Homes & Services


Aimee and Justin move into brand new shared ownership home in Emerald Gardens

Aimee, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) in a primary school, and Justin, a Photographic Retoucher, moved into their first home a week before the Covid-19 lockdown – along with their beloved French Bulldog, Bailey. Whilst paying very expensive rent for a 1 bedroom flat in the Docklands, they decided it was time to invest their money and start their journey onto the property ladder. Through researching Shared Ownership, they concluded that this was the best option for them and are now enjoying life in Emerald Gardens.

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Connecting communities one click at a time

New digital community centres are helping people in Poplar keep connected while we stay at home.

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Right Care, Right Place, Right Time: Spotlight’s new in-house GP service

Together with Tower Hamlets' GP Care Group, Health Spot provides medical services by GPs experienced in working with young people. It’s accessible and delivered in the familiar space of Spotlight.

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Alex volunteers to support the community during Covid-19

Alex has been furloughed from Hilton Hotel, so has signed up to volunteer with Poplar HARCA to support his local community. He recently checked up on our elderly residents through (socially-distanced) door knocks, and has since helped out with cooking at our Community Kitchen.

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Front door replacement programme on the Lansbury estate

To make sure we meet fire safety recommendations, Poplar HARCA has engaged Shellen to replace all tenants’ front doors in buildings that are over six storeys and have enclosed corridors.

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Government reviews of building safety

The Government is reviewing building safety following the Grenfell Tower fire. New guidance is regularly published as decisions are made about how best to keep buildings as safe as possible. 

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Welcome to Tower Hamlets

Are you a migrant or do you know a migrant who’s lived in Tower Hamlets for less than 10 years? Are you a migrant who’s unemployed or employed but wants to find a better paying job? Then you may be interested in the Welcome to Tower Hamlets Programme.

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Interested in joining an Estate Board?

Our Estate Boards are made up of Poplar HARCA residents who act as a voice for the local community.

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A chat with Jeanie Harrison, our Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding Coordinator

Jeanie Harrison is Poplar HARCA’s Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding Coordinator. As part of the Safeguarding team, she works closely with vulnerable residents. We chatted to her about how she supports residents and what advice she would give to anyone who thinks that they, or someone they know, might be experiencing domestic abuse.

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Chargers and safety

Chargers are the cause of many fires, every year.

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A chat with Matthew, our Leasehold Advisor

Matthew Mitchell is a Leasehold Advisor at Poplar HARCA. He oversees leaseholders’ service charges and major works disputes, and is involved with Section 20 Notices (the process whereby Poplar HARCA informs leaseholders that we intend to carry out work or provide a service that leaseholders will have to pay towards). We chatted to him about what he enjoys most about his role, some of the challenges involved and where leaseholders should go for independent advice.

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A chat with our Development Trainee, Hema Kana

Hema Kana is Poplar HARCA’s first ever Development Trainee. After two previous roles at the organisation in different departments, she applied for this brand new role which offered candidates the unique opportunity to design a training programme for themselves.

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