Mid Waterside Residents Association are a group of volunteers who are crowd funding in order to Clean Up, Paint Up and Plant Up in the alleyways around the mid Waterside area. We want to create hidden spaces of biodiversity planting blooming lovely flowers and we want to work together to create beautiful murals , we want our Alleyways to aspire to be Avenues, a place for ALL. We would really appreciate your donations. No amount is too small.
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Changing the Culture
We hope that by initiating the project and taking ownership of the area and creating a community ethos we can make people think about our shared spaces, we hope by changing the culture of how back alley laneways are used that we can decrease the problem of fly tipping, dog fouling, littering and antisocial behaviours with the area. We would love this dream to become a reality and would welcome any help you can give us in transforming the mid waterside area. Thank you for your help.
A sense of place
The Mid Waterside Resident Association is a voluntary charity made up of a cross community group of residents in the Mid Waterside Interface Area, Derry/Londonderry, NI. The residents reside in Benvarden, Dervock, Primrose and Upper and lower Violet Street The street names paint a picture of the historical. landscape of the area ; Dervock means a small townland, Benvarden probably relates to a green hill area and Primrose and Violet street conjures images of native wildflower fields that existed before the victorian terrace houses urbanised the area .
We initially came together in order to clean up the intersecting back alleyways which fall into a no mans land of ownership. and are constantly being used as a dumping ground. We quickly realised that the formation of the group has brought the community together. Neighbours of all ages, religions and nationalities who have lived beside each other for years but did not know each other were now working together to make the mid waterside area a clean, welcoming, safe, friendly, inclusive place to live.
Pride in Our Area
By taking pride in our area we aim to create a vibrant civic community that not only enhances the physical environment but also betters relationships and lived experiences within the community. We have seen how coming together as a residents group and working cross community and intergenerational for the betterment of the area gives residents pride in their community; it gives ownership of where we live and makes us all responsible citizens, it decreases loneliness and isolation particularly with older residents and encourages intergenerational, cross community and cultural relationships in the area,
With the money we raise from crowdfunding we aim to make our area a safe, inclusive and more beautiful place to live in. Initially we will use funds to freshen up houses by painting some street facing and alley facing walls. We aim to transform the back allyways into lanes by planting blooming beautiful back alleyway gardens, thereby encouraging residents to use the otherwise dead spaces and alleyways as an actual integral part of our lived environment . With planting wildflower spaces in the alleyways we are not only encouraging biodiversity within the area, we will also create beautiful walking areas, a new public domain that residents of all ages will use and be proud off. We intend to work with street artists such as UV Arts and possibly a visiting artist to also create some welcoming beautiful community designed murals that both compliments the biodiversity ethics and also encourages people to look after there lived space.
Pic 'The Young Poet' Mark Worst, Scotland
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