Published on: August 21, 2023
Kayleigh Wilkins, Victoria – Sponsored by St Vincent’s Southend
Kayleigh attended Get The Kids Out event.
“Get the Kids Out” applied for the Small Sparks funding to purchase food for a summer BBQ held at the Storehouse. Alongside the food offerings, a diverse range of engaging games and lively music had been arranged to elevate the event’s atmosphere. Additionally, the festivity was enriched by the presence of a talented face painter, who had once again joined the event, infusing it with vibrant colours and captivating designs. Building on the remarkable success of the previous event, where community residents had not only enthusiastically participated but also savoured every moment, the decision was made to host another gathering while the pleasant weather still lingered.
The event had been co-organised by “Get the Kids Out,” Storehouse, and South Essex Homes. This collaborative effort aimed to cultivate a sense of unity among the residents, fostering a community spirit that transcended individual boundaries. Families and their loved ones eagerly joined the occasion, relishing the opportunity to connect with fellow community members and create meaningful relationships.
As the event unfolded, conversations flowed freely, focusing not only on the enjoyable proceedings but also on thoughtful discussions about the locality itself. Residents had taken the chance to exchange ideas and perspectives on how the area could be further improved and enhanced for the collective benefit of all who called it home. With the weather having played its part and provided an ideal backdrop, the event had been a joyous occasion that encapsulated the essence of community engagement and collaboration.
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Eda Deramchia, Shoebury – Sponsored by Shoebury Residents Association
Eda said, “I was thrilled to discover a lovely couple who live locally to East Beach, Shoeburyness, who are passionate about gardening and making East Beach a prettier, greener, and more biodiverse place to live and visit. This is done in collaboration with Trust Links, who support them with other tasks related to this project. They have been actively improving the green areas around East Beach for around 3 years. They are encouraging other locals or users of the area to play their part and support/assist with looking after the green areas on Shoebury East Beach. They would love to have more volunteers and helpers regardless of their gardening abilities to join them.
As well as the objective of improving the area, it provides an excellent opportunity for community networking and integration. People are welcome to join them just for a chat and admire East Beach if that is all they want to do. They are also open to further ideas and ways of improving the area. They have done an amazing job on the area behind the beach huts and around the stairs, where the new cafes are being built, and also just outside the refurbished toilets on East Beach.
It is incredible to see the passion, effort, and great work done by these volunteering residents. The work they have done is commendable and should be applauded and encouraged. This is truly what community spirit is about, and we are all so very lucky to live in Shoeburyness!”
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