The true value of our work is reflected in what we give to our community, and what we get back

The activities and achievements of our local community have shown time and again how Ekaya Housing Association has impacted on their lives and the lives of their children.

Althea Nesty is a Support Officer at Ekaya Housing Association

Althea Nesty is a Support Officer at Ekaya Housing Association

26 October 2018

During our 30th Red Carpet Anniversary, several of our former residents returned to receive awards presented by the mayors and mayoresses of the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Wandsworth. These awards recognised their hard work in their chosen fields, such as teaching, nursing, social work, and law.

One of the former residents, a project manager, went on to be part of the Volunteurope programme and is working closely with Ekaya. And a former resident, who is a certified lactation consultant, has returned to do a series of breastfeeding workshops at one of the Lambeth Mother and Baby homes. These workshops are part of lactation and parenting support for the current group of young mothers.

In our opinion there is no better way for us to measure what we are doing and whether we are doing it right than through these amazing outcomes. Our former residents who return to generously give their time are a true inspiration, especially to the current residents who see and hear first hand how someone who was in their position can go on to have a successful and fulfilling career. Last year, working with our partners, we assisted 28 supported housing residents into training, education or employment.

Ekaya also runs a 65-space community nursery on the St Martin’s Estate in Tulse Hill. Happy Nursery Days caters for children aged 3 months to 5 years, is Ofsted rated ‘good’ and has a 5-star food hygiene rating, the highest rating available. We subsidise the fees for parents, recognising that high child care costs in London are a barrier for many. At the recent staff away day, the staff team made a short film, which included some of the children, as part of their presentation. It was fantastic and we are certain that it featured the debuts of some of Britain’s future actors.

Ekaya would like to say a big thank you to all of our partners who we work with from the voluntary and statutory sectors. Together we to continue to support some of the most vulnerable members of our community so that they can reach their full potential for themselves and their families.

Black History Month reminds us of the importance of people and communities. The hope from the staff and residents of Ekaya is that we continue the work we have been doing for the next 30 years and beyond – continue to work and give back to the community in the professional and caring manner that we always have, because we are the community and the community is us.

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