Beachcombers – cleaning up our riverside.

Take a walk along any beach or riverside, anywhere, and you can’t help but notice the amount of plastic waste that has been washed up on the shore

Over eight million tonnes of plastic debris ends up in our seas every year, polluting lands, rivers, coasts, beaches, and seas – that is, about, five shopping bags full of plastic for every foot of coastline in the world.

Plastic debris kills an estimated 100,000 marine mammals annually, as well as millions of birds and fishes.

The river Thames is no exception to this problem so once a month the Grays Beachcombers, led by Steve Catchpole, meet by Thurrock Yacht Club and spend a couple of hours collecting discarded plastic – mainly single use drinks bottles.

In the last six months of 2017 they collected 350 sacks of rubbish and, so far, this year they have collected over 150 sacks of rubbish including more than a thousand plastic drinks bottles.

If you want to help, the Beachcombers meet on the first Sunday of each month at 10.30 by Thurrock Yacht Club. We finish by 12 noon and have a well-deserved cup of coffee and bacon roll (vegetarian alternative available) courtesy of the Lightship Café.

YOUTHINK! event set to inspire Thurrock’s Young People

An inspirational event is being held at South Essex College’s Thurrock Campus for young people who have a new business idea.

Bringing together South Essex College, Riverside Community Big Local (a National Lottery funded organisation) and Thurrock Council, the YOUTHINK! event is taking place on 26th April at the College’s Thurrock Waves Restaurant from 5.30pm.

It aims to inspire Thurrock’s young people who have social enterprise and business ideas, with advice and support to start a new business and help to find funding.

The event is open to young people aged 16-24 with an inspirational idea who will have the opportunity to pitch their new business or social enterprise idea to the room.

Everyone who attends donates £5 and gets a bowl of tasty homemade soup and a roll (made by the students) as well as the chance to vote on their favourite idea. All of the £5s collected go into a pot and the winning idea receives the money, so the more people who attend, the bigger the pot!.

This event has been inspired by Thurrock Soup where previous winners have received up to £200 on the night as well as further funding to use towards setting up their business.

Teresa O’Keeffe from Riverside Community Big Local, said: “Many people have an idea tucked away, but they don’t know what to do with it. This is an opportunity for all of Thurrock’s young adults to turn their ideas into a business, with help, business support and access to funding. We hope that the local schools and colleges take up this challenge. It should be a great evening!”

Graeme Collie, Head of Commercial Catering at South Essex College, said it was a great opportunity for young people.
He said: “I’m delighted the College is hosting this event which will inspire our future generation. This event is the perfect opportunity for young people to realise their potential and achieve their dreams.”
Everyone is welcome to attend.

To book your place, visit:www.thurrocksoup7.eventbrite.co.uk Continue reading “YOUTHINK! event set to inspire Thurrock’s Young People”

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Souping up your business plans

Thurrock Soup aims to help inspire social enterprise and business ideas from Thurrock residents and offer advice and support in starting a new business and in identifying funding.

These regular events offer local people an opportunity to pitch their ideas and win some start-up money if chosen as the best idea on the night.

To take part, participants are invited to treat themselves to a bowl of tasty soup and a roll for £5, all of which goes into a pot. The £5 also gives people the chance to vote for their preferred idea.

Previous Soup winners have received £100 to £200 to use towards setting up their business. In all, over £800 has been raised so far and ot all has been used to help new businesses start up!

One of these successes is “Smallzdeep”, a young musician who used his start-up fund to set-up a music studio here in Grays where he works with young people, sometimes from difficult backgrounds to help them to express themselves through music.

This is often helped by working with known artists and rising artists such as D’One. On Thursday 26 April there will be a special version of the Soup event – YOUTHINK! – aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 who have an inspirational idea.

This event will be held at Waves Restaurant, South Essex College in New Road Grays and will start at 5.30pm – everyone welcome!

Do you have a great idea? Would you like to start a business?

