Two young entrepreneurs from Kidbrooke Village in Greenwich today met with the Chief Executive of Southern Housing Group, Tom Dacey, to quiz him over his views of the new development, on housing today and what motivates him and the team at the Group.
With funding and support from Southern Housing Group, Berkeley Homes and ASRA Housing Association, Kidbrooke Village residents Joshua Buchanan, 10, and Jamie Cartwright, 10, have formed KidzZone, a local community newsletter and website aimed at children and young people.
The interview with Tom Dacey, Chief Executive of Southern Housing Group, is part of the support and training being offered by the housing association as the newsletter and website develops. The budding journalists first spent time with the Communications team learning about interview techniques and writing styles before meeting with Tom to quiz him over housing and community matters. A presentation about the success of their project to Group employees completed the visit.
Joshua said, “It’s been a really great day. Interviewing Tom was really interesting and presenting to the other staff was a great way to show what we’ve done”
Jamie “We can’t wait to go and write about the interview to put it on our website, I’m sure our readers will be really interested to hear about what Tom had to say.”
Tom Dacey, Chief Executive of Southern Housing Group, said he was impressed at the determination and drive shown by the young entrepreneurs:
“The work Joshua and Jamie have done in securing funding and getting the project off the ground is to be commended. It is encouraging to see how dedicated they are to providing a free newsletter which will be of interest and relevance to their peers living in and around Kidbrooke Village. Seeing their passion and commitment today has been really inspiring and I’m sure their presentation will have given my colleagues some great ideas to think about for future projects.”
KidzZone is a local community newsletter and website aimed at children and young people designed and managed by a team of local young residents.
With support from Greenwich Council, the first hard copy edition, a 2 sided A4 colour insert, was printed in September 2011. A £1000 grant from Berkeley Homes will enable the newsletter to be produced quarterly and distributed around Kidbrooke Village throughout 2012.
It combines fun activities including crosswords, colouring competitions and jokes with local estate news and interesting trivia.
A £75 grant from Southern Housing Group and ASRA Housing Association and ongoing support and training has allowed the pair to launch the KidzZone website late year, which already has 13 pages including an editor’s blog and dedicated teen section.