places for People, are planning refurbishment work to the kitchens at St Martins Close, in Bristol; a small community of independent living properties for elderly people. The Resident Liaison Officer held a coffee morning to introduce herself to the residents and give them the opportunity to ask any questions and raise any issues or concerns, before the work starts next week. Novus provided food and drink for the event and the morning ended with fun quiz's, where one of the resident's won a £20 Tesco gift card.
60 lives changedTo mark the completion of the roofing project at David Garrick Gardens. The Novus Burton office team donated and planted plants and shrubs to tidy up the areas that had been affected by the work. The area was not only 'made good' but dramatically improved. Lynne, one of the residents helped to plant along with Steve Bloor (Novus Senior Contracts Manager) and Dan Arrowsmith from Bromford.
£125 fund raisedEmployees from the Novus head office in Stoke on Trent held a charity day to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Employees paid to dress down and some even came in fancy dress.
10 lives changedNovus in Gosport held a coffee morning to meet and greet all of the residents from Braemar Road to inform them of all the external decorations, rendering and canopy's work taking place. We had a question and answer session and produced a program of works for which all the tenants will have access to. The Novus team also met with the local councillor and spokesperson for the road and built good relationships with all the residents. The event was a great way to bring the local community together and to end the morning a raffle was held.
1 life changedDaniel started with Novus Bathgate in Scotland as a labourer to allow him to get an understanding of the business. He worked across a number of sites giving him extensive experience. Daniel recently applied for, and was subsequently successful in gaining a place on the apprentice joinery programme.
Charity Tuck Shop
£180 RaisedNovus employees at the head office in Stoke on Trent have a charity tuck shop located in the canteen. All items sold through the took shop raise money for charity. Recently the tuck shop raised £180 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
1 life changedThe Novus Bathgate office in Scotland have been providing work placement opportunities. Helen had been unemployed for a number of months, she had been applying for jobs but was ultimately unsuccessful due to a lack of experience and lack of references. After speaking with BLES (a training provider) she gained a 13 week placement with Novus. This placement gave Helen exposure to the industry and a better chance at securing a job in the future.
20 lives changedNovus Southampton completed painting works to a shared housing development for PHP in Poole called Belmont Court. Novus held a coffee morning for the residents during this period to bring the residents together and to out the residents minds at ease with the planned improvement works.
50 lives changedNovus have completed the Penkside refurbishment Project for Stafford & Rural Homes, and to mark this milestone a community event was held for the locals residents. There were prizes for customer feedback along with prizes for completed energy quizzes. There was a marquee holding balloons, face painting, cakes and raffle prizes! At the event seeds were also handed out so that people could take away with them and plant in their gardens.
1 life changedOne of our Poole Housing Partnership residents was struggling mentally with not being able to shower during the bathroom refurbishment at his property. He was unsteady on his feet and starting to feel low, so a Novus employee, Dan Fielder took Mr Nettleton to the local swimming baths so that he could relax and use the facilities there. Mr Nettleton wrote a lovely comment about how thankful he was to Dan for showing real concern for him and all PHP residents.
£25 donatedNovus donated £25 to sponsor a whole at a charity golf day in aid of Telford Hospice. Overall this donation help raise over £1000 for a local charity.
20 lives changedNovus in Wrexham have donated £370 to help fund the purchase of sports kit for a local youth football team.
25 lives changedNovus Property Solutions are working across the North East in partnership with the Anchor Trust on an internal redecoration programme worth £180,000. Anchor provide housing and care for older people and while working on one of the schemes a resident asked the Novus employee if we could help with funding some trees. Through improving the resident's facilities it is estimated that £22,898 worth of social value has been delivered through this support from Novus.
£99 fund raisedNovus employees at the head office in Stoke on Trent held a charity cake sale to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Everyone involved enjoyed taking part and helped raise money for a worthy cause.
1 life changedNovus are working in partnership with University of Manchester to provide work placements. Calum O'Meara is the second placement to join Novus on a week long experience working on day to day repairs such as plumbing and joinery.
100+ lives changedNovus employees across the country volunteer their skills and expertise to support good causes. Neil Washington, Director at Novus is volunteering his time to support Stoke on Trent College as a Governor. Neil volunteers his time a few hours a month to support the College with strategic decisions and developing the overall strategic plan for the college.
