If we work together, we can change this place
"If we work together, we can change this place" report is the result of our extensive work with the residents living in England's Lane temporary accommodation hostel.
The report looks in detail at the challenges families face while being housed in temporary accommodation. Some issues covered concern the facilities offered by the hostel such as cooking or laundry amenities. Others look at the housing system and the barriers that prevent residents from being rehoused in long term accommodation.
The report also looks at the assets, skills and experience residents have as well as their vision for the hostel. Have a read to find out how the residents would like England's Lane hostel to look like in 10 years and their practical recommendations to achieve that vision.
North Camden Zone organised the “England’s Lane Hack”, a workshop to address the challenges of families living in temporary accommodation.
England’s Lane Hostel is a temporary accommodation hostel for families in Camden. North Camden Zone has worked with the residents to understand the challenges of bringing up their children in temporary accommodation whilst navigating the system, as part of our systems change work.
We’ve heard how residents are frustrated about a lack of control over their lives and not having a say in how their services are run. The high costs of laundry and the difficulty of eating healthily are two examples. Some feel they are powerless to bring about change, yet many wish to contribute in making things better.
The England’s Lane Hack was a co-design workshop to tackle these challenges. It brought together residents, community members and professionals. Each individual and organisation shares knowledge, experience, time, or resources. Together we designed solutions that have a greater chance of improving the lives of families living in the hostel.
To find out what happened on the day read our blog here!
Credits for the pictures to Natasha Bennett www.natashaphotobennett.co.uk
England's Lane Hack Outcomes
The Voice of England's Lane Association
The residents of England's Lane came together to create a platform and have their voices heard!
In June, 10 residents were elected as part of the Voice of England's Lane management committee. The committee has been working tirelessly to improve the well being of all those living in the hostel and create a platform through which their ideas and vision for England's Lane are listened to.
The group has been awarded funding by Camden Giving to organise a number of community events. They have since organised an Eid party, a picnic trip to Primrose Hill and a beach trip to Margate, attended by over 100 residents living in the hostel.
The Management committee has many more events and ideas planned. If you would like to support the group please get in touch!
Primrose Hill Picnic
Wash and Connect
During England's Lane Hack, it became clear that one of the most pressing issues for the residents was the lack of laundry facilities available on the premise of the hostel. Residents were forced to use a local launderette, which was expensive, time-consuming and affected their overall well being.
With the help of the residents and professionals in the room, we prototyped "Wash and Connect" a social action initiative that connected England's Lane residents with local community volunteers who would do one load of washing per week for them.
Here are some testimonials from those involved: