Seven Kings community topics take centre stage

Local people in Seven Kings hosted an event bringing the community together to discuss and tackle local issues. The event, supported by Redbridge Council’s Community Hubs team, saw more than 60 people attend an evening of community speakers, discussions, and dance and musical performances on 30 September.

The event provided local people a chance to meet and celebrate together, hear about the biggest opportunities and issues in the community, and consider how people can work together to address them. The event, at the former Homebase site in Seven Kings and now a ‘Climate Emergency Centre’, included Indian dance by D Bolly, piano performance by Fabio and food from Asiatique to showcase local talent.

The discussion topics were selected by local people in their conversations with Redbridge Council about what was important to them. At the event, attendees heard presentations from residents and had the opportunity to discuss topics including the environment, sustainable resources, developing green spaces, youth violence and safe spaces for young people, developing the creativity of local people and violence against women and girls.

Seven Kings resident Hamza Mubarak said: “The event was a great opportunity to connect to others in the community, discuss important local issues and how we tackle them. I led a discussion about how to make the environment a safer and better place for young people by creating dedicated safe spaces in the community. It was useful to bounce ideas off each other and plan how they can be brought to life.”

The event was part of a programme of engagement around the Seven Kings Community Hub being developed, which will feed into the development and design of the Hub. Interested Seven Kings residents should register and sign up to the mailing list to be kept up to date with developments and the follow up workshops.

For those interested in being part of Hamza's safe havens for young people project, more details can be found on his Instagram page @safehaven.ldn

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