Combating Loneliness in the Community

  11 AUGUST, 2020
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After a recent bereavement, Novus colleague Jason became concerned about the well-being of a local man living with cerebral palsy.

A blossoming friendship

Jason lives within the same community as the local man, and due to personal reasons, he understands exactly what it’s like for someone to live with a disability.

After the local man's house-share resident recently passed away, he now lives alone. His parents do not live nearby and therefore he relies on the support and company of carers on a daily basis.

Realising this, Jason took it upon himself to ensure that he was not alone by striking up a friendship.

Working in the local community

Novus Birmingham office are currently in the second year of a three year contract with housing association Bromford, working on a Passive Fire Safety Works contract.

To date, Novus have completed fire door set replacements, maintenance to fire doors and fire compartmentation improvements to hundreds of residents' homes nationwide.

When works started at the local man's house before the pandemic outbreak, Jason got to know the resident and his current situation.

Their relationship has blossomed ever since.

They communicate often via text message and during the pandemic, Jason delivered shopping and supported him throughout.

Free Time

When Jason has any free time, he visits. Offering a helping hand with anything that might need an extra pair of hands.

This varies from a simple cup of tea and a chat, to a spot of gardening.

We feel that Jason embodies the socially responsible and ethical conduct of the 'Novus Way'. 

For more on how Novus are working within local communities and social value projects, visit the CSR section of the website.

external building refurbishments


Over 3000 residents living in Perth and Kinross Council’s properties are set to benefit from newly refurbished homes after Novus were awarded a new refurbishment contract. Building contractor Novus will carry out external works to over 3,330 properties across the Perthshire North and South, Perth City, Muirton and, Latham and Hillylend areas of Scotland. The extensive refurbishments, which will include external decoration, new rendering, new fencing and guttering, will be phased over the next four years. "Committed to investing in our houses" Daniel Murray, Project Manager at Perth and Kinross Council, said: “Ensuring our region’s housing stock is high-quality is vital to both our residents’ wellbeing and the lifespan of the properties. We’re committed to investing in our houses to achieve this and we’re confident that the extensive decoration programme will have a significant impact our communities.  “Novus has an excellent knowledge of our local area and we know they will put our tenants’ needs first, as well as delivering fantastic results.” "We're looking forward to beginning" Charlie Cooley, Head of Operations at Novus, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Perth and Kinross Council which has enabled us to develop a deeper understanding of how we can work with residents to achieve the best results for everyone. We’re looking forward to beginning the upgrades and seeing the difference the revitalised homes will make to the communities.” The value of the project will be around £2million and will take place from November 2020.


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