Capital Clean-up – Western Road Allotments

Green Corridor are working to improve the Western Road allotments in Southall. They need your help and are planning a community clean-up day as part of the Mayor of London’s ‘Capital Clean-Up’ programme.

Residents of Southall and those who care about Southall are invited to come along for the day to help out. Refreshments will be provided and it’s a great opportunity to learn about wider plans for the allotments and to meet other people interested in improving Southall.

Where: Western Road Allotments
When: October 24th, 10.30am – 3.00pm

Please find more details in the attached flyer.

Grand Opening! Southall’s newest car park opens for business

The new 81-space carpark, Southall High Street, opened its doors on August 30th. To celebrate the launch of the car park and to promote Ealing Council Parking Services’ new ‘RingGo’ service, the first hour’s parking is free for users of the RingGo service.

To find out more about this offer, please click Southall High Street Car Park Special Offer October 2013

To find out more about RingGo, please click here

Find a map of Ealing Council’s Car Parks and rates below:


View Public car parking provision in the London borough of Ealing in a larger map
 

Southall Play Day

A host of family fun and excitement took place on August 14th as part of Southall’s first Southall Play Day. With more than 1,500 families coming to Southall Park the day was felt to be a huge success and out thanks goes out to all the organisers and to all those families and kids who made it such a great example of a positive family friendly event in Southall.

It is hoped to run the event next year and we’re really keen to get sponsorship for the event to help make it possible. If you’d like to sponsor the event or know anyone who would, please contact us at info@southallpartnership.org.uk 

Hundreds enjoy a healthy day out in Southall Recreation Ground

We ALL love Southall!

A Rocha UK and Southall Extended Services, part of Ealing Council, teamed up on Saturday 13 July and invited local residents to a We Love Southall community fun day at Southall Recreation Ground. They were also joined by the Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Kamaljit Dhindsa. The project was funded by the Southall Micro-fund.

The two organisations were encouraging residents to find out about all the fun and healthy activities that can be enjoyed on their doorstep. And they turned up in their hundreds to take part in canoeing, stationary bike races and bike-powered smoothie makers, walks, sports (football, hockey and mini Olympics), healthy cooking demonstrations, a treasure hunt, learning about growing your own food, bird boxes, bug hotels and much more. People took their own picnics to enjoy at the fun day which ran from 12 noon through to 3 pm.

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Preceding the Fun Day, children and parents from Wolf Fields Primary School and Havelock Primary School helped clean up the canal towpath in the morning, removing rubbish and working with the Canal and Rivers Trust to make the most of this area, both for wildlife and for local people. Clifton and Wolf Fields primary schools had previously worked with A Rocha UK on a photographic project documenting what they loved (and not) about their local area. Wolf Fields and Featherstone primary schools had also had assemblies on water safety led by the Canal and River Trust prior to the Clean-up and Fun Day.

Flyers promoting the event were placed in children’s book bags at six local schools and posters and banners were placed in local businesses, community and faith centres and at the park entrances. At the Fun Day, families enjoyed activities provided by a range of providers including Ealing Park Rangers, Sharks Canoe Club, Kays Cookery School, Dormers Wells Health Project, Southall Community Alliance, School and Public Health, MEND, Police Cadets and Specials, Urban Smoothie Bikes, Rollapaluza (stationary racing bikes), and Cultivate. Refreshments were provided by Clifton Primary School and the Old Oak Tree public house. Residents also learned about the improvements that had been made to the Recreation Ground and gave their views on how they would like to further use their local park and canal. These views are being fed back to Ealing Council’s Parks team.

Following the event, some typical comments from residents included:

“It was great to see something happening at the REC, things never come to the REC”

“What a glorious day, we had a picnic and stayed at the REC till really late”

“My family, we all went…it was a hot day…good day”

 “I would like to see more Fun Days, it was a small Fun Day but nice to see”

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “We are lucky to have many fantastic parks and open spaces in Ealing and I’m delighted that local youngsters have done their bit for Southall Recreation Ground. The fun day had a packed programme of activities for all the family.”

Mairi Johnstone, CEO of A Rocha UK says, ‘This was a wonderful opportunity for local people to get involved in a community event, and also to learn new things about their local environment whilst being active. The clean-up was a great opportunity to respond to the command to care for God’s earth and we are delighted that local schools are involved in this.”

For more information please contact Jane Pickerden on 07944 608549 or email: jpickerden@ealing.gov.uk.

This project was funded by the Southall Partnership through the Southall Micro-fund: working together for a proud and ambitious Southall.

Newly trained diabetes champions in Ealing

A diabetes charity has successfully trained fifteen volunteers from Black Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in Ealing as part of an innovative project.

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Diabetes UK supported by Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group has trained local people from the community including an Archbishop, a Walks leader and a trainee Nurse among others in Ealing as part of the charity’s award winning Community Champion project.

The Diabetes Community Champions have learnt about the risk factors, signs and symptoms, understanding diabetes and myths and misconceptions that are prevalent in some cultures.

They are now looking for opportunities locally to raise awareness by holding events, giving talks and encouraging people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes to visit their local GP or community pharmacist for a diabetes test.

