Dates for events and meetings in May
Festival of Communities
(11.30-5pm, Stepney Green Park. More info here)
Festival of Communities
(11.30-5pm, Queen Mary Mile End Campus)
Collingwood TRA meeting
(6:30pm at Collingwood Hall, E1 5AY)
Disability Sports Festival
(10:30-2 at Mile End Stadium. More info here)
Teesdale and Hollybush TRA AGM
(6pm at Keddleston Walk Community Centre, E2 9RP)
Royal Wedding picnic: fairground rides, sporting activities, arts and crafts
(12-4pm, Mile End Park events field, Haverfield Road, E3 5TW)
Cranbrook TRA meeting
(6.30pm at Cranbrook Community Centre)
Festival of Communities returns to Tower Hamlets
Saturday 12 May | 11.30-5pm | Stepney Green Park
Sunday 13 May | 11.30-5pm | Queen Mary Mile End campus
The annual Festival of Communities brings together hands on demonstrations of local research and services with family activities, food stalls and live performances, featuring something for all ages and interests.
Created by Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with Tower Hamlets community groups and organisations, the free festival explores living and learning in east London, featuring over 100 activities each year and showcasing exciting research, community initiatives, businesses and services.
You can contribute to Queen Mary research, or get active in the basketball hoop challenge. You can be creative and design your very own blood cell to find out how trauma affects the body. You can uncover the wonders of chemistry through Lego and put your taste buds to the test to find out how your genes might be the reason you hate broccoli or coriander. You can also meet some incredible researchers from Barts Cancer Institute who are using genetic tests to change the way we treat and beat cancer.
Find out more on the festival's website.
Everyone is welcome. See you there!
Bulbs are blooming across Tower Hamlets
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.
12-week Professional Development Course for residents
Limehouse Project are partnering with Accout 3 and the Somali Integration Team to bring a new training programme to residents. The course will run for 12 weeks and will include:
• Personal & Professional Career Development
• Effective Communication - Writing & Grammar Skills
• Team Building & Leadership Skills
• Key Language for Childcare
• Motivation & Confidence Building
• Time Management
Assessment for course participation will be held on Thursday 10th May at 11am.
789-791 Commercial Road
(see map below for details)
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.
Over 1500 tenants and leaseholders 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.
Communities Driving Change is planning big things in Tower Hamlets
Communities Driving Change, a programme which supports residents across Tower Hamlets to improve health and well-being at a local level, is about to enter its third phase. After months of thorough research in 2017, and an inspired period of consultation with residents during the first quarter of 2018, CDC is now ready to turn its plans into action.
Four organisations – Bromley By Bow Centre, Poplar and Limehouse Health and Wellbeing Network, MyTime Active and The Young Foundation – and their partners will lead this approach across the borough. The projects, which are all centred around putting local residents in the driving seat, will involve multiple THH neighbourhoods and estates, including Chicksand, Collingwood, Dorset and Birchfield to name but a few.
From exercise classes for women, to redesigned green spaces with pocket parks and growing areas, there is no doubt that the projects brought to life over the next two years of Communities Driving Change will benefit THH residents. Read more about the thinking behind the project here.
If you'd like to get involved in the work CDC are doing in your local area then please contact Abigail Gilbert by email or by calling 020 7364 7030.
THH celebrates St George's Day
On 24 April, residents celebrated St George’s Day in style by taking part in festivities organised by Tower Hamlets Homes at Bentworth Court in Bethnal Green.
The community centre next to the block was decked out in Union Flags and the flag of St George for the event. Residents were also treated to a visit by both a Pearly King and Queen, who played old East End tunes and encouraged residents into a sing-song.
Allyson Matthews, Community Partnerships Officer at THH said:
“The turnout was brilliant - everyone was in the festive spirit and singing and dancing along with John the Pearly King. It was great to see residents all together having fun and interacting with one another. This type of event is a great way to get local people out and enjoying what’s on offer in their local community spaces and allows us to let residents know about all of the other events and services we provide.”
THH organises community events throughout the year, as well as investing in community partnership work to tackle issues like ASB and access to employment and training. For more information about the types of partnership work we offer, visit thh.org.uk.
Missed out on the celebrations on this occasion? Don’t worry, there’s always next time! Follow our social media channels and website for regular news and updates about our events.
Repairs deal for Leaseholders
We’ve recently introduced the following services for leaseholders:
• One off gas servicing (i.e. servicing your boiler) at a cost of £60 (plus VAT).
• Block shut downs (this is when you ask us to turn off the water or communal heating for your block) at a cost of £250 (plus VAT).
These services are available from our repairs partner, Mears. To book, call 0330 123 9776 or visit the Mears' website for more details.
We hope to make more repair services available to leaseholders later in 2018 – we’ll keep you updated via our website and newsletters (Open Door, Your Bill Explained).