Managing contractual risk

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The risk of ‘force majeure’ – unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract – is something that needs to be considered at all stages of procurement and throughout the lifetime of a contract.  So how does a procurement team calculate and mitigate risk? In the third of his blogs, CHP Procurement Manager David […]

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Procurement and Tenant Involvement

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When our procurement team prepare a tender they spend a great deal of time with internal stakeholders, to ensure the contract for the tender will fulfill the requirements of the client. But do we always get the right balance on the input to these decisions? Is there a role for external stakeholders to play? In […]

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Preventing Domestic Abuse

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Over 100 women per year will die as a result of domestic abuse, not all will live in social housing but a proportion will. What if this potentially vulnerable sector of society could be supported as part of procurement activity? In the first of a series of blogs about our work and how procurement adds […]

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Youth Project Funding Inspires Healthy Eating Choices

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Cumbria Housing Partners Fund has granted £5,451 to  Drop Zone Youth Projects as funding to help them  promote healthy eating in the four youth clubs they run in Barrow. The funding supports the employment of two members of staff to run a healthy eating project once a week at each of the centres. The youth […]

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A Bit More Marvellous

Marvellous Holiday Club, in Barrow, has secured funding of £7,000 to employ two qualified teachers during the school holidays thanks to Cumbria Housing Partners Fund. The Marvellous Holiday Club, in Schneider Road, provides childcare (up to age 13) and activities for families in the school holidays. The project is based in the Ormsgill ward of […]

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Funding makes positive difference to project tackling domestic abuse

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Barrow based charity tackling domestic abuse, Women’s Community Matters, received funding of £12,000 from Cumbria Housing Partners Community Fund. Thanks to the grant the charity has been able to employ a qualified social worker to the #ibelieveyou project helping to improve access to domestic abuse support services from across Cumbria. Rebecca Rawlings, Senior Officer – […]

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Apprentice fulfils dream to be one of the team

Now a fully qualified gas engineer, former apprentice Duane Lawson explains how he was supported by Cumbria Housing Partners to fulfil his dream to become one of the team at AFM Gas Services Ltd. If don’t have the qualifications you need to advance in your workplace but want to get ahead, then an apprenticeship could change […]

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Funding Boost for Barrow Community Groups

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Cumbria Housing Partners Fund has granted funding of £28,265 to support four projects in Barrow in Furness: Women’s Community Matters, Drop Zone Youth Projects, Marvellous Holiday Club and Love Barrow Families. Each received grants enabling them to deliver projects which will directly support more than 350 local people, many of whom live in social rented […]

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Partnership continues to deliver added value

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Cumbria Housing Partners is the only local procurement group for  social housing landlords in Cumbria. Savings in the procurement supply chain for 2017/18  are £723,000 on standard works across the member landlords. The partnership continues to deliver added value by using these savings to support community projects in the areas we work in. By working […]

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Rebike grant supports job mentoring

Award winning social enterprise, Rebike Cumbria Ltd has been granted £9,825 in funding by Cumbria Housing Partners Fund, managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, to expand its successful job mentoring project which supports long-term unemployed into work. Based in Carlisle, Rebike refurbishes and repairs donated bicycles for sale, providing a work based training environment for trainees […]

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