Community-minded Sanctuary Housing residents are offering people in Chester a helping hand with moving home.
Each week, Sanctuary residents volunteer their time to run drop-in ‘Move It’ surgeries, offering advice and assistance to help people secure a place on the housing register as well as search for and bid on homes.
The sessions take place at Centurion House, in Northgate Street, every Thursday between 10.30am and 12.30pm and are led by the volunteers, with support from Sanctuary’s resident involvement team and Cheshire West and Chester Council.
And, due to demand, Move It is expanding, with a second weekly session now taking place between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesdays at the Parade Enterprise Centre in Blacon.
As well as support to register online with West Cheshire Homes for a place on the housing register, the trained volunteers can also help residents with the more technical aspects of the application and bidding system.
They can also offer assistance to register with HomeSwapper, the national online service for people wishing to swap their social housing home.
Michele Payne, Sanctuary’s resident involvement manager, said: “The Move It surgeries offer a valuable service to people in Chester looking for a home and they simply wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of our resident volunteers.
“In return for their hard work and enthusiasm, our volunteers learn new skills and gain confidence and experience, which can be a real benefit for getting into work.”
The Move It surgeries support more than 200 people each year and new volunteers are always welcome to get involved.
Volunteers do not have to be Sanctuary residents but should enjoy talking to people and possess good IT skills.
Anyone interested in volunteering, or who would like to find out more, should contact Ann Dooney, resident involvement officer, on 01244 305424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.