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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.

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  • Sherwood Newsletter Sherwood Community Links project BY Lisa Morris Resident Involvement & Marketing Manager

    Sherwood Community Links project aim is to create 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.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. 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: info@sheroodlinks.com www.sherwoodlinks.com

    Newsletter for Sherwood Place and the surrounding area Mar 2011

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    From Soha Hous-

    ingSoha s Ne ighbour-hoods Team are out and about in Sherwood Place at least once a month (usually the 3rd Wednesday) but thats not the only way we listen to residents.*

    A couple of years ago, Soha held a big doorknock when we closed the office for a day to get every member of staff out and about meeting residents on their doorsteps getting their views. Last year, a dedicated team phoned, wrote to and visited residents who our contractors had recently attended. We wanted to see how residents experienced our repairs service, from the moment they called into our Customer Service Advisers to the time they shut the door after a successful job done. At the end of 2010 we invited residents to Ask the Chief Executive a question when we asked for feedback on our Annual Report. I found out more about what concerns residents in this neighbourhood but I was also able to put right a few things that really shouldnt have gone wrong. Im always grateful to residents who take the time to contact us. * PS Why not join us on one of our estate walkabouts? Just call us on 01235 515 900 or 0800 014 15 45 (free from a landline) and well make a time and place to suit you.

    Richard Peacock Soha Chief Executive

  • N O R T H W A Y I T C E N T R E

    By Ahmed A Rahman Northway Community Associations in collaboration with Oxford Brookes has developed a teach- ing courses including Computers and Internet for Beginner's, digital photography, desktop publishing, web design and flash animation for all people of Northway, Headington, Woodfarm, Marston and Barton. Northway IT Centre monitors and supervises all learners with an aim to equip them with computing skills to help them to use computers for their leisure, or to start using computers in their business or for creative design. Senior citizens living in Northway and around are taught the basics of word processing, emails and shopping online, in completely free-of-charge workshops.

    This is a part of Northway Community Associations collaboration with Age UK and Oxford Brookes Uninversity and Oxford Citys Intergen-erational pilot project hosted in the community centre has shown to be beneficial in challenging ageism, bridging the gap between the genera-tions and providing an opportunity for older people to enhance their quality of life. This pilot project is designed to bring Oxford Brookes students and older people in Oxford city to work together in learning activities and to allow the generations to learn from each other.

    The IT Centre has provided IT courses for those unemployed or seek-ing employment. To date over 80 students have benefited from the IT

    facilities on offer and Northway Association is expecting to expand these services in the coming months. These projects are managed Ahmed Rahman, the Age UK IT Development Worker and Northways IT manager.

    To contact Ahmed Rahman, Mobile: 07786387025, Email:ahmed@northwayit.com, www.northwayit.com

    BARACK (Barton, Assembly, 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. Barack strives to give the participants a sense of ownership of learning from within the Community. Barack Social Enterprise is looking forward to delivering a wide range of courses and offering opportunities of participation within the community. This will help the com-munity to grow and learn together. Barack seeks to encourage people to come onboard and there are opportunities to volunteer and share their time and knowledge.

    By Anne-Marie Browne

    possible closure of Headingtons Bury Knowle Library

    George Knight, the Warden of St., Marys Church in Barton is concerned at the possible loss of Headingtons Bury Knowle Library. On Saturday the 12th of March he watched many children using the facilities of the Library and reflected on the damage the loss of the library will have on this community. If you wish to support Mr Knights view, then sign the petition, let us know your views, be active for the community. By Artwell

    Newsletter for Sherwood Place and the surrounding area Mar 2011

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  • involvement from hard to reach groups and help Soha assess the service needs of diverse groups. Involving ten-ants from the BME communities can bring different ideas, knowl-edge and experiences to any decision-making process, thereby con-tr ibut ing to the im-provement of service delivery

    Help to foster sustain-able relationships be-tween Soha and the BME community.

    BME Community Neighbourhood Research

    Soha are keen to promote Black Minority Ethnic resident community research partners.Soha feel that it is important that researchers are aware and have an understanding of the issues within their commu-nity. With this approach, it is hoped that BME residents are more likely to engage in com-munication with the commu-nity. This will help the commu-nity, and also Sohas under-standing of local issues and aspirations.

    Benefit to researchers:

    It offers the opportunity for residents to develop or update their skills

    The flexibility of inter-viewing could be attrac-tive to women and other groups who have child-care and other family responsibilities

    Availability of incentives It would enable indi-

    viduals to gain confi-dence to engage with people outside their immediate social net-works and gain greater appreciation of other cultures and customs

    Benefits to Soha:

    Result in a more diverse BME community partici-pating in the research

    Encouraging further

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    E a t w e l l s C o m m u n i t y C a f Eatwells Cafe is a social enterprise run by Barton Community Association. The cafe provides homemade, tasty, affordable food and drinks within friendly surroundings.Come down for a tea or fresh coffee (the coffee's better and cheaper than other coffee houses!), a light snack or lunch. See our daily specials board for the main meal of the day.We have a comfy sofa, free internet access and a play corner for chil-dren.Neighbourhood Centre Tel: 01865 766 293

    Barton Womens Prayer Group

    Come and have a chat with women who share unconditional Love of God and encourage

    each other through prayer. We meet every Thursday morning 10:00AM to 12:00 NOON. For more information text or contact: 07743388271 - Email:bartonwomenprayergroup@yahoo.co.uk

    Newsletter for Sherwood Place and the surrounding area Mar 2011

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  • Sherwood Commun i t y Webs i t eWe would like to invite you to view our community new Website

    http://www.sherwoodlinks.com

    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 Tu-tor, who runs Oxford Interactive Media has fine-tuned it ready for our community. The site which is called: www.sherwoodlinks.com is up and running. Why not check it out and leave your comments. All responses are welcome and encouraged. We know the people of Barton are crea-tive. All your creative ideas, which can assist the lives and environment of the Sherwood community in Barton, are most welcome. In short we want you to get involved. Email: info@sherwoodlinks.com

    Introducing David Winton Soha Neighbourhoods Officer

    Just in case we havent met yet, Id like to introduce myself to all the residents of Sherwood Place, in particular So

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