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Swanfest 2017: ‘Digital Theme Proves Popular With Swan Residents

After months of careful planning, Swanfest 2017 took place on Saturday the 8 of July at Barleylands Farm Essex.

The event was a great success, with high resident attendance, engagement and consultation taking place. This year the theme was Digital, with Residents being encouraged to help Swan shape it’s digital offer for the future, by answering questions around their digital priorities, and taking part in activities including in a virtual reality tour of the Reach Community Centre.

Residents also had the opportunity to talk to staff from different teams across the organisation, view the regeneration work that is planned for Laindon and gain advice and guidance from 16 different partner agencies including Essex fire and rescue.

Feedback from residents has been positive with Ms. V sending in the below:

“We all had a lovely time. Don’t have much money so to be able to go out as a family and not worry is fantastic. I hope you do this next year, the boys loved it all. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, thank you again.”

Sandra Fawcett – Executive Director of Operations stated:

“We were pleased to offer Swanfest again to our residents this year. The event has grown and developed since it was established and we look forward to what Swanfest 2018 will bring. I’d like to thank staff for their support in making the event so enjoyable and memorable for our residents.”

A gallery of pictures from the day can be seen on our SwanFest website.

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So it not surprising to discover that, it is not unusual for people to be in debt in some form or other, and it often takes very little for that debt to become a problem,. All too easily a manageable debt can spiral into a problem leaving you with feelings of guilt, embarrassment, shame, and often afraid, especially if it is coupled with a change in circumstance.

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It is not against the law to borrow money from a loan shark, but it is against the law to lend money without a licence. Read more

Forest Gate Resident Panel Representation

forest-gate-logoBeing a member of the Forest Gate Panel gives you an opportunity to represent residents of Forest Gate. Read more