Portobello Square resident Rejhan Meshekrani has been working as United Living’s Community Development Officer for six months, and is relishing the process of growing into her role.
“I liase between the residents and Catalyst, and work with the wider community,” explains Rejhan. “My office is based in United Living’s site office in Pepler House, so if residents have any concerns or questions about the building site they can always come and ask. So far I think Catalyst are keeping people well informed – I haven’t had many questions.
“As a resident myself, I used to be involved with the Residents’ Steering Group, and chaired it for a year. “Knowing what I know as a resident, having that experience, I thought that to bring all that here and work closely with United Living and Catalyst would be the best opportunity for all our residents. I have to mix and match my roles as a resident and as the Community Development Officer – so far, I think it’s a great combination.
“When you’re a resident, it seems so straightforward – you’re given a place, you move in – but there’s so much more going on behind the scenes. I’ve learned that it’s not just a matter of bricks and mortar when it comes to construction. I am witnessing a building rise up from a drawing and I find that fascinating.”
If you have questions about the regeneration or the construction site, you can contact Rejhan on 07912 072 126.