PCA Weekly News - 25th January 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • PCA Events Diary 2020 – Save the Dates!
  • Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice
  • A Series of Webinars
  • How Thoughts on Mental Health Turned into Action
  • Amenity Forum “Update” Events
  • Apprenticeship Success for Amber!
  • Beat the Winter Blues with PCA Training
  • Welcome to our New Members

PCA Events Diary 2020 – Save the Dates!

2020
Tuesday 21st April: PCA AGM
Thursday 2nd July: Structural Waterproofing Conference
Tuesday 29th September: Building Preservation Conference & Awards Dinner
Thursday 26th November: Invasive Weed Conference

2021
Thursday 15th July: Structural Waterproofing Conference & Awards Dinner
Tuesday 28th September: Building Preservation Conference
Thursday 25th November: Invasive Weed Conference

For further information, or to register your interest please contact Sue Uttridge – sue@property-care.org

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Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice

The long awaited Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice is to be launched at an event in Westminster on the 10th February. Whilst this document has been a long time coming, the question is who will take ownership to avoid it becoming irrelevant and is it any good? Read Steve’s thoughts in the latest ‘Hodgson View’ via the button below.

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A Series of Webinars

If you missed this last week, members are reminded that your Association is kickstarting 2020 with a series of webinars focusing on key topics and issues affecting the industry. The first of these informative, insightful and useful events takes place on 13th February (8-9am) and will be hosted by PCA Board member Ben Hickman, CSSW.LONDON. Ben’s webinar will concentrate on “Avoiding Failures in Podium Deck Waterproofing”.

Register your interest via the button below. If you have any queries, please contact James@property-care.org.

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How Thoughts on Mental Health Turned into Action

In 2018 I posted an article of LinkedIn talking about how the strains of everyday working life can negatively affect the wellbeing and productivity of staff. The only thing that has changed in the short time since I wrote the article is that the focus on mental health issues have continued to sharpen. There has been a growing recognition amongst many that maintaining good mental health benefits society, business, the health service, but primarily, it is essential for the healthy function of individuals and families.

The government, acting under pressure of public demand, has pledged to improve mental health services. They have also begun to consider legislation to require employers to think about mental wellbeing in a similar way to physical health and safety in the workplace – a strategy that we at the PCA welcome and hope that members will embrace.

We are delighted therefore to have done a deal with ATAS UK to provide a number of mental health first aid courses to members around the country. These two-day events are designed to help employees identify issues early and react to the needs of their people empathetically and compassionately. The dates available are:

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

The stresses of daily life are all too real so keeping people productive happy and healthy is essential for any successful business. Though becoming a mental health first aider may not take the stress away it could help reduce lost days, improve profitability, retain skilled people and improve productivity.

We would recommend this training opportunity to all our members regardless, so why not take advantage of the highly discounted opportunity and come and gain the skills you need to be the mental health first aider in your company?!

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Amenity Forum “Update” Events

The PCA’s Invasive Weed Group members are welcome to attend the Amenity Forum ‘update’ events, taking place over the next few months. Each programme is a little different but you can expect to hear news from around the Amenity sector and especially about the Amenity Standard – a new initiative to promote professional standards in the industry which will be launched in Edinburgh on 4th February (the PCA will also be present as we represent the largest group of Amenity Standard-approved contractors at the time of launch).

To register, or to find out more, please follow the link via the button below, contacting Amenity Forum directly to book a place at the venue closest to you.

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Apprenticeship Success for Amber!

We are delighted for our apprentice Amber Topham, who was awarded a ‘distinction’ earlier this week on completion of her Apprenticeship. Amber has worked extremely hard and has established herself as a very valuable member of the PCA team. Please join us in congratulating Amber on this huge achievement.

Your Association wholeheartedly believes in the Apprenticeship scheme and what this can offer an individual and/or company. To find out more about the apprenticeship scheme we can offer you, click on the button below.

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Beat those Winter Blues with PCA Training

Defects in Cavity Construction

Our NEW Defects in Cavity Construction training course is designed for those already involved or who wish to become involved in the surveying of buildings. Ideally delegates should have a background in surveying, construction as well as some related skill, knowledge or experience.

Contact the training team today on 01480 400000 or email jo@property-care.org.

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Welcome to our New Members

We are very pleased to welcome the following contractor into provisional status of PCA membership:

Structureseal Services Ltd (Full Contractor – Waterproofing Sector)
Caldergrove House
Strathclyde Business Park
4 Linnet Way
Bellshill
Glasgow
ML4 3RA

 

In the News

Planning and Building Control Today featured the launch of the new methodology document.

The Sheffield Star has covered the success of the Sheffield River Stewardship Company at the PCA awards and the Dorset Echo recognise Tony Robinson as Technician of the Year in the Knotweed Category.

 

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