A CALL has gone out for volunteers to help complete a community project run by Thurrock’s Stronger Together partnership.
The partnership, between Thurrock CVS, Thurrock Council and local community organisations, launched its ‘Piecing Thurrock Back Together’ project at the beginning of the month. It features a series of photographs, from each ward within Thurrock, taken by local photographers, which have been made into 150,000 postcards, two of which are destined for every home in Thurrock.
The project is a part of the ‘OurRoad’ initiative – also launched this month, which has created a local, free social network service - linking up neighbours.
The idea of OurRoad is that each road in the borough will have a volunteer who administers a hyper local Facebook page where Stronger Together partners will be on hand to support communities.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Thurrock Council Cabinet Member for Communities and a partner of Stronger Togerher said: “OurRoad is a way of connecting neighbours by more than a fence or a wall. We are hoping that this new found community spirit that has come together through the COVID-19 pandemic will continue long into the future, using networks like OurRoad.
“These mini-networks for each road in Thurrock won’t be managed, governed, checked or reported on by any of our Stronger Together partners. Simply, we’re encouraging people to set them up and run them in the way that suits their area best.”
Piecing Thurrock Back Together comes with a prize of £500 which will be given to a borough resident in September. After each household gets its two pictures, the task is to link up through OurRoad with other residents locally to share a copy of each of the photographs. The aim is to collect all 25 and submit a picture of the finished piece by September 1.
Scott Sullivan, Thurrock CVS trustee representing the Stronger Together Arts, Culture and Heritage group, said: “Piecing Thurrock Back Together is an ambitious and timely idea as we all start rethinking Thurrock life after lockdown.
“The scale of collecting and designing these postcards was no easy feat – one we certainly couldn’t have done without the help of our wonderful volunteers and our extremely talented photographers.
“We’ve included on the front of the post cards What3Word reference codes - which are easy to follow location coordinates, so you can go and visit these places and enjoy them in real life.
“As we reimagine our future, we hope that we might continue to nurture our new found community spirit, where we talk to neighbours more, speak to the people in the queue at the supermarket and say ‘hello’ to people as they pass us by. We also hope the postcards remind everybody just how beautiful our borough truly is.”