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COVID 19 | Response Statement

UPDATE 11 May 2020

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UPDATE 2 April 2020

We know that this is a worrying and uncertain time for everyone. Swan Housing Association wants to reassure you that the safety and wellbeing of the residents of Beechwood Village, our staff and contractors, is our priority. We have been working very hard to create the right responses to what is clearly a fast-moving situation and we have followed government advice on this issue to date and will continue to do so.

In light of advice issued by the Government, our construction sites are now temporarily closed. Any essential work has been carried out so that our sites are left in a safe, secure and watertight condition, so that we will be able to restart our work as soon Government advice supports this. Please note that we may be required to attend the site for any emergency works, so if you do see anyone present please do note be alarmed.

In the meanwhile, we are proactively working behind the scenes and continuing with the project so if you do have any queries regarding the site, please email Rhiannon Meredith on [email protected] or call 0300 303 2500

Our phone lines remain operational and will continue to be so, however please do bear with us, you might wait a bit longer than usual to speak to our teams.

We would like to take this opportunity to ask all customers to follow Government guidance around social distancing and to ensure that they are observing the latest restrictions, aside from essential key works at this difficult time. Remember, if you can, stay home and save lives.

UPDATE 23 March 2020

We are working hard to continue to support our residents during the current Coronavirus situation. The Government website is the best source for the latest advice – you can access this here.

For the latest l Swan response to the current world health situation, please visit our main website here where we will be posting up to date information.  You can also access information from Borough Council here.

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Unfortunately there have been reports of people knocking on doors to say they are carrying out coronavirus tests on behalf of NHS/your surgery etc.

Please note, there are no such initiatives. If anybody knocks on your door that you do not know, please ignore them, if they are persistent, call the police. These are thieves trying to take advantage of vulnerable people.


Over 100 people succeed with Swan’s Training and Employment programme

Swan’s Resident Involvement and Community Development team held a graduation ceremony at The Beech Community Hub to celebrate more than 100 residents who have gained formal qualifications through an innovative Training and Employment programme.

Working together with partners including Clarion Futures and course provider, WEA, the training courses are designed to help people gain the skills needed for work and, many of the participants, have already secured work placements and jobs directly related to their courses.

The innovative Training and Employment scheme offers free, certificated training to Swan residents. Since September 2018 residents have completed courses in:

  • Introduction to Becoming a Teaching Assistant
  • CACHE/NCFE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges
  • Introduction to Sign Language
  • Help your Child Manage Stress and Anxiety.
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Strategies to Support Children with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Differences
  • Confidence Building and Self Esteem
  • Mental Health Course
  • Paediatric Emergency First Aid
  • Mobile Phone Repair

Laura, who has completed many of the courses, said: “these courses have changed my life!”. Course tutors have commented on the difference they’ve observed in Laura, how her self-esteem and confidence has improved. She has used her new found skills and confidence to get a job in a school.

Caroline Richardson, Swan’s Head of Resident Involvement and Community Development said “Congratulations to everyone who has completed a course. At Swan we are dedicated to improving our communities. This means we do more than simply provide homes; we actively support people to gain skills that help them to improve their employment prospects.”

Beech Community Centre relaunched

The Beechwood Community Centre has been relaunched to promote the Centre and the amazing projects being delivered there.

Food, drink and music was enjoyed by everyone who attended, and there was an opportunity to have a go at some of our activities. There was boxing and table tennis for those who wanted to get active, arts and crafts for those who wanted to get creative, and our Community Cuppa for those who just wanted to sit back, relax and read the days newspapers. We even had a face painter and balloon maker who entertained both children and adults alike!

Over 60 residents came along to the event, 10 of whom signed up to take part in our projects, including the new Count Me In campaign. This campaign is aimed at encouraging and empowering residents to develop and deliver projects for residents with the support of Swans Community Development Team.

The Beech is a key asset in building a strong and vibrant community and we look forward to hosting many more successful events in the future!

The Beech Hub for hire!

Did you know that you can hire The Beech Hub for your party, meeting, conference, group.
Talk to us about your requirements and we’ll help you with your plans. And at great rates too!

A Christmas party for the community!

A superb Christmas party this afternoon at #TheBeechHub. Thanks to Beechwood Village Community Trust, Uncle Kams & Nisa Locally for the food and refreshments and all the residents that came along to enjoy the afternoon with us. Merry Christmas!

Beechwood Village & Craylands Newsletter

The latest edition of the Beechwood Village and Craylands Newsletter is available for you to read online.

FREE construction training for Swan residents

Interested in a career in construction? 

Together with Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT) Swan Housing is offering this accredited City & Guilds award construction training free to Swan residents in Basildon.

This unique opportunity is aimed at supporting our residents to gain the trade skills and then apply for work placements, apprenticeships or further learning.

If you are 16+ and aiming to progress your career in construction, this course will help you in learning about the building trades and gaining practical experience on:

  • Site Health and safety (CSCS)
  • Carpentry skills
  • Basic plumbing skills
  • Painting & decorating

Information and registration session on: 6 November 11.00am – 1.00pm

The Beech Hub, 8 Austen Road, Basildon SS14 3RZ

If you are interested, please contact the Swan Resident Involvement Team on 01277 844 242
or email [email protected]

Take your digital journey with Swan Online with a FREE computer skills course!

FREE 6 week computer skills course starting 21 Sept

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to learn how to use a computer, jobseekers and those affected by the recent welfare reform changes. On the course you will learn how to:

  • Create your own documents
  • Set up your email account
  • Keep in touch with family and friends through email, Skype, Twitter and social networks such as Facebook
  • Read the news
  • Save money – shop, compare prices, budget, pay bills and bank online
  • Stay healthy
  • Use public services, claim benefits and check you are receiving everything you are entitled to
  • Follow your hobbies
  • Research your family history
  • Watch your favourite TV programmes at a time that suits you
  • Find and apply for a job
  • Swap your home through
  • Apply for a transfer using
  • And much more!

And a chance to Win a LAPTOP on completion of the

Places are limited so make sure you book your place. 

Call 01277 844242 or 07725 660425

An Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Schools – Free Training!

A FREE course to help you identify the skills and knowledge required to work in a teaching support role in a school.

Training is on Thursday 4th October at the Beech Community Hub from 12.30pm until 2.30pm.

For information and to book your place, please call Ade on 07725 660425 or email him [email protected]

British Sign Language Workshop

Free half-day workshop, with an opportunity to go on and complete more advanced courses within the Teaching and Learning in Schools Sector. Training is Monday 24 September 9.30am until 12 noon. Designed to introduce you to the basic principles of British Sign Language (BSL).

For more info and to book your place call Ade on 07725 660425 or email [email protected]

Training to be held at the Beech Community Hub.