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Sneinton visited by national policy shapers

posted 21 Sept 2012, 12:25 by Unknown user
Sneinton Alchemy welcomed three visitors from the Cabinet Office this week. 

Key members of the team working on Government civil society policies, they were keen to see what it is like for community organisations and volunteers operating on the ground and in the current climate of funding changes. They met at TRACs neighbourhood centre with Steve, Dawn and Shabana our Community Organisers, and two of the Volunteer Community Organiser team (photo, left). 

Then it was out on to the streets of Sneinton for some hands-on experience of listening in the community, a core part of the Community Organiser role. They did listenings with local residents and even got some face time with some of the more notorious characters in the area. The visit finished up at The Greenway Centre for a presentation about the Community First Panel from Cllr Ken Williams and a talk with the SEND team about their projects and the 2012 Sneinton Festival.

The visitors said they had learnt from their experience and valued seeing the effect of policies "on the ground". An insight into the challenges we face in Sneinton (and generally in the context of cuts and an increasing reliance on volunteering) can only help when it comes to delivering policies that work for communities.