Play Streets would you like one in our area

Play streets typically allow children to play freely, without organised games or activities.
This means children can cycle, scoot, skate, chalk, skip, hopscotch, kick a ball around and make up games. They are joyous and active!

Would you like to turn your road into a regular ‘Play Street’ for your children and your neighbour’s children to play safely?

Play streets give children a chance to play, be active and make friends on their street, whilst also building community and encouraging active citizenship. As well as these immediate benefits, they can help to bring about a longer-term culture-change, where streets are safer and friendlier and it is more normal for children to play out.

To find out more, use the link below or contact;


Start a play street on your street – Playing Out An easy introduction to getting started with play streets where you live. Find tips and resources for making your street a place to play

Litter Pick at Falcon Wood

A small team of Riverside Community Big Local volunteers spent Sunday morning picking litter from the piece of land along Bridge Road known as Falconwood.

Working with local residents and organisations the Big Local plans to create a Pocket Park on this previously un-cared for land.

As part of these plans the Big Local thinned out some of the dead and dangerous trees and started to level off the land. The levelling off revealed a large amount of rubbish that had been buried for many years.

In all volunteers collected 24 sacks of cans, bottles and other rubbish – as well as a number of larger items of rubbish.

Chair of the Riverside Community Big Local, Andy Blakey, said;

“Falconwood is a hidden gem and we plan to work with residents to make it a really pleasant place for people to enjoy. It time, we will look to put some appropriate seating and other amenities but – for now – the efforts of volunteers on Sunday has made to the area that bit nicer to look at and walk through.

“Thanks to Steve, Anton, Jacqueline and John for giving their time and to Thurrock Council for disposing of the rubbish collected.”

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action will launch on Friday 27 March.

Thurrock Council in partnership with Stronger Together, Thurrock CVS and other local organisations are working together to safely coordinate support to residents in need and to help ensure voluntary work is carried out in a safe and co-ordinated way across the borough.

The priority of Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action is to help residents who have been contacted by Government and Public Health England in regards to shielding, these are residents who are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and must stay at home and self-isolate for 12 weeks due to underlying health conditions.

If you fall into this category and have received a text or letter from the NHS this week please follow the link in the message and sign up for support. Volunteers for Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action will be in touch with these residents in due course to confirm their individual support needs.

For residents who do not fall into the shielding category but require additional help and support at this time, more information will be coming out from Monday on how to access help from Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “As the coming days and weeks become more difficult, self-isolation and access to help may be a source of worry for many of our residents. I urge residents who have received a text or letter from the NHS this week to follow the link in the text and sign up for support as soon as possible.

“Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action will be providing our most vulnerable residents with help to access food, medicines and social contact. Thank you so much to everyone across the borough who is volunteering to support our communities at this challenging time.”

Stronger Together are developing a local volunteer network to support this activity. This will include help for individuals and groups who would like to volunteer but will also provide information online enabling people to say how and where they can help. With connections to other local organisations, Stronger Together will coordinate and link volunteers with roles within the community but also provide signposting for people to help themselves and others.

Kristina Jackson, Chief Executive at Thurrock CVS, said: “It is clear that many people across the borough want to do something to help others and I would please ask anyone who would like to help out, to register their interest in volunteering through the website detailed below so we can co-ordinate a fast and effective response and get food, medicine and other essential items to those who need them as quickly and safely as possible for all, whilst sticking to social distancing measured.”

To register your interest to volunteer please visit:

For more information on Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action visit:

Additional information is available via and

Support for the community is also on where there are details of support through a dedicated Facebook page and Facebook Group to give a platform for residents to share resources and receive additional local information.

Grays Town centre Consultation

On Tuesday the 3rd of March JTP feedback on the community consultation they had undertaken on Feburay the 28yth and 29th
It was a very powerful presentation and the two halves can be seen below

Click here Part 1 and then you may have to press the play button
then to see part two Part 2, and you may have to press the play button. You can stop it and start via the play button

Salisbury Rd Alley Clearance Feb 2020

Residents of the Orchard Forum area were out on Saturday morning clearing the back alleyway between Salisbury Road and Richmond Road.

Led by the Forum chair, Tina Holland, and Steve Catchpole residents collected two truck loads of rubbish that had been dumped in the alleyway.

Speaking afterwards, Tina said “thanks to all those who came out to help on Saturday – and to Thurrock Council for taking away all the rubbish we collected. Whilst still not perfect, this alleyway is much, much clearer now!

The next Orchard Forum litter pick will be on Saturday 14th of March, meeting at 9am in John Street

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.

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="" 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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