Housing association teams up with West Ham United
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
East Thames Group has teamed up with West Ham United Community Sports Trust to further develop its engagement work in east London and Essex.
The housing association and the Premiership side are trying to strengthen their communities through employment and training opportunities, healthy living programmes or social inclusion activities.
To celebrate the new partnership, West Ham gave East Thames 80 match tickets for their Premier League fixture against Stoke City in August.
The tickets were offered to resident volunteers, residents playing for East Thames’ mental health football team and to tenants living at East Thames’ Barking Foyer for young people at risk of homelessness. Eight members of staff also won tickets as part of an internal competition.
Deejay Fofana, a Barking Foyer resident, was given tickets as a thank you for her hard work on a business skills project run at the foyer. Deejay said: “Going to the game was a good experience, I liked the atmosphere. It was my first game but luckily I was sitting next to someone who could explain what was going on!”
Corrine Hutcheson, East Thames’ enterprise manager, has been instrumental in organising the partnership and is thrilled that both residents and staff have already benefitted. She said: “We are delighted to be working so closely with West Ham United Community Sports Trust. This is a really exciting time for east London, so it’s great to be working alongside an organisation which shares our commitment to the area and to the well-being of local residents.”
In 2016, the Hammers will move to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where East Thames owns 1,379 homes.