Gants Hill residents are being called upon to share their experiences of their local neighbourhood as part of a new research project to help shape the community. 

The project will see 20 volunteers will be meeting and surveying residents, and taking photos of the environment to gain a richer picture of the area and understand how the community wants to shape its future.   

This community-led research will see volunteers survey residents with a focus on:  

Community cohesion: To understand the diversity of Gants Hill  

Environment: To understand the impact that litter has on mental health and wellbeing, and experiment with different approaches to reduce littering  

Activities and Spaces: To understand the shared spaces that are currently used by the community, and what activities could be introduced in Gants Hill. 

Community researcher Emily Wen said: “Living in Gants Hill and being able to give back to the community through research and engagement is very significant to me.  

“I feel more involved with the local community and that I am contributing to a better vision for Gants Hill. Collaborating and working together with the mission to better the place that we live and work in is one of the best ways to create positive change and to flourish.”  

 The findings, which will be showcased at events later this year and published online, will be used to shape activities in the local area, identify and prioritise local needs and feed into the plans for the future Gants Hill Hub.  

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, said: "Our residents’ views play a key role in transforming our communities. I would encourage all Gants Hill residents to have their say and shape the future of their local area by getting involved in this fantastic research project.” 

For more information visit: