Computer training course for council housing residents, Weds 23 April 2014

The following training course is available to residents in council housing (both tenants and leaseholders) in Kingston upon Thames. The course is free and will run on Wednesday 23 April, 10.00am-1.00pm.


A training course for ANYONE looking to use a computer

WEDNESDAY 23 APRIL 2014, 10.00AM-1.00PM

At the Federation Office, 1 Tadlow, Washington Road, KT1 3JL

Come and discover how computer can help make your life easier, better and more rewarding!

Gain confidence in using computers and learn how they can help you run your life, your home and your business more effectively.

Have all your questions answered by experts in a relaxed environment.

Run by experienced, patient trainers with lots of enthusiasm!

If you are interested in attending please contact:

Barry Mitchell, Federation Co-ordinator, email:; tel: 020 8974 5806: 07775 329 067

This course is run by Kingston Federation of Residents in conjunction with superhighways/Community Connected and Kingston Voluntary Action.

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Mayor to visit Kingsnympton Park Estate on 20 Feb 2014

14th February 2014

‘DIY Estate’ shows off its achievements to Mayor

Kingston’s Mayor is to visit one of the borough’s largest council estates next week, to see how residents are transforming its austere environment through a series of enterprising community initiatives.

First lady, Councillor Penny Shelton will be guest-of-honour when the Kingsnympton Park Residents’ Association declares open-house next Thursday (20th February) to show off its latest efforts to make the estate more attractive by launching a range of new facilities.

The Mayor’s first stop will be at the estate’s Kingston Hill entrance where she will unveil a unique ‘interpretation board’ that uses words and pictures to trace the unique story of the Kingsnympton Estate over the past 100 years. The history board will then be a permanent feature, sitting near the estate’s pedestrian entrance, greeting residents and visitors alike.

From there, she will walk to the Estate’s main entrance at Crescent Road to inspect a large new sign welcoming people to Kingsnympton. Designed by the RA’s Project Manager Stephen Connor, the stylish illuminated sign is just one of several schemes aimed at enhancing the estate, funded from grants obtained by the Association.

Cllr. Shelton will conclude her hour-long stay by visiting the estate’s community centre where she will see local artists and young children (from the nearby St Paul’s Church Children’s Playgroup) building a new mosaic artwork that will soon adorn a prominent wall, and be given a demonstration of the Estate’s new model cars Raceway project that will feature a permanent, professionally-designed track on which local teams will compete.

Before sharing a buffet lunch with RA officers, community and youth leaders, and residents from the estate, the Mayor will view some of the community centre’s other activities including its music and computer rooms, climbing wall, seamstress and nail bar.

Carol Czyher, Residents’ Association Chair said: “In the past two years we’ve managed to gain nearly £40,000 worth of grant funding from Kingston Council, to carry out significant environmental and leisure projects designed to make Kingsnympton a better place to live.

“We believe in direct action with residents taking the lead to improve our estate and, in the coming weeks more schemes will follow, including measures to stop vehicles being driven over grassed areas. We’re delighted the Mayor is coming to see the results of our efforts.”

Note: The history board unveiling takes place at 13.05hrs on 20th February, with the Mayor viewing other projects and activities in the community centre from 13.30hrs.

For more information, contact Richard Grosvenor at KingstonFED on
020 8974 5806.

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Enter the Growing Localities Awards 2013/14

Does your organisation use nature to improve people’s lives?

Enter the Growing Localities Awards 2013/14 – click on the link below for more information.

A total of £2,500 prize money is being offered to projects which use nature to enhance and improve local communities and the lives of vulnerable or socially excluded people, generating positive outcomes such as health and well-being, new skills and knowledge, new relationships, and a sense of purpose and belonging.

This year, entries are invited for projects and initiatives in London that involve any one or combination of:

• GARDENING AND GROWING FOOD  for communal eating and small-scale enterprise

• LOOKING AFTER ANIMALS  bees, chickens, pigs, etc for the experience of care but also to farm

• NATURE-THEMED ARTS AND CRAFTS  woodcraft, photography, film-making, writing, etc

• EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ABOUT NATURE AND WILDLIFE  including trips and excursions to teach people about flora and fauna

• RECLAIMING AND DEVELOPING WASTELAND  projects initiated and led by residents and tenants

• GREEN EXERCISE  groups  for walking, cycling, running, etc with a nature theme

Entries are invited from not-for-profit organisations in the capital such as: • Community-based and voluntary organisations

• Faith groups

• Health organisations

• Homeless agencies

• Hospices

• Prisons

• Resident committees

• Schools

• Social housing providers

• Social care providers

• Supported housing providers (providing mental health services, substance misuse, learning disabilities, etc)  Entries will be judged based on criteria including: • Originality  the distinctiveness and memorability of the project idea

• Replicability  how others could be inspired by and run similar projects themselves

• Reach – the numbers of people involved in the project, particularly in engaging the wider community

• Diversity – of people engaged, particularly those who are hard to reach or have challenging needs and who are brought together with the local community

• Impact  of the project (demonstrated qualitatively or quantitatively) on people’s health, well-being, relationships, skills, knowledge, sense of purpose and belonging.   Timetable

• Deadline for entries  Friday, January 31st, 2014

• Shortlist announced  End of February 2014

• Winners announced  April 2014

Rules and procedures

• Entries must be completed using this entry form and submitted electronically here

• Receipt of all entries submitted online will be automatically acknowledged.

• Entrants may be asked to provide further information.

• The judges’ decision is final. Awards will be made at the judges’ discretion and no correspondence will be entered into concerning any decision.  Not all the awards advertised may be awarded if the judges consider the criteria have not been met.  Additional commendations may be made at the judges’ discretion.

• The content of any entry may be used for informing other practitioners and also for publicity purposes unless the entrant withholds their consent to this in writing.

• Entrants are deemed to have accepted these rules and procedures and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this competition.

For more information on the awards and to enter click on the link below.

Lemos&Crane 64 Highgate High Street, London N6 5HX T: 020 8348 8263 F: 020 8347 5740 E: W:


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