Our Streets enewsletter March 2020
Published: 30 Mar 2020
Our Streets in troubled times
The UK is currently experiencing unusual disruption to normal life. With most now not able to venture far, 'Our Streets' and local environment are showing how important they really are to each one of us.
Redbridge Council has postponed all planned events until further notice, but you can find a list of ideas for those in self-isolation to keep positive and active.
The Council and voluntary sector have launched a new local support group in Redbridge via Facebook. The group is to enable practical support and encouragement and is open to all residents.
For those with children unable to attend school, we've put together an activity to help pass some time and connect with where they live, right outside the front door! What's on your street?
Spring to September!
The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed. The new dates for your diary are Friday 11 to Sunday 27 September.
Understandably, litter picking is not currently permitted by central government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in groups or by individuals.
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Many of the activities our team supports are not able to take place (or in some cases prepared) currently under central government COVID-19 guidance.
However, if you've been interested in doing something in your community for a while but not had time to really look into ideas, now might be your chance.
Visit the Our Streets section of the Redbridge Website to read about how to:
- Adopt an uncultivated bit of green space in your area and get gardening with your community
- Set up an all age, relaxed vibe Play Street to have fun with neighbours
- Run a 'Jumble Trail'
- Go litter picking as a group
Read about these ideas and familiarise yourself with the process of how to get started. This might be something to look forward to even if the projects themselves will have to wait until a later date.
Reusable items provide you with essentials that don't need to be replenished saving waste, money and a trip out.
Cloth nappies are incredibly cute, and effective. There's also a wide range of reusable feminine hygiene products available. Specialist online retailers plus a strong 'pre-loved' sector are full of help, advice and a new world of reusable items you'll never have to shop for again!
Thank you to Emma and Sean for sending us a picture of little Dominic sitting proudly with nappies he's outgrown. Using cloth nappies on their three children saved this family almost £2000 and prevented 15,000 disposable nappies from going to landfill.
Redbridge babies under 18 months can apply for a voucher code to redeem a cloth nappy trial pack for just £5.
Team on the green
A community clean up and planting day on Pankhurst Green, Woodford Green turned out to be the last event of this kind the Neighbourhood Team will be running for a while.
The Planting Day was hugely successful,with around 75 people joining in!
Local police officers and police cadets organised a litter pick. The Woodford Green Amenity Group members, individual local residents, other residents groups, school children mainly from Bancrofts with their families and local Co-Op store staff got together on the day to help with the planting and make this wonderful project happen!
Local councillor, Cllr Huggett and local MP Sir Ian Duncan Smith were there too to support, as well as Neighbourhood Team officers (Engagement, Tree officer and Enforcement) along our contractor were present whom organised the planting activity.
A real team effort making happy memories on the last weekend before social distancing was advised.
Local resident Sinead sent us a photo she took on her daily exercise walk.
"I try to walk every day to keep my spirits up during this time of being cut off from friends and family. When I walked past the planters on Fulwell Parade they really cheered me up and inspired a poem which I thought I'd send to you:
Spring doesn’t know there’s a pandemic, she will carry on into summer in her own inevitable way. Showing us colour and renewed hope that seasons pass, and so will this".
We'd love to hear of moments of cheer as you walk locally to get exercise whilst social distancing, or of something that brings a smile out of your window.
If you'd like to, join the national buzz around putting a rainbow in your window to show your neighbours you're thinking of them although you can't see them.