On Wednesday 29th June 2016 at Poole’s Thistle hotel, over 150 of the town’s leaders, influencers, charities and churches came together for the “Poole Conversation”.
The first event of its kind in the area, celebrated over 300 current activities that the churches of Poole are already running in the town thanks to over 200,000 volunteer hours!
We celebrated what was great, identified the biggest needs, and looked at how we could use all the available resources to meet those needs.
Steve Robinson, CEO of local charity Prama, the lead sponsor of the event said “In such a confusing national situation I see this is a ray of hope. We have to confront the realities of ever-reducing social care funding trying to meet ever-growing need within our communities -particularly in issues of ageing, loneliness and social exclusion. To have a day like this, where key strategic leaders and folk from the grass-roots are committing to work together, is an excellent model for the future”.
Here is the report; and thanks to Debra Green from ROC (Redeeming our Communities) for hosting the event.
And look out for more information on the new projects that are emerging from the Conversation including:
Isolated older people (“Hope in the Community”)
Young people in the town centre
… and gathering brilliant ideas about what makes local communities “Neighbourly”