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 a further 250 homes and manage and maintain 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 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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Rent Changes from Monday 1st April 2019
We will be sending out the 2019 rent change letters in the next few days. Once again the basic rent will be reducing by 1% but the service charge will increase to take account of any changes in the costs of providing services. However when the two elements are combined into the total rent all tenants will see a rent decrease again this year.
2019/20 will be Year 4 and the final year of the Governments rent reduction programme which has reduced basic rents by 1% each year 2016,2017, 2018 and of course 2019.
If you have any queries about your rent of the service charge please let us know.
Youth Club Trips 2019
The Lyng Youth Club have an exciting programme for the early part of 2019 including :-
- Trip to the Bowling with a meal at Nandos
- Community Cinema – we will be showing “Inside Out”
- Trip to see West Bromwich Albion v Sheffield United – many thanks to Ideal Boilers for sponsoring this activity.
- Trip to the Go-Karting track.
We meet every Tuesday evening – please contact our Community Events Co-ordinator- Amy on 0121 525 5969 for details. Our Youth Project is funded by BBC Children In Need.
Toddlers – Important Information
As of today (21st January), LCA Toddlers will no longer run on a Monday afternoon. The new days and times are as follows:
Tuesday, 9.15am-11am… Thursday, 9.15am-11am
Prices remain the same at £2 per family per session.
Happy New Year to All from Lyng Community
We are open as usual over the holidays except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Christmas Card Design Winners!
Here are the successful designs from our Children’s “Design a Lyng Christmas Card Competition”.
Well done to Sharon, Brooke and Harrison.
Christmas at the Lyng!
Last Saturday we were delighted to host 100 people at our Childrens Christmas Party and once again Santa took time out of his busy schedule to meet the estate children and listen to their Christmas wishes.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who made it a very special day for everyone.
Our Other Christmas Events
Saturday 22nd – Lyng Youth Club are going to see Elf the Musical
Sunday 23rd Lyng Toddlers and Curiosity Club Trip to see Santa on the Severn Valley Railway.
Annual Christmas Shopping Trip - Friday 23 November 2018
Once again we are delighted to offer residents and friends a fantastic Christmas Market Trip – this year we are off to the Medieval City of York – with prices from £12.00 for residents its a great chance to enjoy festive shopping in a new destination. Drop into the office to book or give us a call on 0121 525 5969.
Youth Club Trips - October Half Term
This month the Youth Club are off to Blackpool to see the illuminations and enjoy the fairground during half term. They also have a separate trip going to Alton Towers later in half term week. Both trips are restricted to young people who participate in the Association’s youth activities. All our activities are open to young people in the local community so if you want to come along on future trips or just enjoy our varied programme – speak to our Youth Club team on 0121 525 5969.
Test Your Heating!
With the weather getting colder now is the time to test your heating to make sure its functioning correctly. Don’t wait for the first really cold day to find that your boiler has developed a fault over the summer months and can’t cope with the increased demands placed on it on a freezing day. If you have a problem please give us a call on 0121 525 5969.
Lyng Community Allotment – Come and Join Us!
We are relaunching our community allotment with a small section for the younger members of the community but a larger section for any resident who wants to take on a section!
If you fancy growing your own food or just want to volunteer to help out – please give us a call on 0121 525 5969!
Another Great Seaside Trip!
A record breaking trip to Barry Island with over 170 tenants and friends enjoying sun, sea and golden sands.
Many thanks to everyone who supported the trip.
Big Seaside Outing Attracts Record Numbers!
We are delighted to report that we now have a record 171 residents and friends coming with us on the Big Seaside Outing on Friday!
After successful trips to places like Weston, Blackpool and Southport in past years this year we are off to Barry Island – which if you are a fan of TV’s “Gavin and Stacey” you will know well!
The forecast is for a sunny day so with golden sand, a funfair and all the usual seaside attractions its looking like being another fantastic day out.
For anyone who doesn’t need the beach we are providing a stop in Cardiff to allow a days shopping or visit to the castle so hopefully we have something for all residents to enjoy.
Celebration of Completion of Lyng Redevelopment
Past and present members of the team that worked on the redevelopment of the Lyng estate got together to celebrate the completion of the project last Friday with a dinner in West Bromwich. The dinner was hosted by Lyng Community Association and our Chair Wendy Bodenham took the opportunity to reflect on the long journey that so many people were a part of.
From a dream that started some 20 years ago through tears and triumph as the determination of local people, Sandwell Council and the tireless efforts of so many other great people who helped along the way ensured that the Lyng was reborn.
Finally the story is complete with the final properties occupied and Lyng Community Association now well established in the centre of the local community providing 200 homes and management services to another 154 homes as well as a host of activities and events that make the Lyng a great place to live.
Some of the original Board Members of the Lyng Community Association are seen in the photo above.
Youth Club News
The LCA Youth Club runs on a Tuesday evening from 4pm-7pm and is open to anyone aged 10-17. It is youth-led which means the young people decide what activities and/or trips they want to try and they guide the staff members on what they think they need in terms of education etc. Recently, the young people have highlighted the need for talks on confidence, discrimination and mental health. In response to this, some of the young people were invited to the Albion Foundation to complete workshops surrounding these topics. It was a massive success and we are hoping to work closely with the Albion Foundation on a larger scale in the near future.
We endeavour to take the young people on trips at least once a month and this is also youth-led. There is a trip to Drayton Manor planned for Friday 1st June. With this trip, we are trialing a new ‘bring your friend’ initiative. There has been a massive increase in the amount of people wanting to attend and this has also brought new faces to the youth club.
The youth club have been experimenting with different forms of art recently. We have had a brilliant workshop with Alex Vann (an artist and a singer/songwriter) where the youth club created, performed and recorded a song in the space of 3 hours. Their confidence soared after this activity. We have also had several pottery workshops, where many of the young people identified a new talent.
In the near future we are hoping to arrange a football tournament at the request of some of the newer members. There will be several other activities surrounding the World Cup. We have already been creating flags of the participating nations and have created individual football strips. We will also be ordering in food to eat whilst supporting England (or which ever team the young people choose to support!) in their World Cup journey.
Great Trip to Hereford
Residents and friends of the Association had a great day out at Hereford on Friday with warm weather and a shopping stopover on the return trip.
We try to balance our community trips so there is something for every age group and interest. Many of our older residents have enjoyed trips to Hampton Court Palace and boat trips based around Stratford on Avon whilst the families have been to places like Southport, Blackpool and Weston. We have more trips in the pipeline for the summer – our Spring newsletter will feature the full programme for the rest of the year.
Lyng Community Association – building a thriving, successful community and creating a great place to live.