Monday, 15 November 2010

Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch Picnic in the Park event!

Our event in Christchurch Green, Wanstead - on Saturday 13th November, was a great success!
Immediately we were joined by a young couple who signed up to create a local NHW!
People of all diversities attended.
Many were eager to sign up to initiate or join existing NHW's
We served free sandwiches, samosas and Chines Spring rolls.
We have never had so many people eager to get involved!
Young and old enjoyed the food.

The list of potential coordinators kept growing.

Some came in festive mood!

We were joined by families and individuals.

On a cold blustery day people enjoyed hot tea and food.

Many described crime problems they were subjected to.
The list kept growing....
Everyone was having great fun.
This lady told us of an art festival she hold in Wanstead.  She was pleased to see our work and like all the others, showed appreciation for the crime prevention devices we were handing out!
All day people kept us busy - the crowds we not as big as previous events, however this was the best result for new recruits to start neighbourhood watches.
We all had great fun.

There was a great array of sandwiches and food.
This gut just wanted to look cool.
The steam from the tea urn gathered many people who just wanted some conversation and something to warm them up.

People were called to the event and the young people behind me stayed around to enjoy the music.
It was cold... I regretted not wearing a jumper!
People were jovial all day (Mal on the phone explained to visitors about the RNWA and our purpose).

Everyone got bored of my DJing and MCing so we put on someone more interesting.
Hannah enjoyed herself so much she started dancing.
Come and get your hot tea...
Everyone got mic happy!

People kept coming....
Young people told us how different it was to have such an event.  They wished similar events could take place in future.

Everyone enjoyed each others company - a real spirit of community harmony was being fostered.
It was cold but people made the effort to come.
The fun continued.
Food and drinks were greatly appreciated and people thanked us for the crime prevention devices we gave out.
 Our penultimate community event was a great success in Wanstead.  Although we did not gather as many visitors as the first two events, we gained the largest number of potential NHW coordinators of all the events.  All in all we must of had around 200 visitors to our "Picnic in the park" We also served a few homeless people and that was a rewarding element of the service we provided.   Our crime prevention devices are running out now and we were pleased that people felt safer from having received the gifts from us.  We did not have a police presence at this event, but hope to have some at our last event which will be held in Chadwell in the next few weeks.

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