Phoenix Voices...

Gavin Rumble

Housing is a great career, and any skills you learn in housing you can transfer to any other role. It’s a good place for anyone to start – it’s got career progress, it’s got rewards, and you meet some great people.

I got my start in 2001 working as agency staff. I was doing normal admin...

Young Phoenix resident Mikey standing in a kitchen wearing an apron, looking at the camera and smiling.
Mikey Koranteng
Mikey Koranteng is a musician, student and Phoenix resident. He is part of the Young Makers’ Agency, Phoenix's community project for creative young residents. In our last resident blog to mark Phoenix's 10th birthday, Mikey talks about the future of our community. "The Young Makers’...
Phoenix resident Lakeisha Lynch-Stevens standing downstairs in the derelict cinema of The Fellowship Inn in Bellingham
Lakeisha Lynch-Stevens

Lakeisha is an actress, writer and producer currently working as a Project Associate with the Working Party Theatre Company on The Fellowship Inn project in Bellingham, where she is a Phoenix resident.

Lakeisha shares her thoughts about Phoenix’s renovation of The Fellowship...

Eileen Davies

Well, another day in the life of a scrutiny panel member. The members of the panel (and we are looking for more volunteers to join us) met up on a recent Friday to continue with our current scrutiny investigation. We all made a cup of tea or coffee when we arrived and had a quick catch up with...

Phoenix repairs operative Jason Hill standing in front of a Phoenix property
Jason Hill
Jason Hill is a repairs operative. Including his time with Lewisham Council, before Phoenix was created, he's worked in the area for 30 years. The promise of home improvements was a key motivation for the tenants who voted to create Phoenix. We needed to deliver high quality repairs and...
Phoenix resident Mark Burgess standing in front of a window
Mark Burgess

Mark Burgess is a Phoenix resident and works as a cleaner in Lewisham. He is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for Heart n Soul, a creative arts company and charity based in Deptford that believes in the talents and power of people with learning disabilities.

Mark received...

Phoenix resident Peter Lewis standing in his garden holding an apple that was grown there
Peter Lewis
The 1920s Bellingham and Downham estates that make up much of Phoenix's housing stock were largely inspired by the Garden City movement. The aim of Garden Cities was to offer green space to residents of every background.

Peter Lewis is a resident Board Member and has had a plot in...

The Chair of Phoenix's Board Anne McGurk sitting in front of a bookshelf in her living room
Anne McGurk

Anne McGurk is Chair of Phoenix’s Board and a retired head teacher. She is also a Phoenix tenant, in line with the resident-led structure which means tenants always hold its Chair and Vice-Chair positions.

In the fifth of our 10 Years Together blogs to celebrate a decade of...

Phoenix resident Joy Syahoui standing next to a wheelbarrow in Farmstead Community Garden
Joy Syahoui

Joy is a Phoenix resident and drives a school transport bus for children with special needs in Bromley. She is a member of Phoenix's Gold Club and volunteers at Farmstead Road Community Gardens.

I’ve been in my home for 11 years – one year with Lewisham and then Phoenix was...

Phoenix resident Simon Barlow standing on a football pitch in front of a football player with a ball
Simon Barlow

Simon Barlow moved into a Phoenix home in 2010 and is now a member of our Resident Scrutiny Panel, which monitors Phoenix’s services and performance, making recommendations for improvements.

When he’s not helping Phoenix get the best for its residents, he’s putting young...