new Social Action Hub

All the Small Things CiC have successfully been selected as the newest of 22 Social Action Hubs in England, funded by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through the Community Organisers Expansion Programme led by Community Organisers Ltd.

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A Social Action Hub is:

• A single organisation or a cluster of organisations working together
• Dedicated to a local area, community or neighbourhood
• Accountable to local people
• Socially responsible and uses profit only for social good
• Committed to igniting social change through community organising
• Working for a more socially just, caring and cooperative society

What does a Social Action Hub do?

• Promote the principles, methods and values of community organising
• Provide quality assured training and education in community organising
• Use a community organising approach to help people listen, be powerful and take action
• Support networks of people involved in action for change
• Build relationships locally and nationally

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We are a member of The National Academy of Community Organising (NACO), the training arm of Community Organisers Ltd.

Our training enables people to understand, and have knowledge and skills of community organising. The training we will offer ranges from one-day introductory courses through to courses which teach the national Qualifications (Award and Certificate) in
Community Organising. Community Organising is the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. Community organisers reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to find out about future training, please email allthesmallthingscic@gmail.com

Open Doors in Fenton!

All the Small Things CiC have been chosen to have use of the new Open Doors space at 283 City Road in Fenton, Stoke on Trent for community action.

We will be based there one day a week for a year, and also using the space for occasional events on other days. We will use Open Doors for CiC meetings, 1000 Lives Steering Group meetings, training, Community Organising, Got It Want It community resource exchange events and more…

Photos by Caitlin Mogridge and Penny Vincent.

Open Doors is a Government funded pilot to regenerate the high street using empty shops for community projects. There are five spaces in England being used in this way, managed by the Meanwhile Foundation.

The other organisations using the space will be Movie Mavericks, Sporting Communities CiC and Westbury Ironing.

1000 Lives funding news

Thank you to everyone who supported our applications for funding recently.

The good news is …. All the Small Things CiC have been given funding by three funders for 1000 Lives!

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1 Stoke on Trent City Council have funded us to the end of March 2018 for three areas of activity:

  • Action For All – follow up from the Enabling Social Action event, sharing learning with partners and to support volunteering for everyone, led by people with disabilities and long term conditions
  • loneliness and suicide prevention, encouraging community conversations to support people to find help
  • support more people to get involved in their community working with My Community Matters, Libraries, Vintage Volunteers and other social action projects

2 Seedbed have given us funding to develop Got It Want It with an online internet based system for sharing our skills, knowledge and other resources.

3 Lottery Awards For All have funded us from February 2018 for a year to develop the 1000 Lives Network to reach more people across the city. We will hold drop ins, put up community noticeboards and buy a portable hearing loop for our Network events and meetings.

Unfortunately we did not get through the second stage with our applications to:

  • Aviva Community Fund – Thank you if you voted for the Action For All project led by disabled people. We had 230 votes which is very good. However the website was difficult to use and didn’t work on the first day or two. Some people were put off by having to register with their email address. Over 9500 projects applied to the fund and only 500 will be funded.
  • NESTA Connecting Communities Fund – We asked for funding to develop our Got It Want It resource exchange. Only 15-20 organisations will be funded

We are still waiting to hear back about two applications

  • Place Based Social Action city wide partnership bid to the Big Lottery
  • CHAD research centre bid to the Wellcome Trust in partnership with All the Small Things CiC for a Community Action Research Network

Women’s Peacemaker Project update

Bringing women together to talk about what makes us feel safe or unsafe, and decide what we can do to help make the city a better, safer place to live.

We had some funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner fund to set up the Women’s Peacemakers project.

A group of women have met three times since November. More than 20 women have attended sessions in person and a number of others have been in touch via email or social media.

We have started to name and celebrate things that bring us joy and make us feel safe such as, talking about our concerns, having choice, gaining knowledge, growing food and exercising.

We have also identified things that cause us concern and make us feel unsafe such as, domestic abuse, the internet, public speaking, terrorism and knife crime.

We will work together until March 2018.  There will be two opportunities a month to gather together. At every session there will be the opportunity to create something, from cake to craft.

What would you like to make?  Do you have a skill you would like to share?  If so, get in touch!

Together we will identify 5 themes and decide which 2 we would like to focus on.

We will also contact organisations who might be able to come and help us explore those themes in more detail.

For more information, to take part and to join our mailing list please email allthesmallthingscic@gmail.com

All the Small Things…

All the Small Things – this is what matters to us. Those everyday acts of kindness, connections, social action, creativity, the things which make us who we are and make our communities strong.

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All the Small Things CiC is a collective of people who all care about these same things. We are developing a team of Associates.  We would love to hear from you if you have the same values. Tell us what difference you would like to make in North Staffordshire and what gifts you have to offer.

Download the AtST CiC Associates Call April 2016