Chester & District

Sanctuary Housing manages more than 6,600 homes in six areas in and around Chester.

We have a wide range of homes available to rent or buy and are committed to providing quality homes and excellent services that meet the needs of the local community.

Our residents play a key role in helping us deliver our services which is why we created the Chester and District Committee to help us monitor our housing, maintenance and development activities.

Children playing in sandpit with lady - Chester and District Housing Trust

General rented housing provides affordable homes for people on low incomes. Our rented properties are available at lower rents than the open market.

How to apply

West Cheshire Homes is a Choice Based Lettings scheme delivered by Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with Sanctuary, Plus Dane Housing and Weaver Vale Housing Trust.

The scheme offers homes that are available across the Cheshire West area. It removes duplication and makes finding a home as simple, fair and open as possible.

To express an interest in any of the available homes, you need to be a member of West Cheshire Homes.

West Cheshire Homes operates an open membership scheme and supports applications from all communities.

For further information:

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Change of circumstances

Any change of circumstances can be done online by logging into your account. If you would like to talk to someone about your change in circumstances, please call West Cheshire Homes on 0300 123 2442.

Sanctuary’s retirement living properties provide high quality accommodation and support services for those aged 60 and over (or 55 and over if registered disabled), allowing residents to live independently in a comfortable, secure environment. Residents have their own accommodation complete with access to a range of additional services, including support from retirement living staff and a 24-hour telecare alarm system.

A local care and support team is available to visit residents on a regular basis. The properties are also fitted with an intercom system and pull-cords which are linked to Sanctuary365 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

For further information:

  • For further information about retirement living schemes in the Chester area, please call us on 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511.
  • For further information about Sanctuary365 please call 0300 1233 365.

The Chester Community Chest Fund has been set up by Sanctuary Group.

The fund supports any project that will benefit Chester residents in the following areas:

  • Lache
  • Blacon
  • City Area
  • Plas Newton, Upton and Hoole
  • Rural

Who can apply?

Any voluntary or charitable organisation or resident group that works in the interest of Chester residents can apply. The main focus of the activity that you are applying for must take place in one of the areas listed above. Groups must have a formal constitution or legal structure and a bank account. You must provide evidence of these documents upon request. Individuals cannot apply.

Eligible Projects

Your project must benefit Chester residents, have a community focus and be open to, and inclusive of, all.

Your project must meet one of our community investment themes. These are:

  • Community safety and infrastructure
  • Employment, education, skills and training
  • Environmental
  • Financial inclusion
  • Health and wellbeing

How much money can you apply for?

Grants are given up to £1,000 unless there are exceptional circumstances in which case grants will be given on a discretionary basis.

We will expect you to show that you have other support to match the contribution from the Chester Community Chest, for example cash, other resources or volunteer time, to contribute to the project. In your application, you must provide information about what you will use the money for.

What happens if you are successful?

If your application is successful, we will let you know in writing. We expect projects to sign a contract, provide records of your expenditure and work with us to monitor your progress. So, if you apply you must be willing to do this. If you don’t spend all of your budget, you must also return the remaining money to us.

The Chester Community Chest committee meets monthly to assess applications. We will advise you at the time of application when the next meeting will be taking place. Finally, if you are successful, one of the conditions of the contract is that you must be willing to work with Sanctuary Housing’s PR and Communications team on all matters regarding publicity of the project.

Closing date

The fund runs throughout the financial year up to 31st March 2017. You can apply at any time during the year. If you apply and the entire fund has already been used up, you will be able to submit your application in the next financial year.

For further information:

Sanctuary in neighbourhoods

Blacon

Our approach to regeneration in Blacon is about placing the community of Blacon at the heart of decision-making and the delivery of neighbourhood management. It is about enabling local people: whether they rent from us or own their own home; go to school in Blacon or run a business, to be involved in determining priorities for service delivery.

Playing pool at the Blacon Youth Delta Group.

As part of the regeneration work to The Parade, the centre used by Blacon Delta Group was demolished in 2013. Avenue Services and Sanctuary stepped in to help by securing temporary accommodation.

How we’ve helped

  • Invested £60,000 to help meet with rental costs.
  • Donated a new pool table and kitchen.

