On Saturday 18 September 2021, over 500 residents of the Tottenham Hale ward came along to a community event organised by the Home Cooked Team. This was led by The Bridge Renewal Trust along with Father2Father, The Godwin Lawson Foundation, Mind in Haringey, and North London Partnership Consortium.  The event was held on the grounds of Ferry Lane Primary School, which showcased a range of activities to promote community unity, safety, and wellbeing. Residents learnt about the Home Cooked approach to reducing and tackling the root causes of violence. This includes strengthening family relationships, promoting positive mental health and improving access to education and employment opportunities for young people.

The event catered for families and provided a fun day out with lots of activities for children including football competitions, bouncy castles, face painting and free food. 

On the day, several stallholders provided information about local services which included Haringey Council, Public Health, Metropolitan Police, Jacksons Lane, Messengers Church, Estates Elite Recycling, FLAG committee, Online Business School and Haringey Community Gold.

Rachel Hughes, Chair of The Bridge Renewal Trust said: “It’s great to see so many residents come and join us at the community event.  Home Cooked is about bringing people together and working in a collaborative way to reduce violence. We want to create a stronger, safer and more inclusive Tottenham Hale”.

Members of the public expressed their feelings on how important a project like this is around to make a difference to the younger generation.

Anton Forde, a resident from the Ferry Lane estate said: “This event was a great example of how the multi-cultural community of Tottenham Hale can work together to build a better future for our young people. Home Cooked epitomises this initiative”.

Abigail, from the Home Cooked Youth Engagement Team said: “I am extremely excited to be part of the Home Cooked programme. I have the opportunity to work with other young people to improve community safety”.

Josiah, a 14-year-old winner of the Open Mic competition said: “This is an amazing opportunity for the Tottenham Hale ward.  I am glad that I came down to this event, I met many people and got the opportunity to perform and win a prize!”.

The Home Cooked Team would like to continue to involve residents to build and create a safer and better future for young people in Tottenham Hale.

If you would like to find more information about the Home Cooked project, please visit www.bridgerenewaltrust.org.uk or email [email protected].

Residents from the Tottenham Hale ward at the Home Cooked community event.

From your right: Home Cooked young people, Acting Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, North Area BCU Commander and Chief Executive of Bridge Renewal Trust Geoffrey Ocen.

From your right: Chief Executive of Bridge Renewal Trust, winner of the open mic Josiah, Lynette Charles CEO of Mind in Haringey, and Courtney Brown CEO of Father2Father.