New Homes Team

In our initial response to the Grenfell Tower disaster, RPT rapidly established a New Homes Team to support residents into their new accommodation and to help them access the various grants that became available, both through the local authority and from private donations. The team also coordinated the distribution of IT equipment (laptops, tablets and mobile phones) donated by Apple, Google, Fujitsu, Talk Talk and others to help families affected re-connect with loved ones and access their personal accounts, as well as essentials donated to us by various businesses, including Dixons, Boden, New Look and countless others.

Although we anticipated that the New Homes Team would be a short-term project to address the immediate needs of the community in the days and weeks after the fire, the amount of ongoing support necessary to rebuild the lives of the survivors indicates that the team will continue for up to 12 months, ending only when residents have been offered, and have accepted, permanent accommodation and have successfully re-settled and have received all support necessary to move-on.

As our team at The Rugby Portobello Trust has been delivering services to the local community for over 15 years as RPT and over 100 years under other names (Portobello Trust, Portobello Houseshare and Rugby Clubs), RPT is able to use the trust and relationships built up over time to lead the programme of resettlement and support. Many of those affected are already known service-users of RPT and our staff are known to them, allowing residents to be confident that they are treated as people, not numbers, by someone who knows them, their background and their individual life circumstances.

We anticipate adding further services, such as a Community Café and Residents’ Drop-In.