On Thursday 30th June, we will celebrate Pride with our annual festival. Tenants and Participants come together to organise the day, where we dance, sing and celebrate our talents, along with eating a hearty meal. We have been celebrating Pride for 25 years at Peter Bedford, led by tenants who want to challenge LGBTQ discrimination and create a better community. The festival has made a real difference to how important being inclusive and celebrating our differences are in the Peter Bedford community. At Peter Bedford, we want to continue LGBTQi inclusion beyond Pride and are exploring whether we can sign up [...]
We are delighted to be able to announce our expansion into the borough of Newham after receiving a social investment loan of £2.05 million from Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC). The SASC fund will allow us to purchase 12 one-bedroom flats in Newham to house single adults who are homeless and have support needs. The properties are under refurbishment and are set to be let over the Summer. Our move into Newham is coming shortly after Newham Council launched their 5-year Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy. This project will support the Council in achieving their key goals of eradicating rough sleeping, [...]
Friends and supporters of PBHA came together last month to take part in the annual ASICS 10k run through central London. Despite the unpredictable weather, our team of seven ran the full length, some in fun and imaginative costumes, including our very own Director of Services Chris Deacon. After the race, supporters got together for refreshments in St James Park, completing an enjoyable day out. Funds were raised via our JustGiving page, which we kept open till the end of last Friday to allow more pledges to come in. In the end, we raised well over £1,200, including a generous gift from [...]
Peter Bedford is part of the Kickstart Housing Partnership led by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing. Organisations in the Partnership have secured funding from the Government to create new job placements for 16-24 year olds through the Kickstart programme. Through the programme we will be recruiting two new positions to support us in our work: a New Business Assistant to support in fundraising and marketing, particularly in our use of social media, and a Housing Management Assistant, to expand our support to vulnerable people in sustaining tenancies and achieving long-lasting independence.
We are delighted to be able to announce that we have been awarded a Homeless Link grant. The award of £98,000 will fund an expansion of our work to house and support more disadvantaged people in Hackney and Islington at a time when increasing numbers face possible homelessness due to the pandemic. We hope to be able to use this important grant to assist many more of our tenants to move on to a home and a life of their own, and to make available more of our accommodation to increasing numbers of people in need.
Peter Bedford Housing Association is committed to working with the most vulnerable people in our community, an obligation which has taken on increased importance during the coronavirus outbreak. We have a key role to play, not only in preventing and ending homelessness, but in enriching the lives of our tenants and supporting them through this crisis. The pandemic has created specific challenges for many of the people we support, and one way that we have been able to meet these needs is through the establishment of a Food Deliveries Project. Responding to the fact that many tenants were either having [...]
Peter Bedford is a not-for-profit landlord to more than 300 people a year. We have been working closely with residents, local government, and other charitable organisations to respond to the coronavirus crisis. Our focus has been to provide support to tenants who have been affected by the pandemic, notably those who have been made unemployed, struggling with debt or experiencing a deterioration in their mental health. Peter Bedford is committed to: Keeping people secure at home We will not evict anyone as a result of financial hardship caused by coronavirus, where they are working (or engaging) with us to get their [...]
As many will now know it is with great sadness that we have taken the difficult decision to permanently close Outpost Shop and Gallery social enterprise on Holloway Road, after 20 successful years of trading and training. To our community of loyal customers, visitors, volunteers, retail trainees, artists, makers, supporters, partners, suppliers & staff past & present… We plan to create an Online Archive on our website as a lasting legacy that celebrates the many successes achieved over the 20 year history of Outpost social enterprise shop and gallery (formerly Bedfords). This platform will allow us to share our journey as the shop and gallery has [...]
It is with great sadness that Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA) has taken the difficult decision to close its social enterprise, Outpost Shop and Gallery on Holloway Road. After 20 successful years of trading in Islington, the housing association is focusing its work, resources and team on the emerging needs of socially excluded adults resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. We are immensely proud that Outpost has successfully achieved its purpose and aims providing inspiring learning opportunities and support for over 500 socially excluded adults, curating over 30 exhibitions and welcoming over 20,000 visitors in the last 5 years alone to the [...]
PBHA has proudly celebrated Pride for the past 22 years and this year is no different! Ordinarily, we throw a tenant-initiated festival to mark the occasion in our calendars. This summer, we could not get together in the same way, but that didn’t stop us from singing, dancing and laughing together on Zoom. Events were split over three days and included Fun & Games, Film Club and a Talent Show. Highlights included: Pictionary (for the most rubbish drawing), an LGBTQ+ Quiz, Fifty years of Pride (short film), Guess the Song, and a Flamenco lesson! Pride is an opportunity for [...]