1 life changedThe Novus Bathgate office in Scotland have taken on a summer work placement. Karis is a high school student who has an interest in working in a professional business environment and is considering her options for leaving school, be that further studies or seek full time employment. She contacted Novus and gained a 7 week placement which allows her to see the inner workings of the business and learn some basic skills before going back to school.
22 lives changedNovus were among three national companies who joined forces to give a temporary housing service in Bristol a new lease of life. Places for People Property Maintenance, Novus and Keepmoat used their combined experience to completely overhaul the Bristol Complex Needs facility in Bristol. Run and managed by Places for People Individual Support, the facility offers temporary support and housing for 22 single homeless men with a range of support needs. The facility provides accommodation and social/psychological support to the young men as they make the transition towards independent living. A brand new kitchens has been installed, the common room has been turned into a café with new tables and chairs and large areas of the building have been redecorated.
£3000 SponsorshipThe Novus head office in Stoke has continued supporting local sports club, Kidsgrove Athlete FC. Novus have made a £3000 donation towards the club to help improve the facilities for the local community.
50 lives changedThe Novus Thetford office donated supplied labour and materials to help improve the facilities at local sports club Wells Town football club. This will have a great impact on the supporters and the local community who will now have a clean football pitch and clubhouse.
2 lives changedOur Community Liaison Champion for the Greater London area has delivered energy saving advice to two Salvation Army Housing Association residents. Novus have developed an 'energy saving' presentation that is delivered by our site team to help residents identify areas that can save energy and therefore money!
100 lives changedNovus Projects in Stoke provided support to our BITC Business Class partners, Thistley Hough Academy to plant a section of trees. The trees were donated to the school but the school required a digger to move the earth and plant. Over 20 trees were planted, which will form part of the school allotment.
50 lives changedNovus started work in the summer on a project to repaint and change existing skirting’s at Agnew House homeless shelter (Gosport Family Centre). While meeting with the residents they asked for our help as the communal room for the children has no play equipment. These children for various reasons have suffered homelessness and it would make a real difference to donate some play equipment, toys, games etc to help them to integrate with the other children within this scheme. The aim of this donation is to help with their social skills and build their confidence as one child said to a Novus member of staff; " its hard to get friends at school when they know your living in Agnew house."
Kids sport support
15 lives changedOne of Novus clients, Irwell Valley Housing Association organised an under 11’s 5 a side football tournament inviting all primary schools in their neighbourhoods to participate. 12 local teams participated in the tournament and the Novus Manchester team wanted to play their part. Novus donated £100 to help purchase sports kit and equipment. Andy Fisher, Novus Manchester Operations Manager commented; "this sports project involved kids, parents and the wider community getting involved in sport, promoting healthier lifestyles and bringing the community closer together. We are proud to have been able to play our part in supporting our client with this project."
£150 fund raisedNovus offices across the country have charity tuck shop on their receptions. These tuck shops sell sweets and snacks and help raise money for numerous good causes. The Novus head office in Stoke through their tuck shop raised £150.05 which has been donated to a local charity the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
100+ lives changedNovus Propertry Solutions are working in partnership with Riverside Housing across the Midlands. As part of our commitment to the partnership support Riverside with a number of community projects that benifits their residents. At this year's Festival, Novus not only provided a team of volunteers to set up and dismantle the Festival marque's and equipment, the Novus team also held a skills stand with the chance to win a £1000 garden makeover. There was also a kids colouring competition, so something for all the family. Kevin Rhone, Novus' CSR Manager commented: "these type of events are a great way to offer soft skills development to our clients residents. We had a paint stand and a Novus painter on hand to offer advice to anyone interested. The kids also enjoyed taking part in the colouring competition while their parents learnt some new painting skills."
100+ lives changedNovus Propertry Solutions are working in partnership with Riverside Housing across the Midlands. As part of our commitment to the partnership support Riverside with a number of community projects that benifits their residents. At this year's Festival, Novus provided a team of volunteers to set up and dismatle the Festival marque's and equipment. Jo Payne, Quantity Surveyor for Novus commented: "Every year we provide a team of skilled volunteers to help our client set up all the gazebo's and marques for this festival, it is great to be able to play a key role in helping set up this community event that is attended by thousands of local people."
