Who are the group?
The Hyde Village Tenants and Social Committee are a group of current and past Hyde residents who either live, or have lived in the past in Islington, North London.
They set up their group to run activities to address social exclusion amongst vulnerable people living in Holloway ward of Islington. The activities aim to provide emotional care and physical support for elderly people; to provide activities and skills for young people; building community pride and preventing crime and anti-social behaviour and in particular youth knife crime.
What do the group do?
Regular activities organised by the group include a twice weekly three course lunch for elderly people and weekly bingo, a weekly children’s dance and drama group with regular performances. The group provide a holiday club, book club, digital inclusion club as well as facilitating karate and Brownies. There are carnivals, street parties and trips out, including to EuroDisney for children with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
Activities are planned around the needs of the local community and individual’s requirements. The luncheon club menu caters for all special dietary needs. Table service is offered for those with reduced mobility and home deliveries are made to those who need them. If a regular attendee is missing, the TRA contact them to see if there are any problems. Several regular attendees are wheelchair users and care is taken to transport them safely to and from the venue. Some attendees have dementia and are treated patiently and carefully. The Drama group caters for all, including children with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. All are given a role, integrated and are able to participate. Volunteers have experience of working with people with different needs so appropriate support is available, including one to one support for the most vulnerable. The project is run by the community for the community and is accessible, welcoming and inclusive.
What have they achieved?
- Improved the local environment with community garden projects
- Decreased social exclusion, including decreased ASB and youth disaffection
- Improved community cohesion
- Developed a community support network
- Engagement with a wide range of the community - young, elderly, all languages and abilities
- People with needs are identified through the actions of the group which enables referrals onto appropriate support services or networks within and outside of Hyde. This includes newly vulnerable people and concerns regarding abuse or neglect
- The lunch club provides four course meals, twice a week, for low cost to the most vulnerable residents on local estates. It is regularly attended by 35 people
- The drama/dance club has provided a safe environment for residents to learn new creative skills, improve confidence and social skills. It is regularly attended by 30 people.
The group won in the ‘Excellence in Equality & Diversity' category of last year’s Southern TPAS Awards!