Legacy

  • 30 young people attend the sessions run on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
  • New partnership with Airbus graduate programme to support the growth of youth activities in Blacon.
  • Blacon Youth Delta Group making intergenerational connections with members of the community using the centre, including Blacon residents' group.
  • Reduction in anti-social behaviour due to more provision of youth activities in the area.
  • Avenue Services working on joint funding bids with Blacon Youth Delta to secure a permanent location.

Chris Moore joined Avenue Services in 2012 as he wanted to start working outdoors. He successfully gained an apprenticeship after working with the ground maintenance team. During his two-year apprenticeship, he worked full-time, attending Reaseheath College once a week.

How we’ve helped

  • Provided funding to cover the cost of training to help Chris prepare for his future employment.

Legacy

  • Chris passed his NVQ Level 2 in June 2014.
  • Chris gained a full-time job with Avenue Services as a Landscape Technician in September 2014.

The Social Enterprise Centre in Chester.

 

As part of the regeneration works in Blacon, a new social enterprise centre, The Parade Enterprise Centre, has now been built to help nurture business start-ups and budding entrepreneurs. It was opened in September 2015 and offers state-of-the-art office accommodation for local businesses.

How we’ve helped

Invested £2m in the new centre.

Staff have spent nearly 150 hours exploring funding options and leading community consultations.

Legacy

Helped support 65 businesses and 45 individuals to date.

Provided a new facility for Blacon, including a modern library, play area and community meeting rooms.

"The service we offer in Blacon is a valuable one, not only in helping discover the next Richard Branson, but in demonstrating that thinking in an entrepreneurial way is something open to everyone."

Love Sport logo

Residents from across Blacon can get energised for the future through our new local sport and fitness programme.

Share your stories and get involved in the discussion. If you're taking part in an activity, tweet us @HelloSanctuary with a picture using the hashtag #LoveSport.

Find out more about Love Sport.

Lache

Our approach to regeneration in Lache is about involving everyone with a positive interest in the neighbourhood: whether they rent from us or own their own home; whether they go to school in Lache or run a business.

Young child cuts the ribbon at the opening of the Little Lache Playgroup

Little Lache Playgroup is a long-established playgroup based at Poplar Road. Through Sanctuary’s partnership with The Prince’s Trust which has seen us invest money and staff volunteer their time, the playgroup has gone from strength-to-strength and remains an essential facility for the community.

How we’ve helped

  • Donated £5,000 worth of equipment and labour, including fencing and skip hire.
  • Helped secure an additional £20,000 of government funding to modernise interior.
  • Staff and volunteers from The Prince’s Trust have volunteered 130 hours of their time to help refurbish the outdoor play area.
  • Helped with building repairs.

Legacy

  • Improved the quality of childcare from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’, according to Ofsted.
  • Children are making good progress and narrowing the gap with their peers.
  • Increased parents’ aspiration to progress into training and work or to stay in employment of training.

Dale Gilmartin and the football club of Lache.

Dale has lived in Lache for four years and has a real passion for football. Local facilities were poor, yet there was a high demand in the community to launch a football club. Dale wanted to change this and ensure there were facilities for everyone.

How we’ve helped

  • Provided £1,500 to sponsor the adult team’s football kit and equipment.
  • Donated £1,000 to establish the Lache FC junior team and fund training sessions on a weekend.

Legacy

  • Increased opportunities for local people to get involved with football and social activities with the chance to develop life skills such as team work.
  • The project brings together the entire community, offering opportunities to all to play and watch football.
  • More than 40 adults play in the Saturday and Sunday teams and more than 50 children attend coaching sessions on Saturday mornings.

Working together to reduce fly tipping and littering in Lache.

Sanctuary Housing and Cheshire West and Chester Council have worked together with local residents to reduce fly tipping and littering in Lache. Part of the campaign involved bringing everyone together to clear up the LAPA (Lache Adventure Playground Association) field which had been a hot spot for fly tipping.

How we’ve helped

  • Staff have volunteered 137 hours of their time to promote the Love Lache campaign and help remove more than 18 tonnes of rubbish from the field.
  • Provided 50 new recycling bins to households.

Legacy

  • LAPA can now be used again by the local community.
  • The work is part of an on-going campaign to encourage residents to take pride in where they live.
  • Residents can feel proud of the LAPA field and look after it to make sure it doesn’t go back to what it was like before.

An elderly couple smiling as they entertain friends in their cheerful living room.