Dates for events and meetings in June
THH Community Interfaith Iftar (breaking of the fast)
This is a chance for everyone to come together and break the fast with those who are fasting. Attendance is by reservation only: please contact Yasmin.Aktar@thh.org.uk if you would like to book a space.
(8-10pm at The Atrium, 124-126 Cheshire Street, E2 6EJ)
Cranbrook TRA Meeting
(7pm, Cranbrook Community Centre)
Metropolitan Police Presentation - click here for more info
(6.30pm in the Idea Store, Whitechapel, E1 1BU)
Parkview TRA meeting
(7pm, Glasshouse Community Centre, E2 9QB)
Room to Think: The Joy of Letting Stuff Go - Talk
(7.30pm at Glasshouse Community Centre, E2 9QB)
Doughty and Oswell Residents' Association Meeting
(6pm, Raines House, E1W 3RJ)
Community Food Garden tips and tricks
With the weather getting warmer, there is nothing more appealing than being outside on a sunny day and exercising those green fingers. THH supports 25 Community Food Gardens across the borough and we are always looking to encourage more 'budding' plant-lovers. If you would like to find out more, then please contact ResidentEngagement@thh.org.uk.
See below for a list of tips compiled by the wonderful gardeners on the Cranbrook estate.
Getting stuff you need:
• Ask people to help you: if you see something that would be useful, ask for it. E.g. asking workmen if you can have their scaffolding boards when they've finished.
• Freecycle is a great place to look out for offers of free topsoil, manure, bits of wood, plant pots etc.
• Nextdoor is a similar website but which also allows people to offer help as well as things, e.g. you might find someone on there with a van.
• Printing and photocopying – use THH’s Residents' Resource Centre on Massingham Street.
Getting the community participating:
• Hold events in the space, even before it's been established as a garden, promoted through posters around the estate. This can help raise awareness locally and can also be used as part of the consultation process
• Put up signs in the space that demonstrate your activities and that show everyone is welcome. You could also consider a mural, or photos and blogs that share your stories as a group
• Include cooking/making/eating as part of your event programme to engage people in why we grow. Look at the People's Kitchen for inspiration on community feasts.
• Businesses - consider approaching your local grocer, or the local branch of supermarkets who often have a community fund
• Communities Driving Change - a new programme launched by Tower Hamlets Council. Contact: email@example.com
• Tower Habitats Biodiversity Grants - the council has a biodiversity a ction plan including a small grant scheme. Contact: John.Archer@towerhamlets.gov.uk
• The Greggs Foundation is a great source of funding for small environmental projects
• The Greener City Fund - the next deadline is 18th June.
Getting helping hands:
• Primary schools - consider partnering with a local primary school, who may be interested in visiting regularly and helping with tasks such as seeding, potting up, planting out. It can fit under their PSHE teaching.
Spring is here, bulbs are blooming, and THH estates are looking very colourful.
In November, THH offered free bulbs to all TRAs and community food gardens, so residents could plant thousands of bulbs to brighten up their local area with splashes of colour. Now spring is here, it’s time to see the results of their hard work, with beautiful flowers appearing all over the estates.
Near Harford Street there are now 250 square metres of daffodils, hyacinths, iris and tulips. These are tall flowers with a long flowering period so have a noticeable impact on the appearance of the local area, which will last through the summer.
Residents of Parkview estate planted tulips in planters on the Old Ford Road side of Mark House, and near Rosebery House. The residents worked hard planting these tulips, and are pleased to have successfully protected them from pesky squirrels the past few months. They are now looking bright and blooming - a great splash of colour on their estate.
Parkview TRA have just received a grant which will allow them to obtain more planters, and they are excited to make their estate even more colourful in the future.
Apprenticeship Opportunities at Barts Health
THH is partnering with L&Q and NHS Barts Health to offer apprenticeship opportunities to residents aged 16 and over. See the poster below for more details and contact Shakir by email or on 020 7364 5299 if you are interested.
MyTHH: Manage your services online 24/7
MyTHH is an online service used to make life easier for all tenants and leaseholders. You can view your MyTHH account 24/7 and access a range of services whenever you want.
NEW: A form for reporting anti-social behaviour (ASB) is now live in MyTHH. Your report will be picked up by a specialist ASB team within THH.
Over 2000 tenants and leaseholders currently manage their accounts through MyTHH. You can manage most of your transactions online and MyTHH also gives you a live view of rent, service charge accounts and repairs.
