Call out for Tottenham Community Empowerment Week – October 2015

Tottenham Community Empowerment Week

10th – 18th October 2015
Why not plan an event to coincide with the week?!

eg.. exhibitions / socials / festivals / meetings / leaflettings / bike rides / activities / protests / walks / alternatives / consultations / film shows / conferences

The Our Tottenham network are calling on people and groups to organise activities and events showcasing the collective power and concerns of those who live and work in Tottenham, and celebrate our strong and diverse communities. The week will be launched at the Efiba Arts Multicultural Festival on Tottenham Green planned for Saturday 10th October.

As soon as you confirm your event, or let us know if you already have an event scheduled that week, we will add it to the programme which will be publicised widely. If you want to discuss things please come along to the Our Tottenham coordination meeting: Thursday 3rd September, 7pm @ 639 Centre, 639 Tottenham High Road, N17 8AA – and/or email

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Report of last year’s Tottenham Community Empowerment Week: 4th – 12th October 2014

The range of events during Tottenham Community Empowerment Week were a great success in highlighting concerns, views, activities and talents of those who live or work here, and advancing our call that local people be central to the decision-making affecting us. 10,000 leaflets were distributed beforehand publicising the events and the Our Tottenham network. Events included an exhibition, socials, public meetings, leafletting sessions, a bike ride, a festival, a walk, martial arts, a film show, green gyms, a poetry slam and a community conference!  For example, hundreds of local people joined in the Wards Corner Community Coalition celebration on getting planning permission for their Community Plan, with food, music, dance and info; 50 people took part in poetry and discussions at the youth event at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre; the ‘Our Neighbourhoods’ film night held an excellent discussion following some inspirational local and international documentaries; and 30 concerned residents participated in the discussion on how to defend and support Tottenham’s community-run community centres.

The week culminated in a ‘Moving Forward Together’ Conference, organised by the Our Tottenham network at the North London Community House. It was attended by 75 members and reps of 37 local community groups and organisations, residents associations, community centres, traders groups, education institutions, individual local residents and a range of interested planning students. The conference built on the successful work of the network over the last 18 months, and adopted some key additional commitments regarding – housing, youth, the local economy, environmental sustainability, community centres and public services. We agreed to implement a year-long ‘Road Map’ towards the development of a Community Plan for Tottenham.

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