Westbury Estate Newsletter December 2020

The Development Team have published the December 2020 Newsletter for Westbury Estate and it is available to read here.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 

We are keen to include news and stories from residents. If you have an article or ideas for future newsletters, please get in touch with Peter Smith, your new Resident Engagement Officer from Homes for Lambeth. You can contact Peter on 07735 725798 or [email protected]

Our office will close from 24 December to 04 January 2021. For any urgent enquiries contact [email protected] or 020 7926 5288.

Development Update

Site 1, Building E (corner of Portslade Rd and Wandsworth Rd):

  • External brickworks completed up to level 6
  • Works are progressing with kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and internal doors on the lower floors

Site 2, Building C2 (corner of St Rule Rd and Wandsworth Rd):

  • The sprinkler installation has been completed to the new homes
  • Internal fit-out activities have progressed with kitchen installations now complete, the tiling and flooring have also advanced

   

Hub Refurbishment

We are working to refurbish the community hub at 7 Fovant Court. Due to Government COVID-19 restrictions, we have not been able to use the hub. We are preparing the hub to make it COVID secure, so it can be a point of contact for meeting your resident engagement officer and Lambeth staff. We are hoping to run a range of activities from the hub in the new year. If you have any suggestions of how best the hub could be used please get in touch with Peter Smith on 077357 25798 or [email protected].

EQUIA Update Survey

Lambeth Council has commissioned an independent team from Ottaway Strategic Management to carry out an updated Equality Impact Assessment in light of the rebuilding of the estate.

This will review practices and processes associated with the regeneration to ensure that they are fair and do not discriminate against different people.

The council wants to identify different impacts on different people and seeks to ensure fairness and equality for residents throughout the regeneration process.

You will be contacted by Ottaway in the coming days and asked to complete a survey to establish the equality and diversity make up of your household.

It will help inform the regeneration programme and ensure that the specific needs of each household are understood and where possible reduce any negative.

The council would be extremely grateful if you could take the time to answer Ottaway’s survey when they contact you.

Virtual College

In partnership with Virtual College, we are offering accredited training to local Lambeth residents who are affected or impacted by our development plans. All the courses are free to access and can be undertaken in the comfort of your own home. Upon completion, you will be awarded a certificate with the accreditation body’s logo included.

To register and gain access to the course, please email [email protected].

The courses available are:

Health and wellbeing

  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Get moving, get healthy
  • Promoting Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem

Employability

  • Self-Assessment and Action Planning for Employability
  • Effective Job Search
  • Completing application forms
  • Writing an effective CV
  • Interview Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Preparing for Work

Digital life

  • E-Safety
  • Microsoft Outlook 2016 - three interactive courses

Home and work

  • Safeguarding Everyone (level 1)
  • An Introduction to Social Housing
  • Pre-Tenancy Training for New Residents
  • Introduction to Project Management

Online Yoga

Our yoga sessions are continuing every week. We are running sessions that you can listen to and join in with your phone and others which are on Youtube for you to participate in.

  • Wednesdays at 2pm (phone / Skype)
  • Saturdays at 12.30pm (live on YouTube)

For more information visit: engage.homesforlambeth.co.uk/yoga

Wellbeing Sessions

We are offering monthly wellbeing sessions. The session-based discussions offer callers a chance to talk about any worries or concerns relating to the COVID 19 pandemic and think about ways of gaining an improved sense of wellbeing. The next session will be on:

  • Friday 11 December, 1 to 2pm

The sessions are facilitated by a qualified counsellor, Denise Richards.

To join call 0207 926 9118 and then dial 5222677 when prompted. For more information visit engage.homesforlambeth.co.uk/wellbeing

Resident Engagement

The most recent REP meeting was held on 30 November. A summary of the discussions held will be given in the next newsletter.

Many residents have requested a tour with St James to view the new homes, we are looking to arrange the visit in mid-December, but this will be subject to any Government COVID-19 restrictions. It will be a great opportunity to see the emerging work on the new homes and for residents to ask questions.

Chair of the Resident Engagement Panel 

We are recruiting for a new Chair of the Resident Engagement Panel as well as welcoming new members. The panel works
with Homes for Lambeth to make sure residents views are heard throughout the rebuilding process. For more information, Peter Smith, your Resident Engagement Officer on [email protected] or by phone on 077357 25798.

Courses for Lambeth Tenants

High Trees is running free specialist courses for Lambeth Housing tenants.

The courses aim to provide residents with a range of opportunities. For residents that require childcare, High Trees will cover the costs whilst you are on the course. You’ll need proof of address to take part, the courses provided are below:

  • Education and Training accreditation (level 3)
  • Housing Practice accreditation (level 3)
  • One Day Food and Hygiene (level 2)

If you’re interested in these courses or would like to find out more please contact [email protected] or 07377 232347 /020 8671 3132.

Independent Advisors Update

Hi residents,

Your Independent Resident Adviser Howard Mendick from Newman Francis will shortly be sending out a newsletter to all residents with an update on their activities.

If you would like to get in touch with Howard please contact him by phone on 020 8536 1436 or by emailing [email protected]

Resident Engagement

As part of our half term activities in October, we hosted our first Art’s Competition: Homes of the future.

Children and teenagers submitted drawings of how they would want their future home to look. We were in search to discover the next Vincent Van Gogh or Dame Zaha Hadid and we think we might have found them!

The competition categories and their winners were:

  • Under 6s - Abdullah and Amir
  • 7 to 11 years - Randa and Rhian
  • 12 years + - Leona
  • Interior Design - Samir
  • Sustainability - Jasim
  • Overall Winner - Samir

You can see some of the designs on the right. We would like to thank all the young people who entered their drawings into the ‘Homes of the Future’ Art Competition.

All winners will receive a voucher. The overall winner will also spend time with Robert Taylor, Senior Design Manager and Architect at Homes for Lambeth.

Phone Drop-Ins

Your resident drop-in sessions are continuing- just not in person!

This is an opportunity for you to find out more about Homes for Lambeth’s programme and you can ask questions about the future of your estate.

To join, please use the following information:

Wednesdays from 12 to 1pm:

• Join by phone on 020 3855 6009
• Conference ID: 218 301 812#

Your Homes For Lambeth

Hello,

I’m Peter Smith, the new Resident Engagement Officer for Westbury. I will be covering for Margaret who has gone on maternity leave. I have lots of experience of resident engagement and have recently worked on a large estate regeneration scheme in West London.

Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit by cycling, walking, running and going to the gym. I am also interested in photography and you may spot me walking around the estates snapping pictures.

One of my objectives will be to get the hub at 7 Fovant Court back into operation as a focus for engagement with local residents. I am really looking forward to getting to know you all.

Peter Smith
Resident Engagement Officer

Key Contacts

If you have any questions about the upcoming changes and development on the estate, please contact:
Peter Smith - Resident Engagement officer
Phone: 07735 725798 
Email: [email protected]

For current housing-related issues, please contact:
Frances Hinderks – Neighbourhood Housing officer
Tel: 020 7926 1590
Email: [email protected]

For any estate moving questions please contact:
Dionne Breedy-Andreson – Resident Decant officer
Phone: 07720 042 072
Email: [email protected]

To discuss any issues relating to your residency and the processes of tenancy change, please contact:
Howard MendickIndependent Advisor
Phone: 077803 09046
Email: [email protected]

Buybacks
[email protected] 

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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