Build-it and Lambeth Living celebrate Estate Pride partnership

Friday 14th March 2014

Estate Pride

Build-it and Lambeth Living today announced the next phase of their Estate Pride partnership that will see young volunteers carry out redecoration and environmental improvement work on Central Hill Estate in Lambeth.

Build-it, co-developed and delivered by Cospa and London Youth, involves young people and local tradespeople working together to repair and renovate empty, derelict homes and other community buildings, while Lambeth Living is responsible for providing housing management services on behalf of Lambeth Council.

Dame Tessa Jowell, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, Peter Ainsworth, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, and Rt Hon Keith Hill, Chairman Lambeth Living, visited Central Hill Estate to meet the young volunteers as well as three of the building contractors – Keepmoat, Mears and Pinnacle – who are supporting both Build-it and Estate Pride through the provision of materials, skills mentors and work progression opportunities.

In addition to enabling visible, physical improvements to estates, Estate Pride builds community cohesion and fosters greater inter-generational respect and understanding. It also builds a greater sense of ownership and responsibility among estate communities for their local environment. By way of example, since work began on Tulse Hill Estate in Brixton in June 2013, no Estate Pride participants have been involved in reports to the landlord of vandalism or anti-social behaviour.

The project also enables young people to gain vocational skills accreditations and qualifications that can directly lead to further training, work placement and employment opportunities. To date, of a total of 339 Estate Pride participants aged 16-24, 33% have directly progressed to further training opportunities and 38% have moved into employment.