1 Life ChangedSiobhan was provided a work placement via our Bathgate office. Novus have been working in partnership with a local training organisation called B.L.E.S. who specialise in finding young people work opportunities. Siobhan was with Novus for a 13 Week Placement, she started out within our Admin team doing filing, phone inquiries and raising purchase orders. Siobhan then moved onto our Reactive Maintenance Helpdesk to try and give Siobhan as much hands on experience as possible. Siobhan excelled on the Helpdesk and very quickly became part of the team. Due to Siobhan's effort and hard work on the 5th January 2015 we offered Siobhan a full time permanent contract with Novus.
5 lives changedNovus supporting Places for People with a 'love your garden' event on the Meadows housing estate in Hounslow, Greater London. Novus' Community Liaison Champion, Leroy attended with a stand handing out information about gardening. Novus also held a competition to win a garden makeover. The overall aim of the event was to raise interest in the Meadows garden club.
20+ livesEast Edinburgh Dance Studio, a facility used to help keep local children off the streets, have recently been faced with uncertainty of their future; due to a lack of funding. Novus have donated £600 to help to keep the studio open and running so that these young children have a safe and positive place to go.
15+ lives changedNovus have donated tools and paint to help with the decoration of Bramley Elderly Action's drop in room, in Leeds. The club hold a daily drop in service, where any of their 1,500 elderly members can now benefit from their great, newly decorated facility.
1 life changedThe Novus team working in partnership with Poole Housing Partnership have donated £200 in support of a resident whose property they were refurbishing. Mr and Mrs Roberts have had to adjust to life changing difficulties, when Mrs Roberts became blind just 3 days before her wedding. She was given a guide dog which has been invaluable to her, "I don't know how I would have coped without him" she said. Now the couple are presently trying to raise £1500 to give back to the guide dog charity, that gave back her independence and to help others.
1 life changedNovus via an employee application donated £250 towards the charity The Lloyds Bank Foundation. The Foundation provide community grants across the UK supporting thousands of good causes.
Health & Safety
11 lives changedThe Novus Health and Safety team are holding a series of safety talks in partnership ‘The Works’ a recruitment centre initiated by the University of Manchester to help people from the local community back in to work. Novus are supporting ‘The Works’ who are running a six week Construction academy programme where a number of candidates are given support to try and get them into the construction industry. In addition to the talks we are providing a week’s work experience opportunity.
Paddle for SASH
5 lives changedSteve Lincoln, an employee at Novus Property Solutions in York, undertook a 15 mile canoe trip on the River Severn and raised £300 for SASH. He said, "I chose to donate to SASH, as they offer stability and support to young people, so they don’t end up in homeless hostels. I could have been in a similar situation in my youth, if i didn't have my friends and family offering me temporary accommodation.”
1 life changedThe Novus Bathgate Office have sponsored a player from their local women's football team at Stirling University. This funding will allow the player to perform at the highest level and to the best of her ability without detriment to her studies.
10 lives changedNovus Property Solutions at Thetford are always looking for ways in which they can support the local communities in which they work. The Novus Contracts Manager, Ian Huggins was attending a first aid course with St Ambulance when he noticed that the door to the building was not fit for purpose and did not close properly. Ian linked in with the St John's first aider running the course and organised a new front door to be donated and fitted. St John's Ambulance were delighted with this support and commented that the new door has made big difference in terms of safety and improved access.
100+ lives changedOur Novus team took part in and helped sponsor a 5km run for SightConcern, where they could run, walk, jog or dance their way to the finish. The race was set up to raise money to help people who are blind or partially sighted. Thanks to the amazing turn up of support and our team and other companies sponsoring the event we helped raise a substantial amount of money.
30 lives changedSome of our team from different branches came together to combine their thoughts to create an idea to help customers save energy and reduce bills in the long-term.
5 lives changedone of the Novus teams working in London on a client contract helped refurbish a house in greater London. The focus of the work was to refurbish the kitchen.
