Gants Hill Community Hub

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Welcome to the Gants Hill Community Hub engagement site. The Hub will serve residents from across the Gants Hill area, including the wards of Barkingside, Clayhall, Cranbrook, Fullwell, Valentines and Aldborough.

Gants Hill Community Hub will be a new building that contains services and space for the local community at Gants Hill Library, 490 Cranbrook Road. Plans are being developed through co-design with local residents, and alongside this we are working with the community to identify priorities for the Hub and wider area.

Residents' input has shaped the feasibility study and design principles for the site, and in the next phase designs for Gants Hill Hub itself, how it should look and feel and which services and facilities should be offered.

Please explore the site and FAQs, register for updates and find out about different ways to get involved here. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email us on hubs@redbridge.gov.uk.

Welcome to the Gants Hill Community Hub engagement site. The Hub will serve residents from across the Gants Hill area, including the wards of Barkingside, Clayhall, Cranbrook, Fullwell, Valentines and Aldborough.

Gants Hill Community Hub will be a new building that contains services and space for the local community at Gants Hill Library, 490 Cranbrook Road. Plans are being developed through co-design with local residents, and alongside this we are working with the community to identify priorities for the Hub and wider area.

Residents' input has shaped the feasibility study and design principles for the site, and in the next phase designs for Gants Hill Hub itself, how it should look and feel and which services and facilities should be offered.

Please explore the site and FAQs, register for updates and find out about different ways to get involved here. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email us on hubs@redbridge.gov.uk.

  • Getting involved in Gants Hill Hub!

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    Here are five ways to get involved to shape the Gants Hill Community Hub.

    1. Tell us about your Gants Hill

    Which places and spaces are important to you, and why? Which parts of Gants Hill do you want to improve? You can add pins to this map of Gants Hill (and see what others think as well), and suggest or vote on ideas for community projects you'd like to make happen.


    2. Feed back on design principles for the Gants Hill Hub site

    So far, over 900 residents and nearly 50 organisations have fed into the Gants Hill Hub design process, including the development of design principles which will shape future plans. To feed back on the design principles, please complete this survey.



    3. Be part of our Listening Campaign

    We are running a 'listening campaign', meeting with residents, local groups and organisations to explore local views on the area's strengths, needs and priorities. Your views will help to build a picture of Gants Hill and the strategic brief for the Hub.

    If you are interested in having a chat, complete the poll on the right-hand side of the homepage or click here.


    4. Join the Community Research Project

    Since June 2021, the Council has been working with residents, University College London (UCL) and Mutual Gain to conduct research about Gants Hill from a community perspective (here's more information about the launch, research activity and findings), with three Working Groups currently focusing on:

    • Championing shared spaces across the area
    • Tackling litter in Gants Hill
    • Improving support for residents with English as a second language

    The Working Groups are open for anyone to join. Please email Imran on imran.mir@redbridge.gov.uk to find more.


    5. Sign up to our mailing list

    Stay in touch! We send out regular updates to the Gants Hill Hub email list, so make sure you've signed up for updates (you can check your preferences in your profile).

  • Re-imagining Gants Hill for the future

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    Nearly 150 Gants Hill residents joined Redbridge Council and local organisations to share ideas of how to create a vision for the future of the area.

    Local people led five themed workshops and spoke about why the themes they had chosen were important, including women’s safety, making the area more attractive, supporting young people, cleaning up the streets and bringing people together.

    Residents came up with creative ideas on what they wanted to change and how to make them happen together with Redbridge Council and local partners. Redbridge Council’s Community Hubs team has reviewed the insights and together with local people are working up plans for next steps. Follow-up actions and activities include:

    • Improving women’s safety: Running and improving access to self-defence classes, building trust with the police and Council by improving reporting and feedback, and tackling the impact of social media on attitudes and behaviour towards women
    • Transforming Gants Hill: Tackling litter and antisocial behaviour, working with TfL and partners to transform the roundabout and making the area more green by planting trees and flowers
    • Supporting young people: Creating a programme of opportunities with young people
    • Bringing neighbours together: Creating a source of information about local activities and a programme of events to help people connect.

    We are looking for local people to get involved and take forward this great work. For more information, please contact Helen Sorrell or Delwar Hussain.

