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.
The recent Annual General Meeting of Riverside Community Big Local was hailed a complete success having achieved all the objectives for the group on 12th May.
Being a community project, it is important that the Board is comprised of a majority of residents from the area and this was achieved at the meeting with a complement of nine local residents showing their community spirit and desire for real change in the Grays Riverside area by becoming the bedrock for the new Board. The Board is supplemented with six non-resident members.
The business of the meeting was completed with the Board, whilst retaining the broad strokes, long-term vision for the project, setting the priorities for the immediate and up-coming projects, strengthening the vision for a better and more cohesive community for Grays Riverside.
The meeting was open to the public so that people with ideas could come forward with ideas to improve the community and get an idea of what the project is all about. Although the turnout was not as large as was hoped, three ideas were presented for community projects that were filled with enough potential to be put forward for the ‘Star People’ programme which gets people access to possible funding streams and assistance to realise their ideas.
Grays Riverside Community Big Local is at the end of its first funded year and it has achieved a lot of things, but we still haven’t spent much of the £1 million funding that we have received!
If you live, work or volunteer in Grays Riverside area then you are invited to get involved! On Thursday 12th May, we are hosting a gathering so that we can share what we have done so far and update next year’s plan.
Please come along to help us choose which projects should received funding that will make the biggest difference in the community in Grays.
Venue: The Beehive Resource Centre, West Street, Grays, Essex. RM17 6XP
Date: Thursday 12th May, 7:00pm
Please tell us that you are coming, by completing this form. Thank you.
As 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.