Sanctuary Housing - London and South East

Sanctuary Housing manages more than 9,700 homes in London, Kent and Sussex.

We have a wide range of homes available to rent or buy and are committed to providing quality homes and excellent services that meet the needs of the local community.

A London and South East resident pruning the plants in his flower boxes.

General rented housing provides affordable homes for people on low incomes. Our rented properties are available at lower rents than the open market.

Lettings for our general rented properties in London or the South East are carried out in partnerships with the Choice Based Lettings Schemes, Kent HomeChoice and Sussex Homemove.

People wanting to live in any of the London boroughs should contact the relevant local authority and enquire about how to register for the Choice Based Lettings scheme that they operate.

Residents already living in Sanctuary properties can apply to join our transfer lists, but should also approach the local authority as most of our properties are let through Choice Based Lettings (this is because of nomination agreements in place) and the wait for another property can be considerable.

We have open lists for our housing for older people in the region and the waiting times are much shorter for re-housing.

For further information:

Change of circumstances

Should your circumstances change, please let us know by filling in the Change of Circumstances form  (PDF 112KB).

Sanctuary Retirement living properties provide high quality accommodation and support services for those aged 60 and over (or 55 and over if registered disabled) allowing residents to live independently in a comfortable, secure environment. Residents have their own accommodation and front door key, with access to a range of additional services, including support from retirement living staff and a 24-hour telecare alarm system.

For further information:

  • For further information about retirement living schemes in the London and South East area, please call us on 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511. 

An elderly resident outside his London home.

Sanctuary Housing's third Hackney Community Awards celebrates residents and community partners who excel in playing their part to support the community. Presented by Kat B, local MTV Base presenter, DJ and actor, family and friends joined nominees and award winners at the special ceremony held in the Hackney Town Hall.

Keep checking back to view the awards video, currently in production.

Winners at the Hackney Community Awards - 2016

View the photo gallery on our Facebook page

Valerie Forde Good Neighbour (logo)The Valerie Forde Good Neighbour Award

For going that extra mile to make a difference for a neighbour or neighbourhood.

Winner:  Mav Igho

 

young person of the yearYoung Person of the Year

For positive community action made by young people aged 10-25 living in Hackney.

Winner:Joel Ventura

 

Contribution to sportContribution to Sport

For organising or taking part in sports and being a role model to others.

Winner:James Court

 

Green Hero award (logo)Green Hero

For transforming the local environment for everyone to enjoy.

Winner:  Daubeney Fields Forever

 

Partnership Award (logo)Partnership

For the organisation or partnership that is outstanding in supporting and meeting the needs of the community.

Winner:  Hackney Marsh Partnership

 

Community Spirit (logo)Community Spirit

For a group, organisation or event that has brought people together.

Winner:  Immediate Theatre Based Youth Theatre/Hackney Marsh Partnership

 

An Oscar-themed celebration saw six award winners scoop trophies at Sanctuary Housing’s second Hackney Community Awards. Presented by local MTV Base presenter and DJ, Kat B, the ceremony at Chats Palace celebrated the hard work and dedication of individuals and groups who work tirelessly within their communities in Hackney.

The evening was not only a thank you to the winners, but to everyone who helped make the ceremony memorable and who has given something back to their community.

Good Neighbour

For going that extra mile to make a difference for a neighbour or neighbourhood.

Winner: The late Valerie Ford
 

Young Volunteer

For a young person who volunteers their time to make a big difference.

Winners: Concorde Youth Board and Kwame Kwarteng
 

Contribution to Sport

For organising or taking part in sports and being a role model to others.

Winner: Axe Gomes
 

Green Hero

For transforming the local environment for everyone to enjoy.

Winner: Madiba Gardens
 

Partnership

For the organisation or partnership that is outstanding in supporting and meeting the needs of the community.

Winner: Richard Ntaka
 

Community Spirit

For the group, organisation or event that has brought people together.

Winner: Kingsmead Community Cafe
 

The Concorde Youth Club

Pictured above: Members of the Concorde Youth Club, winners of the Young Volunteer Award

Kat B and Cedric James

Pictured above: MTV Base presenter DJ Kat B, who presented the awards, with Cedric James

Sanctuary Housing rolled out the red carpet and celebrated its first Hackney Community Awards in 2014. The event saw individuals and groups recognised for their achievements in the community, in seven different categories.

Winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 7 March 2014. The glitzy ceremony at Chats Palace included performances from local residents, a locally sourced buffet provided by Social Kitchen and entertainment from local MTV Base presenter and DJ, Kat B.

