Put simply, if you want to start up something where you live, what’s stopping you? Both Kathy Black and Christine Sherburne give the advice – JUST DO IT! Both women are members of Eden Project Communities Network and both regularly host The Big Lunch day for neighbours as well as many other events and activities to bring people together. This session explores some of the ideas and activities they have continued to deliver through the pandemic within their respective neighbourhoods.
Kathy Black and a small but passionate team of volunteers run Unit T Newcastle Northern Ireland. During lockdown they built and opened a community kitchen and hub responding to community needs with a range of actions. The community kitchen was created sustainably from re-purposed materials (thanks to The National Lottery and a small grant from Food For Life Get Togethers). In this session Kathy will share how they reuse and encourage sustainability and in turn connect more people where they live. From beach art and nature walks to litter picks and community kitchen conversations there’s plenty of ideas you can tap into so join the conversation.
Christine Sherburne believes that feeling connected to those around you is vital to happy living. It helps people to feel more secure, less isolated, less suspicious of others, breaks down potential hostilities and nips anti social behaviour in the bud. Whether its Doorstep Dancing in Lockdown, Community Lunches, Pimms by the Bins in her greened up alley way, Kid’s Plant Sales or now sparking up bigger community projects with the local council -Christine is always ready to invest time and energy into activities which aim to make everyone around feel valued, welcome and a part of their community. Christine is part of the Eden Project Communities network she says she has gained support from this and now offers courage to others to do something good in their part of the world.
Stories from the Stage is your opportunity to hear from brilliant projects and inspirational individuals making positive things happen where they live.