10 lives changedFor achieving a milestone in the places for people contract, the Novus team working in greater London on the meadows estate donated ten trees to the local residents to help improve they're environment. The residents are going to donate these trees around the estate to improve the look of the estate and bring a look of tranquillity.
10 lives changedWillow park is a scheme within the Poole Housing Partnership in which we have replaced all the guttering and repainted some of the outside areas. We have run a coffee morning alongside a question and answer session about the works being done. Our workers met up with residents of the properties they were refurbishing to meet the people and socialise, to make them feel more comfortable with us working within they're area. They did various activities like bingo, the product being a smile and good relationship between the client and the worker.
15+ lives changedNovus in Poole provided plants to improve a pathway used as a school route. The overall aim was to make the area more attractive and brighten up the community as a whole. Novus are working in the area as a contractor for Poole Housing Partnership. One of the local residents commented that this 'Changing Lives' makeover has brought warmth to the community, and joy to the youth as they walk to school.
30 lives changedThe Novus team working in Poole in partnership with Poole Housing Partnership donated £100 to a local school located near their site compound to help purchase sports equipment to use in the playground at break time.
100 lives changedA school within the area Novus are replacing Kitchens and bathrooms for Housing Association Poole Housing Partnership has received support from Novus employees. Novus have donated sports equipment and improve the safety of the playground area by carrying out repairs to paths and steps. The school children in return painted large boards that have been placed around the Novus site compound to help brighten up the area. This then lead to the Novus donating safety jackets to all the school pupil's to help keep them safe and seen.
25+ lives changedNovus Southampton completed painting works to a shared housing development for Poole Housing Partnership called Belmont Court. PHP then approached Novus to help with landscaping the gardens. PHP staff also volunteered their help and we jointly worked towards improving this area. Novus employees erected pergolas and helped landscape the area. the scheme gardens now look beautiful and the residents were delighted with the efforts from both parties and thanked both PHP and the Novus staff for their help.
2 lives changedThis week at Novus' head office in Stoke two students from Thistley Hough Academy are taking part in a week long work experience. This will help mould the students and prepare them for future employment. The students supported the Novus Corporate Social Responsibility Manager with the management of the Novus Changing Lives Programme which is part of Novus' charitable programme.
Sports Kit Donation
220 lives changedWhile in South Africa refurbishing a nursery school, we also donated hundreds of football shirts to the local community. Novus Systems manager Lee Hollins launched the kit appeal in 2014 and soon found himself inundated with donations, as well as receiving the support of Stoke City FC.
£1000 fundraisedFor the second year running the Novus team in Scotland entered a team into "It's a knockout charity fundraiser". This was to help raise funds for St Andrews Hospice in Airdrie. The Novus team entered a team of 10 who were narrowly piped into second place in their heat. This is an annual fundraiser held at Strathclyde Park Motherwell, each team is tasked with raising £1000. Which helps in the care of cancer patients and family’s it is a Charity and relies on the kind donations of the public and organised charity events St. Andrew's Hospice is Lanarkshire's only specialist hospice which provides specialist care services to 55 patients from across Lanarkshire with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. It is a very special place which recognises the need to provide support for patients, their families and carers.
The Prince's Trust
2 lives changedThe Novus Stafford team provided an opportunity for two work placements through The Prince's Trust. The work placement trainees were mentored by individuals from the site team taking part in all aspects of work on site. The two trainees gained valuable site experience that will help them in their personal development and skills development towards future employment. £6816 worth of social value was delivered through this project.
£2500 DonationA team of Novus employees joined the Dulux team to take part in the 190 mile London Revolution Challenge. All money raised was donated to the Outward Bound Trust. The Novus team donated £2500 to the charity. The Novus team had to complete the 190 mile challenge in two days, the first day was a 100 mile ride, with the second day being a 90 mile ride, the challenge covered a full loop of Greater London. Well done team Novus!
3 changed livesNovus Property Solutions have launched a graduate trainee programme and after a rigorous selection process the final three candidates were invited to attend a full day of training and evaluation to see if they have what it takes to join the Novus team. The graduate positions will be announced shortly. £8973 worth of social value was delivered through this project.
