Street party in Barking

08 September 2016

Residents living on the Gascoigne Estate in Barking enjoyed an action-packed day during a recent street party.

The party was organised by Action4Gascoigne – a community action group run by Chain Reaction that encourages 11-16 year-olds living on and around the Gascoigne Estate to take an active role in their community.

Bouncy castles and table tennis were among the activities on offer at the event, as well as crafts, a DJ with dancing, ping-pong and a tug of war competition. 

Young people were heavily involved in organising the event, from deciding what activities to include and sending out the invites, to preparing the food on the day. 

Action 4 Gascoigne, funded by People's Health Trust, in a tug of war.

Local groups and organisations also held stands including: parents selling home-cooked food, the local recycling team, a bike repair shop, the police, a local head-teacher, Barnardos and the council team working on regeneration projects in Barking.

The young people invited the stallholders along to showcase what is happening around the Gascoigne estate and to strengthen understanding of the services available in the community.

The street party is the second all-day event that the group have organised. During the Easter holidays they held a fun day which more than 400 people came to.

Younger residents involved in the project want to improve community spirit in the area and this event was a chance for them to get the wider community involved in Action4Gascoigne.

Fliss Green, Chain Reaction General Manager, said:

“The street party was a huge success. It was a great turn out with even more people attending this event than the fun day.

“Usually there is not a lot to do on the estate but the street party was a really effective way of getting people out of their houses and involved in the local community.”

 

Action4Gascoigne received funding from People’s Heath Trust, using money raised by HealthLives through The Health Lottery.

Chain Reaction use theatre, media and the arts to educate, inspire and increase the confidence of young people aged 5-19.

Chain Reaction facilitate the Action4Gascoigne weekly sessions which the young people help to plan – focusing on issues the area faces and community events which can help to bring local residents together and help to reduce local issues.

For more information about Action4Gascoigne or Chain Reaction, visit www.chainreactiontheatre.co.uk, or email [email protected].

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