Annette Telesford – Venue Supervisor, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf and local resident

“Community activities are great as it allows the wider community to engage with co-op residents”

How did you come to know about Coin Street and what do you love about what you do?

I am a local resident and got to hear about Coin Street Community Builders when I was working at the Thames Festival. I love my job. I enjoy working as a venue supervisor as I meet lots of talented and creative people and it’s that combination I love. I also get to use my pragmatic can do approach to any situation which can be challenging but still a joy. 

As a local resident, do you make use of the local space?

I use the Bernie Spain Gardens and I have to say it is nice when dogs don’t use it. I don’t know how you police that though. It is really nice for residents to use as most of us only have balconies. I think the gardens are used by a mixture of people who live in the area and office workers.

What changes would you like to see Coin Street facilitate and how could we be better?

I’d love to see more community activities like Gorgeous Gardens – they’re really great as they engage with the larger community and the residents.