We secured two allotment plots with funding raised from regular charity events. Our aim is to work with local youths to gain their trust to work with us to give something back to the community. Held at our church is a food bank that runs twice a week and this would link in with them. The plots are over grown at the moment but with lots of hard work we aim to get the project off the ground. Tools and equipment are very limited and we are having to borrow them from various groups. Our sheds are in much needed repair and the plot needs to be secured with a fence that will be done at a later stage. We feel in Smethwick this will be a rewarding project for the area and our community.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Smethwick RAP was formed as a way of engaging with local youths. The inspiration originated from teenagers attending church and complaining the church had little to offer them, A meeting was held between Rev David Gould, Pastoral assistant Kerry Peniket, local authority representatives and local police. The church and local police decided to peruse a joint venture to combat the above and came up with Smethwick RAP. (Smethwick Restorative Action Project) As the project develops the youths will be encouraged to forge links with community based food agencies, such as Meal on Wheels, Soup Kitchen, church festivals. Although the project will be run from Christian based church the venture is open to all faiths and non faiths.
Steps to get it done:
The project will be run in deprived area with high levels of unemployment and poverty. The area has been subjected to removal of funding to local public facilities. This project would allow the possibility of much needed investment in Smethwick.
About the space
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council