Thames Ward Community Project (TWCP) is a three year pilot project, funded by the Lottery (Oct 2017 - Oct 2020) and tasked with creating a resident-led Community Development Trust (CDT).
Since it first began TWCP has been supported by Riverside School, as accountable body, whilst steps were taken to set up a resident steering group that would go on to create a CDT and serve as trustees. In the summer of 2018 we convened our first steering group meeting and currently have 17 residents who meet collectively to oversee policy, engage with stakeholders, plan events and review strategic direction. Each steering group member plays a leadership role on one of our thematic Citizen Action Groups – Arts & Culture, Environment & Blue-Green Spaces, Health & Wellbeing, Housing & Growth, Skills & Enterprise.
We have also set up wider advisory groups including our Founders and Guardians meetings, led by the original TWCP founders – Margaret Hodge MP, Andy Roberts (Headteacher) and Tricia Zipfel MBE, with participation from Cllr Cameron Geddes (LBBD Cabinet member for Housing) and Barking Riverside Ltd.