TEA Project Wins Community Impact Award

TEA Project Wins Community Impact Award

Press release – For Immediate Release 16thOctober 2012

Innovative Pop-Up Tea Room Project Wins Community Impact Award

An innovative arts project at one of C&C’s sheltered housing schemes in St John’s Wood has won an award for its outstanding work in improving the local community.

The <a tea-project"="">TEA project at the Dora House sheltered scheme won an award for ‘Improving Neighbourhoods’ in the London regional finals of the National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Awards, which recognise the important community work carried out by social landlords. The ‘Improving Neighbourhoods’ category celebrates social landlords who have worked with their residents to bring new life to, and improve their local area. The awards ceremony was held on the 11thOctober at the Charing Cross Hotel.

The six-week TEA project was the result of a partnership between C&C, renowned theatre company Complicite and installation artist Geraldine Pilgrim. Throughout the project there was a heavy focus on teamwork and coproduction; residents of the scheme, which provides 202 flats for older people, worked with professional artists to convert their communal lounge into a beautiful pop-up tea room with muslin curtains, patterned wallpaper and painted wood panelling. A disused downstairs kitchen was also restored and brought back into use.

During the project residents shared memories and favourite recipes, working with young chefs to create a menu that could be enjoyed by paying visitors. Members of the public visited Dora House between June 21st and 23rd to enjoy a delicious selection of tea, cakes and scones, while a moving interactive drama performance, based around memories of afternoon tea, took place throughout.

Lee Smith, Chair of C&C’s Resident Scrutiny Panel and one of the residents of Dora house who helped organise the project, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award. TEA brought everyone together, and has encouraged a huge amount of enthusiasm for future projects at Dora House. All the residents are incredibly excited about the result.”

C&C Chief Executive Caroline Tiller said, “We are delighted that the wonderful TEA project has won this award. The success of the project is due to the enthusiasm and commitment of Dora House residents and their desire to create something different wholly designed by them, as well as the strong partnership between C&C, Complicite and Geraldine Pilgrim. TEA has revitalised community spirit and residents have many more ideas about how they can build on the legacy of the project and encourage even more people from neighbouring C&C schemes to get together and enjoy building relationships. Apart from enabling residents to choose what they want for their scheme, this project has eliminated social exclusion for some of the residents. We are very proud of all that has been achieved.”


Notes to Editors:

For more information please contact Chris Robinson, Director of Fundraising & Communications at C&C on: 020 7922 5314 or: chris.robinson@ccht.org.uk

Community Impact Awards

  • To see more information on the Community Impact Awards, visit www.housing.org.uk/awards
  • The Community Impact Awards were formerly known as the What We Are Proud Of awards. They are annual awards organised by the National Housing Federation, which represents England’s housing associations
  • There are 9 regional finals of the Community Impact Awards; C&C’s TEA project won its category for the London region
  • To reach the shortlisting stage over 180 entries were assessed by resident judges around the country. C&C’s TEA  was won of four finalists in its category

Earlier this year, the National Housing Federation published Building Futures, a comprehensive survey of the investment housing associations make in services that improve the lives and wellbeing of residents. The Community Impact Awards tell the stories that bring these statistics to life. To download a copy, click here.


About C&C:

C&C is a housing organisation providing care and support for vulnerable people across London, Luton, Berkshire and the Midlands. Central & Cecil manages care homes and sheltered housing for older people, hostels for homeless people, supported housing for people with mental health support needs..

Residents of C&C’s sheltered and care schemes benefit from the innovative Arts & Education Programme, which offers artistic, therapeutic and social activities for residents, including for frail older people, such as art, drama therapy, aromatherapy, dance and film. For more information visit: http://www.ccht.org.uk


Compliciteis an international touring theatre company based in London. Founded in 1983, it has become one of the most influential theatre companies working in the world today. Recent productions include The Master and Margarita (Barbican and international tour), Shun-kin (Barbican and international tour) and A Disappearing Number (West End and international tour, Laurence Oliver award for Best New Play). Complicite also runs an extensive creative learning programme, developing projects that increase access to its productions for groups throughout the community. www.complicite.org


Geraldine Pilgrimis a director, designer and installation artist who creates site-specific events, often in collaboration with young people, older people and arts and community groups. She specializes in installations and performances in unusual buildings and landscapes where the architecture of the site is used as inspiration and narrative, gradually revealing memories and atmospheres that have built up over the years. Geraldine also works with the history – imagined and real – of a space; like the peeling away of different layers of wallpaper to release the ghost of a building’s past whilst being aware of its present condition and dreaming of its future. Geraldine is an Artsadminartist, an honorary associate of the National Review of Live Art, an associate lecturer at Wimbledon College of Art and visiting lecturer at Central St. Martins, Goldsmiths College and LAMDA. www.geraldinepilgrim.com