People First Housing Association have a legal duty to check all gas appliances within each property annually. We will write to each tenant at least 28 days before your check is due. It is important the check is carried out on time.

Once we write to you can either ring the contactor on 0161 652 3838 to book an appointment or you can contact our office on 0161 235 6900 and we will arrange an appointment for you.

The engineer will check the safety of all pipework, appliances and flues. If there is a simple problem, the engineer may fix this on the spot. Alternatively, the details of more complex issues will be included as repair and maintenance recommendations in the safety report. We will then arrange a separate appointment for these issues to be addressed.

Once the annual check has been carried out, the gas engineer will fill in the Gas Safety Certificate, a standardised document confirming that all relevant safety checks have been carried out and the rental property meets all legal requirements.

Right To Aquire

With increases in rent, many people cannot afford to get onto the property ladder.

The Right to Acquire scheme enables housing association tenants to buy the property they live in, but are you eligible?

Please click here for all the information you will need to know.

Community Support Workers Wanted!

We are looking for a Support Worker with an eagerness to contribute to the development of a quality service, who understand issues of confidentiality and disclosure and have experience working with people at risk of social exclusion

Candidates will need to demonstrate the ability to build trusting professional relationships with individuals, skills to help people identify their needs and make positive changes, a positive approach, and a willingness to contribute to a highly supportive team ethos.

If this is you, or you know someone who may be interested please get the application form from our jobs pages.


The Road To Recovery

road to recovery

road to recovery

One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any one year, Goldberg and Huxley (1992)

We talk about recovering from mental health problems, and as workers and individuals we all want to see people well – both physically and mentally

The Recovery approach aims to see clients holistically as complete people. As people who have the capacity to cope with their distress in such a way that they are able to participate in a full life, developing self esteem and self determination.  Including, for example, being allowed to make their own mistakes and learn from them – just as the majority of people do in our society.

It aims to focus on identifying realistic life goals for service users and enabling them to achieve them.

Think about what recovery means to you

Recovery is a journey – where are you going, where do you want to go, why?

What does being well look and feel like, how will you get there?

Are you ready to make changes in order to recover?

What makes life good and what makes life hard?

In order to support you to recover, our support workers will:

Actively listen to help you to make sense of your mental health problems

Help you identify and prioritise your personal goals for recovery – not our professional goals

Demonstrate a belief in your existing strengths and resources in relation to the pursuit of these goals

Identify examples from your own ‘lived experience’, which inspires and validates your hopes

Pay particular attention to the importance of goals which take you out of the ‘sick role’ and enable you actively to contribute to the lives of others

Identify non-mental health resources – friends, contacts, organizations – relevant to the achievement of your goals

Encourage self-management of mental health problems (by providing information, reinforcing existing coping strategies, etc.)

Discuss what you want in terms of therapeutic interventions, e.g. psychological treatments, alternative therapies, joint crisis planning, etc., respecting your wishes wherever possible

Behave at all times so as to convey an attitude of respect for you and a desire for an equal partnership in working together, indicating a willingness to ‘go the extra mile’

While accepting that the future is uncertain and setbacks will happen, continue to express support for the possibility of achieving these self defined goals – maintaining hope and positive expectations

We would love to hear from you if you have any views or personal stories on recovery.

If you would like to discuss this on a 1-2-1 basis, or would like to be part of a group discussion, or would just like to know more, then please get in touch with Claire Bates on 0161 235 6906