Moved by the stories of street drinking in Ilford and inspired by other stories of success in taking action against street drinking by Nottingham Citizens, Redbridge Citizens had its first meeting last night to tackle this major issue.
A diverse array of 10 leaders from the Salvation Army Ilford, CityGates Church and the Welcome Centre met to begin discussing what needs to be done to change street drinking in Ilford.
They discussed the power they need to build, the allies they have and the challenges that they face. Excellent research was done by Debbie Forde, and Candice Steen worked hard on the turn-out.
Everyone committed to engage in specific research actions and bring new leaders to the next meeting on 28th August.
Last night was the beginning of a new campaign where an energised borough alliance and its leaders have decided to take action on an issue they care about. It will become a campaign that will generate new energy and a real sense of ownership of Redbridge Citizens.