Seven Kings Connects

Seven Kings residents joined forces with Redbridge Council to find solutions to community issues at an event at Krystel Banqueting Suite in Seven Kings.

Local residents, council services and community organisations came together to connect and learn how they could better support each other. Council departments present on the day included Revenues and Benefits and Community Health and Social Care. They shared and gained insight into the issues and barriers experienced by local people and partners.

Redbridge Council Community Hubs team organised the event to get people working together to tackle issues raised by local residents. The issues local people wanted to talk about included support for young parents and children, the cost of living, breaking through barriers of language and judgement, and connection.

The event resulted in some attendees receiving health and welfare support, funding opportunities for local community groups, new strong connections with local charities and partners, arranging for food to be provided for vulnerable individuals and volunteering opportunities. A Seven Kings Working Group will be set up by the Council who will work closely with this group to develop a local approach to supporting local people.

Local resident Hafiza Ahmed said: “I found the community gathering really meaningful and felt moved by all the work that gets done behind closed doors. I learnt that being involved with this kind of get togethers can be powerful!"

Event attendee Amana Basith added "The event showed us there is a need for more conversations and networking.”

Guests were generously hosted by Krystal Banqueting Suite, as well as partners such as the Greater London Authority’s Civic Futures Programme, Art Clubbers and KOREO.

This was the second Seven Kings community gathering, which looked to continue the conversations raised in the last event in September 2021 at the former Homebase site in Seven Kings. The insights gained across both events will feed into the development of the future Seven Kings Community Hub, which will provide residents access to services on their doorstep and a flexible space to run their own activities.

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Below is a photo gallery of the event:

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