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.
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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:
To register your interest please complete the form below and we will get in touch immediately.
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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
We are excited to be partnering with Thurrock Council in launching Thurrock Soup – an event where local entrepreneurs with business or social enterprise ideas share their idea with others and the best idea is funded by the entrance fee!
This simple but effective concept can help you sharpen your focus and improve your idea whilst getting you the chance of winning a few hundred pounds to develop your business plan or product.
The first event will be hosted at The Beehive, West Street, Grays at 18:30 until 20:30 on Friday 9th September and the entrance fee of £5 will buy you a bowl of freshley prepared soup produced from locally grown organic produce and a delicious bread roll. (Of course at the end of the night all entrance fees will go to the winning business or social enterprise idea!)
To register for the event please visit the link here and remember to bring a five pound note with you!
More success news from the AGM as a wide variety of proposed projects were voted on with such interesting ideas as the Great Artistic Showdown & Showcase, a community market, a pocket wood and learning trail, and a rooftop event or rave (if the top of the multi-storey car park could be made available).
The project with the highest number of votes was a beach café to bring more visitors to Grays Beach and make it a real day out destination.
All of the projects also attracted a number of willing volunteers ready to take on the challenge of breathing life into what are, for the moment, aspirational dreams for a better and more vibrant community. Of course, it was the beach café that signed up the largest complement of volunteers, showing just how attractive the idea really is.
It is also fascinating to note that some projects brought up at the AGM (see the photo above) have sparked off-shoot ideas following the meeting such as the possibility of having a drive-thru Santa’s Grotto on the roof of the multi-storey car park! It just goes to show what an inventive, creative community Grays Riverside truly is.
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 www.ngagethurrock.org.uk/.
To volunteer with Riverside Community, fill out the form at http://www.riversidecommunity.org.uk/volunteer-with-us/.
Five local residents were invited to meet Roland Singer-Kingsmith, a social entrepreneurship manager from UnLtd, on 12th May to pitch their ideas for social enterprises that will benefit the Grays Riverside.
UnLtd provides support for budding social entrepreneurs across the UK including direct investment through their Awards Scheme and the type of practical support that an individual needs to get their project from the idea stage to an actionable business.
Roland’s team at UnLtd work with the various Big Local projects across the UK, one of which is Riverside Community, through the ‘Star People’ programme.
The projects discussed at the meetings cover a diverse range of ideas all of which are seen to have some beneficial value for the local community either directly through the delivery of services or indirectly through increased economic activity.
Three local residents who attended the Riverside Community AGM have already shown themselves to be eligible for the ‘Star People’ programme so if you have an idea for a social enterprise and you live in the Grays Riverside area, you can come down to the Riverside Community office and we can arrange a meeting with one of UnLtd’s ‘Star People’ team or you can go to www.unltd.org.uk/starpeople.