Action LN2 are a group of residents who volunteer in the Monks Road area of Lincoln. We focus on organising projects and events that will involve and benefit this community and were brought together by the area’s Community Organiser, Maaike Veenkamp.
We are an informal yet committed group ranging from young people aged ten to those of us who would rather not state our age! Importantly we all share a common goal. Over the last year we have delivered many projects in the Monks Road area which have been born equally out of shared loves and concerns we have for our community.
Let’s Get Picking!: We have organised and delivered two community clean up events so far, with at least two more planned. The events have attracted over 100 residents to give up their Saturday to clean their streets and have also seen us form links with our local MP and the Student Union from the University of Lincoln. Let’s Get Picking as a project name additionally stemmed from work one of our volunteers Wendy has been doing with the local primary school council. Wendy ran a competition for pupils to design both the poster and project name, and following stiff competition Let’s Get Picking was chosen!
Abbey Lion Cubs FC: We deliver a weekly football project for children aged 3-5 years on the Arboretum park. The project has been running since July 2013 and continually attracts many children and their families. Committed young footballers received a stamp in a specially designed reward booklet each time they attend a session, which then sees them awarded with prizes such as medals and Abbey Lion Cubs t-shirts. The reward booklet and indeed the project name and logo were all designed by Chris the youngest member of Action LN2.
Our Big Gig in The Arboretum: In the summer of 2013 we organised a community music festival held on the Arboretum. The idea came from our volunteers Eleni and Sophie, teenagers with a shared love of music and a desire to have something more for their age range going on in the area. This has been by far our biggest project and took lots of hard work and planning. It proved to all be well worth it though with over 400 people attending the event and enjoying a range of local bands, stalls and attractions.
Action LN2 have many plans for the year ahead including organising a project that will help to break down some of the cultural barriers that are apparent in our community; delivering another even bigger music festival; and continuing with our litter picks and football project. Most importantly though we want to continue to engage and listen to fellow residents, getting their opinions and views, and welcoming them into our group if they want to help us take action.