South Asian people are up to six times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than people of a White European background, and South Asians with diabetes are three times more likely to have heart disease. People of African Caribbean and African descent are up to three times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

South Asian people are more at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes over the age of 25, rather than over 40 in the rest of the population. South Asian men are also at increased risk when their waist measures more than 35 inches, as opposed to more than 37 inches in other men.

Juliet O’Brien, Diabetes UK Diverse Communities Officer, said: “We are delighted that the Community Champions Project has seen such success in Ealing. The next stage of the project is for the newly appointed champions to go into their local community and raise awareness of the condition.

“Raising awareness of Type 2 diabetes in minority communities is absolutely vital; people from a South Asian background are six times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, and people from an African or African Caribbean community are three times more likely to develop the condition. Getting the word out into the local community about the risk factors of diabetes is a crucial step to tackling the rising tide of diabetes.”

Neha Unadkat, ICP Project Manager at Ealing CCG, said: “The Diabetes Community Champion project is a great initiative which has allowed to empower local people and give them the tools they need to go into their community and talk confidentially about diabetes. Ealing is a diverse borough, and we are really looking forward to seeing the newly trained Community Champions going out into their own communities to raise awareness of diabetes.”

To find out more about the next stages of the Community Champion Project in Ealing then email Juliet.o’brien@diabetes.org.uk  or visit www.diabetes.org.uk

First 8 Micro-fund projects announced

The Southall Partnership are very pleased to announce the eight first successful projects from round 1 of the Southall Micro-fund. The Partnership are very excited about working with our new partners to maximise the impact of this investment.

The 8 winning projects are:

  • Southall Safe Havens (London Citizens and St Anselm’s Church): this project aims to create safer neighbourhoods around The Green, King Street and neighbouring areas by developing leadership and improving community relations between the Police, the community and local businesses
  • Elderly Walkway Project (Mael Gael): Maek Gael will deliver a specially designed new walkway at Norwood Hall, which will enable them (and others) to develop assisted healthy walks and an aided walking project for older people in Southall
  • We Love Southall #1 - Media Project (BBA Media): working with young people, this projects will deliver “We Love Southall”, a ground breaking video podcast project aimed at young people living in Southall.
  • We Love Southall #2 – Community Clean-up and Family Day (A Rocha and Clifton Primary School): Togeher the two partners aim to organise a Community Clean-Up Day of the Grand Union Canal and to bring families into Southall Recreation Ground to educate school kids and their parents about caring for our environment and to encourage positive use of our open spaces.
  • Hambrough Primary – Community Action project (Hambrough Primary School): This project aims to work with local school kids and environmental charities to tidy up the front of Hambrough Primary School by working with pupils, parents, students and local businesses.
  • Healthy Eating Southall (Kay Cookery School): This project aims to teach people how to re-create traditional recipes with a healthier twist, which the individual can reproduce within a home kitchen and share with family and friends.
  • Canoeing Outreach Programme (The Sharks): The Sharks aim to bring canoeing into the community and to apitalise on Southall’s considerable canal access, by holding sessions in the community to encourage youngsters (and the not so young) to give the sport a try
  • Western Road Allotments (Green Corridor): Working with the local community, Green Corridor aim to transform a one hectare derelict and neglected site on Western Road into a useable growing space which will provide a vibrant space for Southall’s rich and diverse community and the opportunity to a healthier and active lifestyle with access to home-grown inexpensive food.

To volunteer, or to find out more about each of the projects, please email info@southallpartnership.org.uk and we’ll do our best to put you in touch with the right contacts.

Southall: Love Where You Live

On March 21st, Southall Manor House grounds played host to a kids fun day aimed at celebrating different reasons to love Southall.

Guided by our colourful stilt walker and the Mayor of Ealing, pupils from Clifton Primary and St. Anselm’s Primary were brought on a procession through the park.

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At the first stop, the pupils were shown the amazing Pala Period figurines, which are perfect replicas of the originals which were set into the back of the Manor House until 2009 when they were removed to protect them from further damage.

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It was suggested that someone associated with Southall Manor House might have acquired them in India when serving either as a missionary or a soldier. The originals are to be displayed on a temporary basis in Gunnersbury Museum with the replicas forming part of the refurbishment of the Manor House.

 

At the second stop, the pupils from Clifton Primary School showed the fruits of their ‘We Love Southall’ project, which included a series of photographs taken of things they loved about Southall, and some they didn’t! These ideas were then shaped into a piece of artwork which were displayed in the park during the day.

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At our third stop, it was over to the pupils from St. Anselm’s Primary, who had worked together with a local charity, Mael Gael, to create decorative  mosaics depicting the old aviary at Southall Manor House Grounds. Community arts group Art4space worked with pupils from St Anselm’s RC Primary School, the Mael Gael Elderly Group, the Dormers Wells Nursery and the Dominion Arts Centre to make hundreds of ceramic birds, leaves and flowers for the mosaics. The seven brightly coloured panels will be installed this spring onto the newly repaired wall where the old aviary once stood.

The day wrapped up with a series of fun activities ranging from jewellery making to learning about horticulture, a mini-olympics and speaking to the Police about what their job is really like!