Brent residents’ group celebrates 10th anniversary

10 YEAR RESIDENTS FORUM CELEBRATION035Over 100 people turned out to the Unity Centre on Thursday 28 August to help the Catalyst Brent Community Elders Forum celebrate ten years of success.

The event was opened by Phyllis Giles (secretary of  the forum) and started with a three-course Caribbean feast, which was blessed by Father Andrew Hammond from St Mary’s Church in Willesden.

This was followed by speeches from special guests including Iris Brown (the first chair of the forum) and John Foxall (Catalyst’s director of customer services).

Once the formalities finished, the Caribbean Quadrille Dancers got the party started, comedian Ping Wing entertained the crowds and live music from saxophonist Lascelles James made sure the celebratory mood continued.

The forum was set up in September 2004 by Rosie Brennan under the name of Fortunegate Elders’ Forum. When Fortunegate Community Housing changed it’s name to Catalyst Housing, the forum then changed it’s name to Catalyst Brent Community Elders’ Forum.

Over the years, the group has gone from strength to strength and now offers activities for all older people living in Brent. It organises day trips to seasides, week-long holidays, Christmas parties, exercise classes, and coffee mornings. The forum also organises monthly meetings so members can decide on what activities to hold in the future and guest speakers can talk about health issues.

Every year Catalyst supports hundreds of residents to get involved and help improve their neighbourhoods. We give £200 to all new groups to help them get started and also award an annual maintenance grant to existing groups.

To find out how you can get involved in improving your community contact Catalyst’s resident involvement team.

To see pictures and videos from the event go to our Facebook page.