Thursday 20 February 2003 3.17pm
My name is Jennifer Mosley
and I am the Youth and Commuity Outreach Worker for the Colombo Sports and Community Centre.
I am responding to comments made by Sarah O'Connell with regards to Paris Gdns (corner Meymott St and Hatfields
Firstly, I would like to clarify that the project proposed for this site is in fact a COLOMBO CENTRE project and not a Coin Street
Development, however, Coin Street
Community Builders are in full support of this exciting and innovative project.
Referring to Sarah O'Connell's argument that "120 children now live in Coin Street
" I would like to state that there are over 150 children living in Iroko Housing Co-op alone, adding to the exisiting population of children and young people in the immediate area. The last survey conducted by Coram Family indicated that there are over 3,000 children and young people living in this area. Surely this highlights the need for safe and affordable sports and recreation facilities in Waterloo.
My role as Youth and Community Outreach Worker specifies the necessity for working with all community groups and local residents within the area. I find the thought very discouraging that local groups and organisation cannot work in partnership to offer inclusive activities. There is a desperate need for synerey within the community so everyone may benefit and no-one will be socially excluded.
I am, myself, a resdient of a Coin Street
co-op and fully support the campaign to save Archbishops Park. I am of the belief that we can have both projects successfully running concurrently and feel saddened that this does not seem to be the view of some individuals.
I would like to respond directly to Ms O'Connell's personal attack on Coin Street
residents. I believe I speak on behalf of residents in Iroko Housing Co-op and surrounding co-ops when I say we feel priviledged to live in a good standard of accomodation, however, this does not shelter us from unemployment, low waged jobs, disabilities, mental health issues and social exclusion to name but a few problems that do not disappear purely through having a nice house. Maybe you should consider also the fact that tenants on local co-ops have lived on estates such as the Ethelreds, Angel and Stockwell Park prior to living in the area.
With reference to SureStart we are in a very unfortunate situation whereby we are not included in the catchment area for SureStart funding, however, Coin Street
Centre Trust are working with in partnership with Coram Family to provide affordable out-of-school care for children in the local community and this provision is due to open in April 2003. Surely the efforts of everyone should be appauled.
Youth and Community Outreach Worker
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