Growing The Village Hub

The one thing the team want you to know

We want people to come together to help us to Grow the Village Hub. The best conversations happen when you are focused on another activity. At the Art Workshops our facilitated session will push barriers with conversation. We want to grow and bring change within our community but we can only do that by listening to those around us. Researcher’s will help us find out what people really want within their community and we will work with them to make this happen. We want The Village Hub to be sustainable and we can only do that by growing and listening

Project description

Our plan is to organise a number of Art Workshop making items which will then be sold at The Stoke Fun Day on 16th July. Research has proven that art helps reduce anxiety and improve mental health as well as boosting confidence and feeling more engaged and resilient. The Art Workshops will also be a safe space for the community to relax and chat about how they would like the Village Hub to grow and what skills and learning is needed to feel part of their community.
Each Art Workshop will teach people a new skill and will be led by a specialist in their field. Topics will include spoon carving, printing, soapmaking etc and at each session we will be joined by a Researcher who will hold a reflective chat: asking questions to find out what it feels like to belong to a community and tease out what people really want and what skills, support and learning is required to live a fulfilling life.
Through building up relationships we have seen there is a need to help complete forms, find out where funding comes from and to use our larder – but what else? How can we develop The Village Hub so we are sustainable? It is often hard for people to come through the door that have never visited The Hub before – we need a carrot to draw people in and running Art Workshops is the perfect way to do this. We want to really unpick what it means to be part of a community – what is the good, the bad and the ugly. Using this information we can learn to grow The Village Hub and build a community that is resilient and proud of where they live.
There is a clear rationale for the project and an identified need. We want to grow The Village Hub but we can only do this by listening to our community.
The project targets action to enhance the wellbeing of local residents. By running Art Workshops, this has proven to help support wellbeing. Also being involved in decisions makes our community feel proud of where they live.
Activity has clear aims and objectives – The aim of the project is to grow The Village Hub via holding facilitated Art Workshops with a Community Researcher.
Total claimed should not exceed total amount allocated No, see budget below.
Project is not

Funding needed £4050

What group or groups of people will the project be working with and why?

We will be working with the community in Stoke and Morice Town, especially those that have not heard or been to The Village Hub.

What areas will the project be working in?2-3 neighbourhoods

Morice Town

What is the group or organisations track record? Track record:
Been going for a few years

How new is the idea? Experimentation:
New, but we’ve done something similar


Salaries & peoples time 53%

Project costs 43%

Event/hire/rent 4%

IT spend 0%

Core costs 0%

Capital 0%

Organisations involved

Art organisations – 10 in total

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