Thank you to all our partners and residents for their support and nominations and for making the awards evening a memorable event.

Good Neighbour

For going that extra mile to make a difference for a neighbour or neighbourhood:

Winner: Lama Ali
 

Young Volunteer

For a young person who volunteers their time to make a big difference:

Winner: Kieran Hart
 

Contribution to Sport

For organising or taking part in sports and being a role model to others:

Winner: Lloyd Boateng
 

Green Hero

For transforming the local environment for everyone to enjoy:

Winner: David Rees
 

Outstanding Achievement

For an individual who has achieved in education or training despite challenges:

Winner: Josephine Bediako

 

Partnership

For the organisation or partnership that is outstanding in supporting and meeting the needs of the community:

Winner: Gascoyne and Morningside Youth Clubs
 

Community Spirit

For a group, organisation or event that has brought people together:

Winner: Ron Newman
 

Special Award

Winner: Cissy Brine

Winners of the Hackney 2014 Awards with presenter Kat B

Pictured above: Winners 

Lloyd Boateng, winner of the Contribution to Sport Award

Sanctuary in neighbourhoods

Kingsmead, London

Our approach to investing in Kingsmead is about involving everyone with a positive interest in the neighbourhood: whether they rent from us or own their own home; whether they go to school in Kingsmead, or run a business.

Giving the Kingsmead Community Centre in London a fresh coat of paint.

The recently refurbished Kingsmead Community Centre is home to many clubs and classes. The centre is managed by the Hackney Marsh Partnership which is overseen by a steering group of local stakeholders to make sure it is community-led. 

How we’ve helped

  • Provided £33,000 of funding to enable local people to manage the centre for a four-year period.
  • Staff have volunteered 100 hours of their time to consult with local residents and create a vibrant schedule of activities.

Legacy

  • More than 950 residents benefit from community activities.
  • 28 local organisations benefit from support and facilities at the centre.
  • The centre continues to develop as a hub for the local community and grow its range of activities and services.

Members of the Colouring in Kingsmead gardening project raising a glass to the success of the project.

Reverend Angie Melaniphy is the team vicar at Christ Church-on-the-Mead and currently runs two projects – Piloxenia, a support group for non-documented migrant women, and Forever Young, a group for over 50s who meet to enjoy activities including the popular gardening project, Colouring in Kingsmead. 

How we’ve helped

  • Provided a plot of disused land on the estate as a venue for the Colouring In community garden.
  • Donated £6,500 of funding for the initial set up of the garden.
  • Donated a further £1,000 from the Grand Ideas Fund for the garden group launch and support.
  • Staff have volunteered their time to help with planning and funding bids.

Legacy

  • Up to three gardening sessions held every week with up to eight people attending every session.
  • Neighbourhood grown produce is shared with local residents at community events.
  • Project volunteers celebrate and share the work on the garden with pop-up community cafes throughout the summer.
  • A disused piece of land on the estate has been transformed into a vibrant garden.

The Year 6 pupils of Kingsmead Primary School on a trip to Paris.

Kingsmead Primary School is attended by 246 pupils, the majority of whom live on the estate. The school celebrates its multi-cultural identity – 73% of the children speak English as their second language and more than 45 different languages are spoken in the school. The school was rated as ‘outstanding’ in its last Ofsted inspection.

How we’ve helped

  • Provided £3,000 of funding from our Grand Ideas Fund.
  • Providing annual sponsorship of £250 for the school summer fair.
  • Sponsoring the school football kit.
  • Staff volunteered more than 60 hours of their time to support children to read during their lunch time.

Legacy

  • The school engages with Sanctuary’s community initiatives, including a nest box building workshop and a local gardening project.
  • The strong partnership developed between Sanctuary and the school enables the development of innovative projects that will continue to increase opportunities for local children.
  • Pupils now have a better overall understanding of cultural identity.

 

Morningside

Our approach to regeneration in Morningside is about involving everyone with a positive interest in the neighbourhood: whether they rent from us or own their own home; whether they go to school in Morningside, or run a business.

Children showing off their dance and performing arts skills.

New Starz is an all-singing, all-dancing performing arts academy for children led by professional tutors. Sanctuary was approached by Reverend Betsy Blatchley, from St Luke’s Church, who recognised that many children love to perform but don’t have the opportunity to do so.

How we’ve helped

Donated £980 from the Grand Ideas Fund.
Provided promotional support from Sanctuary’s Communications Team.
Staff have volunteered their time to help with local promotion.

