12 December 2018
Meet Sam Kenward, CB1's Community Engagement and Project Coordinator
We meet Sam Kenward who has taken up the new role of Community Engagement and Project Coordinator in CB1 a couple of months into his role on a sunny autumn afternoon in Station Square.
Sam, tell us a bit about yourself and your connection to Cambridge?
I graduated in politics this year from the University of East Anglia. I was also town councillor for three years while studying. Before that I was in the UK youth parliament for four years, where I helped to create the ‘youth champion’ role, which involved working to engage young people with politics. So I’ve got quite a lot of experience working with councillors and communities. I’ve also recently been shortlisted for the Young Councillor of the Year 2018!
What attracted you to the job?
I want to work with people to try and effect positive change. The CB1 Estate is improving and evolving quickly and there is a huge opportunity to build on what’s already been achieved and help strengthen the community, working with residents, business and agencies.
What does the role involve?
It’s a mixture of being at my desk and out and about on the CB1 Estate. In the office, I’m working with all the stakeholders to ensure any issues raised are dealt with and that there’s good communication with everyone through @CB1_Community Twitter and newsletter. A key part of my role is ensuring local people know what’s going on and how to get involved if they want to.
The rest of my time is spent meeting people who want to talk about how the development is going, or helping residents organise their own events. Essentially, I’m supporting the community and helping them grow it from the inside out.
What are your aims and aspirations for the CB1 community?
I’m here to ensure people can access the information they need and help develop a community spirit. I’d like to build on what’s already there. A lot of progress has been made in the last year – including getting the stakeholders group together and encouraging the formation of residents’ meets. A big part of why I’m here is also to engage with students, so I introduced myself at the student accommodation blocks during induction week in September. We’re looking to do a student-residents’ get together soon (so, students, look out for publicity for that!)
What will followers find on the CB1_Community Twitter account?
Updates for local and community events, write-ups of past events and agendas for the coming months, mostly, and of course foodPark gets weekly mentions. Give @CB1_Community a follow!
How can people get in touch with you?
I am in CB1 three days a week, but I’m on email every day, so people can drop me a line at email@example.com whenever. I’ll do my best to pass on feedback or enquiries and have them addressed as soon as possible.
What is the CB1 Estate community talking about right now?
Mill Park! People are really happy with the newly reopened and redesigned green space. It’s a nice spot to sit down and have lunch, or for kids to play. It’s got lots to offer from a community perspective and will come into its own next Summer.
Have you got a favourite CB1 hangout?
Well I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of them for meetings. My current favourites are probably the Station Tavern and the Old Ticket Office – both have great atmosphere!
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