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Public Meeting - A response to the riots and an invitation to the community

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Public Meeting - A response to the riots and an invitation to the community

Time: August 23, 2011 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: Harringay Club,
Street: 50 Tottenham Lane,
City/Town: Crouch End, N8 7EE
Website or Map: http://thorntonsbudgens.poste…
Event Type: public
Organized By: Andrew Thornton, Jim Shepley, Azul Thome
Latest Activity: Sep 2, 2011

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A response to the riots and an invitation to the community


I write this from rural west Ireland, where I currently have limited access to television or the internet, learning in horror of the riots in London via text and the radio.

I am heartened to hear of the response to our offer to help ferry donations up to Tottenham Green Leisure Centre. We have now taken two van loads and the cages outside the store continue to fill up.

I feel that it is time for the people of east and west Haringey to get together as a community and look for ways in which we can give the young people of our borough hope for the future. Be that by mentoring, offering work experience or re-opening the youth clubs.

Myself, Jim Shepley, programme director of Hornsey YMCA, and Azul Thome from FOOD from the SKY would like to call a public meeting (venue TBC) on Tuesday 23rd August at 6.30pm to discuss ideas and get our heads together or indeed link up with other local groups and initiatives who would like to meet.

Further to this if you would like to make suggestions before the meeting then please comment below or email al@thorntonsbudgens.com

Warm wishes, Andrew Thornton

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Comment by Adrian Essex on August 21, 2011 at 18:05

Andrew Thornton just commented on the post "A response to the riots and an invitation to the community" on Thornton's Budgens


We have had a really fantastic response so far and really looking forward to Tuesday; we'll be starting promptly at 6.30pm as we have alot to get through; do try and get there a bit before.

We would like some input into the areas we discuss in the form of some open questions. We'll be using the World Cafe format (see below). Pse can you post or send suggestions by the end of Monday. Here are some examples we are considering:

What called you to this meeting?

What is possible for a committed group of people in Haringey to do for our young people?

How can we offer hope and solutions to our young people’s future?

What do you perceive as the biggest obstacles?

What do you perceive as the resources available to us in Haringey/Crouch End /Tottenham?

World Cafe:
Participants discuss the issue at hand around their table and at regular intervals they move to a new table. One participant (the table host) remains and summarises the previous conversation to the newly arrived participants. By moving participants around the room the conversations at each table are cross-fertilised with ideas from other tables. At the end of the process the main ideas are summarised in a plenary session and follow-up possibilities are discussed.

Comment by Adrian Essex on September 2, 2011 at 0:12

I attended this meeting, called to unite the people of East and West Haringey in response to the riots originating in Tottenham.

In a great many ways the meeting was very heartening:

  • the fact that it was called at all, not by some faceless unit of the bureaucratic machine, but by a small group of concerned individuals
  • that news of it spread as far as it did - facebook, twitter and hyperlocal sites are probably almost as effective at spreading the word as was the gathering by the village pump and the travelling tinker
  • that so many people responded - the number of chairs the organisers had put out was wonderfully inadeqate
  • that such a wide range of people had responded - many were simply concerned citizens but representatives of Haringey bodies, churches and schools were also present, "middle aged" was the predominant group but there were also teenagers and pensioners, Crouch Enders were there in plenty, but so were residents of the East of the borough
  • That so many participated throughout the evening - the format of the meeting was designed to encourage this, and it worked

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