Partnerships London lends a helping hand to local community in south London

Partnerships London has been getting behind the local community at its Aylesbury Estate site in South London by working with housing association partner Notting Hill Genesis on a range of community initiatives, whilst helping to raise money for local charities in the process.

The construction works on Plot 18, part of the regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate, which commenced on site earlier this year, will provide 122 new homes and community facilities, including a much-needed new library.

After noticing the high quality of the local street art surrounding the estate, Partnerships’ London’s Resident Liaison Manager, Sarah Oake, worked with Notting Hill Genesis and local artists to involve local children in designing artwork using the theme of the new much awaited library facility, to brighten up the site’s hoarding.

Meanwhile an area of unloved land adjacent to the site has been turned into a colourful oasis thanks to local residents, who worked with Partnerships and Notting Hill Genesis to transform it into an attractive new green space for the community to enjoy.

In addition, Partnerships is also sponsoring the Build a Bike project, run by local organisation, Community Cycle-works, which allows participants to refurbish a donated bike alongside trained mechanics, keeping the bike at the end of the training. New lights, a lock and a helmet are also provided.

And, most recently, the team took part in a virtual fun run series to support Burgess Sports, a local social enterprise which works with local children to provide a unique opportunity to develop leadership, organisational and physical management skills in a fun and safe supportive learning environment in which participants can build a sense of community.

Sarah Oake, who has worked tirelessly to coordinate the abundance of community events and fundraisers since the scheme started on site, said “It’s amazing to be surrounded by so many fellow passionate people, and with so many staff and local volunteers now engaged and on hand to support our community work here at the Aylesbury Estate, we really can make a difference during these unprecedented times.”

Kelly Harris, Director of Regeneration at Notting Hill Genesis, added: “We are committed to ensuring that local people benefit from the Aylesbury regeneration and we are pleased that Vistry Partnerships are supporting us in that aim. Despite the challenges that this year has presented, we have delivered a number of projects together which demonstrate Vistry’s enthusiasm and dedication to working with the community.”

The Partnerships site team is also working with the Construction Training Initiative (part of Notting Hill Genesis) to ensure job opportunities are filled by the local community.

Commenting, Training Manager for Vistry Partnerships London, Thomas Paul said: “Since we started work in March, we have successfully recruited two local apprentices who are off to a great start. Hiring local people is at the heart of this development and whenever an opportunity arises no matter how big or small, we will ensure it is filled with a Southwark resident, and this will continue throughout the duration of the project.”