Thursday, 26 April 2012

Now ,What else have I done ?

Hmm put on the Bling and manicure my nails ,I have an invitation to give a presentation ,to residents who live in one of our Sheltered Schemes ....


As the present chairman person of A.R.F (Axiom Residents Forum ),I go along to explain ,what we are all about ,and how we can help .and how they can become involved.But before I go into my spiel about ARF ,I explain  a bit of history of Axiom Housing Association.
 Axiom was founded in 1967,by three Gentlemen .Michael Belton,Geoffrey Martin OBE and Alan Tapley.Around about this time,these three men were enjoying a pint in a Belgravia pub in London,and found they were all inspired by the BBC TV documentory Drama  'Cathy Come Home',I remember watching this and could relate to it ,I had a young family at that time ,and I could see many in the room nodding their heads as they too recalled this very touching  programe.

As I said these men were also moved by the then typical story and ,the uncrupulous exploitation of tenants in the Notting hill area of London in the 1950's and1960's.One infamous man in particular was ,Peter Rachman who  built up a property empire using mansion blocks for multi tenancies,he drove out( mostly white)sitting tenants,reletting properties to immigrants from the West Indies,from whom he charged exorbitant rents,it had  a major influence on Goverment policy makers at that time, and we suspect the future direction of Axiom housing Association .
It was the wife of one of these Gentlemen who came up with the name Axiom ,which means TRUTH

I am also on the board at Axiom ,where amongst other things we are passionate about good quality social housing at affordable rents.
I haven't included the whole of my presentation but you get the gist ...

.Most of all I enjoy being with my fellow residents



I have made so many wonderful friends




And am truly blessed






Here you see Humphrey,thanking me for coming ,it actually was my pleasure, and as my Mum told me to say 'Thankyou for having me'

With my love





13 comments:

Marie said...

You sure stay busy Jan! Worthwhile causes are always so inspiring. Not having lived over here then, I was unaware of this, but now I am interested in seeing that film! xxoo

Ally Lifewithally said...

Lovely post Jan ~ thanks for all the explanations of what is going on ~ you really do sound busy ~ but enjoying every minute of what you are doing ~ lovely pictures as usual ~ Ally x

TARYTERRE said...

TRUTH indeed. What a lovely name used to tell this story. You do a wonderful thing contributing to this cause. Making wonderful friends is an added bonus. Take care.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I think it's wonderful that you can be a part of something so good for others. It's wonderful to know that people care about others and affordable housing is a huge thing. I'm sure your speech was very good. I could almost hear you speaking as I was reading what you wrote.

Kath said...

I say,what would Axiom do without Our Precious Jan hey? Very interesting story how it came to get it's name.You are a treasure to them,I can see that.Lovely to know you have met such lovely friends,thats a bonus in itself Jan.Hard to find places where to meet friends,when you get to a certain age and theirs not much around the areas some people live in.Our residents association have folded or I would have joined that.Lovely pictures once again,looking the belle of the ball once more LOL !!Only just come online this minute.Thankyou for youer kind E. Mail.Have a great day out today.Take Care God bless Kath xx

imac said...

Nice one Jan, you sure are dedicated follower.

Angela said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Jan - fascinated to read yours now! I was a Warden in a Shaftesbury Care home when my husband was at theological college, and now very involved with the Housing Scheme attached to our church and also with the SEVEN other homes in our village.
It is a real privilege to be involved with these lovely senior citizens.

blessings xx

Robbie's Random Ramblings said...

A very interesting post Jan. I spent a big chunk of my life working for a charity that provided supported housing for people with complex needs. We should be grateful to those people who had the vision and determination to recognise the need for this sort of provision and to fight to make it possible.

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Scarlett said...

Great post :o) Scarlett x

Lorena said...

Now that is a a beautiful cardigan ;)

delia hornbook said...

What a lovely post. I bet you had such a lovely day and left feeling very full filled. dee x

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Sounds like a very worthwhile endeavour. I've seen Cathy Come Home (not at the time) and it very emotive. Sadly things are going this way again with lots of people at risk of homelessness. I'm currently collecting store cupboard goods for our local food bank, as so many people are struggling to even feed their families.