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Bringing the Social Benefits of Re-use to Estate Residents

Posted on 19 January 2017

Shared lessons from the forefront of community enterprise

On Tuesday 17th January 2017, industry colleagues gathered on the Grahame Park Estate in Colindale to learn more about our EU project REPURPOSE.

We shared lessons from the innovative project, which has launched re-use programmes on 5 social housing estates across the capital.

What is REPURPOSE?

The REPURPOSE project supports residents to create community reuse enterprises on their housing estates. In collaboration with housing estates and councils across London, Groundwork’s REPURPOSE has transformed redundant spaces into reuse hubs for the collection, refurbishment and redistribution of unwanted, often fly-tipped furniture and electrical items.

The established hubs are known as the Loops, and each Loop is complemented by an in-depth community engagement programme, helping to tackle the root causes of fly-tipping, encourage positive environmental action and deliver a host of social benefits via training, employment and volunteering opportunities.

This January Masterclass featured

  • Site co-ordinator Andrea Naef lead a tour of Grahame Park Loop, introducing volunteers and staff
  • Project lead Rebekah Phillips and partner LCRN’s Richard Featherstone delivered presentations on lessons learned, and how the estate has benefitted both socially and environmentally
  • Local partner Genesis Homes shared their experience of the project
  • Discussion of how similar projects could be set up on other estates
  • An interactive session working through our new toolkit (to be launched in February) and laying the foundation for replication of the project in other areas

Watch the Masterclass


Watch parts two, three and four or visit the resources page to download the slides.


Learn more
Are you hoping to set up a similar project, or want to hear more about how it worked? We will be hosting a Twitter Q&A on the project on Monday 23rd January. Send us your questions @groundworklon using #RepurposeLDN before 2pm Monday and our project leads will share their knowledge.

In addition, due to popular demand, a second Masterclass will be offered on the White City Estate in February 2017. To sign up or for more information, please contact Rebekah.Phillips@groundwork.org.uk.

The Loop @ Grahame Park is partially funded by players of the People's Postcode Lottery, via the Colindale Community Trust.

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