Successful Spring into Action, Dee Park community event


motor mechanicsOver 220 Reading residents turned out to an inclusive Spring into Action community event hosted by Catalyst Gateway on Saturday 14 May.

The actioned packed day included various activities where local people were able to most of the shared sporting and green spaces at Dee Park.

The day was designed to connect Dee Park communities with the partner organisations who will be working at Dee Park over the next few years as part of our Neighbourhood Strategy. Our partners will be lending their expert knowledge and resource on a range of areas including creative arts, nature and sustainable living, mental health, diversionary activities for young people and financial inclusion.

Fun activities on the day included:

  • Outdoor fun in Lousehill Copse (ancient woodland on the estate) for young children and parents where people could take part in bug hunting, bingo, pond dipping, wild art and entertaining safari tours.
  • A motor mechanic taster session for under 16’s.
  • Animals (many spring babes!) from a local mobile farm to pat and feed.
  • Designing a Dee Park logo and making a community art project.
  • Help with managing finances and employment issues.
  • Plus a free healthy lunch for all over 55s in Dee Park at Oak Tree House and a sausage BBQ for everyone!

Residents also had the opportunity to meet members of the Neighbourhood Board, representatives from Reading Borough Council, Ward Councillors, the Dee Park Partnership (DPP) and our Architects (HTA) to discuss and comment on this next exciting part of the regeneration – a community centre.

The exhibition was arranged to remind everyone of the facilities on offer and to check if these were still relevant and what future users would expect to see in a community centre.

Over 150 people gave their views at the event. This will shared with the residents at the next consultation events and in the DPP newsletters and community newspapers.

There was high praise for the day and its diverse appeal from all partners, Reading Borough Council staff and Councillors and families. Here is what people said:

  • “Great day, real warmth of community spirit was evident. Met a lot of new people who live locally too.”
  • “I made new friends and enjoyed trying new things.”
  • “I’ve lived in the area for 40 years and never knew the copse was here!”
  • “Thanks to everyone who put it together. We had a lot of fun and kids kept saying how nice to have this in our neighbourhood.”