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  • Pat Welcome Shadow Board/Exec Team Good News Dec 3, 2007


  • 1. Introduction to PhoenixCommunity HousingJuly 2012 Jim Ripley Chief Executive
  • 2. Who We Are 5,500 tenancies and 850 leaseholders55% houses 45% flats77% built before 1940 Why PhoenixHistoric lack of investment and £100m gapLewisham couldnt afford to achieve Decent Homes standardResidents didnt want ALMO or transfer to RSLResidents inspired by Preston GatewaySet up shadow BoardBallot 2006 Yes 2023 (67.9%) No 920 (30.9%) Spoilt 33 (1.1%)Transfer 3 December 2007
  • 3. Where We Are 100 different languages spoken in our areas 45% of our residents have a family member with a disability Phoenix have six LSOA’s with incomes in the lowest 10% across England Over 80% of homes are in receipt of benefits High percentage of vulnerable residents
  • 4. Promises The Phoenix standard in 5 years paid for by £42m gap funding £70m loan from Barclays £25m rent & service charge income a year More than just a landlord
  • 5. Governance Owned by our members –2100 shareholders, 700 Gold members, 100 staff associate members. Phoenix are the only Housing Association in London to use the Community Gateway approach The Gateway approach empowers tenants and leaseholders to take a central part in decision-making and become shareholding members Tenants and leaseholders are elected by residents and form the largest group on the board; 6 tenants, 1 leaseholder, 5 independents, 3 councillors The Chair and Vice Chair of the Phoenix Board are tenants Phoenix Residents Group and 12 Area Panels – each with own budget of £5k a year
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  • 7. Some highlights Will have spent £120m improving our homes by April 2013 Recently celebrated our 4,000th internal improvement 18 months 100% gas servicing SAP rating improved from 60 to 70 Will complete the promises on target AGM, over 250 attended Broadway theatre
  • 8. Our new HQ and the community At the time of transfer 150 Phoenix staff and contractors worked from five small offices We promised our residents that we would construct our own HQ:  In the heart of our area  Provided a wide range of services to the community Land swop with L&Q
  • 9. Training Kitchen A partnership with Lewisham Council’s Children & Young Peoples Directorate Training Kitchen Catering staff will be trained and go on to work in Lewisham’s schools and further education facilities Provide vocational training for secondary school children and adults Offer the community focussed courses
  • 10. The LewishamPlus Credit Union The Lewisham Plus Credit are also a membership organisation The Credit Union provide ethical and affordable finance Have over 8,000 members in the Boroughs of Lewisham and Bromley Credit Union Their relocation will also place them in the heart of the community they serve
  • 11. Community Café & Pop up Restaurant  There is no local café  Our café & restaurant will be used by Phoenix staff and visitors to the building  Partnership with Training For Life, Phoenix & LewishamCafe  Provide affordable food and drink  10 apprentices a year  Healthy & affordable
  • 12. Community Hub A busy market place Enterprise units and info points for:  Established local small businesses  College leavers  CAB, Job Centre Plus Community Hub Low cost services for the local community in return for low or no annual rent Hub also used for large gatherings or training sessions
  • 13. Our Barn and Market Square A hive of activity A partnership with Lewisham College to offer a local base for learning Socially gatherings  Weddings  Family Celebrations  Conferences  Concerts  Arts and Crafts  Theatre and Cinema and Comedy  Clubs – Chess, Bridge etc  Farmers market
  • 14. The Phoenix Festival Our annual May day festival. Celebration of local culture Focus on taking part and having fun Attracted over 6,500 people Opportunity for community groups to come together We hope to capture this spirit in our new place!And there is more........... The Diversity Day in October over 250 people attended this event Tenant Gathering in December – over 70 residents attended workshops, spoke to our partners, met staff and had a good time. Summer activities for young people Winter University for 35 young local people Marton Close and Grovehill court computer training open to all residents
  • 15. Further Info & Contacts Jim Ripley – Chief Executive, Phoenix jim.ripley@phoenixch.org.uk Website: www.phoenixcommunityhousing.org