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National Community Organising Team visit Sneinton

posted 23 Mar 2016, 02:21 by Steve Smith

On 16 March 2016 the Community Organising  Board of Directors come to Sneinton. They met at the Greenway Centre discussing things like the new national membership offer including for volunteers and supporters of community organising and made plans for the community organising Mass Meet Up 2016. Watch this space for updates about what you need to do if you would like to attend.


Board meeting in full swing

Next stop was to the public meeting "Meet the Board" at the Growin Spaces Café.

The "Meet the
Board"  meeting was an opportunity for local CO's and supporters of community organising to find out about future plans and to "have their say" about how the organisation can be relevant to them at a local level.


CO board with local CO's and community leaders discuss ways to expand membership offer
CO CEO Nick Gardhem thanks the Nottingham CO's for organising the event which was the busiest one to date. He explained that the session was very informative and some of the questions asked were quite probing.
CEO Nick Gardhem speaks to local CO's and activists
If you would like to take part in shaping community organising you can attend the next CO event organised by Sneinton Alchemy and the Cabinet Office, called "Growing the movement; where next for Community Organising in England?" on April 7th 2016 at the Antenna. You can learn more and register here but hurry as there are limited places.
Watch out for the next Our Sneinton newsletter which will be distributed through letterboxes across Sneinton. It will be packed with loads of useful info.



Job Opportunities in Sneinton

posted 17 Aug 2015, 03:37 by Steve Smith   [ updated 2 Nov 2015, 13:09 by Tom Hughes ]

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Two Part-Time Community Organisers (9 hrs a week)




We are looking to commission two Community Organisers on a *self employed basis. Working on our intergenerational project candidates will help build bridges between the youth and senior citizens of Sneinton.

These are part time positions (beginning September) and candidates must be a qualified Community Organiser or have completed a minimum of six months with the Community Organising Volunteer Training Programme (VTP)Candidates must possess local knowledge, be flexible and have the ability to work on your own initiative.

CLOSING DATE: 21 August 2015


Charlotte's Story: Community Organising at Street Level

posted 28 Mar 2015, 11:08 by Tom Hughes   [ updated 28 Mar 2015, 11:09 ]

Alchemy's Street Level project brought Community Organiser training to Sneinton throughout 2014. Through this project several of our Voluntary Community Organisers were able to continue their training- furthering themselves and bringing benefits to the whole community as a result. 

Charlotte's story:

“I have really loved getting involved with Sneinton Community Organisers, Simone, Dave and Steve and learning about Sneinton Alchemy.

"I have encountered loads of positive experiences though meeting people from all different cultures in Sneinton, through door-knocking and listening to find out residents concerns and how we can work as a team to make positive changes in our community.

"I have been involved in several events, and enjoyed studying on the volunteer training programme, participating and being involved on the 2 day residential, which gave me a deeper insight to community organising.



Above: 2015 programme for Restore in the Community
Left: Charlotte with business partner Simon Morley who both started out volunteering as Community Organisers.

"I have set up a project called Restore – health and well-being in our community with the support of Simone and Dave. We secured funding from Community First to set up a series of free clinics to offer treatments and massages to local people in Sneinton at The Greenway Community Centre.

"We had regular clients and helped between 60-100 local people with severe muscle problems, resulting in local people feeling more active and some getting back into employment.

"I am still continuing to connect with more people in Sneinton with a vision to heal and help people through holistic therapy. I feel that being part of the community organising team has helped me to develop a platform to continue making connections and has opened my mind to local residents needs.”

Community Organising: at Street Level

posted 24 Mar 2015, 15:28 by Tom Hughes   [ updated 28 Mar 2015, 11:14 ]

Alchemy's Street Level project brought Community Organiser training to Sneinton throughout 2014, reaching out through door knocking, one-to-one engagement and group meetings to activate, support and encourage people to become active in their communities. 

Here are stories from Kyle and Debs, two Street Level volunteers.


Kyle:

"I found volunteering as a community organiser really interesting.

"I would have liked to pursue further as I started the volunteer training programme, but I started full time employment. 

"The highlights have been meeting with new people, sharing experiences, helping to organise the volunteer celebration and being part of the community organisers team"




Deb:

"I never believed that I would actually enjoy knocking on people's doors and asking them for their views on the area in which they live.

"In the beginning it was quite a difficult thing to do because I felt as though I was interrupting people's lives and I felt that they wouldn't want to speak to me.

