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.”
Coronavirus Community Action will launch on Friday 27 March.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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
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.
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
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.
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:
Waste and recycling issues
Concern for vulnerable neighbours
Community Spirit and Neighbourliness
To register your interest please complete the form below and we will get in touch immediately.