Wards Corner Community Coalition (WCC) Tottenham, London. Wards Corner – The site. A vibrant but poor area of London which despite the lack of money has managed to become the centre for many ethnic groups, including the Latin American population in London.
10 Residents Associations, the Haringey Federation of Residents Associations (HFRA), Tottenham Civic Society (TCS), Conservation Area Advisory Committee (CAAC), Pedro Achata Trust, Pueblito Paisa, the Tottenham Traders Association, Tottenham & Wood Green Friends of the Earth, Sustainable Haringey, Living Streets, Seven Sisters Permaculture.
The WCC was born out of this realisation
diverse, diffuse, non-hierarchical , flexible, immediate, considerate, non-political, multi-layered, inclusive, adaptable, seek-consensus, evolving, friendly, open, community, active, activists, informal, formal, self-empowered, self-empowering, empathetic, self-organising, self-educating, connected, resourceful, dreamers, rationalists, planners, organisers, artists, fundraisers, traders, bakers, cynical, autonomous, radical, conservative, transparent, cooperative, confusing, sharing, humble, arrogant, fearless,, conspiratorial, fearful, enduring, non-party political, passionate, committed, self-reliant, cohesive, environmentalists......
So how do we work?!
We are demonstrating that all the things that are not possible in Council/Developer’s model is possible in an alternative model
The WCC has been networking with grassroots organisations, national organisations and unaffiliated people who all share our philosophy and principals by:
Weekly open meetings
Utilizing all local community facilities and resources
Utilizing established networks and resources
Having a presence at all community events
London Mayoral and local Council hustings
Hosting Cultural music events
Public Meeting – Feb 08
>350 people attended
Wards Corner Hug - July 08
>500 people attended
Fundraisers, Community Festivals, Workshops, Judicial Review,Press etc.
....Always well attended and supported
...Community engaged with in several ways, Input fed into the Alternative Plan
...Great show of community ‘togetherness’