Corporate news

Scarecrow fever

Looks like Halloween celebrations came early for residents of the Blackbird Leys estate, Oxford on June 3. We’re not talking adults in vampire attire knocking on your door but a day of scarecrow inspired fundraising and creativity. The idea for the fundraising event came as the estate’s Holy Family Church in Cuddeston looked for an  Read more »

Catalyst tells six new apprentices – You’re hired!

Catalyst Housing Group’s (CHG) charitable arm Catalyst Gateway is taking the lead in launching a brand new apprenticeship scheme for housing professionals. It’s now recruiting 6 housing apprentices for a year-long placement with the potential for formal qualifications. The programme comes on the back of the successful future jobs fund scheme, which resulted in a  Read more »

Eurostar’s Richard Brown appointed Chair of Catalyst Housing

Richard Brown has been confirmed as the new chair of Catalyst Housing. The current chair, Dame Mavis McDonald DCB, will be stepping down after 6 years in the post – one more than normal so that she could lead Catalyst through the transition from a group of housing associations into one, a process which will  Read more »

Something to be proud of

Catalyst Housing Group is pleased to announce that Catalyst Gateway’s, Pathways 2 Progress (P2P) project has been shortlisted for all four categories in the National Housing Federation’s What We Are Proud of Awards 2011. P2P provides tailored support for 13-19 year olds in Kensington and Chelsea by helping them find new interests, develop their talents  Read more »

Church End celebrates opening of Ebony Court

Church End residents, Brent Council and Catalyst Housing Group came together to celebrate the opening of 27 new affordable homes for Brent. This comes after 10 years of regeneration of the area that has delivered 539 new homes and refurbishment of 800 properties plus wider estate improvements. Residents, and representatives of the council, Catalyst Housing  Read more »

South Acton regeneration receives top award

A £24 million phase of the South Acton Estate regeneration in West London has won the prestigious Best Urban Regeneration award at the 2011 First Time Buyers Magazine awards. The estate – famously filmed as the fictional home of the Trotters in Only Fools and Horses, is being revitalised as part of a 15 year  Read more »

Award winning Page Road regeneration opens as resident celebrates NVQ.

The award winning 10 year regeneration of Page Road and Lewin Terrace in Hounslow was formally opened this week at a ceremony on the estate. The £42.5 million project by Catalyst Housing Group in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow and constructors Willmott Dixon delivered 320 new mixed tenure homes and won best regeneration  Read more »

Catalyst welcomes government announcement of 50,000 more apprentices

Responding to the Budget announcements on increased support for apprenticeships, Catalyst Housing Group Chief Executive Rod Cahill said: “We’re delighted to see the government announcing 50,000 more apprenticeships. Many of our younger residents, particularly those who are not in education, employment or training could really benefit from additional opportunities to help them get in to  Read more »

Health and Safety Gone Music Mad

A health and safety team checking out a new recording studio for the Windmill Park Community Centre in Southall convinced fellow colleagues to release a charity CD for Comic Relief this Friday. Confounding the stereotype of bureaucratic killjoys, the team from Catalyst Housing liked the facility so much they wanted to have a go themselves.  Read more »

Catalyst Housing Group shortlisted for two Housing Heroes Awards

Two Catalyst Housing Group team members have been shortlisted as Housing Heroes by Inside Housing’s annual awards. South East regional manager David Truesdale has been nominated as Inspirational Leader of the year and housing income team manager Chris Shoubridge is up for Inspirational Mentor of the Year. David’s nomination recognises his work with the Blackbird  Read more »