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Recognising community-spirited Summer Reading Challenge volunteers

27 September 2018
Thurrock Council has celebrated 35 young people who gave up their time to volunteer to help run this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
More than 3,000 children took part in this year's Mischief Makers-themed Summer Reading Challenge at libraries in Thurrock. The Summer Reading Challenge, which runs every year in libraries across the borough, is a national reading scheme aimed at encouraging children to read six books during the summer holidays to gain rewards, including stickers, certificates and even a medal.

Fun Palace at Grays library

25 September 2018
Science, art and magic will come together at Grays library on Saturday 6 October as the library becomes a fun palace with something exciting for kids of all ages.
The event starts at 11am and runs until 3pm, and will give youngsters an opportunity to:
have a go at coding with robotics
meet conjurer Paul Clancy, who'll be making balloon animals
explore forest arts and crafts in a special yurt set up especially for the event
They'll also be able to:

Consultation launched on housing allocation policy

24 September 2018
Thurrock Council has launched a consultation asking residents for their views on the council's housing allocation policy.
The consultation is part of a root and branch review of the policy which determines how council homes are allocated across the borough.
It is the first major overhaul in the policy for nearly five years and follows a number of changes to the law governing how local authorities decide who should get priority for housing.

Could you be a Healthy Walks Leader?

20 September 2018
Thurrock Council is on the lookout for volunteers to help lead its newly launched Healthy Walks programme.
The council's Healthy Walks programme aims to bring together people from across the community to promote the benefits of walking and support them in leading a healthy, active lifestyle.
The role of a Healthy Walks Leader would involve leading a series of 30 minute walking sessions each week for residents in and around Thurrock.

Investors in town as council continues multi-billion pound regeneration plans

19 September 2018
About 60 developers and investors visited Thurrock yesterday (Tuesday 18 September) as Thurrock Council seeks to transform the borough and make it an even better place to live, work, play and learn.
Representatives from about 40 different organisations attended the council’s regeneration event at High House Production Park in Purfleet as the council outlined how it is seeking to secure more investment in the borough.

Thurrock prepares to mark 100th anniversary of the end of World War One

19 September 2018
Preparations are already under way for Thurrock to mark the important event of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on 11 November.
Ahead of the centenary war memorials across the borough are being cleaned, 834 poppies will be displayed on lampposts to commemorate all from the area who died in the war and special planters will be installed at all cemeteries where war dead are buried.

Jobs website helps link businesses and job hunters for free

17 September 2018
Job seekers in Thurrock are being encouraged to register for a free employment website that could help them land their dream job.
Opportunities South East – opportunitiessoutheast.co.uk – is run in a partnership by Thurrock Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), allowing businesses and candidates to sign up for free. It already has more than 1,600 opportunities advertised.

Nominations extended for this year’s Thurrock Education Awards

17 September 2018
The nomination period for this year’s Thurrock Education Awards has been extended by a week, it has been announced.
Nominations will now come to a close at 5pm on Saturday 29 September, giving parents, colleagues and young people an extra seven days to submit their entries.
Cllr James Halden, Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, said: “By extending this year’s nomination period we will ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to nominate in this year’s Thurrock Education Awards.

£6million cycling investment roars on as first Tiger crossing installed

13 September 2018
Work is set to get under way on a series of new schemes as Thurrock Council continues its £6million investment in cycle route improvements.
A number of improvements have already been made to Thurrock's cycling network as part of the council’s 3-year Cycle Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which is due to be completed in 2019.

Debt summit starts new initiative to help struggling residents climb 'Life's Ladder'

13 September 2018
Residents who are struggling with paying back debt were the focus for the public and voluntary sectors yesterday (Wednesday 12 September) as Thurrock Council leads on improving the support available.
The council's Thurrock Fair Debt Summit – held at Thurrock Adult Community College, Grays – was organised to look at the reasons people get into different types of debt, including household and credit card debt, and the potential consequences.