Welcome to Lyng
Lyng Community Association is proud to be at the heart of West Bromwich’s flagship residential development. We provide 200 high quality homes for affordable rent, provide a management service for the shared communal areas across the mixed tenure estate under a Management Agreement with Lyng Management Company as well as building a community spirit to make the Lyng a vibrant place to live.
We’re a not-for-profit organisation set up after a group of pioneering local people united to redevelop the old Lyng estate by creating homes fit for modern living, as well as fantastic open spaces.
Now is an exciting time in the history of the Lyng as we shape our thriving community, keeping our focus on sustainable regeneration and local empowerment. The 2017 Tenant Satisfaction Survey provided us with a fantastic 97% overall satisfaction rate – putting us amongst the best performing housing associations across the UK.
Lyng Community Association manages its properties from our office at 3 Frank Fisher Way West Bromwich . You can visit the office between 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday or phone us on 0121 525 5969. (10am – 4pm)
Housing Surgeries – early evening and an earlier morning opening!
The office is also open for tenants to meet specific housing staff during our housing surgeries, which take place at the following times although please note these are by BY APPOINTMENT ONLY -: • Mondays, 3pm-6pm • Thursdays, 9.30am-12.30pm. Just phone us to make an appointment.
For Lyng repairs service please contact 0121 525 5969 – during working hours.
For emergency repairs outside office hours the number is 0300 333 6540.
Please remember that we no longer use Walsall Housing Group to look after our properties – the Emergency Repairs service is now provided by Bourneville Property Care on 0300 333 6540.
Paying your rent - 24 hour automated rent payments are accepted - please telephone Allpay on 0844 225 5729 – you will need to have your payment card (so you can enter the long account number when asked for this) and credit or debit card with you.
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Lyng Media Club to represent Sandwell in National Art Campaign
We were delighted to represent Sandwell in the national arts promotion campaign run by Creative People and Places. The media club involve young people in various arts and media activities and is run by the Association as part of its Community Development programme.
Thanks to Steven King for the photo.
Lyng Estate Wins Britain in Bloom Certificate
It was great to see the efforts of the Lyng residents in improving their environment being recognised with a Britain in Bloom Award. The Certificate was presented at an formal awards ceremony earlier in September and Rachel Jennings our Community Development Officer received the award on behalf of the scores of volunteers who worked so hard over the summer.
Another Successful Summer for Lyng
We have had a fantastic summer with a successful Play Scheme and a great community trip to Southport where over 150 residents and friends had a superb day at the seaside.
31 children took advantage of the Lyng Summer Play Scheme which was focused on knights, shields and swords and included a trip to Warwick Castle
The trip to Southport was a great success and followed on from our previous year’s outings to Blackpool and Weston. Every resident who has taken part in the estate litter picks or contributed to community activities were able to travel for discounted price as a thank you for making the estate a good place to live. The trip gets everyone together for a shared experience and a fun day out.
NEW YOUTH WORKER
A part-time youth worker has been recruited to help run our new youth club sessions alongside Project Co-ordinator, Mandeep Dosanjh.
Amy Rushton is from West Bromwich and works with West Midlands Fire Service, teaching young people about fire safety. She’s also been volunteering with Sandwell Young Carers to support children in their caring roles.
“The idea of the youth club is to inspire young people through fun activities,” says Amy. “I’m very excited to be working on this project and everyone here has made me feel very welcome.”
Anyone aged 10-18 with a B70 or B71 postcode is welcome to come along to the youth club which is held at the Church of the Good Shepherd with St John on a Tuesday evening.
MORE COMMUNITY PROJECTS PLANNED
More community projects and schemes are on the cards as Lyng Community Association agrees its focus for the future.
Board members gathered for an ‘away day’ to discuss what’s been achieved to date and plan for the years to come.
“Now all the new LCA homes have been built, it was agreed that LCA should build on its community development work including holiday play schemes,” says Community Development Officer, Rachel Jennings.
“We’ll also be looking into offering training and work experience placements for Lyng jobseekers, as well as taking on the park area once Barratt has moved off site later this year.”
Lyng Community Association and the Family Matters Project
Lyng Community Association is working with the Family Matters Project to support unemployed people into volunteering, training or employment.
Come along and find out more at the weekly Lyng Job Club – at the Church of the Good Shepherd with St John – its at the corner of Moor St and Lyttleton St in West Bromwich.
Everyone welcome and we have free IT access so you can look for jobs and training as well as get professional support and advice.
Tuesdays Job Club – from – 1pm – 3pm
Young people get together and get active!
Local youngsters have discovered a new taste for action and adventure, thanks to a grant from Children in Need.
We’ve used the money to set up a brand new youth project and members have already been busy trying their hand at lots of new activities, from climbing, quizzes and a board games workshop, to creating some fabulous 3D artwork, with many more sessions planned.
Project co-ordinator, Mandeep Dosanjh, says the project is proving a big hit with youngsters from the Lyng estate and the wider area. Young people must be aged between 10 and 18 and live at a B70 or B71 postcode to join.
She said: “We launched the youth club with an evening at Boulder Central indoor climbing centre in West Bromwich and all the young people had a great time! It was something most of them had never tried before and it was a terrific start to the project.
“Our plans for the future include water sports activities such as canoeing and a pottery session. We’re also hoping to organise a daytime activity one weekend a month.”
The youth club meets every Tuesday evening at the Good Shepherd Church in West Bromwich.
Fab Lab Visit by Lyng Media Club
The Lyng Media Club visited the Fab Lab (part of Sandwell College) to use the 3D Printing equipment this week. Some fantastic designs and amazing finished products were produced by the members of the Media Club.
Many thanks to the College and Creative Black Country for their help in inspiring the engineers of the future.
Equipped with superb 3D printers, laser cutters and more, the Fab Lab will support the development and interaction of smart technologies in the West Midlands Region.
NEW BOARD MEMBER WANTED
Lyng Community Association is looking for a dedicated volunteer to join the Board and play a vital role in ensuring the Lyng continues to be a happy and vibrant place for tenants to live. LCA’s Board is made up of 50 per cent residents and 50 per cent interested people from the wider community with useful specialist skills.
The ideal candidate doesn’t need to be a tenant and or even to live on the Lyng estate itself. However, the Association is looking for someone who is, ideally, financially qualified and who has a genuine interest in making a contribution to the Lyng community.
Although this position is a voluntary one, applicants can be assured that their contribution to the Lyng estate will be very highly regarded and appreciated.
To find out more, contact Tony Nash on 0121 525 5969.
Lyng Community Association – building a thriving, successful community and creating a great place to live.