    Information gained from the workshops and the plans will feed into the development of the future Gants Hill Community Hub, which will provide residents access to services on their doorstep and a flexible space to run their own activities.

    Local organisations that hosted the events included Redbridge Institute, Frenford Clubs and Gants Hill Library, with partners in attendance including the Metropolitan Police and Malakai Boxing.

    At one of the energetic workshops at Frenford Clubs, which saw lots of young people take the platform to get their voice heard, they spoke about their concerns what support looked like for them. 15-year-old Gants Hill resident Imaan Idris said “The event was really amazing because it allowed young people to finally have a say in how we can be helped, which is not an opportunity we often get. I feel listened to and heard!”

    15-year-old Rumaysa Ahmed said: “At school I’m not able to voice my opinion to the teachers, but here adults are taking me seriously. It was fun!”

    Event attendees were treated to delicious hot meals provided my Gants Hill caterers Tanas Events, Saffron Street and Biryani Guys.

    If you would like to be kept up to date on Gants Hill Hub activities, please register for updates on this website.

    View a photo slide show of all the events.

  • Calling Gants Hill residents!

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    What do you want for the future of Gants Hill?

    Come and meet your neighbours, enjoy hot food and share your ideas in a series of workshops aimed at enhancing Gants Hill and creating a future vision with neighbours, local organisations and Redbridge Council.

    The workshops will provide a chance to explore what people want to change, and the opportunities for how we can work together to make it happen.

    The topics to get involved in are:

    Topic Workshop date
    Location
    Gants Hill Future Visions: women’s safety and wellbeing
    Thursday 22nd September from 6-9pm
    Redbridge Institute, Gaysham Avenue, IG2 6TD
    Gants Hill Future Visions: supporting young people
    Thursday 29th September from 6-9pm Frenford Clubs, The Jack Carter Centre, The Drive, IG1 3PS
    Gants Hill Future Visions: beautifying Gants Hill
    Monday 3rd October from 4.30-7.30pm (all ages)
    Gants Hill Library, Cranbrook Road, IG2 6LA
    Gants Hill Future Visions: bringing people together
    Thursday 6th October from 6-9pm
    Redbridge Institute, Gaysham Avenue, IG2 6TD
    Gants Hill Future Visions: cleaning up our streets
    Thursday 13th October from 5-8pm (all ages) Redbridge Institute, Gaysham Avenue, IG2 6TD


    Click on the topics above to register your attendance for free.

    Insight from the Gants Hill Community Research Project will be shared at the workshops. The research was led by local people who collected opinions and information on some of the topics above.

    The events will be dynamic and action-focused, so bring your family and neighbours. Hot food will be served, provided by Tanas events and Biryani Guys.

    Information gained from the workshops will feed into the development of the future Gants Hill Community Hub, which will provide residents access to services on their doorstep and a flexible space to run their own activities.

  • Schoolchildren take hands on action to stop littering

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    A community anti-litter campaign in Gants Hill has been launched, supported by children at Gearies Primary School and led by resident Herbert Street. The campaign has included children creating posters and banners to encourage the community to stop littering, which are being displayed in local businesses and parks.

    The campaign, in partnership with residents, Redbridge Council and Vision, saw the creation of a number of posters featuring the children’s handprints to encourage local people to take power into their hands to make their community cleaner. These are showcased in businesses along Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, as well as on banners rotating around Clayhall Park, Valentines Park, Martley Drive and Redbridge Recreation Ground.

    The children discussed how litter made them feel, with many arguing it was impacting their local parks and stopping people from visiting them. Gearies Primary School pupil Asha Mellies said: “We shouldn’t litter as animals might get trapped in it.” Her classmate Darius Stefan-Socarici also warned that “litter can cause injuries”.

    Look out for the posters in the shop windows and the park banners, or download a poster and display it in your home or shop window.

    Gants Hill resident Herbert Street said: “I became involved in the campaign because I am genuinely embarrassed when friends and relatives visit because of the amount of litter in Gants Hill. Everybody can take personal responsibility for disposing their trash properly and responsibly whether they are at home or out and about.”

    Discussing why the campaign included schoolchildren, Herbert added: “to instil a lifelong interest in caring for our parks and streets. We are hoping for a ripple effect as the children discuss the issue with parents and older siblings. The children were perceptive in that they recognised not just the impact on the local area, but how rubbish makes its way to the sea and has a wider impact on the global environment.”

