Channel 4’s recently broadcast Benefits Street, chose Stockton estate Tilery as the location for its second series, a neighbourhood where we own a number of homes. Not nearly as controversial as the first series, the second still gave a one sided and often unfair portrayal of life on Tilery, which for anyone who knows the estate will tell you, it is a strong community with some great people living there.
If you haven’t been before have a look at this short film which shows the real Tilery...
North East Resident Engagement Officer, Linzie Hough, knows Tilery well having been its housing officer for six years. In response to Benefits Street, Linzie engaged with residents and was able to secure funding for the film, which demonstrates simply and effectively how local people and partners, by working together, are creating a stronger, better neighbourhood where people want to live.
Over the years Linzie has worked with Accent residents, and members of the community to create the Tilery Community Garden, which is managed and maintained by local people and has supported resident efforts to turn the Frank Wiseman Centre featured in the film, into a real hub for the community.
Resident-run, the centre offers a range of events and activities for the benefit of tenants, from a credit union, housing and agency drop-in, to hobbies and crafts. Local people can access services, advice and support, which helps us sustain tenancies and offers a place for staff to engage and consult on scheme issues and resident needs.
Community Roots is an inspiring and uplifting film. It shows what can be done when people get together, work together and make a difference. For more information on the work we’re doing with our partners and residents in Tilery and across the North East, please get in touch with Linzie.