Hundreds enjoy Leys Community Festival

Lizard on display at the Leys Festival 2017Hundreds of people – including many Catalyst residents – had fun in the sun at the Leys Community Festival and Horticultural Show in Blackbird Leys Park, Oxford, on Saturday 8 July.

An array of stalls offered entertaining activities and a chance to try out foods from around the world. There was a chance to get up close to animals including meerkats and snakes, a display of classic cars, and a Polish dance performance.

Home grown vegetables, fruits and plants were on display, and local residents showcased their cooking skills in food competitions.

Healthy surplus food donated by Oxford Foodbank at the Leys Festival 2017As well as being lots of fun, the Festival was a great opportunity for residents to meet Catalyst staff and other service providers and give their feedback on issues such as their neighbourhood, community activities, policing and planning projects.

Ines Kretzschmar, Community Enterprise Coordinator with Catalyst Gateway, said, “The Leys Festival was a great success. Hundreds of people had fun and at the same time Catalyst was able to engage with many residents to talk about the services we and our partners deliver – such as employment courses, activities for children, families, young people and over 50s, as well as financial advice sessions delivered throughout the year.

Catalyst team at Leys Festival 2017“Over 250 people visited our Leys Housing Consortium stand and took away a Catalyst bag full of free, healthy surplus fresh food donated by the Oxford Foodbank – reducing waste as this food would otherwise be thrown away. The bags also included useful information on Love Food Hate Waste, who aim to help all of us get the most out of the food we buy, cutting down on waste.”

The event was organised by the Leys Festival Planning Group together with Oxford City Council, in partnership with Catalyst Housing, GreenSquare, Blackbird Leys Parish Council, the Polish Embassy and many more local organisations.