Waste not, on our Plot!

October 11, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

Family Mosaic and Accuro – one of our Grounds & Maintenance contractors – have provisional plans to create a Green Waste Facility on a disused plot of land in the Old Oak Estate The Facility will be located on the corner of Wulfstan Street and Old Oak Lane, and members of the community will be able to bring in their organic waste and convert it into compost and wood chip. The development of the site will includ removing invasive species,  soil and debris, tidying the pre-existing car park area and replacing broken fencing and erecting bays within the area for varying green waste.

We’re really excited about the community engagement and regeneration potential of this project, not to mention the awareness of sustainability and recycling it will generate. We are securing planning permission and raising awareness of the works amongst residents in the next couple of weeks, before development can begin.

After School & Homework Club receive extra Funding

October 11, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

Old Oak Community & Children’s Centre are happy to announce that it has been  successful in obtaining £15,000 grant funding for after school activities and a homework club.  This was recently received from Hammersmith United Charities.

Old Oak Shortlisted for Community Impact Award 2012

October 3, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

We are delighted to announce that Old Oak Housing Association has gone through to the next round of a national competition that highlights our important community work.

The Community Impact Awards, organised by the National Housing Federation, recognise the vast range of neighbourhood projects – from anti-social behaviour initiatives to support for older people – run by housing associations.

For the London region awards Old Oak Housing Association, was shortlisted by a panel of tenant judges for turning the Old Oak Community and Children’s Centre into a thriving community ‘hub’ with resident led services and activities.

Family Mosaic’s employment team (formerly known as Pathways2work) was also shortlisted in the Building Futures category for their creative efforts to tackle unemployment, using a combination of coaching, advice, training and work placements, to help 140 people into work last year;

Additionally, Family Mosaic’s Greening Communities project was shortlisted for the South East region awards in the Improving Neighbourhoods category for its work with residents across London and Essex to transform communal outside spaces into sustainable green areas.

The winners will be announced during October

Feedback – Old Oak Apprenticeship Open Day 31 July 2012

September 25, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

Family Mosaic and Old Oak Housing Association are committed to supporting 1000 people into jobs within the next 3 years and part of this drive includesmaximising the opportunities for apprenticeships. We intend to broker a diverse range of apprenticeship opportunities for residents and customers. We will offer internal apprenticeships within Family Mosaic and Old Oak Housing Association in various departments. We will use our purchasing power as a lever to ensure as many contractors as possible agree to employ apprentices and will work with external employers to capture apprenticeship opportunities we can fill using our direct link to suitable candidates.

An apprenticeship open day was recently held at Old Oak community centre on the 31st July (11:30am – 3:30pm). 3000 flyers were sent out targeting Old Oak residents and surrounding Boroughs. On the day 45 people turned up actively looking for an apprenticeship opportunity which is slightly above the attendance rate for similar events. The event had a number of contractors attending with live vacancies so that those attending were able to speak directly with prospective employers and discuss the types of roles available.

Employment advisers were on hand throughout the day to answer questions and explain the next steps.

Statistics Breakdown

• 31 FM tenants attended
• 14 Old Oak tenants attended
• 4 employers attended
• 2 colleges attended

Next Steps

The 45 people who attended the open day have been put onto our apprenticeship database and are being matched with employment opportunities in their area. They are currently being screened for suitability in their chosen field. We aim to place 58 individuals into construction opportunities between September and December and will notify management of all residents placed into an apprenticeship. Alongside construction opportunities we are matching people against vacancies in finance, customer’s service and business administration.

Half Term Art & Fashion Programme – 29 October – 3 November 2012

September 21, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

This short series of workshops includes food art, face painting, catwalk makeup, special effects for beginners, nail art and hair braiding.  25 spaces are available per session.