    The campaign was the result of a co-designed community research project between residents, Redbridge Council and University College London (UCL). Residents led on a survey to learn how people felt about litter locally. Findings showed that people's perception of litter is wide ranging, from repulsion and lack of pride in the area, to association with safety and wider anti-social behaviour. It also demonstrated that while many residents looked to the Council to solve the litter crisis, 45% of residents believed that individual behaviour is the main cause of litter, which led to the creation of the community campaign. The insights from the research project are feeding into the development of the future Gants Hill Community Hub.

    If you’d like to get involved or explore other ways to take action on similar issues, register for a free place at an environment-focused workshop on 19 September.

    To learn more or be kept up to date with Hub developments register here.

  • Help appoint Gants Hill Hub scheme design team!

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    The Community Hubs programme aims to work with residents to co-design and deliver each Community Hub, and the appointment of architects and design professionals to develop plans for each Hub is an important part of this. Residents participated in the panel interview to appoint RCKa architects in 2020, as well as participating in the Gants Hill Hub Design Group, leading to the production of the Gants Hill Hub Scheme Stage 1 Report. (For further information, access the report here.)

    We are looking for up to three residents to form part of a mixed panel process including council officers, community members and an external representative, to appoint the lead consultant and multidisciplinary team who will develop full plans for the Gants Hill Hub scheme. Residents should not have conflicting or political interests in the process.

    What we need from you

    If you are selected to participate in the process, you will need to:

    • Have approximately 30 hours of time to give to the process between June to August 2022
    • Commit to the online training, moderation and presentation sessions detailed below
    • Commit to reading, understanding and analysing detailed, and often technical, documents, including:
      • Evaluation guidance (which explains the regulations the scoring must be carried out in accordance with)
      • Procurement documents (specification, method statement questions and presentation questions)
      • Submissions received from consultants
    • Treat all materials, processes, scoring and discussions on a confidential basis, and will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement
    • Have access to technology which will allow you to participate in online meetings/sessions
    • You don't need to have any pre-existing expertise around design and development, as we'll provide support and training

    Key dates

    Deadline for applications Sunday 26th June Submission of applications by residents to participate in appointment process
    Interviews for resident shortlist Wednesday 29th June Interviews of shortlisted residents for appointment process positions
    Online training session Thursday 30th June (PM) Training to equip panel members to understand the process and assess the bids
    Evaluation of bids Thursday 7th to Wednesday 27th July Period to review and assess all submissions received from consultants
    Submission of evaluation scores Thursday 28th July Deadline for panel members to submit all evaluation scores in relation to bids
    Online moderation session Tuesday 2nd August Session to compare, review and moderate scores of bids, and to select top three bidders
    Presentation sessions Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th August Online presentation sessions with up to three bidders
    Final moderation session Wednesday 10th August Session to finalise scores and decision


    What you'll get out of it

    If you are selected to participate, you will:

    • Play a vital role in appointing the team who will work with residents, partners and Redbridge Council to design a state of the art Hub and wider scheme in Gants Hill;
    • Develop new skills and knowledge, learning about procurement and the design process
    • Be compensated for your time through select vouchers to the value of £250 per person

    Next steps

    If you're interested in putting yourself forward for one of the resident panel member roles, please click here to complete a simple application by midnight on Sunday 26th June. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email hubs@redbridge.gov.uk.

  • Litter Free Gants Hill

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    Let’s Keep Our Streets Clean

    Join our campaign to keep Gants Hill litter-free. We believe it is all of our responsibility to keep Gants Hill tidy and to ensure our children grow up in the safe and clean environment that we all deserve.

    Our first step is creating a poster campaign with children from Gearies Primary School, which you will see in windows of businesses in Gants Hill roundabout. You can print your own poster out below.

    The campaign is being led by a Working Group of residents, Redbridge Council, Vision and Redbridge Village. If you would like to be part of the solution, we would love you to join our Working Group. If you are interested email local resident Herbert who is leading the campaign herbert.sfl@gmail.com or hubs@redbridge.gov.uk.


    What can you do?


    Background

    In 2021, residents took part in a co-designed Community Research Project in partnership with Redbridge Council, University College London (UCL) and Mutual Gain. Residents led a survey reaching 120 people to learn about how people felt about litter locally.

