The Wornington Green Estate in Ladbroke Grove, London W10 is an award winning regeneration project.The area itself is fascinating historically and culturally. It has the largest Moroccan population in the UK and the annual Notting Hill Carnival parade passes close by the estate. One of the first adventure playgrounds, (Notting Hill Adventure Playground) founded in 1959, is also sited on the estate.
NewmanFrancis has been providing an Independent Tenants’ Advice service for the local community since September 2012. Our role is to work with the residents making sure they have a voice and can influence what happens with the regeneration.
There are a number of strands to the service we provide. We provide support to the Resident Steering Group (RSG); carry out regular outreach work on the estate; provide an independent advice and advocacy service; facilitate regular public meetings; and provide training for residents. The aim is to get more residents involved and help influence what happens on Wornington Green as the regeneration progresses.
By demonstrating that residents can have real influence over what happens in their neighbourhood, NewmanFrancis has helped change some of the negative perceptions of the Wornington Green regeneration. Residents now seem more positive about the changes that are taking place and more residents are saying that they can play an active part in what happens on Wornington Green. As the project moves into its second phase, we aim to continue this progress and support all Wornington Green residents.
Working with the RSG
The RSG is a well-engaged, lively and committed group dedicated to supporting Wornington Green residents through the regeneration process and building a strong community with both existing and new residents. NewmanFrancis supports the RSG in a number of ways, such as: training sessions; facilitation of meetings; administration support; advocating and conversing with Catalyst on their behalf, etc. This has lead to a series of achievements by the group:
We continue to support this group as it moves forward with its aims and ambitions.
Outreach and residents’ issues
A key part of our involvement is our regular outreach sessions. This is where we get out on the estate and talk to people – we keep them informed with the project’s progress; we listen to their concerns and questions; we can take up issues and represent them to Catalyst on their behalf.
Between October 2015 and October 2016 we engaged with and spoke to over 350 people, a mixture of Wornington Green residents and other local people.
We also provide an independent advice and advocacy service to residents on issues around the regeneration. We’ve helped residents get answers from Catalyst to outstanding questions; advanced complaints to Catalyst and helped get resolutions; and supported people through the difficult time of moving home. Residents feel confident to come and talk to us, knowing they’ll get a helpful and professional response.
Every quarter we arrange a meeting for all residents to attend (compared to the RSG meetings which are for committee members). These meetings are very useful in informing and engaging residents. Over the past months, we have arranged for a number of speakers to address the meetings including a member of the Kensington and Chelsea Council Parks Department; Catalyst’s Regeneration Manager and the Area Manager; speakers from Catalyst Gateway; and from the local community centre, the Venture Centre.
You can contact us by calling 0208 536 1436 or Freephone 0800 644 6040 (free from landlines).
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