Photo of the Phoenix Academy 2019 class

The Phoenix Academy class of 2019

Updated: 19 June 2019 at 16:40pm

Congratulations to the largest ever class to graduate from our school of social housing.

41 people graduated from the Phoenix Academy, split across Levels 1 and 2 qualifications accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

The graduates, a mix of Phoenix residents & staff, employees of other housing providers and other Lewisham residents learned about areas of housing organisation such as finance, communications and sustainability.

James Strang, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, gave the keynote speech praising Phoenix’s resident-led model and urging the sector to unite to defend social housing. 

Zainab Agboola, who at 13 years old is the youngest ever graduate of the Phoenix Academy, said: “I wanted to take part because I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to explore social housing and give me a great start to finding a job in housing one day.

More young people should take part in the Academy. Not just for our personal development, but to allow us to fulfil our potential and have a say in our community.”

Marie Porter, Course Manager, said: “The numbers graduating has been the best in the six years of the course. Each year we are amazed at the enthusiasm of the students and it’s a testament to their commitment to learning about housing that no matter the circumstances they come each week.”

The Academy was set up by Phoenix Community Housing – one of the only resident-led housing associations in the UK – to encourage residents to get more involved. The Academy aims to equip residents with the skills to develop into future members of the Board.

The Phoenix Academy offers Levels 1 and 2 qualifications, with plans to offer courses in Level 3 beginning in October 2019.

The Academy is now accepting expressions of interest for its Levels 2 and 3 courses, both beginning in October. The course takes place over one working day each month with a dedicated tutor at The Green Man community hub in south Lewisham.

You can find out more information about the Phoenix Academy here.