A warm welcome our new Trustee, Ariana Markowitz

We are pleased to share that Ariana Markowitz is joining the West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust as a Trustee. Ariana is a social urbanist and feminist researcher who specialises in participatory urban design amid conflict. Her research and practice have focused on Latin America for most of the last 10 years, especially El Salvador, but she has also worked on the Middle East, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the US. She holds a PhD in Development Planning from UCL and, as a resident of Seven Sisters, will be bringing her experience and expertise to bear in partnership with her neighbours to support and uplift the people who work in, live in, and enjoy our town centre.

Ariana will be aiding the Trust as it facilitates the development of the recently established Community Benefit Society, which will be implementing the Wards Corner Community Plan. She will additionally be advancing other projects with local partners to deliver services that meet community needs and deliver opportunities, particularly while Latin Village remains closed, and guiding the process to transform the Trust into a charity. 

Work with us!

We’re recruiting for an exciting freelance opportunity on the Wards Corner Community Plan.

Community organising and partnership development for the Community Plan 

As part of our community organising strategy, we are hiring a freelance worker to engage the local community and build strong partnerships to support the Community Plan and our bid for the long-term lease for Wards Corner and the market. This person will help transform years of community campaigning into a sustainable model of democratic community ownership. 

The organiser will be responsible for ensuring that Tottenham’s diverse communities – in particular working class, Latin American, Black and other minoritised groups that live or work in Tottenham or who use its economic, social and cultural facilities – are empowered to play a strong role in this process, shaping the future of the site and the reinvestment of surplus resources in the local area.

More details on the project, and the criteria needed for the role, are in the job advert available here.

How to apply

If you are interested in this project, please send your CV and cover letter by midnight Monday 22nd August to n15developmenttrust@gmail.com. More information about what these should include can be found in the job description above.

We recognise that talent and experience may not be reflected in paid professional roles and formal qualifications, and we encourage anyone who might think twice about applying, including those from minority ethnic groups, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities, to submit an application. We are proud of the diverse community of which we are a part and invite you to bring your whole self to work.

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

Celebrating the launch of the Wards Corner Community Benefit Society

We are pleased to announce the official launch of the Wards Corner Community Benefit Society (CBS). This new organisation will manage and restore the Wards Corner buildings, and deliver the Wards Corner Community Plan.

The formation of the Wards Corner Community Benefit Society

The Wards Corner CBS is a one-member, one-vote organisation working entirely for the benefit of the community. Through this democratic model, the restoration and management of the Wards building will become a collective process, accountable to the whole community. The CBS will then redistribute any surplus it generates to fund other community development initiatives in the local area.

Last year, the Mayor of London/Coops UK Boosting Community Business programme supported the formation of the CBS. Through this initiative, we received training and mentoring from Dave Hollings, an independent specialist from Co-operative and Mutual Solutions. During the autumn 2021, he led a series of workshops with market traders, local residents, local businesses, and market users last autumn. Alongside this, the wider community shaped the CBS through a survey, which had the same format as the workshops.   

Following this, Dave produced a report with a series of recommendations regarding the rules, structure, and governance of the Wards Corner CBS. With his guidance, we registered the Wards Corner CBS with the Financial Conduct Authority, the body that regulates community benefit societies. Dave’s report is available here.

Earlier this week, we were pleased to see the CBS officially launch. The event took place at Botellón Latino, in Seven Sisters, and was open to all.

Get involved

We welcome anyone’s participation in the Wards Corner CBS. You can register as a supporter and sign up to get involved here. The Wards Corner CBS is currently fundraising to cover the costs of urgently needed work in preparation for the bidding process. For more info on what donations are going to, and the amazing rewards up for grabs, check out their Crowdfunding page.