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 or

New volunteers signed up at Recruitment Fayre


Riverside Community found itself quite a draw at the recent Volunteer Recruitment Fayre hosted by ngage Thurrock, an organisation that promotes active citizenship and voluntary opportunities.

Just one of a number of organisations offering voluntary work opportunities in Thurrock, RCBL found itself in the middle of fierce competition to snag as many willing volunteers as possible during the three hour event. Rob and Anita, the recruitment team for the event, managed to charm and capture quite a high number of potential volunteers with their friendly and contagious enthusiasm for the project.

In quite a coup for the team, a whole family signed up as potential volunteers within the first hour and the people just kept on coming with ideas and offers of help for future events being planned.

As befits a project that is dedicated to building a strong and cohesive community spirit in the Grays Riverside area, the ethnic mix of the people who signed up to volunteer was fantastically broad and just what is needed to bring about a fully integrated, successful and, most importantly, great community to live in.

For more information on Ngage, visit

To volunteer with Riverside Community, fill out the form at

Come and share your ideas for improving Grays

happy-coffeeAs part of our ongoing community engagement and consultation we will be hosting regular drop-in sessions every Tuesday at the Cafe in the foyer of the Thameside Theatre starting Tuesday 29th March from 1:30pm for 2 hours.

These sessions will be open to everyone especially local residents to share their views how the community and vicinity of Grays can be improved with funding that we have been given as a Big Local Area.

We would love for you to join us, please let us know if you are interested in attending one by completing the form below.

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Grays Beach Litter Pick – Wow what a difference!

grays-beach-litter-pick-beforeA brief report from Emma Harrington of Thames 21 about the recent Grays Beach Litter Pick.

Firstly a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who gave their time to help last Saturday. It was a really great turn out and great to see that everyone was so enthusiastic.

grays-beach-litter-pick-afterThere were about 60 of us out there and as well as removing 18 trolleys, we managed to fill nearly 140 bags; I am so impressed that half of these were filled with plastic bottles and cans that will be recycled and not sent to landfill.

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Thurrock Council for helping with the supply of bags and taking the rubbish away on Monday and to  Thurrock Yacht Club for providing facilities and offering somewhere to warm up!

The artist Michelle was also able to take away a couple of bags of litter that she will be making into an art sculpture. This should be on view at the Totally Thames Festival which takes place in September. And Viktor managed to take away a bag full of plastic lids that will be moulded into toys with young people at the Edinburgh Science Festival in April.

Precisamos de voluntários – ajudem Thames 21 a limpar Grays Beach

Grays Beach Litter Pick_Feb 2016Thames 21, uma organização não governamental  para o meio ambiente, selecionou Grays beach  para realizar um trabalho de limpeza nas margens do rio Thames  e estão procurando voluntários para colaborar.

Emma Harrington, gerente de desenvolvimento,  disse para Grays Riverside Community  Big Local que eles estão procurando idealmente por 40 voluntários para ajudar por 3 horas  e já  receberam o  apoio doThurrock yacht club  para o uso do espaço do clube.

Se você está interessado por favor preencha o formulário para se registrar.

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Grays Beach Litter Pick_Feb 2016Ile iṣẹ ore-aanu fun Environmental, Thames 21 ti yan Grays Beach ni agbegbe Thames fun itọju idọọti ati pe wọn wa ẹniti o fẹ ṣiṣẹ laigba owo ni adugbo lati ran wọn lọwọ.

Emma Harrington, Oluṣakoso Idagbasoke sọ fun Grays Riverside Community Big Local ni pe wọn wa eniyan ogoji (40) ti wọn ma ṣiṣẹ laigba owo fun wakati mẹta (3). Thurrock Yacht Club ma jẹ ki wọn lo ohun elo wọn.

Bi o ba nifẹ lati ṣe iranlọwọ, jọwọ fọwọsi fọọmu yi lati forukọsilẹ

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Potrzebni wolontariusze- pomóż Thames21 posprzątać Plaże Grays.

Grays Beach Litter Pick_Feb 2016Środowiskowa akcja charytatywna Thames21 poszukuje wolontariuszy do pomocy w sprzątaniu śmieci i odpadków obszaru wzdłuż Tamizy.

Emma Harrington, Development Manager poinformowała wspólnotę Grays “Big Local” że poszukuje do pomocy 40 wolontariuszy na 3 godziny. Otrzymała również wsparcie od Thurrock Yacht Club do wykorzystania ich obiektów.

Jeśli jesteś zainteresowany proszę wypełnij poniższą formę aby się zarejestrować.

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Grays Beach Litter Pick_Feb 2016Labdaringa aplinkos apsaugos organizacija “Thames 21″ pasirinko Grays Beach, kaip vietą šalia Thames upės šiuksliu rinkimui, ieško savanorių kurie padėtu.

Emma Harrington, plėtros vadybininkė, pranešė Grays Riverside Community Big Local, kad ieško apie 40 savanorių 3 valandom, kurie galėtu padėti. Gavo paramą iš Thurrock Jacht Klubo, galimybę naudotis jų patalpomis.

Jei Jūs susidomėjote, prašau užpildyti šią registracijos formą.

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