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    Meet people who have had a go at community activities and are on hand to share their experiences.


    We now have 7 fully signed up Community Champions – welcome to Gloria, Brian, Sandra, Rebecca, Yvonne, Claire and Duncan!

    Our Community Champions will be introducing themselves over the next few days – who wants to go first?

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    Hi guys! My name’s Rich and I’m a freelance copywriter, social media manager and marketing guy, often working in the arts and community sectors.
    I currently freelance at Hull Truck Theatre and Hull University Union, as well as working for various clients that range from a mechanics to a coffee shop and a cloud hosting company to a gift website. I’m also one of the organisers of Assemble Fest (www.facebook.com/assemblefest), a new theatre festival in Hull that launched on Saturday 3rd May 2014. I’m very happy to say that we completely sold out – over 700 seats filled throughout the day – and even had Radio 4 down. This was made possible thanks to our funders, one of which was the Community Development Foundation.
    If anyone ever needs any tips on ideas generation, campaign management, digital and offline communications and/or organising an event, just give me a shout.
    All the best,
    Twitter: @sobananapenguin


    Hi Rich,

    Thanks for taking the brave first step and introducing yourself!

    Great to have you on board and I’m sure your experience in events management and promotions will be really handy for others starting-up similar community projects.

    And it might be helpful for you all to know who I am – I’m the Communications and Policy Officer at the Community Development Foundation (CDF) and it’s my job to share CDF’s work and the stories of our funded projects with external partners. I’m really looking forward to hearing about all of your experiences and tips on running community projects!

    So, who’s next to say hello?

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    Hello and thank you for the welcome 🙂

    I currently volunter for the Barnsley District Scouts in two roles. firstly as the District Explorer Scout Administrator (DESA for short) and recently I have been appointed as ADC for Media. I also volunteer for the 9th Barnsley Wombwell Scout Group and the Centurion Explorer Unit as administrator.

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    Hi All,

    My name is Kerry-Anne. I am the youth director at Cadence Cafe CIC in Tyldesley. We’re a small Arts and Culture hub who actively promote the local community to be more engaged with art, music, literature, media, heritage and culture.

    I have volunteered at Cadence since September 2012 helping out at every community event. In April I was offered this position which I eagerly accepted. It is my responsibility to work with the young people within the community and organise projects and workshops that would engage them with the arts. I have organised and co-organised; local music festivals, music workshops, band nights, employability based workshops and film clubs.

    I am currently organising a youth film club with ‘Into Film’, a film club with an educational twist helping young people to improve their literacy and team working skills. Young people will have the chance to publish their reviews on thew website and win prizes for the best one. Through this project I hope to educate young people in film, production and writing reviews. It serves as a platform to inform young people that they can pursue which ever career path they wish.

    I also write funding bids for projects that require funding to run. It is my responsibility to write them, proof read and make sure they include enough evidence to be successful. I also have quite a bit of knowledge on places one could look to for funding, what they fund and how you could go about receiving it.

    That’s me in a nutshell! Thanks for reading!


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    Hi Rich, Simone and Kerry-Anne,

    Thanks so much for dropping by and introducing yourselves – it’s great to meet you and it seems like we’ve already got a great range of expertise. Very excited to see what discussions will unfold in the future…

    I’m Lizzy, I’m the Digital Communications Intern at CDF. I support CDF’s (and Just Act’s) online presence and help out with communications with our funded projects. I’m a big fan of reading and writing people’s stories so I’m really looking forward to reading what happens on the Forum and continuing to feature projects on the Blog.

    Remember you can ask any questions you’ve got by emailing us or heading to the Forum Help thread – http://www.justact.org.uk/the-just-act-forum/forumpress/?vasthtmlaction=viewtopic&t=14.0

    Can’t wait to read some more introductions!

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    Hi, I’m Becca

    By day I work full-time as a Speech and Language Therapist, but outside of work I volunteer for a children’s charity called ‘Kidz Klub Leeds’ that runs activities for inner-city children, and home visits to their families.

    I also run a youth group for young people aged 11-14. I’ve been involved in all parts of its development, from initially having the idea and arranging venues , applying for funding, risk assessments etc and the day-to-day planning and doing, managing a small team.

    My experience is in community projects at a grassroots level and balancing that (successfully or not!) with work and social life.


