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Conference: Linking the local to the London-wide

Invitation to a tenant-led conference for social housing tenants, TRAs, TMOs and Co-ops Linking the local to the London-wide Saturday 28th October  9:30am-3:30pm  London Welsh Centre  157-163 Gray’s inn road, London WC1X 8UE  This conference will build on the success of our 2016 post-Housing and Planning Act conference, which brought together the largest number of mainstream London social housing tenant representatives than had occurred in many years. We will provide updates on our work since last year, look at changing perspectives since the Grenfell disaster, some of the key issues for tenants at the local level and links London-wide, including the draft...
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Lambeth Development Viability Supplementary Planning Document

On 9 October 2017, the London Borough of Lambeth adopted the Lambeth Development Viability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The SPD sets out the Council’s approach to assessing development viability in planning proposals and will now be a material planning consideration when determining planning applications. The SPD and supporting documents can be found on the council’s Printed copies of the SPD are available to view in Lambeth libraries during their normal opening hours and at the Council’s office at Ground Floor, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LL from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Read about our ambitions for Lambeth...
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Small Change Big Difference training

‘Small Change, Big Difference’ is an EU-funded project about food waste prevention and can offer four workshops to community groups covering the following topics:  1. Meet and Greet – Learn about the campaign and what will be covered over the four weeks and get a chance to grow your own greens! 2. Buy what you need, eat what you buy – Learn practical tips on preventing food waste by making changes to shopping, storage and meal preparation 3. Good for you, good for the planet – Create a simple one-pot meal and learn about healthy sustainable eating along the way! 4. Food...
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Tulse Hill turns on the tap to change

When Tulse Hill T RA asked Jason of Lambeth’s Technical Services Team for help with watering their garden, he got watering points installed. From that small drop of change, the estate has grown in community spirit and grown the number of gardeners getting involved. Tiziana from the TRA explains:   Airing and watering People had to go to the old airing rooms, take out a big roll of hose, and attach it to the tap 20 to 30 yards away from the Children’s Garden (Brockwell Park side). It was difficult because there are only two keys to the airing room. Some people would carry...
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Black History Month October 2017

Black History Month is 30 years old in 2017. See what’s on and book for highlights of October’s celebration of history, arts, literature and film features   Sonia Winifred, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture said: “I am delighted to invite you to this year’s Black History Month celebrations, which will be running throughout October in Lambeth. Last year people told us how inspiring and uplifting they found the events and this year’s programme is just as exciting. There is something for everyone to enjoy and it is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate African and Caribbean culture and...
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‘TRiFOCAL’ – Transforming City Food Habits for Life

Veolia are asking residents to help tackle food waste in Lambeth by sending in recipes or food saving tips, starring in a film making their recipe in their own kitchen, or letting their kitchen be a film location. Your recipes or ‘waste not want not’ food tips can help transform food habits in Lambeth and across London Lambeth is part of ‘TRiFOCAL’ – Transforming City Food Habits for Life, an innovative EU-funded project designed to tackle food waste. As part of it, , Veolia will produce cooking/kitchen skills videos about using up leftover ingredients, and keep food from going off. People aged 18-34...
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Ovalhouse invites TRAs to their Ambassadors evening

Wednesday 20 September at 6:30pm Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW Ovalhouse is a great place to come and have fun and discover everything theatre! From our hands-on family days, Cabaret for Kids, interactive half-terms, lively after-school and school holiday workshops to our enchanting family Christmas shows, Ovalhouse’s programme is designed to offer all children and young people the chance to watch or take part in ground-breaking and exciting performing arts. We are keen to make contact and build relationships with individuals and groups who work with families, children and young people in south London, especially in the boroughs of...
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Lambeth’s TRA Newsletter has go digital!

Lambeth Council’s monthly TRA Newsletter has now gone digital! As of this month, the Resident Engagement Team have transformed the PDF newsletter that they used to email out, to a new, cleaner more easily accessible email and online newsletter that you can subscribe to. Here’s a link to this month’s newsletter, which contains news, TRA of the Month, new Grants and Courses available and much more… Subscribe to the newsletter with this link and tick the option for your area.

Community Links: National Tower Block Campaign

Community Links ran the National Tower Blocks Network in the 1980s and 1990s, to gather and share information about the issues in tower blocks. We published two National Tower Blocks Directories which contained details gathered from tower blocks owners and from tenants and community groups. The information that we collected enabled us to share good practice and also it supported local and national campaigning. This campaigning led to the demolition of structurally unsound large panel system blocks from Ronan Point in Newham to Royston Hill in Glasgow. The campaign had national impact and the government gave instructions to local authorities to...
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London’s harvest festival 2017

Celebrate the harvest with workshops and feasts in local community gardens across London. On Saturday 16 September, community food growing gardens across the capital will take part in The Urban Harvest, a day to give Londoners a taste of all the fresh and delicious food grown in the city. From harvest feasts to hands-on workshops, from an annual vegetable show to volunteering, there is a wide range of ways to celebrate in London’s edible gardens and enjoy the city’s harvest.  With an interactive map of gardens taking part across the city, it’s easy to find out what’s happening in your own neighbourhood or...
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Apply in August for Better Boilers

Better Boilers is Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £1m scheme to help London homeowners stay warm and save on their energy bills. The scheme is only open for applications until Thursday 31 August 2017, so contact them now. Better Boilers has given hundreds of London homeowners average energy bill savings of around £150 per household, among other benefits such as a reduced risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and ‎improved local air quality. Can I apply? To apply for a Better Boiler you must: be a homeowner in London be on qualifying benefits – Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit (with an income of £16,010...
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Black Thrive goes live

Black Thrive is a new partnership of communities and services, seeking to improve the prevention and treatment of mental illness and the social causes behind it for Black people in Lambeth. The partnership aims to address the social issues that mean Lambeth’s Black communities still face higher levels of mental illness than other groups and often have worse outcomes within the care system. Black Thrive is based on the principle that the solution to a long-term problem must be more than one organisation or service doing a better job. Instead, it’s partners develop complementary initiatives and solutions. Everyday stress Cllr Jacqui...
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