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Welfare Benefit Reform & Housing Register Changes – Wednesday 27 February 2013

February 11, 2013 in News by Old Oak Centre

Please note: One of the speakers scheduled to speak at this event will be unable to attend due to illness.  This will mean that the element covering the housing register will be covered on another occasion.

Fighting food Poverty

December 20, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

Old Oak Centre signs up to foodbank voucher Initiative

 Old Oak Community & Children’s Centre has signed up to become a voucher distributor for the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank.

The Foodbank works in partnership with agencies who support vulnerable families and individuals in crisis, providing food to those who are having difficulty purchasing enough to avoid hunger.

As a registered foodbank distributor we will hold vouchers which we can give direct to families in crisis, who can then take it to the food distribution centre.  Each voucher is valued at around £24.

How the H&F Foodbank Works

Food is donated by H&F residents which is then sorted and packed by volunteers into 3 days’ worth of food.  The foodbank works with local organisations to establish a network of voucher distributers as well as helping to support the people in crisis in addressing their underlying financial issues.

Old Oak makes an impact in the Community

December 19, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

Ofsted success for Old Oak Housing Association’s Community and Children’s Centre

In line with the Family Mosaic core values of improving the health, wealth and wellbeing of its residents, Old Oak Housing Association understood that as a community based organisation, they were in an excellent position to make a difference to the lives of local families by extending their existing community centre to a children’s centre.

After gaining designated status for a children’s centre in 2007 time was spent consulting with local parents to ensure that the services of the new centre would respond to the needs of local children and families. Local parents even had an input on the design of the refurbished building. After its launch in 2009, the success of the centre has continued to grow- with over 800 local families now registered and 500 people attending.

At the end of November, Ofsted, the regulatory body responsible for standards in education, children’s services and skills, decided to give the Old Oak Community and Children’s Centre, an early Christmas present- their first inspection!

With only four days’ notice before the inspection took place, staff at the centre put their well-rehearsed preparations into action.

Over the course of two days, Ofsted inspectors visited the centre and interviewed the people who work with or use the centre; from the head teacher at the local primary school, the local police, the people who provide services – and of course the parents of the children who attend.

After an anxious wait, staff were delighted to be told they had been graded “GOOD” on every criteria for inspection, including its overall effectiveness and the opportunities available for families. The report commented on how staff at the centre are ‘passionate about improving life chances for families within the reach area and how their work has good impact.’

David Leach, Director of Old Oak said,

“This is an excellent result for the team and the communities they serve and reflects a great deal of hard work over the last three years.”

This is a great result for the relatively new Children’s Centre, and is a good sign of things to come.

The Ofsted inspections result confirms that in a short space of time the Old Oak Community and Children’s centre has become an invaluable space for adults and children to learn new skills and improve their wellbeing and feel safe.  The full report can be seen here.  Ofsted Report 2012

Old Oak Christimas Party – Tuesday 18 December 2012

December 11, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

Find the best energy supplier for you and raise money for charity!

November 30, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

 

 

Do you want to reduce your gas and electricity bills but think it is too much hassle to switch supplier? Family Mosaic has developed an online portal to help residents and staff find the most cost effective tariffs for their gas and electricity.

The portal, designed in partnership with Energylinx, will allow you to compare your energy use with tariffs from all of the energy suppliers operating in the UK. You can switch supplier through the portal and Energylinx will take the hassle out of the process by doing as much of the admin for you as possible.

The portal is at http://energylinx.co.uk/energy/familymosaic.

You can also switch by phone if you prefer, by calling 01259 220170. One of the Family Mosaic advisors will guide you through all the way through the switching process.

Try it and see…and then let us know about your experience. The Sustainability Team needs staff to test whether site is easy to use and provide them with feedback. For every staff member who switches during the pilot, a small commission will be paid to FM, which will go towards the Maisie Sheed Trust*. If at least 100 people switch, then Family Mosaic has agreed to donate £1,000 to the Trust!

You have till 24 December to participate in the pilot. Once you have switched, you will be emailed a short feedback form to complete.

For more information contact Abena Poku-Awuah

*The Maisie Sheed Trust is the charitable foundation set up to support and empower individuals and groups in need through vulnerability, lack of opportunity or employment. The work is carried out by our Social and Financial Inclusion Team

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