News in brief

Six updates you need to know from us

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    Review your shareholder offer

    Eastlight shareholders, we want to hear from you!

    Most Eastlight residents can become an Eastlight shareholder, attend our Annual General Meetings and vote on certain decisions, like the appointment of Board members or auditors.

    But only a minority of our shareholders participate in this way. So we're reviewing our current arrangements and exploring ways to attract more residents to get involved in shaping Eastlight for the better.

    If you're a shareholder, we’d love to involve you in this review.

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    Residents fund "dream" wellbeing room

    Primary school children are enjoying a new wellbeing space, following a £5,000 donation by Eastlight residents.

    The revamped room at John Ray Infants School in Braintree now has sensory toys, instruments, a quiet corner and calming music and videos.

    Funding came from our Eastlight Residents Group, a group of volunteers who meet regularly to identify and fund improvements in the local community.

    Group member Robert Yates said: “We were so proud to fund this incredible initiative that makes such a difference to these children.”

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    Let the sun shine

    Some Eastlight homes could have solar panels installed on them as part of a new project.

    Eastlight has joined the SHIELD project, a group of organisations looking at technologies that could reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.

    We have invited some residents living in suitable homes which are not energy efficient to indicate whether they are interested in trialling this technology.

    This is part of our ongoing efforts to reduce your heating bills and the carbon footprint of your homes.

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    Improving your website

    We want to make it as easy as possible for you to find what you’re looking for. That’s why we’ve improved your website to include:

    • Your new ‘My Tenancy’ hub. From making improvements to succeeding your tenancy, this is your one-stop shop for living in one of our homes
    • Clear repair timeframes and a form to book your repair on our ‘Repairing your home’ page
    • More information on the services we provide in your estates, including grounds maintenance, cleaning, our ranger service and our safety work
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    Abuse support

    It can be very hard to talk about domestic abuse, but we’re here for you.

    We can support you with practical help, like changing the locks to make your home safer, and we can discuss your housing options if you want to move.

    If you’re experiencing abuse and are ready to talk about it, please contact us. We want to support you.

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    If in doubt, call us

    When Eastlight staff and contractors knock on your door, they will carry an ID card to prove who they are, which they'll be happy to show to you.

    If you’re unsure whether the person on your doorstep is genuine, please call us – we’ll be able to confirm for you.

    If this happens at weekends or bank holidays, and you’re concerned, contact the Police.

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    Staying safe around asbestos

    If your home was built before 2000, there’s a chance it will contain asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral fibre used in building materials until it was banned.

    It’s safe if left undamaged, but it could be dangerous if disturbed, for example, by building work.

    We’ve updated our website with key ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ to be aware of, particularly for major DIY work.