Location: London, UK
Date: 2016
Programme: Change by Design
Project partners: The East London Citizens Organisation (TELCO, Citizens UK)TWCP
Activities: Learning and Capacity Building/Socio Technical Support
Project Title: ASF UK - TELCO partnership
Team: Rowan Mackay, Sophie Morley, Tamara Kahn, Louisa Orchard

Since 2016 we have been working in partnership with The East London Citizens Organisation (TELCO) to support London communities to build power and influence in the face of the city’s massive urban change. 

Through a combination of training, capacity building and socio-technical support to TELCO’s organising efforts in east London, the partnership aims to:

  • Strengthen the democratic voice and the role of the community in housing and regeneration
  • Build capacity of groups working on these issues in the community housing teams 
  • Influence decisions at local and city wide levels that improve neighbourhoods and housing conditions for citizens 

To date the partnership has resulted in activities in the boroughs of Barking, Hackney, Newham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets. This has included:

Reclaiming Regeneration: Tools and Tactics for Community-led Development’ in East London, East London, 2016: Aimed at building TELCO members’ capacity to actively engage in the process of regeneration, this four week training programme covered topics including affordable and community led housing; understanding the planning process; and master planning and design.

Training and socio-technical support on community led housing, Redbridge, 2016-2018: a two year engagement with Redbridge Citizens Housing Group, supporting their campaign for affordable housing in the borough and the development of the Borough’s first CLT homes on Clements Road.

Workshop, London Festival of Architecture, Royal Docks, 2017:

Training on community led housing, Tower Hamlets, 2018: Supporting residents in Shadwell to develop their proposals for community led housing in the borough.

Partnership with Thames Ward Community Project (TWCP), Barking, 2018 - present: Ongoing training and technical work supporting TWCP organise Thames Ward residents in response to the 10,000 home Barking Riverside development, including the Thames Ward Resident Charter; community led housing and Barking Riverside Resident Led Housing Inquiry.


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