    What did people tell us?

    • litter is ‘disgusting’, ‘dirty’ and ‘unnecessary’;
    • some residents avoid areas of Gants Hill because of the amount of litter and are embarrassed to invite people to their homes.
    • 45% of residents believe that individual behaviour is the main cause of litter, but 60% of residents looked to the council to solve the litter crisis.

    We believe it is everyone has a part to play to keep Gants Hill litter-free.

  • Community Research Project Update

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    Thank you to everyone who attended the Gants Hill Community Research Hackathon Weekend on the 27th and 28th November. 25 residents joined us over the two days to analyse the data and propose next steps. They were invigorating days and we covered a lot of ground.

    On Saturday, we took a deep dive into the data to understand the research and creating priority statements.

    On Sunday, we used the priority statements to identify what actions we could take from this.

    You can find the research results, including surveys, interviews, observations, photographs and maps that we were analysing.

    We are now conducting a survey to decide which priorities and actions we want to focus on. Everyone is welcome to take part. Closing date is Thursday 23rd December.


    For enquiries about getting involved in the Gants Hill Community Research Project, please email imran.mir@redbridge.gov.uk.



  • Community Research Project get-together!

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    Following the past three months of research carried out by Community Research Project volunteers, we are holding two in-person, Covid-secure, weekend session to invite residents to analyse the findings from the project, and plan our next steps.

    If you're interested in the Gants Hill area or passionate about your local community, it would be brilliant to have you with us on one or both of these days. They're designed so you can join for the whole time, or just drop in for an hour or two.

    We'll be looking at the data, photographs, maps and more which have been collated, kicking off at 12pm on Saturday 27th November at Gants Hill Library. There will be a follow-up session on Sunday 28th November at the same times .

    If you'd like to come along, please register here so we can ensure that everyone is catered for, and we will send out further details in due course: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gants-hill-community-research-project-data-hack-weekend-tickets-209997447017

  • Gants Hill Community Research Project

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    Volunteer community researchers have designed a research project focusing on the ‘people and place’ of Gants Hill and want to hear residents’ experiences of Gants Hill.

    The community-led research project, in partnership with Redbridge Council and University College London (UCL), will see volunteer explore three areas to explore the local community. These are:

    • Community cohesion: To understand the diversity of Gants Hill
    • Environment: To understand the impact that litter has on mental health and experiment with different approaches to reduce littering.
    • Activities and Spaces: To understand the spaces we currently use to share and learn together, and what activities are available or missing in Gants Hill

    Click here to complete the survey. You will have options to choose which questions you would like to answer.

    If you have been approached to be photographed or filmed, click here to complete the photo consent form in order to take part.

    Volunteers will be hosting an event to share their findings back to the community later this year. The findings will be used to shape activities in the local area, including the future Gants Hill Hub. Sign up here to receive more information and keep in touch with the project.


  • Launching Gants Hill Community Research Project

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    Eastern Avenue c. 1956.
    Photo credit: www.gants-hill.com
    Do you live, work or study in Gants Hill or have an interest in the area? Volunteer researchers are being invited by Redbridge Council and University College London (UCL) to learn more about Gants Hill, building on recommendations from local residents to explore the themes of ‘people and place’ across the area.

    No previous experience is needed, just a desire to find out more and learn about the area. Volunteers will receive support from Redbridge and UCL to take part. The opportunity is open for community members in the wards of Aldborough, Barkingside, Clayhall, Cranbrook, Fullwell and Valentines.

    The results of the community research will play a key part in helping shape activities for the area as part of the early stages of planning for the Gants Hill Hub, building on the resident co-design workshops held last year. The Gants Hill Hub will provide space for residents to run activities, as well as to access council and health services, such as library and GP provision.

    This six month research project will be made up of different parts, and volunteers can decide which to get involved in. These include co-designing the research and how it will be conducted, as well as carrying out the research with residents and local organisations. Residents will work with Redbridge Council and UCL, with the opportunity for volunteers to present back the findings to the community.



    If you’d like volunteer for the community research project, please click here to find out more and sign up by Sunday 6th June. If you don't already have a Let's Talk Redbridge account, you'll be able to register in order to access the form.

    If you would like to find out more, please watch a recording of the Information Session. Alternatively, you can click here to view the presentation or read the questions and answers from the session.


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