I write this from rural west Ireland, where I currently have limited access to television or the internet, learning in horror of the riots in London via text and the radio.
I am heartened to hear of the response to our offer to help ferry donations up to Tottenham Green Leisure Centre. We have taken several van loads as the local community rallied round to fill up cages that were outside the store. We’ve now stopped taking donations as the council announced that they actually have everything they need – which is a great success!
The one other thing we have done is to help provide food for the 100 people made homeless by the riots. We gave food and drink from our two stores and the local residents have also donated food. The food was taken to the Community Assistance Centre at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre which has been coordinating the Burnt Out Families Appeal.
I feel that it is time for the people of east and west Haringey to get together as a community and look for ways in which we can give the young people of our borough hope for the future. Be that by mentoring, offering work experience or re-opening the youth clubs.
Myself, Jim Shepley, programme director of Hornsey YMCA, and Azul Thome from FOOD from the SKY would like to call a public meeting (venue TBC) on Tuesday 23rd August at 6.30pm to discuss ideas and get our heads together or indeed link up with other local groups and initiatives who would like to meet.
Further to this if you would like to make suggestions before the meeting then please email [email protected]