Phoenix Voices...

The Chair of Phoenix's Board Anne McGurk sitting in front of a bookshelf in her living room
Anne McGurk

Anne McGurk is Chair of Phoenix’s Board and a retired head teacher. She is also a Phoenix tenant, in line with the resident-led structure which means tenants always hold its Chair and Vice-Chair positions.

In the fifth of our 10 Years Together blogs to celebrate a decade of...

Phoenix resident Joy Syahoui standing next to a wheelbarrow in Farmstead Community Garden
Joy Syahoui

Joy is a Phoenix resident and drives a school transport bus for children with special needs in Bromley. She is a member of Phoenix's Gold Club and volunteers at Farmstead Road Community Gardens.

I’ve been in my home for 11 years – one year with Lewisham and then Phoenix was...

Phoenix resident Simon Barlow standing on a football pitch in front of a football player with a ball
Simon Barlow

Simon Barlow moved into a Phoenix home in 2010 and is now a member of our Resident Scrutiny Panel, which monitors Phoenix’s services and performance, making recommendations for improvements.

When he’s not helping Phoenix get the best for its residents, he’s putting young...

Patricia Birch in the garden of her home in Downham
Patricia Birch

In the second of our blogs written by Phoenix residents who feature in our 10 Years Together exhibition, Patricia Birch - who has lived on the Downham Estate almost all her life, from long before...

Phoenix resident and former Chair Pat Fordham
Pat Fordham

This is the first of a series of Phoenix Voices blogs written by residents who feature in our 10 Years Together exhibition. Resident and founding Chair of Phoenix Pat Fordham tells the story of...

Tracy Blundell

Tracy’s currently doing work experience with our Community Regeneration team. After completing a European Computer Driving Licence course with us, she’s volunteered at our Digital Drop-in and has helped to support residents who’ve had changes in their housing benefits.



Ben Edwards consulting the Residents Communications about the new Phoenix Community Housing website
Ben Edwards

As you will have hopefully noticed, the Phoenix Community Housing website has recently undergone a bit of a makeover.

How does something like this happen? Who decides how it should look? What should it do?

Web design “standards” dictate a large portion of the fixtures and fittings...

Fellowship Inn
Lisa Vicary

The 1920s was a decade of contrasts. The First World War had ended in victory, peace had returned and with it, prosperity.

For some the war had proved to be very profitable. Nightclubs, jazz clubs and cocktail bars flourished in the cities bringing a new hedonistic drinking culture which...

Gail Nicholas and Sarah Thomas
Gail Nicholas

I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

One of my neighbours suggested I attend a meeting of Phoenix’s communications group. I was curious. I decided to go.

Just over four years later – in a couple of weeks’ time in fact – I’ll be proudly joining Phoenix’s board.

It’s been...

Anne McGurk
Anne McGurk

"This time next year Lewisham will have a newly elected Mayor.

"As candidates for this role begin to set out their plans and canvas for support throughout the borough, we wish them all the energy and determination they will need to get through to May 2018.

"We have a history of...