Dates for events and meetings in September
Save the dates in your diary!
Friday 7 September – Friday 12 October
6-week Wellbeing Course for Older People
(Toynbee Hall, E1 7AJ,2pm-4.30pm)
Monday 10 September
Columbia TRA Annual General Meeting
(The Tab Centre, 3 Godfrey Pl, London E2 7NT, 7pm)
Chudleigh TRA General Meeting
(Latham House TRA room, E1 0RD, 6.30pm)
Wednesday 12 September
Sidney TRA Annual General Meeting
(2 Jarman House, E1, 6pm)
St Peter's TRA Annual General Meeting
(St Peter's Church, E2 7DA, 7pm)
Thursday 13 September
Tower Hamlets Accessibility Day
(The Art Pavilion Mile End Park, E3 4QY, 10am-3pm)
Monday 17 September
Malmesbury Resident meeting
(Caxton Hall, E3 2EE, 7pm)
Wednesday 26 September
Healthwatch Tower Hamlets: Your Voice Counts event
(Room 5, Education Centre, Mile End Hospital, 5:30pm-8pm)
Thursday 27 September
TRA Spacehive Training
(Financial Health Centre, E1 4EB, 6pm)
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Inspiring Communities Fund - apply for grants of up to £2000
Are you a THH resident with a great idea for a project that could make a difference in your community? We want to hear from you!
Tower Hamlets Homes' Inspiring Communities Fund aims to help residents improve where they live through social activities or small environmental projects. You can apply for funding ranging from £100 to £2000 to support local events, projects and activities.
For example, Tarling West TRA in Shadwell received funding in Spring 2018 to put on a summer BBQ for residents on the estate. The event was a sunny success, with around 75 people gathering over the course of the afternoon, enjoying the opportunity to eat good food, meet their neighbours, and catch up with old friends.
Local resident Naz said 'I've lived on Tarling West estate for 28 years and it has changed a lot – we never had events like this when we were younger. It’s lovely to see everyone together and see the kids playing. I haven’t seen some of the faces here for a few years so it’s nice to catch up and see how people have grown. It’s a lovely little event – smiles all round.'
For more information and to download the application pack, click here. Good luck!
Residents' Panel Recruitment
Are you full of ideas and energy, and are you passionate about improving services? We’re looking to recruit four tenants and one private renter of a THH Leaseholder to join our Residents’ Panel. Made up for volunteers from all walks of life, the panel serves as an advisory body that helps to shape what we do and how we work. Members of the panel will:
- Review and monitor customer service performance;
- Challenge and explore underperformance, and identify areas for improvement;
- Commission in-depth scrutiny of services; and
- Make recommendations for improvement.
Membership of the panel is open to 11 residents who serve three year terms and meet bi-monthly. The panel is usually made up of five tenants, four leaseholders and two private tenants of leaseholders. Click here to learn more about our current members and to see what they have to say about their experiences on the panel.
To date, the Panel has carried out reviews of a number of areas. This has included reviews of our ASB services, the management of Health and Safety during Major works and the processes for managing complaints and estate inspections.
Our Panel members are not paid, but we’ll meet appropriate travel and childcare expenses. You’ll also get to meet new people, learn valuable new skills and be a vital part of something big – building a better, brighter Tower Hamlets for everyone.
The deadline for applications is Monday 10 September 2018. If you would like to apply, please refer to the information pack and complete an application online by clicking here. Alternatively, download a copy of our application form and email it to email@example.com.
Rent statements – important information for THH tenants
From November we will no longer be sending out the quarterly rent statements to all tenants. The last one that you receive will be in October.
We are stopping sending them out because by the time you get them they are already several weeks out of date, which can be frustrating if you want to see the up to date position.
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 payments online with MyTHH at any time day or night.
There are a wide range of services available from MyTHH; from ordering a repair to requesting a parking space, so you can also easily check your rent account at the same time.
Saving money and helping the environment
Not having paper rent statements will save you having to store or recycle all your old statements. Going paperless is not just good for the environment; it will save us around £50, 000 every year, which we can use to make more improvements to our services like 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 each year in February explaining any changes to your rent and a letter in March giving you a breakdown of your rent. You can also contact our Housing Services Centre for balance and payment enquiries.
Sign up for MyTHH now
More information about rent payments is available here.
Community Asset mapping project
There are hundreds of activities and services on offer in Tower Hamlets: everything from Tai Chi classes to coding clubs, and pottery workshops to community gardening projects. Every day across the borough, numerous different hubs and centres open their doors to residents of all ages and all cultures, seeking to bring people together over food, fun or learning.
Yet many miss out on these opportunities simply as a result of not being aware they are taking place. It is for this reason that Tower Hamlets Homes is starting a community asset mapping project, in order to provide residents with an easy-to-use electronic resource of all the activities and projects in their surrounding areas.
If you know of any clubs, workshops or support groups that are looking for more volunteers or participants then please email the details to Community.Partnerships@thh.org.uk so we can include them in our new database. If you’re not sure whether it fits the bill of what we’re looking for – it does! We are open to anything and everything happening across Tower Hamlets.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Seven new urban gyms launched across borough
- Free outdoor gyms, classes and activities
- Benefits to fitness and mental health endorsed by local GPs
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs joined residents, fitness instructors and parks staff at a fun day on Monday 13 August for the launch of the outdoor gym at Sir John McDougall Gardens on the Isle of Dogs.
Seven new urban outdoor gyms have opened in Tower Hamlets parks, enabling residents to use their local parks to improve their fitness and get active without the need for expensive gym memberships.
The urban gyms were suggested by residents who took part in a GP patient participation groups. The council’s sports, parks and public health teams have jointly commissioned them as ‘Our Parks’ using Section 106 funding¹. The urban gyms are part of a social prescribing service that GP's, nurses and other healthcare professionals can refer patients to offer them additional support to improve their health and well-being.
It is estimated that 20-30 per cent of the adult population in Tower Hamlets is clinically obese due to a lack of physical activity, limited access to green spaces, poverty and the widespread availability of cheap, unhealthy food.
Mayor John Biggs, said: “Tower Hamlets has a problem with obesity and we recognise how important physical activity is for improved physical and mental health and wellbeing. Our new outdoor training facilities give residents an opportunity to exercise in the fresh air, improving their fitness levels and having fun at the same time.”
Sir Sam Everington, local GP and chair of Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We all know that keeping fit is brilliant for your health, and the launch of outdoors gyms at various parks across our borough is great news for local people who can now access free, easy-to-use and suitable for all ages equipment, without paying for an expensive gym membership.
“Physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, and regular exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50 per cent. I encourage local people to make use of these new free-to-access facilities, and reap the many benefits exercise can provide.”
Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit said: “Our fantastic new outdoor gym equipment is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels to use. You can literally access it on your doorstep whenever you want. I encourage everyone to get out and use it’’.
THH launches the Financial Health Centre
Tower Hamlets Homes have launched the Financial Heath Centre, a new one-stop shop near Stepney Green station, which offers free financial support services and impartial, confidential advice. The centre is open to all residents of Tower Hamlets.
Find out more here.
Idea Store Learning
Did you know that Tower Hamlets offer dozens of courses in everything from ESOL to cookery? Classes are normally held at Idea Stores or partner locations and enrolment fees are low - with discounts offered to OAPs, students and people in receipt of Welfare Benefits. Check out the latest course guide on their website and sign up today!