Virtual Job Fair – free event!

Red Kite Community Housing, in partnership with the Department for Work & Pensions, are holding a virtual job fair from 10am on Thursday 23 September 2021.

For further information and details of how to register, please see the attached flier.

Virtual Job Fair – free event!2021-09-16T17:43:52+01:00

Buckinghamshire Council urges local people to ‘see something, say something and do something’

We are supporting Buckinghamshire Council’s safeguarding campaign to help prevent adult abuse – please see their poster and press release below.

To tackle the misery of adult abuse, Buckinghamshire Council is urging local people if they see something, to say something and do something, to help protect adults potentially at risk.

In a brand new campaign, the council’s clear message is that if you know about or have a suspicion that someone is in danger or being exploited, then the right thing to do is to play your part and report your concerns. Abuse of adults can take a variety of forms, from physical, neglect and financial abuse to mental or psychological abuse and it can happen to anybody over the age of 18.

Everyone deserves to live a happy life, in a safe place free from harm and neglect, regardless of age, gender, disability or ethnicity. So, as well as raising awareness of adult abuse, the campaign also spotlights the different types, the signs to look out for and most importantly what actions to take if abuse is suspected.

Some adults find it harder to get help and may be more at risk of harm and exploitation, such as those with a disability, a mental health condition or a temporary or long term illness. Sadly, vulnerable adults are more likely to be a victim and can be specifically targeted because of their vulnerability.

Data held by the council shows that during 2020/21 it received close to 12,000 reports of suspected abuse and neglect of an adult living in Buckinghamshire. Nine out of ten reports received were made by professionals, such as doctors, police, care providers, members of the Ambulance Service and council employees.

Buckinghamshire Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Angela Macpherson says that every single person has a role to play to help keep adults in our communities safe from harm and neglect.

“Safeguarding is everyone’s business,” she said. “You certainly don’t need to work in safeguarding to help protect another adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

“For example, perhaps you’re a hairdresser worried about a client or a shop worker who has noticed a change in a regular customer? In fact, anyone who has contact with other adults can make a report if they are worried. It might turn out to be nothing, but trust your instincts and let us investigate. Your actions could have huge benefits to help improve other people’s lives.”

Angela continued: “Sadly, we know that there are individuals in Buckinghamshire who are suffering abuse at the hands of others. Due to their vulnerability some may not even know they’re a victim, which is why it’s so important that we all take responsibility to look out for these people and raise the alarm if we have any concerns.”

“Of course, we fully understand that some people may be worried about the repercussions of raising the alarm or have doubts about whether their concerns are real. However, it’s important to remember, you aren’t interfering and you can remain completely anonymous if you wish.”

Angela added: “All reports will be investigated sensitively, and working with appropriate partner organisations, action will only be taken where it is clear that abuse is taking place.”

The council’s dedicated web pages and factsheets are available for residents to refer to if they are concerned about a friend, relative, colleague or neighbour. They provide all the information needed so that we can all play our part to protect others who may be at risk of harm.

Concerns can be reported in three ways:

If you fear someone is in immediate danger, you should always dial 999.

Find out more about adult safeguarding.

Buckinghamshire Council urges local people to ‘see something, say something and do something’2021-09-14T12:48:37+01:00

Apprenticeships available with MCP

MCP Property Services, our repairs and maintenance contractor, is advertising a number of apprenticeships. For further information, please see the attached flier.

Apprenticeships available with MCP2021-06-03T11:15:21+01:00

An invitation to meet the Regulator

You are invited to meet the Regulator of Social Housing, via a webinar, on Thursday 15 July between 11am – 12pm.  Further information is provided below.

You can sign up to the webinar here.  Even if you are unable to make this time, you can still sign up and you will be sent a recording after the event.

The following information has been provided by the Regulator of Social Housing:

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) is the independent regulator for social housing landlords who are registered with us. We call these landlords “registered providers” and they include housing associations and local authorities. What we do is set by  the government and we are sponsored by the its Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Last year, the government published its Social Housing White Paper. In this, it asked the RSH to change the way it carries out consumer regulation in social housing and to create a new consumer function. The RSH want to hear from social housing tenants over the next few years on a range of topics relating to this to better understand what matters to you. This will help the RSH make the right decisions about how the new consumer function should work in practice. This is the first set of webinars in a multi-year programme of tenant engagement and a new approach for the RSH.

During this first webinar, you’ll hear about how regulation in the social housing sector works at the moment and the changes the White Paper is introducing, and about the opportunities coming up to engage further with the RSH. The aim of the session to provide a clear picture of how regulation works and to equip participants with the knowledge they need to fully engage in the conversations about regulatory change.

There will be time for questions in the webinar – please feel free to submit any in advance or ask on the day.

The webinar is open to all residents, but will be most relevant for tenants that rent their homes.

An invitation to meet the Regulator2021-06-03T11:13:16+01:00

Coronavirus – Advice to Customers

Updated 26 January 2021

In the midst of another strict lockdown, we thought we should recap on the services Bucks Housing is continuing to provide at the current time. Please be assured that we’re doing everything we can to provide as full and normal a service as we can, whilst limiting the risk of spreading the virus and protecting the well-being, health and safety of residents, contractors and staff.

