Category: Community News

Over 100 people succeed with Swan’s Training and Employment programme

Swan’s Resident Involvement and Community Development team held a graduation ceremony at The Beech Community Hub to celebrate more than 100 residents who have gained formal qualifications through an innovative Training and Employment programme.

Working together with partners including Clarion Futures and course provider, WEA, the training courses are designed to help people gain the skills needed for work and, many of the participants, have already secured work placements and jobs directly related to their courses.

The innovative Training and Employment scheme offers free, certificated training to Swan residents. Since September 2018 residents have completed courses in:

  • Introduction to Becoming a Teaching Assistant
  • CACHE/NCFE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges
  • Introduction to Sign Language
  • Help your Child Manage Stress and Anxiety.
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Strategies to Support Children with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Differences
  • Confidence Building and Self Esteem
  • Mental Health Course
  • Paediatric Emergency First Aid
  • Mobile Phone Repair

Laura, who has completed many of the courses, said: “these courses have changed my life!”. Course tutors have commented on the difference they’ve observed in Laura, how her self-esteem and confidence has improved. She has used her new found skills and confidence to get a job in a school.

Caroline Richardson, Swan’s Head of Resident Involvement and Community Development said “Congratulations to everyone who has completed a course. At Swan we are dedicated to improving our communities. This means we do more than simply provide homes; we actively support people to gain skills that help them to improve their employment prospects.”

Beech Community Centre relaunched

The Beechwood Community Centre has been relaunched to promote the Centre and the amazing projects being delivered there.

Food, drink and music was enjoyed by everyone who attended, and there was an opportunity to have a go at some of our activities. There was boxing and table tennis for those who wanted to get active, arts and crafts for those who wanted to get creative, and our Community Cuppa for those who just wanted to sit back, relax and read the days newspapers. We even had a face painter and balloon maker who entertained both children and adults alike!

Over 60 residents came along to the event, 10 of whom signed up to take part in our projects, including the new Count Me In campaign. This campaign is aimed at encouraging and empowering residents to develop and deliver projects for residents with the support of Swans Community Development Team.

The Beech is a key asset in building a strong and vibrant community and we look forward to hosting many more successful events in the future!

The Beech Hub for hire!

Did you know that you can hire The Beech Hub for your party, meeting, conference, group.
Talk to us about your requirements and we’ll help you with your plans. And at great rates too!

A Christmas party for the community!

A superb Christmas party this afternoon at #TheBeechHub. Thanks to Beechwood Village Community Trust, Uncle Kams & Nisa Locally for the food and refreshments and all the residents that came along to enjoy the afternoon with us. Merry Christmas!

Beechwood and Craylands Christmas Party

Join us for the Beechwood & Craylands Christimas Party on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

3.30 to 6pm at The Beech Community Hub.

Thanks to Beechwood Village Trust, Uncle Kams and Nisa who will be providing the food and refreshments.

Music, face painting and a magician for all ages!

FREE construction training for Swan residents

Interested in a career in construction? 

Together with Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT) Swan Housing is offering this accredited City & Guilds award construction training free to Swan residents in Basildon.

This unique opportunity is aimed at supporting our residents to gain the trade skills and then apply for work placements, apprenticeships or further learning.

If you are 16+ and aiming to progress your career in construction, this course will help you in learning about the building trades and gaining practical experience on:

  • Site Health and safety (CSCS)
  • Carpentry skills
  • Basic plumbing skills
  • Painting & decorating

Information and registration session on: 6 November 11.00am – 1.00pm

The Beech Hub, 8 Austen Road, Basildon SS14 3RZ

If you are interested, please contact the Swan Resident Involvement Team on 01277 844 242
or email [email protected]

Beechwood and Craylands Information Day Event

Residents of Beechwood /Craylands – Join us for the next Information Day on Sat 12 May 2018 from 11-2. See the flyer for more information 

How should we improve the open spaces at Beechwood?

Come along on Saturday 17 June 2017 between 12pm and 5pm and let us know how you would like to improve the open spaces on the Beechwood estate. We’ll be walking around the area and you can come and talk to us at any of the locations on the map on the poster. FREE ice cream for all participants too! have your say

We really look forward to hearing about your ideas!

New Youth Club Opening at The Beech!

Would you like somewhere to meet your friends and make new ones?

How about getting involved and making changes to your local community?

The new Beechwood Youth Club and Swan Housing would like to invite you to join our FREE youth club for Beechwood Village and Craylands.

Meeting Every Monday – starting from Monday 27 March – 5.30pm to 7.30pm at The Beech Community Centre, Austen Road.

If you would like further information, then please call a member of the Swan RICD Team on 0127 7 844 242.

Youth Club Flyer

Spread the word and we hope to see you there!

Last chance to volunteer to help shape the future of Beechwood

Swan Housing Association, in partnership with Basildon Borough Council (BBC) has announced the successful recruitment of the first trustees for the new Beechwood Village Community Trust.
The Trust which was established by members of Swan’s Resident Involvement and Community Development team as well as officers from BBC was created to:

1. Encourage inclusive social integration and positive activities
2. Develop community safety initiatives
3. Provide support for learning / training and development opportunities
4. Promote the protection of the environment

The Swan and BBC representatives have been approved and one local resident has already been recruited to the Trust, which will deliver a programme of projects and initiatives to enhance the lives of the individuals that live on the Beechwood and Craylands estates in Basildon.

There is still time for additional members to join, as Swan and BBC are looking for both local and independent volunteers who are keen to make a difference and who have the time and energy to help the trust to flourish.

If you’re interested in applying or to find out more contact: Swan’s Head of Resident Involvement and Community Development:

T: 0300 303 2500
E: [email protected]

You can also find out more about the role by visiting the NCVO website.