Dates for events and meetings in November
Save the dates in your diary!
Thursday 8 November
Chicksand East TRA
(Pauline House, E1 5NX, 6.30pm-8.30pm)
Monday 12 November
Bazely Street AGM
(Cottage Street, E14, 7pm – 9pm)
Thursday 15 November
TH Interfaith Forum
(St Johns on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green 4pm – 7pm)
Wednesday 21 November
Watts Grove Community Presentation
(Mulberry Place, E15 1SA, 11.30am – 1pm)
Tuesday 27 November
(Caxton Hall, Malmesbury Street, 6pm – 8pm)
Energy Efficiency in New Build Properties
Tower Hamlets prides itself as a diverse and growing borough where more and more people choose to live and work. The rapid population growth and demand for affordable housing means Tower Hamlets is continuing its rapid housing developments. In fact, the Council aims to deliver 58,965 new homes between 2016 and 2031. In light of this and the government’s national drive for reducing carbon emissions, members of Tower Hamlets Residents’ Panel decided on doing a full scrutiny review on Energy Efficiency in New Build Properties.
Panel members had the chance to meet with officers from the Council and THH who are working on housing development projects. They learnt about the how carbon emissions are being reduced nationally, Tower Hamlets’ plan for achieving targets, and how we are using these new energy efficiency methods within new properties.
The scrutiny review allowed residents to provide a series of recommendations to strengthen our existing energy efficiency solutions. The recommendations and overall review were approved by the THH Board, and some are already being taken forward.
Residents’ Panel member Simon Hart, who chaired the review, stated ‘With Tower Hamlets facing high levels of poverty, including child poverty, it is essential to ensure that all new social homes are built to the highest levels of efficiency to protect the living standards of ordinary families’.
If you wish to read the full scrutiny review, please contact email@example.com
Brodick House - tree and flower planting day
Staff, volunteers and residents had a fabulous time tree and flower planting at Brodick House on Thursday 11 October. After the major works programme, residents at Brodick House were asked how they would like their outside area to be spruced up a little. The final decision was to plant 10 fruit trees and fill 4 flowerbeds with lovely flowers and herbs (we’re talking lavender, thyme, and abelia to name a few) – and the digging commenced.
One of the volunteers said: ‘Not only did we have tree-mendous fun planting in the green space outside Brodick House, but we also hope that we’ve brightened up the estate for residents. We were very conscious to pick mainly evergreen plants so that they could be enjoyed all year round, but the space should be especially colourful in Spring, when the daffodils and tulips bloom.’
Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day, particularly the resident who came all the way from Shadwell and all of the corporate volunteers from Deutsche Börse Group who not only contributed towards paying for materials, but also put their digging boots on and helped with the huge amount of weeds and rubble we had to clear before planting.
If you would like to see the area near your block improved with some spring bulbs then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
Rent statements – important information for THH tenants
We have reviewed the way we provide information about rent accounts and decided to stop sending out quarterly rent statements to all tenants later this year. The last paper statement was sent in October.
We know that with the time it takes to produce and send the statements out they are often several weeks out of date by the time you get them. We know that tenants find this frustrating and want to see the up-to-date position of their rent account.
An easier way to check your rent balance
Whether you choose to pay by direct debit, credit card or by post, you can check your rent balance and view an up-to-date account statement with MyTHH at any time of the day or night.
There is also a wide range of other services available with MyTHH; from ordering a repair to reporting ASB.
Saving money and helping the environment
Not having paper rent statements means we save five trees worth of paper every year and it will also save you having to store or recycle all your old statements. Going paperless is not just good for the environment; it will save THH around £50,000 every year, which we can use to make more improvements to our services such as caretaking and repairs.
More help if you need it
We will be offering free training sessions for customers who would like help to get online later in the year. We will publish more details about this nearer the time.
You will still get a letter every February explaining any changes to your rent and a letter in March giving you a breakdown of your rent charges for the year ahead. You can also contact our Housing Service Centre for balance and payment enquiries on 020 7364 5015.
Sign up for MyTHH now
More information about rent payments is available here.
Inspiring Communities Fund
Six community projects, ranging from a programme offering classes in English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) to a football club for six to eleven year olds, received funding in the last round of the Inspiring Communities Fund. Congratulations to all recipients of the grant, and many thanks to any group or resident who sent in an application.
Additionally, THH is happy to announce the opening of an extra round of funding, specifically for Christmas/winter events.
Inspiring Communities – Winter Events and Activities Fund
This fund will offer grants of up to £500 to THH residents who have great ideas for Christmas parties or other events over the festive period. The deadline for applications is Friday November 9, however there may be scope for the panel to make decisions on a rolling basis for applications received earlier than this date.
Please visit our website for more information and to download an application form.
As with previous rounds, you will only be eligible to receive a maximum of £2000 across any three funding rounds so please take this into consideration when applying.
Spitalfields annual festival
Spitalfields annual festival is once again taking place from 1-9 December in a variety of venues across East London.
Their community programme plays an important role in their work and as part of the festival they are offering free tickets to Tower Hamlets residents who have never attended a festival event before.
The concert is called Ringside Symphony and is held at York Hall at 7pm on Thursday 6 December. It will be an interactive event with the orchestra spread around the room with the audience walking between the players. Book your tickets now!
Financial Health Centre
In the first month (September 2018) the Financial Health Centre has had:
- Over 125 residents supported by advisers
- Over £52,000 worth of debt consolidated
- Over £22,000 worth of benefits applied for
- Over 40 received employment advice and training
- Eight people supported into employment
Find out more here.
This year’s Fun Palace was held over two days, 6 October at St Hilda’s and on 7 October at Rich Mix. This was the first time the Fun Palace had been held over a weekend and to ensure its success Fun Palace Makers had been busy putting their plans to action for over six months.
We had the following activities over two days:
- Arts and Craft,
- Making and launching Paper Flying planes,
- Knitting, Crochet, Sewing Skills
- Members of the London Euphonia Orchestra
- Tower Hamlets Wheelers who carried out cycle safety checks
- London Metropolitan Archives who discussed the history, historical maps and documents of the East End
- Members of the Royal College of Pathologists came with some interactive health activities... all to do with the digestive system.
- Boundary Estate and Guernsey Fun Palace! Link up with Guernsey.
- Linda Wilkinson –history of Columbia Road from the author, historian and award-winning playwright.
- Sarah Wise – Discover History of the Boundary Estate and Old Nichol walk and talk with the renowned author and historian.
- John Boughton – The Debate: Social Housing with the ‘Municipal Dreams’ author and blogger
- Harvey Wells from QMUL who had a life sized game of Operation
- The Linnean Society, the world’s oldest biological organisation
- Thrive LDN – mental health and wellbeing
- East End Book Club’ with Nadia Valman from Queen Mary, University of London
We had around 450 people through the doors on Saturday and around 350 on Sunday. From talking to residents, feedback, twitter posts and emails from contributors it looks as though the weekend was a big success with attendees and contributors. Girls Guide were volunteers on the day and have been a huge help on both days, as well as Shubo from Young Foundation.
Philip Green, resident and planner of Fun Palace was quoted as saying “I’m really pleased about that!”
Fun Palace Makers were:
- Philip Green – Resident
- Beth – St Hilda’s
- Shabeen – Resident
- Rizia Ali -THH