400 vulnerable Newham residents enjoy seaside trip to Margate

16 August 2017 in Community neighbourhoods
​Around 400 vulnerable residents from across the borough have enjoyed a day out to Margate thanks to Newham Council’s Community Neighbourhood Teams.
​Coaches from each of the council’s eight Community Neighbourhood Teams travelled to the Kent seaside resort as part of an initiative to help vulnerable people who might be isolated   meet other people from their local area.

They were joined on the trips, which took place over three days, by a number of local councillors and members of their local Community Neighbourhood Teams. The coaches were supplied by Goldline from Leytonstone.

While in Margate people had the chance to walk along the seafront, visit the beach, look around the shops and enjoy the seaside favourite of fish and chips.

The trips proved a huge hit with everyone– with the teams receiving a host of positive feedback including: ‘It was a well organised trip and a great place to visit’; ‘It was lovely to spend the day with friends and I liked the way the staff introduced me to my fellow travellers’ and ‘At my time of life there is less and less opportunity to go out and do things outside of the normal routine.’

Deputy Mayor (Statutory) for Strategic Delivery and Cabinet Member for Community Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Planning and Public Affairs, Councillor Ken Clark, said: “These trips were a huge success and everyone who went had a fantastic time.

“They were aimed at giving some of our vulnerable residents an enjoyable day out while also helping them meet new people and make new friendships.

“The whole ethos of community neighbourhoods is creating strong and cohesive communities and these trips are just one way of helping to achieve this aim.”