Legacy

More than 20 local children are involved in New Starz, developing their theatre skills.
MP Meg Hillier and the Bishop of Stepney now support New Starz.
More than 200 local people attended a performance of the New Starz musical celebrating Hackney.

Launch of the Morningside Community Centre.

Nicolette Nixon has lived on the Morningside estate for more than 40 years and has always been an active member of the local community and the Morningside Tenants & Residents Association. Nicolette and other residents decided to set up a youth club to give local youngsters a safe place where they could have fun after school.

How we’ve helped

  • Provided £1,000 worth of funding to develop Nicolette’s ideas.
  • Sanctuary staff have volunteered their time to help with planning and supporting funding bids.

Legacy

  • More than 500 young people have engaged with the youth club since it was founded.
  • More than 150 youngsters currently attend the three sessions which are held every week.
  • Reported reduction in antisocial behaviour on the estate.
  • Six youth work jobs created and six young volunteers provide peer support.

The modern Morningside Community Centre.

Morningside Community Centre is a fantastic modern building and home to Morningside Youth Club and Over 50s Club. The centre is managed by the Hackney Marsh Partnership which is overseen by a steering group of local stakeholders to make sure it is community-led.

How we’ve helped

  • Invested £1.4m in developing the brand new community centre building.
  • Provided £33,000 in funding to enable local management of the centre over a four year period.
  • Staff volunteered more than 300 hours of their time to consult with local residents on the design of the centre and what activities they would like to see there.

Legacy

  • A community designed modern hub built to deliver a range of activities and services.
  • State-of-the-art two-storey building with gallery space, IT suite, art and craft room and outdoor courtyard with raised beds for gardening projects.
  • Space for new enterprises, including employment support, exercise classes and space for meetings and conferences.
  • More than 25 local organisations benefiting from support and facilities at the centre.

 

Haringey

Our approach to investing in Haringey is about involving everyone with a positive interest in the neighbourhood: whether they rent from us or own their own home; whether they go to school in Haringey, or run a business.

Residents enjoy a cooking lesson with staff.

Filling The Gap is a community café with an ethos that tasty, healthy and affordable food should be accessible to the local community. The café also offers catering for small events, cooking and nutrition workshops, with all food items locally sourced to reduce their carbon footprint and support local growers.

How we’ve helped

  • £5,200 Sanctuary Community Investment funding over 3 years.
  • Discount vouchers circulated by Sanctuary staff to encourage residents to access the café.
  • 30 hours of staff time over 3 years. 

Legacy

  • In learning to cook healthier and more affordable meals, workshop participants are now equipped to benefit from better long-term health and financial outcomes.
  • Founders Kate and Renee have met new local partners and developed new ideas and projects for the future.
  • Those who have attended cookery workshops have increased confidence to be able to participate in future community projects, such as catering for Sanctuary’s annual awards night in Hackney.

James Floyde

James has lived in Haringey for over 50 years and is the Chair of Friends of Russell Park. As a lifelong gardener, James takes great pride in helping to turn Russell Park into one of the best parks in the area. Like many people in the area he doesn’t have a garden of his own at home, so he values the gardening and food growing opportunities that the park offers, encouraging and supporting local people to participate in the group’s activities.

How we’ve helped

  • £1,350 Sanctuary Community Investment funding.
  • £13,000 investment through Sanctuary More! Funding.
  • 20 hours of Sanctuary staff time.

Legacy

  • The group use their knowledge and experience to support other new local projects.
  • The visual appeal of the park has been strengthened, increasing people’s enjoyment of their community and creating a focus for positive social interaction.
  • James is a true project champion and has met new local partners, developing new ideas and projects to bring to the area.

Resident carries out gardening in the play space.

Burghley Road Play Space is a volunteer-run charity which supports children under five and their families in the north London community. Their emphasis is on healthy eating, sustainable living and embracing the rich cultural diversity of the local area. With Sanctuary’s on-going support, the centre offers a range of activities, creates a much-needed support network and is a place to make friends and become part of the local community.

How we’ve helped

  • £1,500 Sanctuary Community Investment funding.
  • 10 hours of Sanctuary staff time.
  • 1 Sanctuary volunteering day to redecorate the space.

Legacy

  • The centre is now growing its range of activities for local families.
  • Volunteers are making links with other organisations to share their expertise with other local groups.
  • Continued opportunities for families to learn new skills through projects run at the centre.