st athan volunteer day (18)
Community Spirit Network
There has been an excellent response from communities in the rural Vale. Over 20 different communities have come together to take part in the sharing of learning and experiences from their community and join the Community Spirit Network. Each community is coming up with new ideas for innovative activities to help build community spirit.
We have had quarterly meetings with a variety of speakers:
- Ystradowen and Peterston Super Ely representatives sharing their experiences of Community Mapping
- St Hilary Forum sharing the benefits of the community newsletter.
- The project co-ordinator of the Attic Project explained that the project supports older people to organise their personal possessions so that they can live as independently as possible by carrying out adaptations, while sensitively managing removal of unused items, and recording reminiscences and encouraging recycling.
- The Artistic Director of Afon Dance Company explained about their work with special needs groups in schools, links to the national curriculum, performing arts workshops for kids in school holidays, and social and fitness element for older participants.
- Director of Our One Planet Project explained about their work creating wildlife havens.
- Country Manager for the Eden Project Communities spoke about the Big Lunch, the UK’s annual get together for neighbours. A Big Lunch can be anything from a small gathering in a garden, park or driveway, to a larger party with trestle tables down the middle of your street. The idea is that by starting simple, all sorts of friendships, ideas and projects can come out of a Big Lunch.
- Community Venue Online booking – we introduced the new 2 year project about piloting on line booking systems in single venues, cluster venues (neighbouring community areas / villages) and cluster of nearby venues (managed separately). The project will involve trialling different booking systems and assessing the cost effectiveness of it.