The reopened Fellowship and Star in Bellingham

Phoenix projects reach the final of national awards

Updated: 5 August 2019 at 13:22pm

Two of the projects that show our commitment to our community in south Lewisham have been shortlisted in the 24housing Awards 2019.

Our work in restoring the Fellowship and on its arts projects is up for the Community Achievement award, and our school of social housing the Phoenix Academy is a finalist in the Best Training Scheme category.

The Fellowship project saw thousands take part, from giving views in consultations to taking part in the arts projects and joining a community parade. The Fellowship and Star, which officially reopened in July, is home to a pub, cinema, café, events space, and music education charity Lewisham Music.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Academy has been recognised as one of the best courses in the country for its work in empowering residents to have a say in their community.


With the “tenant voice” at the front of the national housing conversation, the Phoenix Academy has seen nearly 180 people – residents, Phoenix staff and people from other social housing providers – graduated with a qualification.

Jim Ripley, Chief Executive of Phoenix Community Housing, said: “Both of these projects show our commitment to working with our community. Both are about offering opportunities and making people proud of where they live. We’re exceptionally proud to be shortlisted in the 24housing Awards – and of the people who have helped make these projects such a success.”

Phoenix has won the Community Achievement award on two previous occasions: for the opening of our headquarters and community hub, The Green Man, and for our Community Chest – which each year gives out £100,000 to projects decided on by tenants.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 10 October. The full shortlist can be found on 24housing Awards’ website.