Information for Tenants & Service Users

PRHA will:

  • Ensure that all supported housing projects provide a range of engagement activities. These will take into account the needs & wishes of service users.
  • Encourage service users to come up with ideas for engagement activities.
  • Encourage service users to help organise the activities.

Engagement activities in your supported housing project

These may be:

  • Based in your project e.g. IT sessions, cookery or music nights 
  • External activities e.g. trip to the cinema or a picnic

If you would like to know what's going on in your project or would like to set up an activity, please contact your keyworker or project manager.

Engagement activities throughout PRHA

You can access these throughout PRHA. They are set up centrally, usually by the Specialist Services Team. There are also activities that may be set up by one or more projects and are open to all service users.

These activities provide you with an opportunity to meet service users from other projects and people from outside of PRHA.

GROUNDED

Grounded is a group of staff and service users. The Grounded team run a range of activities including gardening, alternative therapies and a service user magazine. Grounded's gardening work includes helping to clear and maintain local community sites such as Mile End Cemetery Park. In 2009, Grounded organised a one-week working visit to the Eden Project in Cornwall. The group also participated in the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009 and 2010 - they were awarded a Silver Medal in both years. 

All Grounded activities are free to PRHA service users.

If you are interested in taking please contact Kelvin Barton on 020 8709 5030.

Grounded at Eden Project, 2009              

 Grounded at the Eden Project, 2009           

 

Grounded team at Chelsea, 2010

Grounded at Chelsea Flower Show, 2010

 

 Silver Medal, Chelsea 2010 

 Silver Medal  - Chelsea Flower Show 2010           

 

 Chelsea 2010

With Joe Swift of BBC's 'Gardener's World', Chelsea Flower Show 2010

 

Street League - football training

Street League is about having fun and playing football.

  • Would you like to learn to play football to a professional standard?
  • Do you want to meet service users from other PRHA projects and other Housing Associations?
  • Can you commit to weekly 2 hour training sessions?

If so, please contact Jaydee Anciro at PRHA on 020 8709 5030.

PRHA & Street League are working together to provide:

  • Football training
  • Regular games
  • Tournaments
  • Competitive match days & cup competitions
  • Opportunities to become a qualified football coach or a volunteer.

Engagement activities in the local boroughs

PRHA works closely with a number of local organisations to ensure that our service users are kept up to date with opportunities locally.

CRISIS provides courses and classes on a variety of activities for homeless people (& the general public). Courses & classes include:

  • Photography
  • I.T
  • Yoga
  • ESOL (English as a second language)
  • Gardening
  • Carpentry & more

Courses are FREE

Crisis is based locally at:

66 Commercial Street,

Spitalfields,

E1

For more information go to their website: http://www.crisis.org.uk/ or call 0870 011 3335

 

CARDBOARD CITIZENS is a homeless persons professional theatre company. They work with people who have experienced or are at risk of becoming homeless.

They run free performing art workshops all year. These include:

  • Contemporary dance
  • Contemporary music
  • Singing & writing for performance

For more information visit their website: http://www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk/

or call 020 7247 7747

or drop in to 26 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR

 

OXFORD HOUSE provides a variety of engagement activities and is based in Bethnal Green. Activities include:

  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Martial Arts
  • ESOL
  • Complementary therapies for Somali Women
  • Welfare advice for the Somali Community

Some of these are free. Some you pay for.

For more information on these activities call 020 7739 9001.

 

LONDON CITY FARMS & COMMUNITY GARDENS

Did you know there are 17 city farms and over 100 communal gardens in London (3 farms and 3 communal gardens in Tower Hamlets). Many offering volunteering opportunities.

If you are interested in visiting one or more of these or would like to check out what volunteer opportunities the have then visit the following website:

http://www.farmgarden.org.uk/ or call 020 7485 5001.

 

FAIRBRIDGE in London

Are you 13 to 25, not in education or employment? Then Fairbridge could be for you. It offers you a Personal Development Programme:

Start with an Access course (6 days). Try fun and exciting activities:

  • Climbing
  • Mountain walking
  • Canoeing

On completion you will receive a certificate of achievement. You can then join the Fairbridge programme. This includes:

  • Outdoor activities
  • Art
  • Fitness
  • Cooking

Fairbridge also has courses in:

  • Running a Business
  • Web design

& more...

For information, visit the website www.fairbridge.org.uk or phone 020 7582 9695.

 

Further information

For further information on local activities and events, libraries and museums, speak to PRHA staff or contact:

 

London Borough of Tower Hamlets, tel:  020 7364 5000

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk

 

City of London, tel:  020 7606 3030

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

 

London Borough of Hackney, tel:  020 8356 3000

www.hackney.gov.uk

 

BBC London, www.bbc.co.uk/london