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  • #10818
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    Gemma
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    Hello,

    Welcome to Wednesday’s live chat about community projects and volunteering.

    Today’s chat will start at 12.30pm so if you’re free to join us, we’ll see you then!

    As always, if you have a question you’d like answered then post it this thread and we’ll include it in today’s discussion.

    Gemma

    #10819
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    Chris
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    **Gemma**

    Hi Gemma.

    It would be interesting to know how many respondents would be interested in volunteering to campaign for a new parish council in their area if they don’t have one (see NALC web-site at http://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/create-a-council )?

    Thanks,

    Chris (NALC)

    #10820
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    Andrew
    Member

    Hi,

    We are trying to persuade our local parish council that we should have a Neighborhood Plan.

    The issue we have is that housing is being allocated in our small town when the local city has brownfield sites in its boundaries and nearby. Surely the government should pay to clean up those sites so that its just as profitable for developers to build there and so reduce green house gas emissions from commuting.

    Also I am trying to get a Community Development Co-Op going in order to create sustainable Community Interest Companies. One idea is for a Community Garden producing vegetable boxes. If we were to sustainably feed the current community we would need around 256 aces of arable land. Allotment gardens are 11 times more productive than factory farming and provide more sustainable local jobs. Can we use the Neighborhood Plan to reserve this amount of land. Or does allocated housing come first?

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    #10822
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    Trevor
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    Our Council refuse to consider a Neighbourhood Plan. They have just sold our 900 seat theatre for £1 (yes, one quid) to an unknown company.

    We had submitted an Expression of Interest, to which they have not responded. In answer to an FOI they now say the theatre is not registered as a public asset: http://www.spapavilion.co.uk.

    What do you do with an unresponsive arrogant council?

    #10825
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    Gemma
    Member

    Hi Chris

    It would be interesting to know how many respondents would be interested in volunteering to campaign for a new parish council in their area if they don’t have one (see NALC web-site at http://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/create-a-council )?

    Good to hear from you. It would be really interesting to find this out – if anyone has any thoughts on this then let us know!

    #10826
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    Trevor
    Participant

    Are we ready to go?

    #10827
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    Gemma
    Member

    Hello Everyone,

    Welcome to the Volunteering and community projects live discussion.

    Who’s logged in for today’s discussion?

    #10828
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    Gemma
    Member

    Hi Trevor,

    Yes we are! Good to have you here.

    Can you introduce yourself to everyone and tell us a bit about the project you’re involved with?

    #10829
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    Craig
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    Hi
    My name is Craig and I help coordinate a volunteer group here in Sunderland they are called the Hope Volunteers. The Hope Volunteers ( hope stands for helping other projects evolve) consists of Homeless men and women living here in the centre volunteering their time in a variety of projects, from Gardening, making and serving soup and sandwiches in two areas of the city, litter picking, DIY and anything that the general public ask for, we have even helped in removals, taking things out of lofts to name a couple.

    #10830
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    Craig
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    Oops posted it twice, sorry

    • This reply was modified 2 years ago by Profile photo of Craig Craig.
    #10831
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    Trevor
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    We are a group who want to take over a local theatre, owned by our District Council. We served an Intention on the Council but they have gone ahead and sold the theatre to a company (formed 24 Feb with one director) and now tell us that this theatre is not a public asset.

    How can that be the case?

    #10832
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    Gemma
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    Hi Craig,

    Thanks for joining us. The Hope Volunteers sounds brilliant.

    Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve managed to recruit and enthuse the volunteers and what difference that’s made to people involved?

    #10834
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    Craig
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    To recruit we have a pretty much captured market and ask any current residents if they want to volunteer, you might say well that’s easy for you, but it’s not, we still have problems getting our residents to volunteer consistently. We can’t have members of the public volunteer due to risk assessments and security checks.

    The differnce it makes is that we find guys and girls suddenly find they have skills and talents they did not know they had, of course it’s making a differnce in the community as well with the work we do but more importantly in the volunteers themselves

    #10835
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    Gemma
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    We are a group who want to take over a local theatre, owned by our District Council. We served an Intention on the Council but they have gone ahead and sold the theatre to a company (formed 24 Feb with one director) and now tell us that this theatre is not a public asset.
    How can that be the case?

    Thanks Trevor. I;m not an expert in this area, so I’ll see if there is anyone available to come on and give you some advice.

    Is there anyone in the forum at the moment who has any experience of something similar and can offer some advice?

    #10836
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    Craig
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    The challenges we face in recruiting is it is very much a what’s in it for me culture, so we have to offer incentives, such as food, cinema tickets which we have negotiated cheap from the cinema, toiletry packs, gym passes etc etc.
    Retaining is pretty much the same with the same residents volunteering time after time.

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