We’re delighted to unveil our latest community initiative with the installation of a portable defibrillator unit at our Head Offices in Stennack Road, St Austell.
The idea, which originated from a staff suggestion scheme, has now come to fruition thanks to the efforts of staff fundraising, matched by the Ocean Group. The device was commissioned this month by the Group’s Head of Health, Safety and Environment, Ralph Garth.
‘This is a great initiative from members of staff who genuinely care about the health and wellbeing of colleagues and the wider community. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, and a device like this can make the difference between life and dealth, which is why we were happy to support the idea.’
Nicola Mitchell, who submitted the suggestion, told of her excitement to finally see the unit in place:
‘I was delighted when Ralph confirmed they were on board with my idea. The idea originated from a first aid at work training session, and learning that early defibrillation can triple the chance of a person’s survival rate. Due to the location of Stennack House, in the heart of Holmbush, St Austell, I felt it would be a perfect spot for such important life-saving equipment, benefiting not only our office users, but also aiding the surrounding residential and commercial community’.
This device is now installed and available for use, within business hours, in the reception area of :
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To raise awareness of safety in the home, we held their first Fire Safety Awareness Week over May half term from 28th of May until the 1st of June.
During the week, there were number of exciting activities undertaken around the business and in the community: including two local fire station trips. The team spent their time encouraging customers to think about fire prevention and how to save a life, in the event of one.
Ocean Group’s Head of Health, Safety & Environment, Ralph Garth and the Tenant Involvement team worked closely with the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service to run a variety of activities to get the message out there.
Ralph Garth said,
“Our first Fire Safety Awareness Week has proved to be a fantastic initiative across our business to raise fire safety awareness in our customers and staff. The reaction has been really positive and the fire safety message is being spread far and wide, and we are especially thankful to our partners Cornwall Fire Service and Jewson for their involvement in the week.”
We teamed up with Cornwall Fire Service to run fun events at St Austell and Newquay fire stations; giving families the opportunity to go behind the scenes and understand the incredible work the Fire Service does.
Jewson, one of our key supply chain partners, also kindly donated over 60 fire blankets to be distributed to our customers over the coming weeks.
As a result of the positive outcome of the week, we intend to add this campaign into our calendar as a permanent fixture every May half term. Watch this space for next year’s Fire Safety Awareness Week!
Ocean Housing Group Ltd
Ocean Housing Group Limited is the Group parent and is responsible for Group strategy, Governance and Financial management.
- £50m Turnover
- 240 Staff
- 800 new homes to be built over the next 5 years
Ocean Housing Ltd
Ocean Housing Limited owns and manages affordable housing, and develops new affordable homes to meet local need.
- £145m Investment in new & existing homes over the next 5 years
- 4,500 homes in management
- 152 new Affordable homes being completed in 2017/18
Gilbert & Goode Ltd
Gilbert and Goode Limited is our commercial company which builds homes for open market sale, builds affordable housing for Ocean, and is a successful contractor.
- 1,000 new homes built since joining the Ocean Group
- £2m Gift Aid to Ocean Housing
- Built Cornwall’s first BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ building – Prince Charles House, St. Austell.
Ocean’s Head of Health, Safety and Environment, Ralph Garth, teamed up with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Community Safety team to run a special fire safety session at Park House – to talk to residents, provide reassurance, advice and support.
Park House is Cornwall’s only high rise residential block of flats. It is regularly inspected by our Health & Safety teams, Neighbourhood Services Officer and Maintenance Manager.
Over the last few years we have worked closely with the Fire Brigade to ensure all systems are up to date. Last October, Ocean teamed up with the St Austell fire crew to organise an exercise so they could practice possible fire and rescue situations in and around the building.
Justin Sharp from Cornwall Fire Service was interviewed on BBC Radio Cornwall about fire safety at Park House:
‘I’m comfortable we’ve worked with Ocean Housing to ensure there is a very high standard of fire safety on the premises.’
‘I’d like to reassure residents in Park House that their safety is paramount.’
‘We’ve worked with Ocean and are satisfied that fire safety measures meet today’s standards.’
The event itself was well attended and teams worked through the building visiting the majority of residents individually. Ralph said
‘We had the opportunity to speak to most of the residents about all the fire precautions and measures in place that meet current regulations, as well as escape plans and fire safety guidance and advice.’
Residents reacted positively and were reassured in particular by the ‘passive protection’ measures that are in place.
Any concerns or queries can be raised with either Ocean or the Fire Service, and Park House residents are more than welcome to request a home visit if they were unable to meet the team at today’s event.
Please feel free to contact us and we’ll get back in touch as soon as we can.