In each edition of Key News, we'll be talking to a tenant
panel member to give us an overview of what they do for
Ryan North, Chair of Queensway Community Group, talks
to us about how he overcame his anxiety to become Chair,
the group's plans for the future and how you can help, as
well as giving his thoughts on our new HQ.
I've been involved with Queensway Community Group
for three years now. I was a bit nervous to join them
at first as I didn't really understand what they did, and I
have severe anxiety, which can mean I'm unable to leave
Before I came to Queensway, I was known as a vulnerable
adult and I felt unable to talk to anybody.
Tim and Ian, also members of the group, invited me to meet
with them at the Hub, based at Queensway flats. I found
it really relaxed, and as time went on I felt comfortable
enough to join them on a more regular basis, and
eventually joined the committee.
I began accompanying the group to Ongo meetings,
such as the Resident Association Networking Meeting,
where I met other tenants and was able to share my views.
I really enjoy working with the group, and talking to
members of the community to help to improve where we
live. I've been able to work on projects such as a Gardening
Project to help tackle social isolation, a Halloween party
which saw members of other communities come along, and
I enjoy working with other organisations such as councillors
to help tackle parking issues.
Being part of Queensway Community Group is great to
help improve the area where we live, but it's also helped
me personally. I'm now able to talk confidently to people,
I enjoy meeting new people, I go out with friends and my
girlfriend and I'm grateful to my peers from Queensway and
Ongo for helping me to develop.
In fact, I've been able to develop so much that I'm now Chair
of the group. I'd urge anybody thinking about
joining a local community group to do it.
TAKEOVERI think it's great to see Ongo developing and expanding in
new areas out of North Lincolnshire, and the new HQ looks
brilliant, and it'll be more accessible to people with it being
in the centre of Scunthorpe.
So little people understand what it means to have a voice,
but working with a Community Group and Ongo allows you
to have that voice.
I'm excited for what the future holds.
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more about joining your local community group.