Your Hampton - How You Can be Involved
We want to hear from you
The first part of this plan set out a vision for Hampton. The second part shows how the Council is responding to the issues you raised through the All in One process. In this section we are asking you to think about how you could help to improve Hampton and the lives of people who live there.
Many residents in the area are already doing things to help improve the quality of life locally or in the borough as a whole, whether it be through a residents’ association, amenity group, sports or social club, getting together with a group of friends or neighbours to deal with a particular issue or taking individual action - for example by picking up litter or making a commitment to shop locally. That’s why so many of you told us through the All in One that one of the things you valued most about living in the Hampton village area was the sense of community. We also heard that people would like to do more, if they knew what the opportunities were.
Through the village plan, we want to bring together all the activity happening in Hampton so that everybody can see what is going on and where they can get involved – but we need your help. We would like to hear from:
- Individuals and informal groups - do you have an idea for something you can do to help deliver the vision for Hampton or address one of the issues and priorities mentioned? Perhaps you have a proposal you want to get off the ground, or you may be already doing something.
- Community and voluntary groups - tell us how you are helping to make Hampton better, what your plans are and how other local people can get involved with your organisation.
To help support and build greater community involvement we have established a Community Links project. Community Links will act as a source of information for each village area, working with communities, groups, the Council and other partners to:
- Let residents know what is happening to deliver the village plan; both what the Council is doing and what the community is doing.
- Bring together information about what opportunities there are for people to get involved.
- Help identify and promote opportunities for local people to get involved.
- Help individual residents and groups find the information about support, advice and resources they need to take part.
Community Links will use the comments and contributions you provide on this village plan to help build a picture of what is happening in Hampton which everyone will be able to share.
They will have several ways of keeping you in touch, including:
- E-newsletters; these will be tailored around the Council and community activity going on in your village area. The first copy was distributed in paper format to every household in the area in April. There will be one more paper copy, giving everyone a chance to sign up to receive their village e-newsletter by email in future. A limited number of hard copies will, however, be available in libraries for people who do not have access to the internet.
- Last year the Council promised to replace all broken community noticeboards and install seven additional ones, this promise has now been fulfilled. The community boards have now been installed across the borough to provide information on the work of the Council and local community groups together with details of local events and activities. This is a wonderful resource for residents, visitors and business which we hope will further strengthen community involvement and participation. Local community or resident groups, charities or not for profit organisations will now be able to display information about an event or opportunity that people in the village/s would be interested in.
- The community noticeboards for Hampton are located on Station Road by the entrance to the Green and outside Sainsbury's in the main square, Hampton North.
- MyRichmondVillage web pages; there will be a webpage for each village area where residents will be able to find out information and take part in online debates.
Sam Dottin is now the dedicated Community Links Officer for Hampton. Please feel free to contact her:
Phone: 020 8831 6327
Other Ways to Get Involved
There are many ways you could get involved, for example:
Give your views
The Council and other public organisations have a range of opportunities for you to get involved in decision-making for your local area. For Council consultations, see the Consultation Finder.
Tell us about things that need fixing
Use the Council’s fault reporting system to alert us to environmental problems from fly-tipping to graffiti and potholes.
You could join a:
- Local environmental group.
- Street warden scheme.
- Walking bus to take your children to school.
- Local community group - see the voluntary and community sector page for practical help or go to the Richmond CVS website to find out what groups are working in your area.
If there isn’t something in your area which covers your interests, why not set a group up?
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer all over Richmond, with a huge selection of roles to choose from. If you are interested in volunteering and would like some help to find the right volunteering role for you please contact Volunteering Richmond. They will work closely with you to look at what your interests are, what skills you have to offer and why you want to volunteer in order to find a volunteering placement that is right for you and the organisation involved.
Volunteering Richmond can also help organisations that would like to support in developing their volunteering opportunities to ensure that they provide good quality volunteering placements.
Volunteering at the library
If you would like to volunteer at the library see the Volunteering at the library page for more details and positions available.
Phone: 020 8734 3301 or pop into your local library for an information pack.
Become a LiveWell Health Champion
Are you involved with a local community/voluntary group in your local area?
Are you interested in health and wellbeing?
If yes, then you could become a Health Champion for LiveWell Richmond where you will receive training and resources that will help you support people to improve their health.
For further information please see our Health page or contact Angela Rowan at Richmond CVS:
Phone: 020 3178 8785
Then & Now
Residents now have the opportunity to highlight elements of their built environment that helps contribute to the character of their community through the ‘Then & Now’ project which has been developed by the Environment Trust to celebrate elements of everyday heritage. If you are interested in the history of your local area and would like to find out more about Then & Now, please visit the Building conservation page for further information.
Become a London Food Waste Champion
Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help people take action. It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit your purse and the environment too.
This is a community lead initiative. Volunteers are invited to help pass on Love Food Hate Waste’s tips and advice on to others, providing as little or as much time as they can.You will receive full training and your local Volunteer Co-ordinator will be there on hand to offer support and advice along the way. For further information go to www.lovefoodhatewaste.com or email email@example.com.
There are grants available through the Council’s Civic Pride Fund to help organisations and individuals set up and carry out projects benefitting the local community. The fund is for one-off projects that make public places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive, and help build stronger communities.
Visit the Council’s ‘Get Involved’ webpage for more ideas and information on what you could do and the support you can get.