On Saturday 21 May Teresa hosted an event bringing together community groups from across Thamesmead to talk about how they can improve their local area. The event was held at Woolwich Polytechnic School and facilitated by Trust Thamesmead, the development trust and charity. It was the first in a series Teresa is planning to hold over the next few years to help build stronger community links in Thamesmead.
Around 29 different community groups attended the meeting to talk about their aspirations, the barriers they face and how Teresa can help as the local MP. Representatives from the Big Lottery Fund and Barclays gave presentations outlining what works in community-led initiatives and how the groups could make effective bids for grant money.
“It was great to get so many local community groups together in the one room to network and talk about how we can work together to improve Thamesmead. We had some excellent workshops and all the groups shared best practice and developed action plans.
“This was just the first in many meetings I want to hold in the future to build strong links amongst local community groups. If any other Thamesmead groups are interested in attending future sessions I encourage them to get in touch with me. This is a long-term project I want to develop to help groups get grants to improve things for people in Thamesmead.”