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    Hi everyone!

    This is the place to come for our second monthly live discussion! The discussion will be held on Tuesday 22 July from 12-1pm and we'll be discussing the question:

    "How did you get others involved in your community project?"

    Whether you're free for the whole hour, or would just like to dip in and share your experiences, we'd love to hear from you.

    If you can't make it, you can post questions here on this thread, or send them to communications@cdf.org.uk .

    Looking forward to it,

    Charlotte

    #7586
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    Elizabeth
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    Hi everyone!
    Welcome to our second live discussion – I’m really excited to kick things off and get people chatting.
    For those who don’t know, I’m Lizzy, I’m on the Communications team at the Community Development Foundation.
    Who else is here? Who wants to be brave and say hello and tell us a little about their project first?
    Lizzy

    #7587
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    Ralph
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    Hi Lizzy, Ralph here,

    Submit 2 Success is a health and fitness project aiming to engage young people aged 6-19 years using the sport of Brazilian Jiujiitsu (ground based submission fighting). The project has a lot of support locally, being in one of Britains most historically deprived wards we have has plenty of support from agencies and funders such as CDF but it has meant lots of leg work jumping to and from various different providers, most recently the Thirteen group have seen our plight and supported us for the next financial year. I am a firm believer that if you do something for the right reason and it helps community, then there are plenty of people who will support you financially, its just the leg work required to get them to get their hands in their pockets.

    #7588
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    Elizabeth
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    Hi Ralph,
    Great to have you on board!
    How many volunteers help out on your project? And how did you find them?

    #7589
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    Ralph
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    We are fairly small, 3 in total, myself and another individual run two sessions with another coach offering support when we are really short, we cover for each other if ever we have anything on, its quite difficult for us to access additional volunteers due to the 2 years training required in order to develop the competency in training our sport, plus add in DBS checks and finding the right person, its is one of the things which has held us back from growing.

    #7590
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    Rich
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    Hi everyone! Sorry for being fashionably late to the party. 😉 How are we all doing?

    #7591
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    Elizabeth
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    [b]Quote from rpresgrave on July 22, 2014, 12:07[/b]
    We are fairly small, 3 in total, myself and another individual run two sessions with another coach offering support when we are really short, we cover for each other if ever we have anything on, its quite difficult for us to access additional volunteers due to the 2 years training required in order to develop the competency in training our sport, plus add in DBS checks and finding the right person, its is one of the things which has held us back from growing.

    Great to hear about your group’s teamwork! Important for such a small team.
    How do you go about letting people know about your project and the work you do?
    Hi Rich! Great to have you here. Could you tell us a little about your project and how you got volunteers on board to help out?

    #7592
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    Rich
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    Sure thing! Assemble Fest is a theatre festival down a street with a strong community. We had two types of volunteers: local people who wanted to help out (this was advertised through community newsletters and social media), and drama students from Hull Uni who offered free workshops to the public (direct contact through the department and via email).

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    [b]Quote from richsutherland on July 22, 2014, 12:12[/b]
    We had two types of volunteers: local people who wanted to help out (this was advertised through community newsletters and social media), and drama students from Hull Uni who offered free workshops to the public (direct contact through the department and via email).

    That’s great, thanks Rich – why did you decide to target them differently?

    And everyone else – did you find that technology was helpful when recruiting people to help out? Or did you use more ‘traditional’ ways such as meetings and leaflets?

    #7594
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    Ralph
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    Not as much as we should! We have leaflets, we also get heavily mentioned within a local news letter regularly, we have also been in a national martial arts magazine promoting the benefits of the sport within the school curriculum. The rest of the publicity is word of mouth. I feel we would engage more yoong people if the the local authority (which will remain nameless) worked more in partnership with us. The LA has kind of lost interest in what we are doing if I am honest, you would expect their Youth Support Service to take a project such as S2S and bring groups of young people over to engage, especially as we do not charge a penny for those who train with us, but it very much seems they are of the opinion, that what they are doing is much better and offers no overlap with partnership working. It is a huge shame, one of which I have taken to my local MP with little repsonse.

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    Rich
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    "why did you decide to target them differently?"

    Because the drama students are so close-knit, and seeing how we were offering them a very specific type of volunteering in the form of running free workshops, we needed direct communication so that things didn’t overlap.

    Meanwhile, the "general" volunteers could be anyone at all, so by advertising it more widely we had a wider reach. Plus it helped to promote the festival to a larger audience (community newsletters through doors, posters in local shops etc.)

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    Elizabeth
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    [b]Quote from rpresgrave on July 22, 2014, 12:15[/b]
    The LA has kind of lost interest in what we are doing if I am honest, you would expect their Youth Support Service to take a project such as S2S and bring groups of young people over to engage, especially as we do not charge a penny for those who train with us.

    Sorry to hear about your challenges, but glad to hear that your project is still going strong!

    Anyone else found any challenges with getting people involved that they’d like to share?

    #7597
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    Rich
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    "Anyone else found any challenges with getting people involved that they’d like to share?"

    We did find that getting people involved on a voluntary basis was a little risky, as one or two dropped out last-minute. However, we’d actually recruited more than necessary just in case. If no one had dropped out, we’d have still found stuff for them to do. The top priorities were to make sure that all responsibilities were covered whilst making everyone feel valued and a part of the festival.

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    Elizabeth
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    [b]Quote from richsutherland on July 22, 2014, 12:19[/b]
    Meanwhile, the "general" volunteers could be anyone at all, so by advertising it more widely we had a wider reach. Plus it helped to promote the festival to a larger audience (community newsletters through doors, posters in local shops etc.)

    That’s so interesting! Thanks Rich!

    Everyone has different skills that they can offer. How did you decide what each volunteer would do to help out?

    Anyone else want to pop in and say hello? Does anyone have any burning questions that they’d like to see answered in the discussion?

    #7599
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    Rich
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    To be honest we didn’t know many of these volunteers personally, they were just given a very brief (about 10 minutes) interview the week before. But because it was a festival that took place both inside and outside of businesses we found that it was easy to keep everyone motivated. The main thing was that they were friendly and helpful! Haha! 🙂

    We also had seven venue managers who were employed for the day. These people had to be from the postcode area and unemployed, as it allowed us to offer a paid opportunity for those who really needed it.

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