Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Grays: Trustees impressed by work of Riverside Community Trust

THE Riverside Community Big Local has welcomed the Chief Executive Officer of Local Trust (the body which funds them) to Grays to view some of their exciting projects.

Matt Leach, Chief Executive of Local Trust first stop was the proposed Pocket Park, Falconwood, along Bridge Road where he met with representatives of Mears who were busy clearing the site.


After that he moved on to Grays Beach Park to see some of the improvements that volunteers have made to the park and to join with youngsters from the Princes Trust who were busy decorating planters to brighten up the town centre as part of Grays in Bloom.

Matt was joined by members of the Riverside Community Big Local Partnership Board for lunch at the Lightship Cafe – a Social Enterprise that is run by local volunteers – and the chance to discuss progress on a range of other projects.

After lunch it was on to the Community House, on Seabrooke Rise, to meet with Sian Chaplin Secretary of Seabrooke Rise Community Association, then Thurrock Soup winner Kara Thompson. Kara is now running a successful arts project linking children from Thameside Primary School with elderly people in Grays to create original artwork.

Finally, Matt met with one of the Community Translator Justyna Demczuk and presented her with her Level three certificate in Community Interpreting.

Following the visit Matt Leach said “Massive thanks to Andy Blakey (chair of the Riverside Community Big Local) and all the partnership members we met for such an inspiring visit to the Riverside Community. In what seemed quite a short visit, we managed to pack in an incredible amount of stuff – it is amazing quite how much you’ve collectively achieved – the energy and passion and positivity of everyone we met was infectious.”

Andy Blakey said, “It was great to welcome Matt to witness some of our projects. Sometimes we forget just how much our volunteers and local residents have achieved in a short space of time. Matt’s feedback gives us a real boost and will spur us on to deliver even more alongside the local community here in Grays.”


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