VCS Development Workers'- Network Gets Going

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Are you a development worker in the voluntary and community sector in Bristol?

This informal network has begun to provide an opportunity to meet with other VCS development workers, discuss any issues you face in your work, identify support needs and any common concerns or challenges you're seeing in the VCS at the moment. The meetings usually take place on the third Monday of the month in the meeting room at Royal Oak House, Royal Oak Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4GB.

The first meeting of the VCS Development Worker Network met on 20 February, 2012.

What we talked about:

  • What is community development in Bristol?
  • Neighbourhood Partnerships, Neighbourhood Forums and elected mayors.
  • Local Involvement Networks and Healthwatch.

What we identified:

  • We don't know how many grass-roots projects have come to fruition through Neighbourhood Partnerships.
  • Concerns about dog poo are a common issue at Neighbourhood Forums.
  • There needs to be more community development work to help local communities get involved with decision makers.

What we plan to do:

  • Meet on the third Monday of the month.
  • Try to start a conversation in communities about the bigger issues such as health inequalities.
  • Work with communities to organise a piece of community-led direct action in the coming year.

If you're a development worker in the voluntary and community sector, you're welcome to come along to future meetings

Monday 19 March 2012, 4-5.30pm

Monday 16 April, 4-5.30pm

Monday 21 May, 4-5.30pm

Monday 18 June, 4-5.30pm

For more details about the VCS development worker network contact Matthew Symonds on (0117) 909 9949