Issues Clementswood Community Centre will help to address
Clementswood and Loxford wards of Redbridge are areas of
substantial deprivation. People suffer from social exclusion, lack of
community cohesion, and high rates of crime and unemployment.
Additionally, levels of child poverty are high and health is poor.
The two communities face distinct issues which CLIC will address
– lack of racial harmony in these already hugely disadvantaged areas.
This is fed by lack of initiatives to bring people of varied
ethnicity/faiths/cultures together. There is ethnic tension – people of
different ethnicity/ethnic groups clash and there are high levels of
associated crime (including violent and race related).
Research/other evidence of project need
Redbridge’s ‘Deprivation in Redbridge Indices of Deprivation
2010’ details Clementswood & Loxford wards as within 20% most
deprived in England.
Redbridge’s ‘Community Cohesion in London Borough of Redbridge’
(2009) details inter-generational tensions, lack of understanding and
respect between older and younger and a settled backlash against new
residents including migrants especially from Eastern Europe.
The above also cites problems due to young people dropping out
of education and lack of community leisure and youth facilities to bring
people and communities together.
In 2010, the IMD index showed an increase in crime in
Clementswood, which ranked in the 20% most deprived for crime
In 2012, End Child Poverty reported 41% of children in Clementswood and 44% in Loxford suffer from poverty.
2007 Redbridge Clementswood Ward Profile: “There is high
unemployment and severe economic and social deprivation... Furthermore,
poor health and housing conditions in Clementswood and other
neighbouring wards makes the area a prime place to tackle growing
inequalities....” The Loxford Ward Profile makes the same statement.
2007 Ward Profile for Loxford states it is the fourth most
ethnically diverse ward in London. Clementswood ranks eleventh.
GLA Intelligence (Borough Profiles 2011):41.4% of Redbridge
population was born abroad and 51.8% are from BAME groups –against
national comparators of 12.2% and 12.5% respectively.
BVPI General Residents’ Survey 2007 - 70% of residents in Clementswood and Loxford felt unsafe outdoors after dark.
EIBP has consulted extensively to ensure Clementswood Community
Centre is community driven, needs-led and delivers outcomes which
directly address beneficiary needs:
EIBP ran a series of 4 Community Focus Groups and obtained detailed feedback on issues/needs in 85 questionnaires.
Respondents said they were fearful for their safety and want
change. They want to live in a place with a strong, multi-ethnic
community where people understand, tolerate each other and work together
to resolve problems.
People expressed disappointment at lack of community services
and feel let down. They also feel the authorities create more problems
by bringing new migrants, asylum seekers and homeless people into the
area without properly supporting them.
During February 2013, we extended consultations with local
people/potential project beneficiaries via questionnaire – (51
responses, 100% of questions answered).
88% said community problems are getting worse; 66% stated crime/ASB/racially-motivated crime was the biggest problem.
Comments received include: “People don’t care about each other
as they used to”; there is a “lack of relations amongst different
people”; “there are fewer activities and facilities for young people and
children”; “people have little opportunity to gel as a community”.
76% of respondents would get actively involved in Clementswood Community Centre.
People want: “A place to chill out, so not condemned on the
street”; “teaching new people to our country how we are supposed to
live”; English language training to help new entrants to the community
to integrate; “Events, training and activities where people from
different backgrounds can join in to bring change”; “help to bring
people together locally”.
Adding to/ filling gaps in local services
Redbridge’s 2009 ‘Community Cohesion in London Borough of
Redbridge’ cites problems due to young people dropping out of education
and lack of community leisure and youth facilities to bring people and
communities together – Clementswood Community will address these by
providing community space and community leisure activities.
There is no other community centre either in Clementswood or Loxford – partially due to LA austerity budgeting.
There are no similar services provided in Clementswood or
Loxford, although the Community Development Institute in Redbridge
provides integration through skills training. CDI supports our bid, will
be a referral partner and support us to deliver English training.
Our review of local services and local consultations, have been
instrumental in developing the Clementswood Community Centre project.
EIBP has excellent links to local police, Redbridge Council, faith leaders and will engage them as stakeholders.
Our work will augment that of Redbridge Safer Community
Partnership – delivering activities reducing ASB, crime and violence.
Fit with local plans/strategies/initiatives
CLIC will contribute positively to:
Redbridge Council plans to “tackle economic, social and health problems plaguing Clementswood and the southern wards.”
Redbridge’s Corporate Strategy of aiming to make its areas a
safer place to live by creating community relations and community
Redbridge’s Sustainable Community Strategy 2008-18 and local
police strategies by reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
Additional evidence supporting project need
In March 2011a local Mosque was attacked.
Local retail properties were attacked/looted during the 2011 riots mainly by local young people.
– None since Outline Proposal.