Good News Stories from our Community Builders (16th – 29th Oct)

Published on: October 30, 2023

Eda Deramchia, Shoebury – Sponsored by Shoebury Residents Association

Eda revisited and caught up with Jackie & Mike who are two amazing and dedicated volunteers who love & care so much for East Beach. It was a special day as Trustlinks also joined us in helping to keep the beach clean and tidy. Trustlinks do an amazing job helping people across Southend with their wonderful projects, improving mental health & wellbeing as well as the environment.

They brought with them 20 or so volunteers from Ford Motors to assist with the cleaning. The place was buzzing, people were happy to be there and the Shoebury Dippers were out swimming in the sea. Everyone who walked past stopped for a chat and commented on how wonderful what we were all doing was. The volunteers were dotted around behind the beach huts, outside the new Café that is being constructed, and by the flower beds that Mike & Jackie have so beautifully created.

What is usually accomplished over a long period of time was easily achieved in a few hours thanks to everyone that came along to help. Jackie from the Love East Beach project was delighted with the successful day and said:

“We were so pleased to be joined by so many volunteers from Ford and we were blown away by their enthusiasm and hard work. We would never have been able to achieve so much without their help, and local residents have told us how impressed they were by what they achieved that day.”

The day was a massive success and Eda urges & encourages all the residents, and companies (big or small) to give back to their community as little or as much as possible to make Shoebury a better, cleaner and greener place to live. This provides an excellent opportunity for teams to bond outside the office/working environment in a beautiful setting, and helps improve mental health & wellbeing whilst bringing a sense of unity to any group or community.

Get in touch with Eda:
Mon-Fri
07534 337503
EDeramchia@Savs-southend.co.uk


Chiquitta Bruce, Milton – Sponsored by Milton Community Partnership

This week Chiquitta has decided to focus on a call for help from the Ironworks Southend. The Ironworks Southend opened its doors to the people of Southend in 2022, saving the Highstreet from having another unused, under-utilised building. Since then the Ironworks have welcomed over 100,000 people from the community, ranging from local small businesses, local artists, additional needs clubs, charities, musicians, and many more individuals, who have used the space to connect and interact with each other.

Having an accessible, child-friendly, central facility has had a wonderful impact on community participation, but it doesn’t end there. There are plans to open the other floors to provide more opportunities, including a theatre, youth club, dance studio, artist gallery and so much more. The Ironworks have consistently complied with requests and ideas from the community and are always open to recommendations, demonstrating their commitment to the community. The team continue to showcase the varied use of the building and the diversity of the people of Southend.

One of the co-founders, Natalie said, “ We are so thrilled by the generosity of all our customers, myself and my sister Ami would like to thank everyone for their continued support, without your help we wouldn’t be here. We cannot and do not want to lose this community space, and without the support of the community the Ironworks faces imminent closure”.

To support the Ironworks they are asking for donations via the link below. Please also visit their Facebook page to see all their current and future community events.
https://gofund.me/a1292fe8
https://www.facebook.com/theironworkssouthend

Get in touch with Chiquitta:
Mon-Fri
07534 312867
cbruce@savs-southend.co.uk

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