Estate of enablers

Our area has driven change and defied expectation for over half a century. Fuelled by the determination and resourcefulness of our residents, today it's undergoing a resurgence thanks to fresh investment and a neighbourhood of residents empowered to make the estate a better place.

In 2014 the estate was awarded £1million by the Big Lottery Fund, which is managed by a team of local residents. From a new local bank providing accounts, loans and financial education, to revitalising green spaces such as the 1.2 acre Copse woodland, these resident led initiatives, alongside a calendar of parties, BBQs and other events are examples of what the funding has already enabled.

Find out what’s going on in Newington through our events page.


Got an idea for Newington?

We’re all about power for the people, which is why we want your ideas for improving our area. It could be anything from a celebratory summer street party to clearing up a neglected area of green space to an after school kids club. For more ideas and information on the types of projects we fund follow the link below to the submit an idea page.

Get involved with the committee

The Newington committee meetings are where we propose, discuss and approve community projects within the local area. Chaired by Richard Nicholson and Samantha Voak, the meetings are open for all residents to attend. The committee meetings are held at Newington Community Centre, every third Monday of the month. More information can be found on our Events Page or our Facebook and Twitter.

Read how joining the committee meetings empowered Newington resident Hannah.

Past projects

Newington Credit Union

In 2014, we opened the Newington Credit Union – a branch of Kent Savers operating out of our Green Roof Shelter. Our ambition is for the Credit Union to become a lender of choice, and to eventually eliminate door-step lending in the area.


Revitalising the Copse

Newington needed green space for the neighbourhood. In 2014, its residents came together to reclaim The Copse, a 1.2 acre area of woodland at the heart of the estate. Volunteer residents worked to clear the Copse and secure the space.

The Community Chef

Through conversations with residents it became clear that many in Newington struggle to provide healthy food for their families, especially on limited budgets. The Community Chef project helps to improve health outcomes on the estate.