"I was wrong. All through last summer I spent time training to be a community organiser at TRACs in Sneinton.

"I can remember the first time I knocked a door and the people invited me in to talk. It was EID and the family were fasting. Despite this, they invited Dave and I into their home, made us tea and offered us food.

"There was a language barrier but this did not stop the mother and father from communicating with us long enough for us to arrange to return with an Urdu speaker.  Everybody we spoke to made me feel as though people actually welcomed the chance to talk about their opinions.

"In Sneinton most of the people I spoke to were from other countries. This was a challenge and now we are making efforts to reach out and bring people together to speak about their concerns and celebrations through the development of a multi- faith group which we have received funding for.

"Through community organising I have developed personally as I have met a lot of people, developed my knowledge and skills through training such as the Action Camp and Residential Training but most of all I have seen evidence that people can use their personal power to make changes in their community."


Calling ALL CREATIVES in Sneinton! St. George's Day Celebration Special

posted 19 Mar 2015, 16:07 by Simone Miller

The NoMad team are planning a celebration event on St.Georges day at the Sneinton Market Square!

The theme of this event will be "Celebrating Multicultulism".

We are looking for creatives who are talented and interested in the following:

Food Stalls
Fashion Designers
Live music (all genres)
Dance performers
Dj's
Volunteers on the day
Sponsors

Date: Thursday 23rd April
Venue: Sneinton Market Square

If you are interested in knowing more please contact the NoMad team by e.mail  NottsNomad@sky.com 

Thankyou for reading, see you soon!

Nomad team: Simone, Steve, Rastarella.

FREE SHORT COURSE IN CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY AND CAPTION WRITING

posted 4 Feb 2015, 08:50 by Simone Miller


FREE TRIPS OUT TO ART EXHIBITIONS IN NOTTINGHAM

posted 20 Jan 2015, 09:43 by Simone Miller


The Renewal Trust have teamed up with Sustrans and Sneinton Community Organisers for a fantastic opportunity for groups in Sneinton to explore The Lakeside Arts Centre and New Art Exchange.

This will be totally FREE including transport and welcome tours.

Spaces are limited so bookings are essential.

More information will be coming soon with regards to dates for trips.

 In the mean time take a look at what's currently on view at The Lakeside Arts Centre
 http://www.lakesidearts.org.uk
The New Art Exchange http://www.nae.org.uk 
 

If you or your group live in Sneinton and are interested in booking a place 
please contact Simone Miller 
simone.miller@sneinton-alchemy.com 

Rest in Peace Deidra (Dee) Odowd

posted 15 Jan 2015, 00:28 by Steve Smith

Rest in Peace, Community Organiser Deidra (Dee) Odowd. Gone but never forgotten. So sad, still can't believe it. Dee had experienced a lot in her life, some very difficult and testing moments yet always managed to put on a smile for everyone. We are happy to have known and worked alongside Dee. Our work played such an important role in helping an initially very timid Dee to bloom into a more confident person. She often mentioned this to us herself. She really enjoyed being a part of our team. The last time we saw her she was so full of energy and enthusiasm for life. Walking past her home feels so weird, she'll be missed by so many. 
On behalf the Community Organising team and Sneinton Alchemy

Funeral Service 
Date Monday 19/1/15
Location, Our Lady & St Edward R C Church, Gordon Rd, St Anns.
Time 11 am
 
Deidra (Dee) Odowd.
Gone but never forgotten

Light Night is here again, Sneinton Market Square

posted 9 Jan 2015, 00:31 by Steve Smith   [ updated 11 Jan 2015, 15:58 by Tom Hughes ]

This year's Light Night is on Friday February 6, 2015

An illuminating event on the Sneinton Market Square as part of the Nottingham Light Night.

The Nottingham Light Night Festival transforms the city and brings it to life after dark through illuminations, spectacles. music, street theatre, dance and much more.

What you can expect in Sneinton this year:

  • 2 procession's walking from St Anns and Sneinton which meet at Sneinton Market Square. 
  • Illuminated Sculptures
  • Performances by local artistes including The Hargreaves Project.
  • Interactive Arts
  • Energy saving Light bulb give-away.
  • Much much more 

SEQ SOCIAL ENTERPRISE COURSE

posted 6 Jan 2015, 11:33 by Simone Miller

Are you interested in making a difference and gaining a fast track nationally recognised qualification?

If so please see the contacts on this poster on how to apply.

Must hurry only 10 places left!

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