Nursery in Africa
£1000 Donationearlier in the year a team of Novus employees travelled to South Africa to take part in a charity volunteering challenge to refurbish a Nursery school. The employees involved in this project have continued to fundraise for the school and have since donated an extra £1000 that will be used to help the school with urgent repairs through the winter months.
20 lives changedThe Novus Board of Directors and a number of Senior Managers are mentoring 20 Thistley Hough Academy pupil's as a part of a project to help the pupil's achieve their potential in terms of exam results and future plans once they leave school. This project is part of a wider project to support the school through the BITC Business Class partnership. The pupil's have now taken part in a launch event, two mentoring sessions and a team challenge, with more support planned before the end of the academic year.
10 lives changedThe Novus team working on the Places for People Housing area in Hounslow Greater London donated £100 to fund a kids party at the Meadows Community Centre. The resident committee for the area organised the party and commented what a great time the kids had.
£170 FundraisedThe Novus Warwick team raised £170 for The Brain Tumour Charity from a series events ranging from a dress down day, car wash, sweep stake and donations from their supply chain. The money raised will help fund pioneering research, provide support and information to help raise awareness around tumours.
15 lives changedNovus Property Solutions have been carrying out Kitchen Refurbishments at Anchor Court and every Wednesday the Scheme Manager Penny cooks Lunch for them. The Novus Social and Community Manager decided she would like to get involved and and provided Lunch for the residents, so along with Penny they cooked the residents a lovely Lunch of Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom Pie with Vegetables and Rice Pudding and Jam for dessert. The residents really enjoyed their lunch and were very grateful that Novus had covered the cost of the Lunch as they normally pay a small amount then that goes towards there outings and activities that they do at Anchor Court. £4762 Worth of social value was delivered through this community project.
25 lives changedNovus Warrington office and Manchester University office staff donated over 200 children’s book to Wood Street Mission. Wood Street are holding a book club for Children from low income households to come along to learn to read. Novus have helped Wood Street with a number of other venture in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
Park Clean Up
50+ lives changedAs part of BITC’s National Give & Gain Day, which encourages businesses to volunteer in their communities to I improve community spaces, a team Novus employees and University of Manchester employees from Manchester took part in a park clean up of Fog Lane Park. Volunteers spent a day clearing rubbish, cutting back overgrown plants and shrubs and creating pathways to improve access to the pond area. As a result of over twenty volunteers hard work the pond area of the park has now been improved for all the community to enjoy. £9,579 worth of social value was generated through this community clean up.
1 life changedNovus provide reactive maintenance for the University of Manchester. The University run a training centre called ‘The Works’ The training centre supports local unemployed people with training and finding employment. This initiative involves Novus providing a weeks work placements every six weeks to help trainees gain experience. Hamid was the first trainee to take part in this work place programme working with the Novus team for a week, working on day to day repairs such as plumbing and joinery. Jamie who he worked with commented; “Hamid had a great attitude, he was hard working and you could see he was keen to learn, and on one of the days I even doubled my workload thanks to Hamid's support.” £2033 worth of social value was delivered as a result of this project!
Supporting VE Day
50+ lives changedWe were thrilled to help Cotman Housing (part of Places for People) hold a special VE Day street party with 1940s music, wartime food and memorabilia for residents at Cotman Housing Association. The Novus team volunteered their time to help set up for the event and donated materials and props as well. Andy Beecroft (Novus Project Manager) and his team did a sterling job and the event was a huge hit with residents! £15,873 worth of social value was delivered through this project.
£100 DonationThe team at Novus East Anglia supported one of their partners. Cotman Housing (part of Places for People) by donating £100 to Bowthorpe Heritage Group to improve a community garden that was being landscaped.
fund raised £2267A team of Novus employees consisting of, Neil Hand (Managing Director), Chris Walford (Director), Tom Crompton, Chris Meechan, Ben Hewitt, Steve Lincoln, Sam Savern, Steve Fitt, Mitchell Woodhouse, Victoria Prescott & Matt Owen (all on the Novus Scholarship Programme) took part in a Coast to Coast Challenge to raise money for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust. The team cycled from Whitehaven to Tynemounth a total of 137 mile to raising £2267 (with money still being donated). The charity is a children’s charity offering support to children suffering life-limiting conditions. Tom commented; "It’s an important one to me as my 4 year old cousin Josh suffers from a heart condition, and the charity have provided a lot of support and care to our family over the years."