For more information and to book a place at an event visit:www.thurrocksoup7.eventbrite.co.uk or business@thurrock.gov.uk

Potential for a strong community

Potential for a strong community

I believe there is amazing potential in the people of the area. That’s why I became involved in Riverside Community – to work towards building a stronger community. We are a partnership of local residents and volunteers working together to run projects residents have told us they want to see -things such as Tribe by the Thames, a Bear Grylls-type youth club that meets at Grays Beach Park; the School of Social Entrepreneurs that provides focused support and training for new businesses that want to give something back to the community; or the Lightship Café which is run by volunteers and open all week long.

On these pages you will find information on these – and other – projects as well as details of how to get involved.

We’re all about delivering projects local people want to see, so I really want to hear your ideas for new projects to help improve the Riverside Community; anything from a celebratory summer street party to clearing up a neglected area; to an after school club.

You can get in touch by email at info@riversidecommunity.org.uk.

Thurrock Soup

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Thurrock Soup is an innovative and inspirational series of events that help generate transformational social enterprise and business ideas from local people and create a way for them to receive seed funding to help turn ideas into realities.

Read Thurrock Council’s press release on the inaugural event.

The process is very simple, everyone buys a bowl of soup and a roll for £5, the money goes into a pot, people pitch their ideas, then everyone votes on their favourite and the winner takes the money! Simples!

LOVE GRAYS: GRAYS IN BLOOM – Princes Trust win public vote for best planter

Several parts of Grays Town Centre were cheered up this summer with the first ever Grays in Bloom competition.  5 local Voluntary Groups took part in designing the displays and keeping them looking nice throughout the summer.  A vote was held on Facebook for the best display and the winners were Princes Trust with their planter in George Street near the State Cinema.

Riverside Community Big Local provided the trophy and Griffin Residential provided other prizes.

Riverside Community News – Advertising opportunities available

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Inspired by a Big Local area near Bradford, we are producing a quarterly “Good News” Magazine – when we say good, we mean it will focus on the positive things that are happening in and around Grays.

The glossy 36 page A5 magazine will be distributed to over 3000 homes in the local area.

Featuring local interest articles, community contributions and regular features such as heritage, arts and culture, kids, sports and fitness, cookery, gardening, film and book reviews and more – this will be the best publication for the area – and we want your business on board.

With advertising from as little as £24.65* per edition, register you interest here and a member of our team will be in touch.  You will be sent the advertising price list by email.

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*bulk discounts apply to bookings of 3 editions or more.

 

Tribe by the Thames – New Youth Group started with a flourish

Our newly launched youth group has named itself “Tribe by the Thames” and we quite like it!

The youngsters from the Grays Riverside area drew several logos to reflect their new name.

The first couple of weeks have been indoors and have given the young people a chance to get to know one another and their volunteer leaders.

There are still plenty of spaces in the groups, different age groups meet on different nights as follows:

Ages 8-11 Tuesdays 4-6pm, Ages 12-15 Thursdays 5-7pm and Ages 16-19 Mondays 6-8pm the meeting place is the Inspire Youth Hub, Orsett Road, opposite Thameside Theatre.[fbvideo link="https://www.facebook.com/marta.woldanski/videos/10212822606339215/" width="500" height="400" onlyvideo="1"]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a considerate neighbour? Do you care about your street?

Is this what you think of when you hear Ambassador?
Is this what you think of when you hear Ambassador?

We are looking to recruit a Street Ambassador for every street in the area!  “What’s a Street Ambassador?”, You cry!

A Street Ambassador is someone who will work in conjunction with Riverside Community in an attempt to improve the conditions and lifestyle within their local area and to promote Riverside Community Big Local projects and connect with residents.

We will hold regular meetings of all Street Ambassadors, to discuss issues and start projects that will transform the neighbourhood.

Issues that would be identified and addressed might include:

  • Anti-Social behaviour
  • Fly-tipping
  • Waste and recycling issues
  • Concern for vulnerable neighbours
  • Social integration
  • Housing issues
  • Community Spirit and Neighbourliness

To register your interest please complete the form below and we will get in touch immediately.

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