We say goodbye to John Keating, one of Old Oak’s founders
Old Oak Housing held a memorial service for the passing of one of its founder members John Keating on Tuesday 3rd February. John passed away on 16th January following a bout of illness.
John worked tirelessly hard with the council and Family Mosaic Housing to bring about the birth of Old Oak Housing Association and was keen to be involved in all the works that took place following the transfer of homes from the council to Family Mosaic.
Wesley Harcourt, Local ward councillor and Chair of Old Oak board said at the memorial “I knew John for 22 years and he sat with me when we were doing the interviews for the various housing associations. John always wanted what was best for tenants, he sometimes rubbed people up the wrong way but his intention was always good.”
John was a tenant board member of Old Oak for many years and an active member of OOTRA (Old Oak Tenants & Residents Association). Paul Keegan (former Chair of OOTRA) remembered John by saying “ He was such a character and we had many laughs. I remember when I first met him, I didn’t like him much which was ironic because as we were forced to work together more, he grew on me and we actually became very good friends. He was like family and I will miss him.”
John was remembered by staff and neighbours alike with his neighbour Karen saying “ He used to organise trips out for all the kids when we were younger, always a community man”.
John Keating 14/10/33 – 16/01/15
Join us as a Community Champion?
If you live on Old Oak Estate or in the surrounding neighbourhood you can join us as a Community Champion volunteer. A Community Champion is a local resident who can commit to volunteering on average about 3 to 4 hours a week to inform their family members, friends, neighbours and others about different health topics. We will give you training – including a nationally recognised Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement – to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to work with us as a health volunteer. Also all the training and experience we provide will help you to build a CV which will show to a future employer how much you have to offer. We can also supply references after you have volunteered with us for six months.
The idea behind Community Champions is simple and it works: if you can chat for five minutes to a parent at the school gate or to a neighbour to pass on tips you’ve learned about, for example, heart health or healthy eating then you could be a Community Champion. We use our catering kitchen to run sessions on healthy cooking and eating on a budget and our volunteers learn lots of great recipes to take home! We also occasionally need people to volunteer to help at community events, etc – you don’t need training for this role, but it could give you useful experience.
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build confidence, experience and knowledge. If you want to find out more, please call into the Centre and ask to speak with Caroline (Community Champions Co-ordinator) or Carmella (Maternity Champions Project Worker) or phone on 020 8740 8008.
My Experience of the Community Champions Programme
“I moved into the Old Oak neighbourhood at the end of 2013 and didn’t know many people in the area, so I decided to pop into the Community Centre to find out what was happening locally. I heard about the Community Champions programme and decided that was the direction to go in. As Champions we are encouraged to speak with members of the public and signpost them to various health resources. We also receive the necessary training to do this.” Bridget, 2014
“Being a Community Champion has given me the opportunity to meet people in my community where I have made relationships by spending time discussing their health and well-being and then directing them for practical support about healthier lifestyles. Training opportunities are given – I attended the Royal Society of Public Health Level 2 Course in Understanding Health Improvement, and other health workshops including Mental Health First Aid training, diabetes, sleep, etc. I find this very rewarding as I can make a difference by communicating and engaging with the people in my local community.” Verna, 2015
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