We help local people play an active role in identifying priorities for their area, influencing key decision makers and finding solutions to problems collectively. This is because we believe in strong, independent communities, but also because we know that we can have a far bigger impact by working together.
In some places there are community led groups already running for our interested residents to join, but where there is a need to be met we will work with local people to help them organise.
Voices for Greenstead (VfG) – Colchester
Set up in March 2011, VfG has hit the ground running with numerous achievements which include helping to secure a bus service to Colchester General Hospital and funding to install safety lighting on a playing field.
“Voices for Greenstead represents what’s been missing from the estate in the 50 years since it was built.” Councillor Julie Young
Voice of Residents United (VORU) – Clacton-on-Sea
Representing the interests of people living in Forest Park Avenue and Chantry Close, VORU has had a busy year. One of the many highlights was the completion of a stunning street art installation involving local children and the nationally renowned ‘Silent Hobo’.
“We’re grateful to Colne for their support. We get help when we need it, but they don’t interfere.” Shane Sharpe (Chair), VORU
The residents who are part of VORU have been extremely busy holding events to bring their community closer together. For more information on what has been going on, click here.
Foundry Court community steering group – Manningtree
Established in 2011 and supported by the Society, this group aims to keep Foundry Court open and develop it as a health & wellbeing centre. Members include the parish councils of Lawford and Mistley, Manningtree Town Council and the Friends of Foundry Court charity. So far the group has secured £35k of external funding and employed a Centre Development Officer for one year.