Good News Stories from our Community Builders (17th to 30th April) – SAVS

Published on: April 24, 2023

Chiquitta Bruce, Milton – Sponsored by Milton Community Partnership

Chiquitta attended the Co-Op Community Meeting last week.

Chiquitta said “The first Co-op community meeting was successfully held on Hamlet Court Road at the Haven Community Hub by Darrell and Jack. Members of the community and local organizations came together to learn about the various ways in which the Co-op supports their community, including funding that will become available on 10th May. We were informed about their community well-being index, which provides insights into the things that matter most to people in their respective areas, ranging from housing to transport. Westcliff’s community well-being score is 55 points, which is above the UK average, with culture, heritage, and leisure being unsurprising highlights. If you would like to support local causes or learn more, visit them at the Hamlet Court Road in Harmony Festival on 21st May from 11am to 3pm because they will also be supporting us there.”

Get in touch with Chiquitta:
07534 312867

Kayleigh Wilkins, Victoria – Sponsored by St Vincent’s Southend

Kayleigh attended a tree planting event.

Kayleigh said “Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in a tree planting event at Balmoral in collaboration with several organisations such as South Essex Homes, Project49, Houghton and Son, SECH Youth Club, and two Victoria Ward Councillors. The event was a success, and we were able to plant a total of 10 fruit trees around Grampian flats.

The day was sunny, and the energy was high as we all gathered to plant these trees. Everyone was excited about the positive impact that this initiative would have on the environment and the community. As we dug holes, planted the trees, and watered them, we felt a sense of accomplishment and pride in doing our part to make a difference.

The event was not only about planting trees; it was also an opportunity to bring together people from different backgrounds to work towards a common goal. We had the pleasure of having one of the residents come out and join us in planting the trees, which was a great way to involve the community in this important initiative.

It was inspiring to see everyone come together and work towards a common goal. It reminded me of the importance of community involvement and collaboration in achieving meaningful change. Planting these trees was just one small step, but it was a step in the right direction towards creating a more sustainable and eco-friendly community.

Overall, the tree planting event at Balmoral was a great success, and I was grateful to be a part of it. It is my hope that events like these will continue to bring people together to work towards a brighter and more sustainable future.”

Get in touch with Kayleigh:
07534 876274

Rob Carvosso, Shoebury – Sponsored by Shoebury Residents Association

Rob attended Red Hot Stitchers in Shoeburyness.

Rob said, “Last week, I attended the Monday evening session of the Red Hot Stitchers at the new venue of St. Mary’s Church Hall in Shoebury. The Red Hot Stitchers is a group that supports community groups by making bags from donated material for groups and charities such as food banks.

The bag-making process is amazing because it supports recycling and reduces the need for plastic and landfill waste. Moreover, it encourages people to learn practical skills and rekindle skills that may not have been used for some time. During the sessions, people can bring along their own projects and discuss and exchange ideas, or receive support for sewing projects that may be challenging. The group also offers taster sessions on a regular basis, and even those who do not own a sewing machine have an opportunity to try it out.

It was a great evening spent witnessing people supporting the community, helping the environment, socialising, learning, and improving their skills while enjoying cake, coffee, and of course, sewing machines.”

Get in touch with Rob:
07534 337503

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