Here is the experience of John, chair of the Brent Catalyst Residents’ Forum.
Chair of the Brent Catalyst Residents’ Forum
“I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power,” says John.
“If people are better informed, they can make better decisions about what’s happening in their environment. It leads to better communities.”
Since becoming Chair, John has transformed forum meetings from a place to air gripes and grievances into a more structured, action-oriented space where things get done.
Assistant Secretary for the Forum, Ndey George, says things are improving in the area: “I believe [tackling] anti-social behaviour is on the right track. It has gone down and we have seen a difference.”
That’s thanks to residents working more closely with local police, and Catalyst is doing its bit to improve things too.
Both John and Ndey are keen to get more residents involved with the forum, so they’ll have even more power to improve things in the area. And John says residents can do as much or as little as they like.
“You don’t have to come to meetings. If you just want to dip your toe in, that’s fine. But the more people we can get involved, the better. It gives us the confidence to know we are representing quite a lot of the community.”