The Wards Corner Community Plan wins national award

Tonight the Wards Corner Community Plan won Best Community Campaign at the Sheila McKechnie National Campaigner Awards.

This award recognises 20 years of work by countless community members and organisations, beginning in 2003 when the Wards Corner buildings and Seven Sisters Indoor market were listed for redevelopment. We want to thank every single person who has been involved and contributed to this victory. The importance of no single contribution can be understated.

One of the judges of tonight’s awards, judge Gareth Clayton said: “This campaign was very local and very effective. But fighting against issues of gentrification, loss of heritage, and more gives this campaign national significance too.”

This award comes at a critical time for us, as we prepare to bid for a lease on the site for TfL. We hope that this recognition and platform will help boost our efforts to make the Community Plan a reality. Together, we want to show that another city is possible. 

The Wards Corner Community Benefit Society is the vehicle through which we will achieve this. It will be the organisation that will restore and manage the Wards building, on a democratic, one member, one vote basis. Through this, the community will have collective control and stewardship of this vital community asset. The Wards Corner CBS is in the final stages of registration, and we will be sharing information on how to register as a supporter as soon as this is complete. 

If you would like to support the community’s work as we move towards delivering the Plan, please consider making a donation. Donations of all sizes are pivotal in allowing us to deliver on our ambitions as we face this final challenge. 

Join us for the Sheila McKechnie Foundation National Campaigner Awards!

We’re thrilled to announce that the Wards Corner Community Plan for the Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s Best Community Campaign of the year award! 

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) National Campaigner Awards are a celebration of the best campaigns and campaigners from across the UK. We’re thrilled to be shortlisted for this award, which nudges our 20-year campaign to restore the Wards Corner building and Seven Sisters Indoor Market closer to victory. 

Anyone can join us at this year’s virtual Awards ceremony, live streamed for the first time from the newsroom of media partner Tortoise on Thursday 19 May from 4pm to 5.15pm. More details can be found here.

This recognition comes at a critical time for us, as we prepare to bid for a lease on the site for TfL. We invite everyone to get involved, and welcome offers of support in delivering this exciting and long awaited grassroots project. If you would like to support the community’s work as we move towards delivering the plan, please consider making a donation.

SMK’s interest is in finding those who have made change happen – most effectively, creatively and courageously. Find out what fantastic campaigners and campaigns have been shortlisted alongside us this year on their website.

We hope that you can join us!

Become one of our new Trustees!

We’re looking for one-to-three more Trustees, including one Treasurer, to support the Trust through the process of developing and growing as a charity. We’re encouraging anyone interested in one of the roles to apply. The deadline is midnight Sunday 29 May 2022. Find more details on the roles and how to apply below!

More about the positions

We are looking for people with prior knowledge and experience in the charitable sector. This will include one Trustee with the necessary financial knowledge, experience, and skills to serve as Treasurer. We are particularly to recruit Trustees from racially minoritised and migrant communities, and/or with local connections to Tottenham. The Board currently exists of two Trustees with longstanding involvement in the campaign to save Wards Corner and Seven Sisters Indoor Market.

Trustees will contribute time and skills to support operations and organisational development alongside formal monthly Board meetings. Trustees will contribute approximately one day a month. Trustees are unpaid but reasonable expenses will be paid subject to finding. Duties of the Trustees and Treasurer are described in more detail in the advert below.

Please note, this role is unpaid. Reasonable expenses are paid subject to funding. The expected term of office is three years.

How to apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, send your CV along with a cover letter highlighting your interest in the Trust and your previous experience. Send these to Carlos Burgos, Chair of the Trust, at n15developmenttrust@gmail.com, by midnight Sunday 29 May 2022.

If you have any questions about the projects, or the application process, get in touch!