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

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!

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"]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Youth Club looking for the next Bear Grylls

youth-skills-optimisedGrays Riverside Big Local are launching an exciting new outdoor skills project for the young people of Grays Riverside in partnership with Forest School for All.

The weekly activities are for youngsters aged 6-19 who want to learn forest skills such as shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor cooking, camp craft and new life skills and will be on different weeknights for three age ranges.

The group are also looking for adult volunteers who would like to receive training and be involved. Organiser, Jeanette Alexander said “I often see young people transformed when they are learning practical skills outdoors, so many don’t get the regular opportunity to do these kinds of activities in a safe environment.”

To register your interest in joining one of the groups fill in the form below or as a volunteer please apply here or call Jeanette on 07788 529505

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Falconwood Pocket Park – Exciting outdoor project for the whole community

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Do you recognise this place in Grays?

It is an oft-missed piece of woodland at the juncion of Bridge Road/Manorway and Argent Street and by early 2017 it will belong to the community of Grays through the work of Riverside Community Big Local.

Once the title has been transferred we will be undertaking some tree surgery work and rebuilding the wall with railings to secure the park at night.

A group of nearby residents are leading on the project and will be talking to the wider community about the possibilities of the pocket park once these works have been completed.

To get involved with this exciting project please complete our volunteer application form

2 year plan in place with £300,000 grant approved

plan-frontWe’re delighted to announce that our latest project plan has been approved and we anticipate drawing down a total of £300,000 towards projects over the next two years.

Details of the planned projects can be found here – and you will see there is a lot going on and to get involved with.

To sign up for more information or to join Riverside Community as a project volunteer or a member of the Board, please complete the form found here.