Stoke-on-Trent Community Share Network 24th Feb 2021

On 24h February 2021 Totally Stoked and All the Small Things CIC hosted a connect and share event on zoom for Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups in Stoke on Trent.

Totally Stoked Stoke Sharing Network logo

This collaborative event was an opportunity to meet with and be inspired by creative people, organisers, social activists and volunteers from other local organisations engaging ways.

We had several guest speakers from varying organisations and projects who came to discuss their creative practices. Joining us was:

  • Rebecca Davies from The Portland Inn Project
  • Nicola Winstanley from Voluntary Arts England
  • The Women’s Peacemakers Project from Shelton, Cobridge and Normacot
  • Anne Kinnaird from Letting in the Light/Festival Stoke
  • Kat Boon from Appetite

Click here to view recording (2 hours view time)

At the end of the event we participated in a Got It Want It activity which can be seen below :

image of a whiteboard covered in green and pink post it notes

(Direct contact details have been covered – if you wish to engage with an ‘offer’ or ‘need’ on this Got It Want It image, please email kim@allthesmallthingscic.co.uk who will request permission for the contact details to be shared)

Please join us for our next event on Wednesday 24th of March from 10am to 12.30pm on Zoom. This event is about digital skills, inclusion and engagement.

Register for your free ticket today CLICK HERE

Caring for our community helpers

Are you helping people in your community to cope with Coronavirus?

Have you felt stressed? Anxious? Depressed? Overwhelmed?

Have you been juggling work? volunteering? furlough? homeschooling? supporting and caring for others?

Then you are amazing and need to be recognised and valued for your kindness.

We have now been experiencing the pandemic for 12 months and all that it brings.

Thanks to a grant from the Local Connections Fund we are running two creative wellbeing workshops for community helpers and a celebration event to say a big thank you to people from community groups, charities, individual volunteers and kind neighbours.

The COVID Community Helpers Creative Wellbeing Workshops are on

Tuesday 2nd March 2021 from 10.30am till 12.30pm

Friday 12th March 2021 from 10.30am till 12.30pm

At the workshops will focus on our own self care … a time of reflection, relaxation and restoration for our mental and emotional well being. Each session will include a hands-on creative activity. We will post out the materials to you before the session, once you have booked on.

We also have funding for Celebration event on the 24th March from 1-4pm.

The event will include

  • wellbeing workshops,
  • time to reflect on what we have learned from our experience of community helping in the pandemic
  • a big thank you to community helpers in North Staffordshire

You can sign up for our free sessions here at Eventbrite.

We will email you with information and the link to join the online sessions on Zoom.

All the Small Things CiC is a Social Action Hub. We have signed up to the Community Action Response for COVID-19.

We are working in partnership with the Community Organisers Local Organising Group to facilitate regular peer support sessions. We are working with local partner organisations to make sure people know where to get support and how to make a difference in their communities.

As a Social Action Hub we bring people taking social action together to help us all to share experiences and learn together. One of the ways we do this is with Peer Mentoring. Peer Mentoring Groups last up to two hours when we:

  • have time to meet each other
  • hear what we are all doing in our communities,
  • talk about concerns and questions we would like help with
  • suggest places we can go for guidance, advice and more support

If you have any questions please email Penny or Sarah:

allthesmallthingscic@gmail.com

Thank You for all of the hard work you are doing in your workplaces and communities at this time.

COVID, Loneliness, Community Action

On Thursday 21st January from 1-3pm on zoom we held a peer support session for community helpers. The theme was COVID, Loneliness and Community Action.

We heard from 5 people each sharing their experiences of different communities and how they have reached and supported people to help them deal with COVID lockdown and isolation.

We looked at the Community Organising framework to help us think about what action we can take together.

We are planning a follow up session in March 2021.

You can read the notes here.

Here is a video of the zoom session – click this link to view.

Stoke-on-Trent Community Share Network 20th Jan 2021 – resources

On 20th January 2021 we met online to connect and share information, skills and resources, and build a mutual support network in Stoke on Trent.

Totally Stoked and All the Small Things CIC hosted a connect and share event for Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups in Stoke on Trent. This event was about funding and income generation.

image of pins connected by string

At the workshop we:-

  • Got to know each other
  • Talked about challenges and successes
  • Exchanged know-how and resources (skills, experience and information)
  • Learned from each other
  • Thought about how we can collaborate and not compete
  • Watched two funder presentations and asked them questions

To watch a recording of the session please click the link below:

Click here to view recording (2.5 hours)

Got It Want It activity below: