2022 is the 25th anniversary of Urban Expression and we plan to celebrate!
Throughout 2022 we also want to take the opportunity to look ahead to the coming years, the ongoing stories and the next chapter for Urban Expression - sharing ideas and hopes and inviting others to join the journey.
Here's a good news story from Sheffield:
Ryan writes: When we first arrived in Westfield six years ago, the community had no playgrounds for children to play on. It had a few pockets of open space but no actual playground. This has led to many parents sharing their frustration that they have nowhere safe to take the children to play. This is exacerbated for those who have lived here for a long time, as at one point there were 5 pocket parks on the estate. However, gradually these parks fell into disrepair and were never replaced/updated. When we arrived, we joined a campaign group with a small group of local residents to lobby the Council to build a park but it became evident that they didn’t have the money to do this. The group were basically told that if they wanted a park, they would have to get it themselves – which is what they did! Eventually the Council came back on board with the project and ended up being a vital partner but it would not have happened without the tenacity and commitment of the local people.
On Saturday 23rd October the culmination of six years of work came together when our Play Ground finally opened! It was moment of real celebration for the community with in the region of 200 people attending throughout the morning. And it has been great to see the park being used since then as place for kids to play and for parents to meet. It feels like we have played a small part in fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 61 v4, which says;
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.