Knight's Walk Estate Newsletter April 2020

The Development Management Team have published the April 2020 Newsletter for Knight's Walk Estate and it is available to read here.

NEW BEGINNINGS

In this environment of change we hope to share with you some news on training and activities to keep us all connected and communicating whilst at home.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 

Virtual College

Homes for Lambeth has started a new partnership with the Virtual College as we launch a series of online training courses which will be free to access for Knight's Walk Estate residents and can be undertaken from home during our support for social distancing.

Available from 20 April 2020 you can become a student enrolled in:

  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Completing application forms
  • Get moving, get healthy

To register your interest in any of these courses and find out more click here.

Currently, as this is a new programme, you can only enrol on one course. Places are limited. More information on these courses can be seen on the Virtual College website: www.virtual-college.co.uk.

Update from your Independent Advisor

Hello from Pamela. I am an Independent Advisor working at Public Participation Consultation and Research (PPCR), taking over from Loraine. I am a qualified architect and have many years of experience working with local and workplace communities.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the regeneration do please give me a call and I’ll do what I can to help. Take care, and hopefully we’ll be back on course
with drop-ins and events soon. My contact details are mobile 07966 595 527 email: pkovachich@ppcr.org.uk

Yoga Sessions

We are really pleased to be able to offer some gentle yoga to residents on all of our estates and are excited to be working with qualified instructor and Lambeth resident Claire Hawkins www.clairehawkins.co.uk to deliver these online workshops through April.

• Wednesdays at 2pm – Seated yoga webinar. You can either phone in and listen or watch if you use Skype.

For more information visit www.engage.homesforlambeth.co.uk/yoga to be re-directed to Skype.

• Saturdays at 1.30pm – Yoga at home live YouTube broadcast.

Just visit www.engage.homesforlambeth.co.uk/yoga and the broadcast will begin automatically.

Ward surgeries

During the Coronavirus epidemic face-to-face surgeries are suspended. Please email or phone us for support, we are available for casework.

Councillor Jon Davies
Phone: 075 4294 3511
Email: jdavies4@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor David Amos
Phone: 079 2054 7832
Email: DAmos@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Joanne Simpson
Phone: 079 2054 7988
Email: JSimpson2@lambeth.gov.uk

Your local MP is Florence Eshalomi
Email: florence.eshalomi.mp@parliament.uk

Resident drop in sessions

Our resident drop-in sessions are still running - just not in person!

For April please use the following information to access the weekly ‘phone drop-ins’.

Thursdays from 2 to 3pm
• Join by phone on: 020 7926 9118
• Conference ID:  5222677

In due course we hope to re-open the resident information hub at 15 Knight's Walk.

Watch this space!

Local issues

Water Rates

Thames Water has now taken over the collection of water rates from Lambeth Council. If your income is under £19,201 you can apply for a discount on your water rates under the Watersure plus scheme. You can find out more about this scheme by calling Thames Water on 0800 980 8800 Lines are open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm Saturdays.

Coronavirus Response

Following the Government’s advice on social distancing and protecting the most vulnerable, we have suspended all consultations, meetings and drop-in sessions. This period started from Tuesday 17 March 2020. We want to continue to liaise with you and offer appropriate activities and signposting to support now the nation has been asked to remain at home.

For us to do this please make sure we have your contact details; an email, landline and/or mobile phone number. Share this information with us as soon as you can.

For more information click here.

Resident Engagement Panel (REP)

Unfortunately, the meetings of the resident engagement panel are currently postponed. We are exploring different ways for these meetings to re-start as online conferences/webinars whilst we all follow government advice to remain in our homes. We hope to update you very soon regarding this.

Homes for Lambeth Business Plan

Our latest business plan, covering our detailed programme of work 2020 to 2023 was published last month and outlines what will be delivered over the next three years.

To download the Homes for Lambeth business plan, click here.

Building great relationships with you is crucial for us to become the exemplary landlord you deserve. We will work alongside you, provide you with the information you need, create a dialogue, listen to feedback and provide excellent customer service. It also means supporting you while your new homes are being built and when you have moved into your new home.

Development Update from Hill

With the rapid changes affecting all of us, your Knights Walk contractor - Hill’s Partnership Ltd has informed us that it is inevitable that progress of the works is or likely to be delayed by the effect of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Upon the effects of COVID-19 becoming clearer, Homes for Lambeth and Hill’s will provide further information and update in the forthcoming weeks.

If you have any other queries or concerns, please contact Hill’s Resident Liaison Team 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. 

Please use free phone number 0800 032 6760 or they can be contacted by email via residents@hill.co.uk.

Update from Homes for Lambeth CEO

Hello, my name is Jitinder Takhar. I am Chief Executive Officer at Homes for Lambeth. Always an exciting and dynamic environment to work in, my role is to co-ordinate staff effort, collaborate with Lambeth Council and provide information to the Board to ensure they can guide and monitor the organisation effectively.

Our vision at Homes for Lambeth is to build thriving communities and better futures for our residents. In the current environment we will be working harder than ever over the coming months to deliver our business plan commitments and provide you with a wide and diverse range of community activities, training and opportunities. This will involve different ways of communicating with you as we must all follow social distancing guidance.

We have already provided routes to interact over the internet, such as online yoga as well as using the more usual post and telephone to keep in touch.

I joined the organisation in autumn 2019 and want to bring my skills to bear and make a difference to people’s lives by nurturing talent at all levels - whether staff, at board level or with you as a resident.

What would I like to achieve here at Homes for Lambeth? To help build communities and homes that stand the test of time.

Key Contacts

If you have any questions about the upcoming changes and development on the estate, please contact:
Wendy Bohan – Resident Engagement Officer
Tel: 07507 644645 
Email: wendy@homesforlambeth.co.uk

For current housing related issues, please contact:
Whitney Ayim-Owusu – Neighbourhood Housing officer
Phone: 0207 926 8006
Email: wayimowusu@lambeth.gov.uk

For any estate moving questions please contact:
Paul Gordon – Decant officer
Phone: 020 7926 0385
Email: Pgordon@lambeth.gov.uk

To discuss any issues relating to your residency and the processes of tenancy change, please contact:
Pam Kovachich – Independent Advisor
Phone: 0800 317 066
Email: PKovachich@ppcr.org.uk

Buybacks
buybacks@lambeth.gov.uk 

Lambeth housing repairs
Phone: 020 7926 6000
Visit: www.lambeth.gov.uk/council-tenants-and-homeowners/repairs-and-health-and-safety/request-a-housing-repair

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