Francis Sealey from Enfield Climate Action Forum invites Palmers Green residents to take part in an upcoming ‘community hub’ initiative
In November there will be a ‘local community hub’ to address the concerns of our communities in Palmers Green and the immediate surrounding areas.
The idea was inspired by the community hubs that the Enfield Climate Action Forum (EnCaf) held last year which successfully brought people together in Edmonton to talk about climate change and public health.
A local coalition of civil society groups working in partnership with statutory authorities, called LocalMotion, backed by some leading charitable funders, thought it was a good model to engage local communities and build action plans from the bottom up in a collaborative way.
So, they are cooperating with EnCaf to pilot this innovative approach. The Co-op Membership Engagement Team who took part in
last’s years hubs will also be a partner in this and Palmer Green Mosque has offered their education centre to host it and is keen to take part.
A group within the mosque are planning to contact other faiths so that we have an inter-faith contribution to the hub and are also working with young people to develop a project around youth unemployment which is a major concern.
Jointly we have developed a survey to find out what the concerns are of local people so as to help us with the design of the hub. This is in circulation now and issues like air pollution, green space, mental health and social isolation, housing and insulation and food insecurity are coming up as major concerns.
Each session will have a key speaker who will briefly introduce the topic and a facilitator will then encourage those there to engage on the topic in a constructive dialogue to look at how we can work together to achieve positive results.
We hope this local community hub will help us create a model that we can then replicate elsewhere so that we can create community engagement across the borough in a constructive and participatory way. The hub takes place on Saturday, 18th November, from around 1pm to 8pm.
We hope to develop some actions that we can take forward to improve our local area through collaboration with each other and with the statutory authorities.
Take part in the Palmers Green survey (which only takes about three minutes):