London Metropolitan University trains Lewisham residents to boost employment in the area

London Met staff work with Lewisham Homes each year to equip members of the community with skills to improve their employability and to give them a voice in improving housing services.

Date: 5 April 2019

London Metropolitan University and Lewisham Homes have come together once again to deliver short courses to council tenants and leaseholders

In a series of short courses delivered by Patrick Mulrenan, course leader for Community Development and Leadership BSc, local residents attend a course to encourage them to get more involved with their landlord, and to boost their educational and employment opportunities. The course is delivered in partnership with Lewisham Homes and is one of the many ways in which London Met feeds back to the community surrounding it.

Patrick Mulrenan commented: “One of the most rewarding areas of my role is working with the people of Lewisham. It really is satisfying to see the difference you are making to people’s lives.

“What’s more, once these people have qualified and move on, they will, in turn, give back to their community and go on to have an impact on other people’s lives. That really is what the ethos of London Met is all about.”

The qualifying residents met with the Chair of Lewisham Homes, Ainsley Forbes, and the Chief Executive of Lewisham Homes, Margaret Dodwell, to receive their awards. They are pictured along with Dr Allister Butler, Head of Social Work at London Met, who delivered the key note speech at the awards ceremony in March 2019.

Lewisham Homes are an independent not-for-profit organisation, who manage around 19,000 homes on behalf of Lewisham council.