With MyTHH you can:
» View current and previous repairs on your property and the communal areas of your block and estate
» Take part in surveys to help improve services
» View your rent statements and balance
» Log requests directly
» View your leaseholders account and invoices
» Give notice to terminate licence or tenancy
» Message us securely
» Update self-serve account details
» View the major works and improvements THH has planned for its homes and estates over the next six years
» View parking bay, garage or store shed accounts
Signing up is quick and easy - just head on over to my.thh.org.uk and fill out a few details to register. Once your details are validated you’ll automatically be sent a username and password.
Purple moon drama: classes for young people
Could you be the next big movie star, or the stage actor/actress of your generation? There's only one way to find out...
Purple Moon Drama, based in Shadwell, is a drama club for young people who would like to grow in confidence and develop within a creative community. The aim is to nurture creative talent from all members of the community, irrespective of socio-economic status.
You will be welcomed right from the first session, with current participant Reka saying: 'The first time I stepped in it felt amazing. Everyone was friendly and lovely. During the sessions we did different things like games, warm ups, improvisations, performing and learning lines. Now that we are performing a very intriguing piece it feels very exciting.'
•If you, or a young person you’re responsible for, want to grow in confidence, perform at great venues in London, and work on exciting bespoke projects with our partners throughout the year, register now.
•If you want to study an arts based subject, or would benefit from an open creative community, we can support your development. Members form part of an exciting collective of young beneficiaries.
•The classes are affordable, challenging and fun.
For more information, visit the website here.
Break a leg!
No Place for Hate in Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets Council’s ‘No Place for Hate’ (NPFH) campaign aims to create a safe and cohesive borough, where individuals can reach their full potential, embrace their cultural differences, and celebrate diversity. Public, private and third sector agencies are brought together under this vision to implement a coordinated response to challenging prejudice. This includes providing support and protection to victims of Hate Crime, taking enforcement action against identified perpetrators, and raising awareness through education and the use of clear and consistent messaging on all social media, posters and leaflets.
NPFH champions are local volunteers who are trained to go out into the community and ensure ‘One Tower Hamlets’ messages are far reaching. Launched in 2008, the project has successfully recruited and trained over 84 Champions from a cross section of the local community, including people from many marginalized groups.
One of the aims of the NPFH champions is to encourage more reporting of hate crime: they advise of the reporting options and support services available locally and nationally. The Champions have collectively reached out to around 28,000 people through training, outreach events and workshops, targeting hard to reach communities such as refugee and newcomer groups, young people, the elderly, LGBT people and those with disabilities.
Also instrumental to their roles as hate crime ambassadors is the promotion of the NPFH Pledge, which aims to allow the community, organisations, and local businesses the opportunity to make public their condemnation of all forms of hatred. It holds people to account in tackling hate crime, and encourages all to be proactive in challenging discrimination and extremism.
The work of the NPFH champions is important because everyone deserves to live their lives without fear. While the majority of people in Tower Hamlets live peacefully together, sadly there is a small minority who want to divide communities by perpetrating acts of intolerance and violence. Failure to challenge acts of bias and prejudice, however subtle, creates an environment in which hatred and discrimination will continue to flourish. Challenging discrimination and prejudice is therefore vital in preventing hate crime, and everyone has a responsibility to support these efforts.
So, how can you help? Simply by not remaining silent about hate crime: report it whenever you experience or witness it by using the numbers below. Become a NPFH Champion and join our campaign to end hate crime by signing the personal pledge. For more information, click here.
To report a hate crime call 999 in emergencies and 101 for non-emergencies. For Victim Support call 020 8555 8254
New Deal for Leaseholders
We launched our New Deal for Leaseholders in June 2017 - the New Deal is our commitment to offering leaseholders more flexibility, transparency and choice.
As part of the New Deal we’ve relaunched our service standards, so that your rights and responsibilities as a leaseholder are clearer. We’ve also outlined what leaseholders can expect from THH, and the steps you can take if you’re not happy.
In general your responsibilities (as a leaseholder) are to:
• Keep your home in good condition and repair.
• Be a good neighbour.
• Repair and maintain the interior of your property.
• Not carry out any alterations to your home without our permission.
• Get our permission to sublet your property.
In general our responsibilities are to:
• Keep the condition and structure of your home in good repair.
• Maintain the services to your flat, building and estate.
• Give adequate notice if we need access to your flat to carry out works.
• Ensure that the structure and communal areas in your block are insured against fire and damage.
If you’re a leaseholder you will have received a booklet outlining all of your rights and responsibilities under the terms of your lease but you can read the full document on our website. You can also read more about the New Deal, which covers changes to major works, repair services and digital access, on the website.