Ilford is in desperate in need of a community hub as a centre for environmental and community projects. So many people have been saying it for many, many years.
We know there are unused or under-used buildings in Ilford that we could transform, by collaborating with other local groups in a grassroots way.
We believe that there are owners or landlords (private or council or other) that would love to gift us the use of their building as their contribution to flourishing community life and cooperation in Ilford.
A permanent building or fit-for-purpose space for no rent in Ilford, in or near the Commonwealth estate, and the resources to get it ready.
What we will do with it:
Create a friendly and inclusive space that is a hive of activity
Set up a community café
Enable environmental projects based on sustainability: recycle-reuse-repairs, community energy, reduce food waste, get growing, food coops, upcycling, green technology and more
Enable community and arts projects to help wellbeing, inter-generational contact, skills learning and sharing, and more
Involve wide cultures, religions, ages, genders
Create community spirit and a sense of belonging in Ilford
Build the local sharing and money economy
How we will do it
Involve our 150 members
Build on our local community sector partnerships
Visit neighbouring London boroughs to learn from them
Start small with a big vision
Get help, take advice, learn from mistakes
Develop at a pace we can manage
Income-generate, fundraise and raise support and sponsorships
Anyone with ideas or contacts of offers, get in touch! Join this grassroots transformation plan for Ilford.