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Ategi Shared Lives

Published: Wednesday 23 January 2019
Ategi Shared Lives

We are looking for people who have a spare bedroom and would like to get paid to care for somebody who needs support with daily living tasks. We provide free in house training and free DBS check.

If you think this could be for you, please call Ategi Shared Lives South Gloucestershire today on 0117 3321030 or email us on

Changes to the HomeChoice Lettings Policy

Published: Wednesday 2 January 2019

During February 2019, we will be making some changes to the council’s rehousing policy, which are set out below,

Changes to the HomeChoice Banding Structure

We are increasing the number of bands from three to four, as set out below,

Current Bands

New Bands



For people who need to be rehoused urgently, for example, applicants where there is a serious risk to their safety, health or wellbeing if they remain in their current home



For people who are at risk of homelessness, or are considered to be living in housing circumstances that have an adverse impact on their health, safety or well-being

Registered Applicant


For people who have a housing need, but who are not at urgent risk, for example, people who are lacking a bedroom.  


Registered Applicant

For everyone else who is looking for housing in South Gloucestershire including those who are suitably housed, or are able to access alternative housing using their own resources


Our rehousing policy sets out the different criteria that come under each band. Further details of the new banding criteria can be found by clicking the following link. 

It is important to remember that we will not be adopting the new bands until the 22nd February. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to tell you what your new band will be until the new banding structure comes into force (see list of important dates below).


As we are increasing the number of bands, we are also making changes to the percentage of properties that are let to each band as follows,

  • 60% lettings to applicants in Band A
  • 30% lettings to applicants in Band B
  • 10% lettings to applicants in Band C

This means that the largest percentage of properties will still be let to the people in the most urgent housing need.

What happens next?

We will be making these changes between the 15th and 21st February 2019. To allow us to make these changes, we will be closing the system during this week. This means that we will not be advertising any properties during this time and you will not be able to update your application.

As soon as we have reviewed your application, we will write to you again to confirm your band.

Important Dates

8th February 2019:

New bidding round starts

14th February:

Bidding round closes

15th February:

The system will close for one week from today

15th-21st February:

We will write to you with your new banding during this week

22nd February:

The system re-opens and a new bidding round starts.

If you need to, you will be able to update your application


If you have any further questions about the changes we are making, please read our frequently asked questions.


Future Bright - Could you benefit from support to improve your career prospects?

Published: Friday 7 December 2018


Could you benefit from support to improve your career prospects, or do you know someone who would? 

Future Bright is a free service that’s helping people in paid work* to develop their skills, improve their job prospects and creating opportunities to progress their careers.


What is on offer?

Support: A dedicated Career Coach to boost your confidence

Advice: Practical help with accessing services

Skills: Access to training and development


your local Future Bright Team to arrange an initial, informal chat:


*To be eligible, participants need to be in work, aged 19 or over, and receiving one or more of these in-work benefits:- Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit or Means-tested Council Tax Reduction.


Residents of Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset should visit the website to find details for their local service.


The Future Bright programme is managed by the West of England Combined Authority and delivered locally by Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils.

Would you like to provide accommodation and support to vulnerable adults?

Published: Monday 4 June 2018

If so, you might be interested in the South Gloucestershire 'Shared Lives' scheme which offers a community based alternative to other forms of care for people who need support. Follow this link for more information, and have a look at the brochure in the downloads section for more details. 

New Retirement Village in Stoke Gifford Opening in Autumn 2018

Published: Thursday 26 April 2018

A pioneering 261-home retirement village is coming to Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire, which will provide spacious homes, an inspirational lifestyle and care for those who need support to remain independent in later years.

For more information about the scheme, please read our information sheet.