Federation receives Big Lottery Fund award

NEWS FROM KINGSTON FED                                27 May 2015

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Residents’ Federation gets Big Lottery Fund award for community newsletters project

Kingston Federation of Residents has become one of the latest Big Lottery Fund award recipients, receiving a grant to help fund a new community newsletters project.  The Big Lottery Fund announced its latest set of grant awards yesterday, with 116 awards totalling over one million pounds being made to organisations in London.

Starting in July, the community newsletters project will run for one year and will help local residents’ associations communicate more effectively with their local communities.

Federation Chair Paul Johnston said: “Newsletters are the main way that most residents’ associations communicate with council tenants and leaseholders about key issues and events in their local area.  They not only give residents updates about community news but play a vital role in getting residents involved in the work of residents’ groups.

“The uptake of computer-based communications is traditionally low on the borough’s council estates, making hard copy communications such as newsletters an indispensable tool for getting important messages across to residents.  The project will also help to encourage youth employment through newsletter distribution contracts.”

The Federation’s receipt of the grant is especially timely, given that the next 12 months could be a very significant one for the borough’s 6,500 council housing residents.  In February of this year the Council approved the first steps towards setting up a resident-led community housing trust (CHT) to take over the management of most of the Council’s housing functions.  The proposed CHT will give council tenants and leaseholders a direct and major say in how housing services are run, with resident members filling nine of the 15 places on a new Trust Board.

Paul Johnston added: “Communicating with residents about the proposed housing trust will be one of the top priorities for residents’ groups in the borough. It is vital that tenants and leaseholders are kept informed about the progress of the CHT, and RA newsletters will have an important role to play in keeping residents up to date on the Trust’s progress towards a launch next year.”

The first stage in the community newsletters project is the recruitment of a part-time project officer to manage the project.  Details can be found on this website website at: http://kingstonfed.org/vacancy-community-project-officer/

 

For further information please contact Barry Mitchell or Richard Grosvenor on 020 8974 5806.