From: Jo Richmond
Sent: 02 April 2012 15:07
Subject: The Challenge Continues….
the community shop is going from strength to strength – it is packed with donations and has a network of people collecting, washing, ironing and a full rota of volunteers making it all happen. Its average income is looking positive, and we could well be in a position to extend the lease and it will pay its way as well as raise money for the area. The review in June will help us establish what level of surplus there could be – and how we go about investing it. Next stage is to get a community noticeboard up and start getting information and skills sharing happening via the shop.
We are working with all the winning projects from the PB event – all 5 look deliverable and at the moment are working with VAC and Waseem to do a fuller project plan and budget – a couple of the groups need a bit of help with governance.
Our final Dragons Den we are hoping to evolve into a neighbourhood PG planning event – we hope to get a group of residents together (using our new contacts – and old) and agree a bit of a neighbourhood action plan, encourage residents to put their names to Actions (and give them support to deliver) and also enable them to commission small scale projects and bits of work. This would be using what we have learnt from all the different approaches we have taken.
The apprentices are going strong and we feel positive this will result in more local people permanently employed to deliver services in their own neighbourhoods – ensuring that sense of ownership and helping people to get re connect with local service providers – there has been really positive local feedback and the older people in the community particularly like having contact with the young men who work on their streets, it makes them feel safer and more connected (they tell us).
As a bi product of the Challenge the local school worked with Boothtown Partnership and ran a tea dance for older people in sheltered accommodation around the very near neighbourhood – this would never have happened before – neither group considered each other a partner and neither had a particular relationship.
Mammuna continues to work with the young people to develop projects and ideas they want to see happen in the community – this is slow work and we are seeking to do a couple of quick wins with them to encourage that longer term commitment. The volunteering is incentivised – but what they have chosen to work towards required quite a few hours work – and some young people find this harder – so we will do something extra as an encouragement.
We will blog again soon….
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