Contacting us

Although our office in Stokenchurch remains closed, all our staff are set up to work fully from home. Please continue to use our usual phone number (01494 480340) and email address ( to contact us.

Home visits

All home visits remain suspended but please call us if you need urgent advice or assistance with any issue.

Our Repairs & Maintenance Service

As you will be aware, throughout the pandemic, we have been following the Government’s health and safety advice and, since 26 May, we have been operating a full repairs and maintenance service. Updated Government advice is that we can continue to provide a full repairs service if residents feel happy for us to do so.

As we have previously advised, we will not carry out any non-urgent repairs inside your property if you or any member of your household is isolating or shielding.  If this is the case, please call us to log your repair and to tell us when it will be safe for us to arrange to visit.  We can then make a note to check back with you nearer the time.  Any external repairs, such as guttering or fencing repairs, which can be carried out without the need to enter your home, will be attended to as normal.

Throughout the pandemic, we have continued with our programme of gas and electrical safety checks and would ask that you continue to provide access for these, and any other essential safety checks, to go ahead.

All of all our maintenance operatives are working in accordance with the Government’s latest advice on working safely during the Coronavirus outbreak.  This includes maintaining a safe distance (at least 2 metres) and using the appropriate PPE e.g. gloves.  In some cases, additional PPE will need to be worn, for example, if you or a household member are experiencing symptoms of the virus and you have an urgent or emergency repair which needs to be attended to.  As always, our maintenance contractors will arrange a convenient date with you for them to visit and will, on the day, notify you in advance what time they will be arriving.

We would ask you to help us to protect you, members of your household and our operatives by maintaining a safe distance (preferably by moving into a different room) to the one where the operative is working.  If our contractor does not feel the repair can be carried out safely, they will leave the property.  For everyone’s security, we would also ask you to remove any valuables from the room/s where our operatives are working unsupervised.

Finally, we would like to reassure you that whilst we are keen to ensure that all our residents receive a comprehensive repairs and maintenance service, we want to do this in a way which protects the safety and well-being of our customers, our staff and our maintenance operatives.  Should you have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.  You can contact us in the usual ways – by telephone (01494 480340) or via email (

Rent payments

We understand what a difficult time this is for our residents who may be facing financial hardship due to the worsening economic situation. If you’re having difficulty paying your rent, or you have any concerns about your ability to pay your rent during the current crisis, please contact us for advice – we’re here to help.

Older and vulnerable residents

If you are struggling with anything and you think we may be able to help, or you just need to hear a friendly voice, please do get in touch with us. Our staff will happily try to help or should be able to point you in the direction of someone who can. We would also please ask you to keep an eye out for your neighbours during this difficult time, particularly older or vulnerable people. Should you have any concerns about their welfare, please let us know and we will try to contact them or alert other agencies to try to help.

Further information

We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will provide any further service updates on this page, so please check back regularly. All the latest information, advice and facts about the Coronavirus are available on the website .

Thank you

Coronavirus – Advice to Customers2021-06-24T15:29:10+01:00

Please be alert to scams and fraud

Bucks Housing

We have had several reports from our residents of people coming to the door, saying that they have been sent by Bucks Housing to undertake repairs.  In one case, the resident was asked for payment upfront and told that they could reclaim the money back from Bucks Housing.  Fortunately, the resident was suspicious and checked with us and we were able to advise that this was not a genuine caller.  The matter has been reported to the Police.

Please be aware that we would never ask you to pay money direct to one of our contractors and you should not do this in any circumstance.

All of our staff, contractors and subcontractors carry ID and you should ask to see this if you do not know them personally.  If you are unsure, please telephone us on 01494 480340 (and select the Repairs option) to double check before allowing anyone into your home.  Genuine contractors will always be happy to wait until you are entirely satisfied that they are who they say they are.

Coronavirus scams

We are also aware that there has been an increase in scams by people taking advantage of the current pandemic, most recently in relation to vaccines.

The following advice has been produced by Action Fraud:

How to protect yourself:

Coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Service.  You may be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination.  Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:

  • ask for your bank account or card details
  • ask for your PIN or banking passwords
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent (this includes calls with an automated message asking you to press # to speak to the Customer Services Team for example), hang up immediately.  If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to  Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

Please be alert to scams and fraud2021-01-17T16:29:47+00:00

A Helping Hand over Christmas

Anyone who is worried about a lack of food or warmth over the Christmas holidays, can contact Buckinghamshire Council’s Helping Hand support line.

The helpline staff will be able to tell you what help may be available – either from the voluntary or community sectors or directly from the Council.

You can telephone 01296 531151 or email

The line is open 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 5pm on Friday. The support line is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Monday 28 December and New Year’s Day, but the Council’s out of hours team can be contacted in emergencies on 0800 999 7677.

A Helping Hand over Christmas2020-12-17T17:25:15+00:00
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