Coin Street Community Conversation

On Saturday 25 November, we opened the doors of our neighbourhood centre for an afternoon of free activities and conversations with our community. It was great to welcome over 230 local people who got involved in the wide range of free activities available across four floors. From festive wreath and card-making workshops to smoothie-making bike, massages, healthy snacks and much more…

We especially loved browsing the community craft stalls while eating delicious cake baked by Blackfriars Settlement.

Our Community Conversation was one of three community celebrations this year, this time with an extra twist. We wanted to find out your thoughts about the community and how we can work together to make more community activities available.

The entire day was filled with collaboration – from capturing project ideas to sharing what you loved and loathed about the community in our ‘tops’ and ‘pants’ activity.  We loved watching the washing line fill up with so many tops and pants thoughts and ideas.

We hosted a special extended session of our usual Saturday Stay ‘n’ Play in the nursery, where the children enthusiastically took part in arts and crafts activities and a musical storytelling session led by local resident Kate Portal.

It wasn’t only adults we wanted to hear from, we wanted to find out what the younger ones would like to see in the area too. We placed wishing trees around the building including the nursery so that anyone could make a wish and decorate the trees.

We were amazed by the talent and creativeness of everyone taking part in the festive wreath workshops, the arts and crafts sessions, and musical story telling sessions. It was especially nice to see guests’ amazing artwork get printed onto t-shirts to takeaway.

For those interested in finding out about the history of the area, there was plenty to keep you entertained including a timeline of the last 30 years, documentary screenings and the chance to view part of the popular exhibition shown at the gallery@oxo in May – Bankside’s Past in the Present exhibition, curated by local resident and Coin Street board member George Nicholson. We particularly loved the inspiring projects that people noted down. We hope to work with you to make the projects a reality.

It was inspiring to see people working together to brainstorm ideas, communicate their thoughts and views and have fun. We’d like to say a huge thank you to those who came along and those who lent a pair of helping hands; our fantastic partners, workshop leaders, volunteers and staff. It was lovely to see all the huge smiles on everyone’s faces . We hope you enjoyed the day and look forward to welcoming you to future activities and more conversations.