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Newsletter for Sherwood Place and the surrounding area Jan 2011

Sherwood Community Sherwood Community Links project Sherwood Community Links project aim to experiential learning initiatives to facilitate integration of communities within Sherwood community and Barton neighbourhoods, and to improve the conditions of life for ALL residents of Sherwood Place and surrounding area, by working together with local people and statutory authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare and leisure time occupation.

Season's Greetings from Soha Housing

Soha Housing is a social landlord based in Oxfordshire where we run and manage around 5,300 properties. We have around 30 homes in and around Barton and we want to work with everyone in your community to continue to improve where you live. Soha are supporting the ‘Sherwood Community Links Project’ to help residents develop a local newsletter and website. We believe this project will allow you as residents to promote the vibrant, diverse community you live in and help improve access to information. This project will provide free training and support for local volunteers to bring in stories and news from local residents, community groups and service providers.

Merry Christmas Xmas is upon with the giving & receiving of gifts, gathering of families & friends & the feeling of wellbeing. For many, Xmas is not a time of joy but of loneliness & memories long past. Some of these people live in your neighbourhood. Just a kindly word speaks volumes. A card through the letterbox is like a ray of sunshine. Let someone share just a moment of your time as you enjoy this festive season. It really does make a difference. Merry merry Xmas from Soha Housing

If you would like to share your story and get to know your neighbours why not get involved. If you have an interesting photo or would like to promote an event to your community the Sherwood Project would love to hear from you. The Sherwood website and newsletter are written and produced by local people. If you could spend just an hour of your time the project would be delighted to hear from you. Sherwood Community Links, 57 Sherwood Place, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9PL Telelphone 01865 741 302 Email:


Newsletter for Sherwood Place and the surrounding area Jan 2011 Northway IT C e n t r e

IT @ Northway A major emphasis for the Centre since the new rooms were opened last year is to hold a wider range of activities. Already the provision of the new IT room has brought valuable learning in computer skills to both young and older people

Sherwood residents are invited to become a member of pilot project in computer learning for 50 +. To meet the growing demand of senior citizens pursuing lifelong learning, Age Concern Senior Computer Learning Centres provides a variety of

Northway IT Centre, has been in discussion with the County Council and Ruskin College about bringing more opportunities for developing your skills and interests in the Centre.

Ahmed is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings in the IT room between 10AM and lunchtime where you can use computers on a dropin basis as well a full advice and training to develop skills.

Lunch Club at Barton Community computer classes for adults age 50 and over in a warm and friendly environment.

Bingo is on Thursdays from 19.30 hours.All residents are welcome

Over 50s Club Over 50th club happens all year round in the Gym on Fridays between 10 and 12 noon where you can enjoy table tennis, short mat bowls and board games as well as meet pals

Courses and workshops offered include subjects such as Beginning Computer use, Internet and e-mail, Digital Photography, File Management and many other

Classes are small and with the aid of coaches, learners are never left behind.

on the estate (see above). Oxford Brook

and enjoy a chat

Coffee Morning

es University helped with the launch of that initiative and could provide further support. We mustbuild on these initiatives. Ahmed Rahman of

The Lunch club opens Wednesday at 12PM to 1PM A three course meal for under ÂŁ5.00


Photo by Ahmed Rahman

The coffee morning provides a social meeting place for coffee, tea & cakes each Monday 10.00am. Also meet Oxford City Homes,Estate Manager who holds a weekly Surgery Monday 10am – 12pm Open to all residents.


Newsletter for Sherwood Place and the surrounding area Jan 2011 BARACK (Barton, As-

sembly, Arts, Culture & Knowledge) Barack Social Enterprise, has been established from the commitment and passion of those who have enjoyed and benefited from participating in "small steps" back into learning. The ethos of the Learning Communities Area Programme which Barack Social Enterprises is founded on has become the reality. Ownership of learning from the people within the Community. Barack Social Enterprise is looking forward

to delivering a wide range of courses and offering opportu nities of participation within the community. Enabling the community to grow and learn together. Barack are always encouraging people to com onboard and there are opportunities to volunteer and share your time and knowledge. Oxford International Women's Festival The Oxford International Women’s Collective organises an annual festival taking place from February to March cele-

brating International Women’s Day on 8 March.The Festival celebrates the creativity of women through theatre, music, talks, exhibitions and workshops, Monday 7th March – Friday 11th March Sport and Wellbeing Week The Roundabout Centre, Barton. Various times. Entrance fee may apply for some events. Saturday 12th March Kick it, Move it, Chill it Barton Neighbourhood Centre. 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, free event.

BME Community Neighbourhood Research Benefit to researchers: •

It offers the opportunity for residents to develop or update their skills • The flexibility of interviewing could be attractive to women and other groups who have childcare and other family responsiSoha are keen to promote BME bilities resident community research • Availability of incentives partners. • It would enable individuSoha feel that it is important that als to gain confidence to researchers are aware and have an engage with people out • understanding of the issues within side their immediate social their community. With this apnetworks and gain greater proach, it is hoped that BME resiappreciation of other culdents are more likely to engage in tures and customs • Benefits to Soha: communication with the community. This will help the commuResult in a more diverse nity, and also Soha’s understand- • • BME community particiing of local issues and aspirations. pating in the research • Encouraging further

involvement from hard to reach groups and help Soha assess the service needs of diverse groups. Involving tenants from the BME communities can bring different ideas, knowledge and experiences to any decisionmaking process, thereby contributing to the improvement of service delivery Help to foster sustainable relationships between Soha and the BME community Working towards KLOE 5. Diversity, delivering an excellent service. Increasing the involvement of BME tenants and leaseholders can help to raise the levels of satisfactio


Newsletter for Sherwood Place and the surrounding area Jan 2011

Sherwood Community Website We would like to invite you to view our community new Website


AHMED RAHMAN Ahmed is Community IT Development Manager for Northway, and resident in Sherwood Place. LISA MORRIS Lisa is Resident

Involvement and Marketing Manager at Soha

DAVID WINTON David is Soha Sherwood Place

housing officer Sherwood Place has a new interactive website to keep you up to date with the happenings in and around the estate. Ahmed Rahman, our local community IT and Multimedia Tutor, who runs Oxford Interactive Media has fine-tuned it ready for our community. By now the site which is called: should be up and running. Why not check it out and leave your comments. Introducing David Winton Soha Neighbourhoods Officer Just in case we haven’t met yet, I’d like to introduce myself to all the residents of Sherwood Place, in particular Soha residents. I do a walkabout every month on the estate and, if you have the time, it would be great to have you come along, too. Call me if you would like to join me and we can arrange a convenient place to meet. I have been a housing officer for over 10 years and have worked on many estates throughout Oxfordshire, seeing how improvements can so often be led by community involvement. By getting involved, you, too, can make a real difference to Sherwood Place!  Meanwhile, you know your estate better than I do, and I always welcome residents’ feedback.  If you have views or concerns, please do contact me by phone or, as I say, join a walkabout.  My number is 01235 515 900 or 0800 014 15 45 (free from a landline), or email me at


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