20 lives changedNovus are working in partnership with Arawak Walton Housing Association on a voids maintenance contract, and at Bougainvillea Gardens work that has been carried out on; redecorating the communal areas, replacing carpets, re-modelling toilets and kitchens and new external pathways in the communal garden areas have been installed. The Novus team held the coffee morning as a thank you to the residents. Scheme Manager, Jackie Graham commented; “we are really pleased with the work that the Novus team have carried out. It is to a high quality and as everything we do is for the benefit of the residents it is also great that they have put on this community event today to bring the residents together.” £3696 worth of social value has been delivered through this Coffee Morning.
100+ lives changedNovus employees from our Manchester office helped transform the appearance of the Chesham community centre. Liaising with our client Bury Six Town Housing to make a positive difference to the community is something which is incredibly important to us as a responsible business. We’ve worked hard to put community work at the very heart of our business, and it has quickly become integral to the way we operate. Being able to give something back to the communities we come into contact with remains a constant driving force. £153,059 worth of social value has been generated a result of Novus' support.
Run Row Challenge
£100 DonationTo help our employees kick start their New Year we ran a Run, Row, Cycle Challenge. The Challenge was to run 5k, row 2000m and then cycle 10k as fast as you could in a gym. Employees who took part then submitted their times which were logged on an internal league table. Overall the challenge was a big success and the employees who took part had a fun time getting involved (and commented the competition element motivated them to go the gym that little bit more). All employees who took part were entered in a lucky dip to win £100 to donate to a charity of their choice, Novus Director Chris Walford won and donated the money to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire Charity.
£3000 SponsorshipNovus have sponsored £3000 to support a community football club in the Kidsgrove area of Stoke on Trent. A number of Novus employees live in the area and a number of employees also play for the team. Novus also have a long standing partnership with the football club and have played many charity football event's at the club. The money donated will be invested in the football ground facilities which will benefit the whole community. The club manager estimated this will change the lives of over 100+ people. £61,047 worth of social value was generated through Novus' support of this sports club.
10 lives changedNovus' East Midlands Office team are carrying out internal redecoration works to Fielding Court on behalf of Charnwood Borough Council. Prior to the works commencing Novus held a coffee morning to inform the residents of the up and coming works and bring them altogether for an enjoyable social event. Terrie Brett (Novus Customer Care Manager) and Andy Price (Novus Contracts Manager) attended and provided refreshments for the resident and also donate some prizes for raffle. £3175 worth of social value was delivered as a result of this project.
1 life changedSiobhan was unfortunately paid off from her previous employer due to cut backs. After consultation with a careers advisor she visited B.L.E.S, a local employment scheme which led to a 13 week placement with Novus. Not only did this give Siobhan a job opportunity where she gained lots of experience doing different tasks, Novus benefitted from the support Siobhan provided to our busy help desk over the 13 week period. Siobhan commented: "This job opportunity has turned my life around, it has been an amazing journey. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will but the best thing about the future with Novus is that it comes one day at a time."
50 lives changedThe team in Scotland collected Easter eggs and donated them to two day care centres in the area they are working in partnership with Home Group. Our company mascot Novus the Bear even made an appearance and put a smile on the kids faces. Over 50 eggs were donated in total.
20 lives changedNovus head office employees donated Easter Eggs to pass onto the local hospital children's ward. The eggs were donated through the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. Darren Birks the Fundraising Support Assistant commented; the donation of Easter Eggs were donated out across our Wards and put a big smile on lots of children's faces. Thank you so much to all the Novus team that took the time to donate.
20 lives changedThe Novus York office team collected Easter Eggs from employees and then donated these Eggs to the Leeds general infirmary children’s out patients department. Novus Operations Manager, Nick Haigh went along to personally drop off the eggs and commented it was great to put a smile on some young faces who were clearly going through a tough time.
15 lives changedThe Novus team working on the Aintree University Hospital contract collected and donated Easter Eggs to the Alder Road Children’s Home in Liverpool. The employees involved in handing over the eggs said it was great to see the smiles that the eggs gave to the children at the home.
