Samosas and boxing the order of the day for community roadshow event

A champion boxer and samosas were the order of the day at the Safer & Stronger Communities roadshow recently at Hadley Communtiy Centre, a free event organised by Telford & Wrekin Council.

Samosas and boxing the order of the day for community roadshow event

More than 100 people queued at the entrance to take part in a host of activities organised by neighbourhood coordinator, Gillian Denning. 

Around 17 stands attended the event ranging from the healthy lifestyles team offering free BMI and blood pressure checks to seated yoga classes with handmade samosas and cakes for refreshments. 

The Hadley event also saw Wellington Boxing Academy's first ever female senior national champion, Roha Hudson demonstrating boxing sessions and encouraging women to take up the sport along with a host of community groups. 

Cabinet Member for Safer & Stronger Communities, Councillor Paul Watling (Labour) said: “Today is great example of how this project really does work. Residents are talking to our team about what they would like to see happen to make changes for the better. 

“From male mental health groups for members of the Muslim community to poetry groups that could help people dealing with past trauma or older men who have lost their wives and are needing the company of people in the same boat all the way through to seated exercise groups for people who are older or less mobile. 

“I’ve listened to so many fantastic stories today and encourage everyone with an idea to speak to our coordinators who can help bring their ideas to life. There is such a strong community here in Hadley and it’s great to see so many people taking part and enjoying the event – it’s exactly what the project is about.”  

The Safer & Stronger Communities project aims to tackle concerns around neighbourhood safety and to also look at longer term solutions by building community spirit through activity and social groups that can support and engage people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Leading the investment with £2m, the council is working in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion who is providing a further £500k.

If you would like to see a new community group or would like to create a scheme that helps create a stronger community, then please get in touch with the team.

Neighbourhood coordinator for Hadley & Leegomery, Gillian Denning said: “It’s been wonderful to meet so many people and learn about what they feel is needed here in Hadley. 

“Every area I work with is so unique and meeting people face to face like this helps get to the heart of the issues in each community be it concerns around speeding or if there is a hot spot for crime, even down to meeting a group of people who want to set up a book club to help bring people together and help reduce loneliness. Thank you so much to everyone who came today.” 

Mr Campion said “Events like this are a great opportunity for communities to have a say at the highest level. The public’s feedback is making a real difference and communities like Hadley are becoming safer and stronger together. I’d encourage our communities to take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved to shape policing moving forward."

The next event will be in Malinslee as part of the Big Picnic event on Thursday, August 4 between 10am and 2pm on St Leonards Field, Malinslee (behind Church Wickets Pub). 

Arleston Community Centre, will also be hosting an event on Saturday, August 6 between 11am and 2pm at St Giles Close, Wellington, TF1 2AB.