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PCA Weekly News - 16th November 2019

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Supporting Mental Health Awareness
  • 1 Day, 2 Conferences – 1 week to go!
  • NEW Mental Health Course – PCA Members Only!
  • Membership Satisfaction Survey
  • PCA Codes of Practice can help members
  • Skills and Training Fund – FREE MONEY!
  • Invasive Weed Control Group – Minutes from Meeting
  • Next Structural Waterproofing Meeting


Supporting Mental Health Awareness

Running a business can have a huge impact on your mental health and our members health and wellbeing is very important to us. This is an extremely topical matter and your Association has been working hard to support mental health awareness over the past few months and, into the year ahead – recently staff at head office wore something yellow in support of ‘Young Minds UK’ on ‘World Mental Health Day’.

We are delighted to announce that in 2020 we will be running a number of two-day mental health first aid training courses. We have negotiated fantastic rates, delivering huge savings for members and what’s more, this is exclusively for PCA members. AND, for all those who are registered with CITB there is a £70 funding contribution available too!!

To find out more, keep scrolling down this email…

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1 Week to Go – 1 Day 2 Conferences!

The conferences are only a week away!!!! Accrue those all important EXTRA CPD points! It really will be a ‘knowledge bonanza’ and you won’t want to miss your opportunity to network with the best in the industry at the 2019 International Invasive Weed and 2019 International Building Preservation Conferences.

Be part of the conversation and join us on the 21st November. If you need any guidance, help or assistance, feel free to contact us on 0844 375 4301 or click on the buttons below.

2019 Building Preservation Conference – More Info >> 

2019 Invasive Weed Conference – More Info >>


NEW Mental Health Course – PCA Members Only!

We are delighted to announce that in 2020, we will be running a number of two-day ‘Mental Health First Aid‘ training courses for PCA members only!

  • Huntingdon: 12th – 13th February 2020
  • Stirling (Scotland): 18th – 19th February 2020
  • Bradford: 3rd – 4th March 2020
  • Bristol: 11th -12th March 2020

Cost: £260 +VAT (2 days) **FANTASTIC SAVINGS FOR PCA MEMBERS** AND, for all those who are registered with CITB there is a £70 funding contribution available too!!

This two-day course (to be rolled out to non-members in the future), will result in your employees being qualified as Mental Health First Aiders. Attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing, together with the practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of a range of mental health issues – and much, much more!

Find out more – contact the training team today on 0844 375 4301 or email [email protected].

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Membership Satisfaction Survey

PCA members will have hopefully received an email earlier this week regarding a Membership Satisfaction Survey that we have asked Independent Company – Hall Associates – to undertake on our behalf. The survey will enable us to ascertain what you think we should (or shouldn’t) be doing as your Trade Body and for us to formulate strategies to deliver these changes where possible.

As with all surveys, a greater number of responses received will provide a ‘truer’ reflection, and will enable us to shape the Association accordingly. Should you have any queries or wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

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PCA Codes of Practice can help members

Unfortunately the rain is playing havoc once again with flooding alerts in place up and down the country, particularly in the Midlands and South Yorkshire. We urge everyone to take care when travelling and for those members who’s phones are ringing off the hook, please remember that we have a number of technical documents available to you.

Our Codes of Practice for Flood Protection and the Recovery of Flood Damaged Buildings are very well respected and can be accessed via the button below.

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Skills and Training Fund – FREE MONEY!

Training for employees is fundamental for any business, but can sometimes be costly. So why not take full advantage of CITB’s ‘Skill’s and Training fund’? If your company is registered with CITB and employs up to 99 PAYE staff, you could be eligible for anywhere between £5,000 and £10,000 to help you fund that all important training. That’s right, FREE MONEY!

And what’s even better is that we can help you! Contact Jade in our training team – [email protected] – to found out more information and how you can access this ‘Free Money’.

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Invasive Weed Control Group Meeting

We had a lively meeting in September with guests from the Environment Agency, Network Rail and Advanced Invasives (Dr Dan Jones) to discuss some follow-up issues from the Commons Select Committee earlier this year, plus of course all our usual business items. For all PCA members, the Minutes of the meeting are now available if you wish to view them.  Simply click on the button below to contact us for a copy.

The group will meet again on Monday 2nd March 2020 at the PCA Head Office in Huntingdon. If you are interested in attending, please contact Peter Fitzsimons on [email protected].

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Next Structural Waterproofing Meeting

Following the last Structural Waterproofing Group meeting, we can update members that we are currently working on a number of Guidance Notes including Pumping Station Discharge Point and a proposal for a revision to Table 2 of BS 8102.

The next meeting will take place on 3rd December at the Head Office in Huntingdon. The agenda will follow shortly, but if you have something you would like including then please contact [email protected]. PLEASE NOTE: due to a limited amount of space and it being a popular meeting, only 1 representative from each organisation to attend this meeting. If you have yet to confirm if you are attending, please get in touch with James, along with any dietary requirements.

See you all for a 10.30am start!

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PCA in the News

Coverage this week includes Mortgage Finance Gazette featuring details of the Invasive Weed Conference on their diary page.

Rose Muir, Invasive Species Officer, NI Environment Agency has shared the details of ‘The Control & Eradication of Japanese Knotweed‘ training course, with her contacts which takes place on 10-11 December in Dublin. The launch of the Japanese knotweed training course in Ireland has also been published on 24Housing.



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