After months of careful planning, Swanfest 2017 took place on Saturday the 8 of July at Barleylands Farm Essex.
The event was a great success, with high resident attendance, engagement and consultation taking place. This year the theme was Digital, with Residents being encouraged to help Swan shape it’s digital offer for the future, by answering questions around their digital priorities, and taking part in activities including in a virtual reality tour of the Reach Community Centre.
Residents also had the opportunity to talk to staff from different teams across the organisation, view the regeneration work that is planned for Laindon and gain advice and guidance from 16 different partner agencies including Essex fire and rescue.
Feedback from residents has been positive with Ms. V sending in the below:
“We all had a lovely time. Don’t have much money so to be able to go out as a family and not worry is fantastic. I hope you do this next year, the boys loved it all. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, thank you again.”
Sandra Fawcett – Executive Director of Operations stated:
“We were pleased to offer Swanfest again to our residents this year. The event has grown and developed since it was established and we look forward to what Swanfest 2018 will bring. I’d like to thank staff for their support in making the event so enjoyable and memorable for our residents.”
A gallery of pictures from the day can be seen on our SwanFest website.
Swan has commissioned Social Life to carry out some research on Craylands in order to better understand needs, issues and aspirations of residents living there.
The research will help Swan identify the types of community activities and services needed and wanted by residents on the estate. Social Life, which is a small social enterprise staffed with experienced researchers, will be conducting interviews and focus groups with residents as well as representatives of local community groups and service providers.
The research will start in mid-July.
As the warmer weather is approaching, we want to remind Swan residents to be considerate towards their neighbours and ensure that the whole community can enjoy the summer months.
Reports of anti-social behaviour increase when the warmer weather arrives and so to avoid the most common issues arising again this summer we would ask all our residents to respect their neighbours by:
• Not making excessive noise by playing loud music and shouting: people usually have their windows open in the summer and loud music travels
• Taking full responsibility for your visitors and guests, ensuring they are not loitering in the communal areas or outside your home making excessive noise
• Not allowing your pets to foul or leave a mess in the communal areas
• Not playing ball-games in close proximity to other people’s homes e.g. outside front doors or next to parked vehicles, as this can cause damage
• If you live in a flat or apartment, not having barbecues: this is a health and safety risk and also insensitive to your neighbours
• Not throwing rubbish out of the window or dumping any unwanted household items in communal areas on the estate
• Keeping your garden and communal areas tidy and in good condition
• If you live in a flat or apartment, not to allowing your children to ride bicycles and scooters on the communal landing areas
Everyone enjoys the summer months in a variety of different ways. If we all work together, you, your neighbours and the wider community can all enjoy the coming summer!
Swan now has planning approval to complete the remaining phases of our regeneration of Craylands. However, we still need the local community’s input on the key elements of the project, including the community hub and green spaces. We are therefore holding an information day on Saturday 28 January 2017 from 11am until 2pm at the Beech Community Centre. Please come along and give us your views. More information about the event can be found on the poster.
On Saturday, Swan Housing Association, Landscape Architect (Outer Space), Neuk and local residents took part in a tree planting event on the Beechwood / Craylands estate.
We are proud to announce that Swan’s Health MOT programme, led by Terry Webb in the Resident Involvement and Community Development Team, has been shortlisted for a Community Impact Award as part of Community Impact Week, a national initiative led by the National Housing Federation. The Community Impact Awards are a significant part of this week and recognise the housing associations who make a significant difference to the lives of their residents. Read more
Thank you to our volunteer panel of judges for the annual Swan in Bloom Competition this year, who consisted of RCC Chair Carol Franklin, Ernie Franklin, Elise Hutchison, Ade Adeyemi and Sarah Baker ( as part of the Get Involved Scheme). Read more
The Community Grant which funded the gardening competitions featured here on Web4Residents bought a small group of neighbours from the Churchview estate together. Read more