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Wandle Estates Community Outreach Project

The landscape of the Wandle Estates Community Outreach Project

The Wandle Estates Community Outreach Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The aim of this scheme, delivered by a range of partners is to revitalise the River Wandle as an identifiable, high quality asset to the communities of south London, through engagement with the natural and built heritage of the river.

London Wildlife Trust will be delivering the Wandle Estates Community Outreach Project. The aim of this project is to secure the interest of social housing communities in proximity (within about 2km) to the River Wandle and to help ensure that they have the opportunities to become involved in and benefit from the activities.

The project also seeks to develop a deeper strategic insight into the social housing communities along the Wandle, and their attitudes towards and use of the river, in order to shape the delivery of the project in the coming years, between 2015 and 2019.

Some of the main aims of the Wandle Estates Community Outreach Project

  • Identify, connect and secure support from a range of representatives within the social housing community (both residents and landlords) to work with the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme in order to help meet the programme’s objectives.

  • Build on existing mapping activity by collating information about the social housing communities living close to the River Wandle.

  • Promote awareness of the River Wandle and the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme amongst the local social housing communities through a range of engagement events and activities for both landlords and residents on four target estates.

  • Identify and support a number of ambassadors within social housing landlords and resident communities, promote the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme projects to these, and through them gauge and strengthen awareness of, attitudes to, and use of the river by estate communities, in order to add to the mapping and establish a baseline for wider engagement activity.

  • Identify what the River Wandle does, did and could mean to those communities, and ensure these issues are best matched up with other Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme activities.

  • Design and deliver training for ambassadors to ensure they feel confident and able to represent the needs, aspirations and concerns of social housing communities in respect of the River, and to help engage them in the future developments of the Wandle.

  • Help promote awareness and understanding of, and social interaction between the different communities living adjacent to the river.

  • Act as a single point of contact for the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme programme for social landlords and their resident community representatives.

For more information or to get involved with this important part of the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme please contact: Jane Clarke, Community Outreach Officer (Living Wandle Estates), London Wildlife Trust. Mobile: 07837 576 786 email: jclarke@wildlondon.org.uk

See also the Wandle Valley Regional Park website

Working with local communities

London Wildlife Trust is running a series of family-friendly river and nature activities throughout the year. See: Discover the natural environment around the River Wandle