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    Hi, I’m Duncan, living in what is laughingly known as Sunny Clacton! This is one of the recognised deprived Coastal resorts and so we hosted Nicky Campbell on the Radio 5 Live Breakfast show at the end of January, We deal with extreme deprivation, health, drugs, loneliness and associated problems. I run the Enfold Project at Pier Avenue Baptist Church which serves the local community by offering Community Money Advice, Child Contact Centre, Computer/IT Classes, Work Clubs and especially the main Project which offers a cooked breakfast every Thursday morning, together with showering opportunities to the homeless, disadvantaged and vulnerable adults in the area, and are supported by Nurses, Benefit advice and housing groups and the Volunteer Centre. Our numbers are continually increasing and now average between 55 – 65 each week, occasionally shooting up into the 70’s.
    The life expectancy in Pier Ward where we are based is 18.1 years LOWER than in Saffron Walden, which is just on the other side of our county of Essex. The Enfold Project is regarded as a ‘signature’ project by both Essex County and Tendring District Councils.

    This is part of the support work in the town, which includes a soup run offering food every night of the year – including Christmas Day!


    Welcome Becca and Duncan!

    Great to have you on board and sounds like you both have some fantastic experiences to share with others looking to do similar projects in their own communities.

    Anyone else want to say a quick hello?

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    Hi – I’m Sandra

    Great to read all the interesting introductions.

    So here’s a bit about me……

    My involvement with community work was completely unplanned and accidental but turned out to be one of the most rewarding things I have done with the exception of being a mum which is my main priority and which led me to be inspired to improve the facilities for young people in the community in which we live. The local recreational ground had fallen into a state of disrepair and deterioration and was nothing but a hazardous space with little investment for at least 40 years.

    Three years ago I started a community group The Friends of Hopwood Park, we are now a registered charity and with the help of Community First and other funding bids we have made significant improvements to our local green space providing improved facilities for children which has snowballed into many avenues benefitting the whole community including the local primary school, playgroup, Scouting Group and bowling club.

    Our projects and events have seen the community come together inspiring young people to get involved and take an interest and have pride in their environment. A wild flower garden has been our show piece for the last three years and we are now aiming to regenerate a bus shelter/toilet block to turn it into a community café.

    For 7 years I have been a freelance medical PA/proof-reader, prior to which I worked in Women & Children’s Services in the NHS for 20 years.

    I thrive on a challenge. I think Just Act and the forum is a great idea and am looking forward to passing on all the knowledge I have gained to other enthusiastic volunteers.



    Hi everyone,

    Thanks Sandra for taking the time to introduce yourself – looking forward to hearing more from you soon!

    Just a quick note that our first live discussion will be on the topic "How did you find out what was happening in your area?”.

    It will be the week commencing 9th June for an hour over a weekday lunchtime – full details to follow soon – but I hope some of you will be able to dip in and share your experiences!

    And don’t forget, participating in a live discussion counts towards the requirements for the prize draw!

    Hope you all have a great bank holiday weekend,


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    Sounds good Charlotte! 🙂

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    Wahey! I’m in. Hello everyone, I’m Claire in Bristol. Fantastic to read all the intros and to be a part of the Just Act community.

    A very quick bit about me: I describe myself as a corporate marketing escapee… After 12 years marketing big FMCG brands, I now work exclusively with social enterprises and people driven by a cause, passion or mission on extending influence and developing engaged communities. Others have described me as "a techy, green, foodie activist"!

    I’m on the core/strategy team of Incredible Edible Bristol and the Blue Finger Alliance and active on the Food Action Group of Bristol Green Capital 2015 – so deeply interested in food security, food poverty and food sovereignty issues. Big into sustainability, localism, new economies, that kind of thing.

    Also involved in several local community groups in my area of Bristol, St Paul’s concerned with protection, celebration and community ownership of green spaces. Am a huge fan of Co-production.

    Spare time is spent socialising, hooping, volunteering, baking and exploring this quirky city.

    Really looking forward to getting to know you all on here. 🙂

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    My name is Catherina and I am the Director of Newmarket Community Events and Community Promotions in Newmarket, Suffolk.
    Previously I was in Marketing and also Recruitment and I also am heavily involved in PTA work.
    I am incredibly passionate about the community and am contstantly finding more people who are like minded.

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