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    Join us here with guest hosts Naomi Diamond from the Community Organisers programme and Jim Asbury from the Our Place programme for an hour of live chat about the connections & possibilities of both programmes.

    #9353
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    Jim
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    Hi everyone. Jim here. Look forward top engaging with you over the next hour or so. Any immediate questions for Naomi or myself? Fire away!

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    Jennifer
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    Various DCLG people also around – hello

    #9355

    Hi all,

    I’m Charlotte from Just Act.

    If anyone has any trouble logging in or wants some tips on how to use the forum – give me a shout!

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    Naomi
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    Hi everyone. Looking forward to chatting about community organising this afternoon.

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    Nick
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    Hello everyone. Our group is trying to purchase our village pub and shop in North Herefordshire but we are struggling to get the community on board, despite the pub having been closed in the past for over a year,any advice on how we can get them enthusiastic about the project?
    Nick

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    Hi Nick

    I’m Katie and work in the Our Place team at DCLG. If the pub and shop are going to be viable then agree you’re definitely going to need the community on board. Have you spoken to organisations like Pub is the Hub or Plunkett to help with your campaign?

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    Hi Nick,
    Sounds like a great idea, but I guess unless you can get people to share your vision they won’t come on board. One of the things we know from community organising is that people act in their own self-interest. A community organising conversation starts by trying to find out what someone cares about enough to take a stand on or take action on. So that’s where you need to start. and you have to do it person by person. once you’ve found out what someone’s self-interest or passion is, then you need to find out what they are prepared to do, and get that commitment recorded so you can ‘activate them’ when you are ready.
    I’ll add some more in a minute, but maye you could say some more about how you have tried to get your community on board?
    Naomi

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    Hi Nick

    This is a question for our community rights & assets team at Locality.

    Take a look at some of the resources we have on the My Community Rights website (this one might be handy: http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Community-Owned-pubs-a-quick-guide-to-saving-your-local.pdf) and if you still have questions or would like further advice, contact our Advice Service here: http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/advice-service/.

    If you have any questions about how you might mobilise your community to make it a better place to live, Naomi can help with that one.

    thanks!

    #9361

    Ah – she beat me to it! Thanks Naomi 🙂

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    Actually Bec, it’s very much a question for community organising! I’ve more to add about building a network of support, but would love to hear more from Nick first. what sort of engagement have you tried so far Nick?

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    Thanks everyone! We have completed a Community led Plan, a Neighbourhood Plan and we have held a series of drop in information sessions in the evenings and weekends but we are a very dispersed rural community and people seem stuck behind their front doors! Pub is the Hub have put us in touch with one of their ambassadors but he’s based in Oxfordshire. Any ideas on an activity to bring people together and in to the pub? We are thinking about holding a Big Lunch.

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    Hi Nick
    Our community organisers find that food is a great way of bringing people together! Maybe you could do an event linked to valentines or another festive time . Make it a celebration not a ‘meeting’ and people are more likely to come. Once you’ve got people there, have a team of people primed and ready to hold 121 conversations with people to try and find out what they care about. You’re looking for people who are prepared to do something – it might be put some money in, hold a meeting in their home or village, deliver newsletters or flyers etc. gradually you’ll build a bigger team which will turn into a network. Of course, that assumes that enough people agree with you about the need to save the pub and shop. how much market research have you done so far?
    Naomi

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    Hi again Nick
    Also make sure you use all of your existing networks – schools, youth groups, churches, clubs.. try to get round and visit them and talk to people there. Face to face is by far the best way of building a campaign and getting a message out.
    Naomi

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    Hi again Nick,
    silly question – but what EXACTLY do you need your community on board for? Is it as punters, investors, volunteers, campaigners … or something else?
    Naomi

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