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Maintenance work

What is maintenance? Maintenance is when we do regular, major work on properties, including redecoration or substantial repairs, kitchen and bathroom replacement, electrical rewiring, heating systems upgrade, and mechanical and electrical works. In order to deliver good value for money we usually carry out our maintenance work on groups of properties, such as a whole estate, at the same time. We use surveys to identify first how much work an…

Catalyst magazine, autumn issue

PAGE 2: Welcome Welcome I would like to introduce myself as the new Interim Executive Director of Customer Services. I’m very excited to join Catalyst as it has a great track record, and more importantly many opportunities lie ahead for the organisation. I’ve worked in housing, development and regeneration for over 20 years. Before I joined Catalyst, I was Director of Operations and Business Transformation at East Kent Housing and Chief…

Balancing work and play

With booked out classes and queues of people wanting his fitness advice, Rickel Greenland has turned from budding musician to fitness guru. And he’s finding balancing work and play a doddle – he’s currently got his dream job as a personal trainer at Northolt Active Gym. We caught up with Rickel to find out how his life changed when he walked into the Unity Gym in Brent. What drew you to the Unity Gym? I’m really into fitness and I train people…

Ealing school pupils gain work experience

Two pupils of Belvue School, in Ealing, are learning about working life through a paid placement with Catalyst Housing. The two month opportunity started in February and is with Catalyst’s Environmental Services team; who are responsible for cleaning, caretaking, gardening and clearing fly-tipping. The two pupils – Zain and Alex – are working alongside staff who mentor them on day-to-day work tasks, and they also have regular meetings…

Project to help women into work wins top award

The WISH project which has helped over a hundred women across London back into work or training has been awarded the Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Leader Award for specialist project by the European Social Fund. WISH is a joint venture between Catalyst Housing and East Thames, delivering training and support across London to economically inactive women. WISH helps the most vulnerable in society who can fall through the gaps in existing…

Would you like to work at Lidl?

Supermarket chain Lidl is looking for staff for the new store it’s opening in Hayes. We can help you apply. And if you’re a local resident, and you pass our pre-assessment, we can put you forward for a guaranteed interview. You must: be over 18 and eligible to work in the UK have a checkable work history, with any gaps in your CV explained have good English and numeracy be available to work at weekends and on early and late shifts. Most…

Almost 2, 000 helped into work by Ealing charity

Almost 2, 000 people struggling to find work, across Ealing and its surrounding areas, discovered training and employment opportunities at the Catalyst Employment and Skills Centre in 2014. To mark this exceptional achievement, 100 past and present clients joined in celebrations at the West Ealing centre which included a performance of the do$h play, ‘Debt Monster’. This was an opportunity for those that had found employment to catch up with…

Catalyst Housing – A top place to work

Catalyst Housing made a strong debut at number 32 in The Sunday Times ‘100 best not-for-profit organisations to work for’ as well as receiving a 2 star Best Companies accreditation. The accolade is awarded based on the responses of employees to the Best Companies “b heard” survey. 892 companies took part in this prestigious survey which recognised Catalyst as one of the top organisations to work for in the not-for-profit sector. Two stars are…

Catalyst receives Great Place to Work recognition

Catalyst is pleased to announce that on the 21 May it was awarded a position in the Great Place to Work® top 30 UK large employer report. Catalyst was one of only three not-for-profit organisations to make it into the top 30. This is the first time Catalyst has entered this programme and joins companies such as Ikea, eBayand Microsoft in this prestigious list. Over 86% of those surveyed at Catalyst said they would recommend working at Catalyst…

Helping hundreds to find work

Over 200 local people turned out to a jobs fair organised by Catalyst Gateway where they got the chance to meet potential employers and training providers. As well assisting people out of work with employment and training opportunities, people who fancied a career change could get information on free courses. Nearly 20 organisations turned out to the event. Metroline and ASDA advertised jobs as drivers and warehouses assistants, while Ealing,…