Engagement comes naturally: Jo’s story of being a leader and a connector

This week Jo, Al and I went on a road trip to Glasgow. We had been invited to share some of our stories of connecting with the The Church of Scotland Priority Areas Big Conversation. Their theme was seeking ‘The gifts of our communities’. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone from … More Engagement comes naturally: Jo’s story of being a leader and a connector

The four essential elements of an Asset-Based Community Development process

Cormac Russell, our good friend who has been journeying alongside us in our quest to unearth the gifts, skills and talents of our community, has recently co-written this comprehensive paper outlining the four essential elements of an Asset-Based Community Development process, and most crucially what makes it distinctive. It has been written through many years … More The four essential elements of an Asset-Based Community Development process

What ‘hosts’ can teach us about how to be a community

Bringing community to your doorstep’ begins to tell the story of our street events, and the role they play in community building here in Firs and Bromford. This summer we have done 5 more street events, and they have all been wonderful. Activities and conversations have given neighbours the opportunity to show up, feel part … More What ‘hosts’ can teach us about how to be a community

#VillageVision: It takes a village to raise a child

It takes a village to raise a child is a well known proverb, attributed to African culture, which is commonly used to describe a belief that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for every child to fully flourish, and grow in a safe environment. This proverb has started … More #VillageVision: It takes a village to raise a child

Together We Can! Our annual report is hot off the press!

Street Connecting is part of a wider inter-generational project called Together We Can! We have reached the end of year 1 and a report has been compiled to bring together all the learning, the impact, the stories, the challenges and our next steps. Read on to find out more and for the link to download … More Together We Can! Our annual report is hot off the press!

The story of the Real Junk Food Kitchen

Bill and Pete, two of our kitchen leads, at pop-up BBQ event at Ambridge House The Real Junk Food Hodge Hill Kitchen has become a popular weekly ‘bumping space’ locally, with over 20 regular volunteers welcoming over 100 people (adults and children) every Thursday through the doors of St Wilfrid’s Community Centre, a volunteer-run centre. … More The story of the Real Junk Food Kitchen

Touchstone Five: Building Connections and Social Interactions

We are privileged to tell our story as part of Cormac Russell’s reflections on 8 touchstones of Community Building. Cormac introduces our story….. The craft of community building is an intentional one, community animators and connectors are endlessly curious about how they can better create the conditions by which everyone’s gifts can be discovered and … More Touchstone Five: Building Connections and Social Interactions

How Father Christmas can bring a community out of their front doors

As a child I remember when the Lions Club would bring round Father Christmas on his sleigh along the street I grew up. It was magical! Since moving to Bromford nearly 10 years ago I had never seen this happen here. For some reason the Lions Clubs and other groups who bring Father Christmas around … More How Father Christmas can bring a community out of their front doors