Brent Forum Open Day showcases fantastic residents’ work

Brent open dayOver 200 people attended an open day at the Unity Centre on Saturday 25 June 2016 to showcase the work of Brent residents.

The day was organised by the Brent Residents’ Forum and Catalyst Residents’ Federation with supported by Catalyst teams.

There were a range of stalls offering information, advice and help on:

  • financial services from Your Credit Union
  • energy saving and fuel bills reduction advice.

Representatives from Brent Council, Catalyst and local contractors including Capital Heating were also on hand to talk to residents.

There was also a diverse selection of free activities on offer that included a mini-Olympics for the under 12s. The best performer on the day won an iPod Nano but everyone that took part received a Brent the Cat medal from the CBRF partners Sport At The Heart who ran the event. Each child that attended was given free seeds to grow, photograph and post their progress on the new CRF website.

Further free items were the speedy and very popular Go-Karting, Bodyworks massage sessions, introductory Yoga sessions run by local resident Vik Viren, Face-Painting from Milly Madness, Smoothie-making via pedal power and lots of food being served under the supervision of local resident Luisa Primo. There was also free refreshments on offer including candy floss, popcorn and slushies. In addition, bingo ‘taster’ sessions were held by the Church End Residents Association.

The Brent Residents’ Forum stall had brochures showing what has been achieved in the past year, what is coming up, and asking what residents want to get involved with.

“It was a successful day. The children had fun and there were many activities for them. All the raffle winners were over the moon with their prizes. I’m already planning and looking forward to next year!” said Ndey George, Chair of CERA.

“It’s important that the Forum is representative of all residents; tenants, leaseholders, shared-ownership. Part of putting on an Open Day is to show what’s available but also to find out what residents want and need help with”, added John Harrison, Chair of the CBRF.