Pop-Up Tea Room Project Wins Community Impact Award

An arts project at one of Central & Cecil’s sheltered housing schemes in St John’s Wood has won an award for its outstanding work in improving the local community.

The TEA project at the Dora House sheltered scheme won an award for ‘Improving Neighbourhoods’ in the London regional finals of the National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Awards, which recognise the important community work carried out by social landlords. The ‘Improving Neighbourhoods’ category celebrates social landlords who have worked with their residents to bring new life to, and improve their local area.

The six-week TEA project was the result of a partnership between Central & Cecil, theatre company Complicite and installation artist Geraldine Pilgrim. Residents of the scheme, which provides 202 flats for older people, worked with professional artists to convert their communal lounge into a beautiful pop-up tea room with muslin curtains, patterned wallpaper and painted wood panelling. A disused downstairs kitchen was also restored and brought back into use.

During the project residents shared memories and favourite recipes, working with young chefs to create a menu that could be enjoyed by paying visitors.

w: www.housing.org.uk/awards