On Saturday 30 June 2018,  the first ever Broadwater Farm Community Voting Day took place at Broadwaters Inclusive Learning Unit.

On a glorious sunny day more than 100 people packed into the primary school’s hall to listen to ‘Dragon’s Den’ style presentations from 29 individuals and groups who were hoping to win money for their projects.
Following each presentation residents filled in their voting cards – writing a number between one to ten – and those with the most marks received funding of up to £5,000.

“It was a very positive event and I’m glad that so much positive attention has come to our estate,” said Jacob Secker, secretary of the Broadwater Farm Residents’ Association. “It was very well organised and good in bringing the community together.”

The day started off in upbeat fashion with a performance from singer Rachel Stracey-long – accompanied by spontaneous dancing from residents – and two dance performances from pupils at the primary school.
“I really wanted to come along today and see what projects the community are voting for in Broadwater Farm,” said sergeant Mags Lillywhite of the local policing team, manning one of the stalls in the hall. “It’s really nice for us to be involved and interesting to see what does matter to people here.”

Following a tasty free lunch provided by local company Blooming Scent the winners were announced. Of the 29 groups who presented 15 won full funding for their projects and two received partial funding.
“I am ecstatic,” said Sandra D’eca who presented with her son, Delano. “Our project is called Go Grow and the money we received will cover a weekly food growing session for local children and families. We will focus on healthy eating and use nature as an educational tool. I have loved this event and the energy, the food, and the people we’ve met have just been awesome.”

“I am so happy and excited and can’t wait to get started!” said Elizabeth Lahav of Streetz Ahead who won money for two projects: Dance Giants and Pan in the Park. “With Dance Giants we’ll be working in this school to help children at risk of being excluded. And in Pan in the Park we’ll be teaming up with Tottenham Theatre to produce a fantastic summer theatre project.”

One of the most inspiring parts of the day was what happened after the winners were announced. Those who had received full funding were invited to ‘give back’ to the two groups that only received partial funding to help make up some of the difference.

“It was so nice that people gave back to us and showed us that the community does care,” said Lily Labonte who received partial funding for her Youth Fest project. “I think we need more events such as this and I made so many new contacts through networking today.”

“I thought the whole event went really, really well,” said Gayle Wallace who helped organise the event. “People seemed to enjoy it and we had some brilliant projects. It was the first Voting Day in Broadwater Farm and I’ll think we’ll get more people wanting this kind of thing.”

Funded projects:

  • Our Safety Matters
  • Pan in the Park
  • Women with a Voice - Creative House
  • Go Grow
  • It is About Time
  • Capoeira Brazilian Martial Arts
  • Men with a Voice
  • Boys are Born, Men are Made
  • Thinking Space - Family Kite Making
  • Dance Giants
  • Broader Horizons
  • Dance for All
  • Back to Basics
  • Tottenham Flower & Produce Show
  • Broadwater Farm Community Youth in Action  
  • The Ground Beneath our Feet  
  • Broadwater Faces  
  • Youth Fest  

To see all the pictures from the day visit Flickr (external link).