Radford Park Residents Association

Basildon

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Residents Community Group Building a sense of strong community.
Residents are engaging with one another through regular social events whilst looking out for one another on a day to day basis creating Stronger, closer and more engaged communities with greater community inclusion and cohesion. Addressing the issue of loneliness and social isolation and bringing back the great attribute of looking out for your neighbour

Group introduction

We are a community based Residents Association representing residents who live on the new Bellway/ Bloor development commonly known as Radford Park. This incorporates Radford Park, Archers Field, Dunton Fields and Acacia Park. We commenced establishing the association in September 2015 and formally constituted in January 2016.

Our goal is to ‘Build a greater community.’ We are achieving this through our aims and priorities which this year are: -

Continue to build a sense of community with residents engaging with one another through regular social events whilst looking out for one another on a day to day basis.
Work closely with the key stakeholders for the local area to ensure residents views are represented and stakeholders are held accountable for their responsibilities: -
Acting and engaging as representatives in relation to any ad hoc local issues for residents.
Continue to focus on the parking issue on the estate aiming to get an acceptable solution in place for all parties.
Continue to ensure that the land reserved for a community facility is developed in line with residents wants and needs for the area and explore ways in which Radford Park Residents Association can work in partnership with organisations as part of the establishment of such a facility
Engaging and working with the wider community and groups for the benefit of the residents

Since formation we have started to realise all our aims and priorities through the work of our dedicated and voluntary committee and our sub groups all formed by residents.

We have grown our membership to 241 households and this continues to increase on a weekly basis.
Over the last 2 years we have developed a series of community engagement events that have brought many members of the community together and is helping in forming such a strong, cohesive community in the local area. Many residents comment on how successful these events have been and equally the amazing sense of community that is felt in the area. Previous events include our annual Easter Egg Hunt, Quiz Nights, our Summer Festivals and our Christmas Parties.

The association runs these events on a tight budget and relies on good will from local businesses to deliver excellent value for money events that engage the whole community. We set aside a budget at the start of our financial year from our annual membership fees (£10 per household fee for 2018) that is dedicated to this programme and we have never overspent. Any profit made from an event is invested back in future events, making them bigger and better. For example, at Christmas we organised a Christmas Party for members children and charged £3 per child. This was heavily subsidised from the year’s profit and goodwill donations. For this the children got a 3-hour Christmas Party which included a Children’s Entertainer, a meal and drinks plus a visit to Santa during which they received a high-quality gift. There was even a glass or 2 of mulled wine served for the adults.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

The Funding will help us continue to:
• Build a sense of community with over 240 family households engaging with one another through regular social events whilst looking out for one another on a day to day basis.
• Address the issue of loneliness and social isolation and bringing back the great attribute of looking out for your neighbour.
• Organizing Community Social Events such as the Coffee club where the community can come together on a regular basis for a chat and enjoy team tea or coffee and cake, Easter Quiz night, Family Easter Egg hunt on the green which was attended by 220 children and their families in 2018, Summer Quiz night, Food & Drink Summer festival on the green, Halloween Quiz Night, Childrens Christmas Party, Christmas Carols on the green.
• Expanding the Gardening Club - offering gardening services for free to residents over 65, those who are in need of assistance, residents with chronic disability or for those who care for a resident family member with chronic disability.
• Purchasing festive lights that the whole community can use for community events including decorating the Tree that has been permanently planted on Archers Field. We will be decorating the tree every year as it grows with the community. We will have a Christmas Carol Service round the tree each year just before Christmas.
• Acting and engaging as representatives in relation to any ad hoc local issues for residents.
• Continue to focus on the parking issue on the estate aiming to get an acceptable solution in place for all parties.
• Continue to ensure that the land reserved for a community facility is developed in line with residents wants and needs for the area and explore ways in which Radford Park Residents Association can work in partnership with organisations as part of the establishment of such a facility
• Engaging and working with the wider community and groups for the benefit of the residents

"David Burton-Sampson
Chairman,
We are committed as a voluntary association to supporting and growing our community in all aspects. Grant funding goes a long way to helping us achieve this aim and we are massively grateful for the support."

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https://www.facebook.com/Radford-Park-Residents-Association-734635630002126/

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