20 lives changedOur Novus Southampton office donated eggs to Agnew Family Centre in Gosport. This facility has 55 units accommodating homeless young adults, mothers with children and pregnant women. There are currently 20 children staying at Agnew Family Centre. Everyone was friendly and the children were made up with their eggs.
20 lives changedOur Novus Gateshead office collected and donated over 50 Easter eggs and chocolates to the Children’s ward at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne. Mark Rapley the Novus Operations Manager commented that the Easter egg donation was a very worthwhile thing to do, and he would like to thank all the employees that donated eggs, the little girl in the picture is a patient called Sofia and the egg donation put a smile on her face as well as many other kids who where at the hospital receiving treatment.
19 Lives ChangedNovus donated Easter eggsto the PfP Windmill Lane project. The project houses families referred to them by Sheffield City Council's Housing Solutions and manages 19 two and three bedroom fully furnished houses where families are housed temporarily for 6 months. Project workers provide help and support in searching for a new home, applying for benefits etc. as well as tenancy support to tackle the problems that may have led to a family becoming homeless or vulnerable. The project promotes tenant involvement and runs children's play sessions and a gardening club for the children of families involved in the project.
10 lives changedThe Novus Cambridge office donated Easter crafts to East Anglia’s Childrens Hospices who support families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Their care and support is tailored for the needs of all family members and delivered where the families wish – in their own home, at hospital, in the community or at one of three hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham. This is something which is close to Cambridge office employees hearts and they were very proud to have made a difference.
£235 RaisedNovus Birmingham donated presents and Easter eggs to Birmingham Childrens Hospital. Generous donations were from employees and sub-contractors of the Birmingham office, we raised in total £235.00
30 lives changedThe team at our Novus Bristol office collected over 100 Easter Eggs and donated them to one of our key partners, Places for People. The eggs were then donated into Places for People communities across the Bristol area helping put a smile on many kids faces.
10 Lives ChangedThe photo highlights our Site Supervisor Steve Bloor and Nicola Hall, who went along to donate Easter Eggs to Pathways Project in Lichfield which offers sheltered accommodation for women and children who have suffered domestic violence. We also donated to Edgeworth House who provide temporary accommodation for the homeless. Both schemes were selected by Bromford who we currently carry out painting and roofing repairs for. Gary Clay and Peter Haydock at our Burton office are pictured with the overall donations received from staff and sub contactors.
20 lives changedThis year the staff at our Burton office have been busy collecting Easter Eggs and chocolates, to kindly donate to schemes and organisations that are involved with two of our Social Housing clients. Pictured is our Social and Community Officer, Nicola Hall and Site Supervisor Ian Dillon, who both attended a fun day which is set up by ’Wishes for Winshill.’ This is an organisation that is self funded by customers of Trent & Dove, to provide such days etc during the school holidays, they run a café during term time and all the proceeds go towards these events. Tracy Ellson who runs the café was delighted with our donation and involvement.
£200 donatedNovus are sponsoring and taking part in the Anglesey Egg Run. This involves a tour of the island collecting Easter eggs and charitable donations for the Welsh Air Ambulance. Eggs will be collected and distributed through various nurseries and day centres run by Wrexham council.
30 lives changedNovus in Scotland collected Easter Eggs and donated these to a local childrens daycare centre. Andy McGowan our contracts supervisor, dressed as Novus bear to give the eggs to the children.
1 Life ChangedPat is in his 40’s and I had worked all my life, he led a normal happy life and then due to a big mistake found himself in prison. His life was shattered and when he was released he found it very hard to gain employment and rebuild his life. He was given a second chance through the Novus Workplace Programme and not only gained valuable training and work experience, but he also gained employment as a labourer. Three year in and he is now a fully qualified Painter and Decorator. £30,422 worth of social value has been delivered through this training and employment opportunity.
£43 fund raisedEmployees at the Novus head office in Stoke raised £43 for Red Nose Day. On the day employees held a fancy dress competition. Rebecca Cluclow who is the PA to the Chairman at Novus commented; "we like to get involved in all of the national charity days, these are not only a good bit of fun, but we a great way to raise money for such a good cause."
