- Steve's view
What does it really mean to be part of a Community Group
or Resident Association? We talk to Steve Sykes, Chair of
Warley Road Community Group.
"In 2013 I joined what was back then called Warley Road
Residents Association having helped out occasionally as
I knew some of the members. Finding it enjoyable to put
something back into the local community I joined the
committee later that year.
"The following year the existing Chairman resigned and
I was honoured to be asked to put myself forward for the
position by the remaining committee members. Knowing
how dedicated these people were and the potential to
achieve more, it was an easy decision to accept. We also
changed the name to make it more appealing to the wider
community, so since 2014 it's been my pleasure to be
Chairman of Warley Road Community Group.
"Since 2014 the WRCG, - which has grown from 6 to our
current 14 members, - has raised money through various
events, which has allowed us to hold annual free family
seaside bus trips, children's parties, and the donation of
presents to the elderly at Christmas, to name just a few.
"We have also helped to improve the area by holding annual
estate walkabouts attended by Ongo representatives, local
Councillors & council officials which has resulted in various
improvements in the area that range from lighting repairs,
drop kerbs for easier road crossings and major drainage
works on the playing field.
"We also invite local residents to our regular open meetings
to discuss with Ongo representatives, local Councillors & the
group regarding anything in our area.
"As Chairman my proudest moment was to see the group
receiving The Most Improved Community Group award at
the Ongo Community Awards Ceremony. All this could not
have been achieved without having a fantastic group of
volunteers who are willing to give their time to help the
community around them.
"I would encourage anyone to become part of a Community
Group, it's a great way to be involved in improving your
local area, meeting like minded volunteers & meeting
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