New homelessness strategy goes before cabinet

The first part of a long-term strategic plan to increase homeownership by creating affordable housing and helping residents out of homelessness is due to be considered by the council.

A new homelessness strategy will go before the Royal Borough’s cabinet on Thursday 28 September. It is the first document in a three-step strategy to help residents onto the housing ladder.

The council has already committed to encouraging developers to provide 30 percent affordable housing in future developments but the emerging Borough Local Plan and Supplementary Housing Document (Affordable Housing) will build on this, creating a borough for everyone.

The Royal Borough will sign up to meet central government’s 10 Gold Standard challenges to reduce homelessness as the first step in an approach to secure affordable and appropriate accommodation for every resident.

The Homelessness Strategy 2017-22 lays out how the council will reduce the number of households in temporary accommodation and increase prevention services.

Cllr Ross McWilliams, deputy lead member for policy and affordable housing, said: “This is just the first step in an overarching scheme to support residents into homeownership and improve the supply of affordable housing across the borough.

“We will enable people to support themselves wherever possible in finding a more suitable home.

“We want homeownership to be open to every resident and this is the beginning of a broad plan to achieve that. “By meeting the government’s Gold Standard we will ensure our service is best placed to help families avoid homelessness.

“We are focussing on early intervention and prevention to reach people before they find themselves in a crisis.

"In 2016 the council helped 1,518 households avoid homelessness, but there is still more to do and our strategy will build on the good work we are already doing."

Read more: Royal Borough Windsor & Maidenhead | Homelessness Strategy

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A whopping £850.51 was raised at a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday, 9th September by boys and their parents at Papplewick School in Ascot.

Cakes, samosas and homemade breads galore were donated by generous supporters and sold like hotcakes, leaving only a few crumbs to be swept up.

The money raised will allow MacMillan to pay for 30 nurses to spend an hour each, helping people and their families living with cancer receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “On behalf of MacMillan: well done everybody who supported us by baking cakes and for their generous donations. Particular thanks to the Parents of Papplewick team for manning the stall on the day. And well done to the Year 7 boys who never miss a sales opportunity and took cakes to parents watching rugby on the sidelines!”

Next Open Morning:   Saturday 4th November 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m   Visit:  www.papplewick.org.uk 

Read more: Papplewick Raises Tasty Sum for Macmillan

On 16th and 17th October, Year 7 students at Charters School in Sunningdale participated in African Drumming workshops run by Inspire Works.  The dynamic workshops were an excellent and flamboyant practical introduction to the energetic style of West African drumming, with students showing real interest and enthusiasm.

Inspire Works brought over 30 djembé drums which students used.  They were taught a traditional piece as practiced in West Africa, and there were opportunities for improvisation, solos, and development in ensemble playing.  Several other African drums are demonstrated as part of the workshop.

Mr Mike McKenna, Director of Music at Charters School said, ‘It is always really exciting when professionals visit Charters School and run these workshops. It’s been a fantastic experience for pupils who have enjoyed performing on authentic instruments and learning more about West African Drumming and its culture. They have already done some African Drumming in their lessons and it will be interesting to see how they progress following the workshop.’

 

Once again, the Rotary Club of Ascot has staged a concert by young musicians, organised by Tony Love, which opened the annual Binfield, Warfield and Winkfield Arts Week 2017. A select group of outstanding young musicians entertained a packed St Peters Church in Cranbourne, with instrumental and vocal performances, displaying - as usual - an incredibly high standard. 

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Harvest Festival was celebrated in the Chapel at Papplewick School, Ascot, at Papplewick School, Ascot, on Saturday 14th October, when harvest gifts were collected and later presented to residents of the Ascot Day Centre.

Parents and boys donated harvest fare ranging from tins of food to fresh flowers and plants for the elderly visitors at the Day Centre.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster, said: “Kindness is an important value here at Papplewick, and every year our boys enjoy collecting harvest gifts for the Day Centre here in Ascot, where the produce is much appreciated. Many thanks to all our parents who contributed Harvest Festival produce this year.”

 

Read more: Harvest Festival at Papplewick School | Gifts to Ascot Day Centre

 

An exciting new display of artwork from Andrea Tyrimos and Eve de Haan was on display at Greens  in Sunningdale, on the Thursday 9th November 2017. Both artists  creating a collaborative piece, exclusive for this event, run  in collaboration with Woodbury House Contemporary Art.

 

 

 

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