£1360 fund raisedA team of Novus employees in partnership with Trent and Dove Housing held a charity event to raise money for the Alzheimers Group and the Acorn’s Childrens Hospice in Burton. An impressive £1360 was raised from the event!
20 lives changedTwenty pupils from Thistley Hough Academy in Stoke who are in their final year have been paired up with a Novus employee as part of a mentoring project. The Novus employee will mentor a pupil aiming to provide support in the focus areas jointly identified and agreed on. These focus areas could be with regard revising, advising on career opportunities, identifying areas of improvement, or just being there as someone to talk to. To launch this new project a team building challenge was organised for the pupil's, the pupil's competed against each other in teams with the overall team winning a star prize. £13,804 worth of social value has been delivered through this mentoring scheme.
£500 fund raisedNovus employees Liam Brindley (Trainee QS) and Kevin Rhone (CSR Manager) organised a charity football match at Kidsgrove Athletic football club in Stoke to raise money for the Challenge South Africa project. The charity match provided a great opportunity to highlight to our supply chain the Novus project to refurbish a Nursery in School in South Africa. As a result of the event an extra £500 was donated by the Novus supply chain towards the project.
Nursery in Africa
170 lives changedFeedback from our employees highlighted that they thought Novus should play our part in supporting international charity projects as well as UK projects. Challenge South Africa involved six Novus employees flying out and volunteering in South Africa for a total of twelve days. The project was to refurbish a Nursery School in Cape Town, activities included; improving the externals of the building, weather proofing the roof, improving playground facilities, improve the toilets and carry out numerous repairs throughout the building. The overall aim to create a fun and vibrant environment. The Novus team are very proud of what they achieved. £694,837 of social value impact was delivered as a result of Novus' support through this project.
1 Life ChangedLeroy Simpson, from Harlesden in London, is a Salvation Army Housing Association Resident and has gained employment with Novus in a unique role as a ‘Community Liaison Champion’ after many years of being unemployed. In partnership with SAHA, Novus advertised the role to all SAHA residents across the country. Leroy has been looking for employment for over three years and has had over 100 interviews during that time. Leroy commented on his first day with Novus “I applied to Novus as I was impressed with the business, being family owned, having a good reputation and I am really excited about what the future holds.“ £45,998 worth of social value has been delivered as a result of this support by Novus.
1 life changedA Stoke on Trent pupil from Ormiston Horizon Academy attended a week long work experience at the Novus head office. Khabad joined the Novus team, who manage the National Programme to refurbish Premier Hotel's; tasks included invoicing, managing enquiries and data inputting. Mitch Woodhouse, a Quantity Surveyor in the team, who mentored Khabad commented; "If there was a trainee position available I would hire this young man! He worked really hard and completed every task asked of him. Personally I feel it is great that as a business we offer these opportunities to young people to help them with their development and help them with their future career choices." £2131 worth of social value has been delivered as a result of Novus' support.
1 life changedA Thistley Hough Academy pupil in Stoke on Trent has won a tablet computer for winning a skills painting competition. Two Novus employees set up a paint stand at the Academy Career's event, offering an opportunity for pupils to be mentored by a trained Painter and Decorator and ask any questions about a potential career in construction. The competition element was a great way to add a little bit of pressure to the situation and the winning pupil commented on how it had really lifted her confidence. £412 worth of social value has been delivered as a result of this support.
15 lives changedNovus attended a school careers day, helping teach the school pupils new skills and ask questions about careers in Construction. Two Novus employees attended the evening of the Thistley Hough Academy Career Event. Novus supported this event as part of Business in the Community's Business Class initiative. Fifteen pupils took part in the training sessions, with many more asking questions and advice from the Novus team. £7264 worth of social value has been delivered through supporting this careers event.
20+ lives changedNovus in Plymouth have refurbished the Foxfield Close Community Centre in the Devon and Cornwall Housing area. The Community Centre was not open to the residents, as it had fallen into a state of disrepair. It was for this reason a team of Novus employees, DCH employees and local residents, volunteered to internally refurbish the building. Now the Centre is open for use again, there are a number of activities planned; from job club and I.T training, to movie nights for local kids. Over £93070 worth of social value has been delivered to the local community through Novus' support of this project.