A lot has happened since our last blog post update. From, being hit with a global pandemic, to the BLM movement, and so many other events – which, for me, goes to show why gratitude for the moment that we are in, for our health, and for our family (or loved ones) is the most important thing.

Since, our last update, we have been focused on working out how to best support the Forest Green community, as well as the other communities that we work in.

We have been trying to do this in a way where we are not stepping on anyone’s toes as there has been many some great initiatives set up, and supportive things that people are doing in their communities.

And, we would rather add to, and support those things, while continuing to do what we do best which is community organising and engage with residents, bring them together to make social change that matters to them.

Of course, the bringing people together has changed to what we would usually do, as we embark on our own growth journey of using technology to do so!

While the current circumstances has made it more challenging for us to do our jobs, following up with residents, the people that we were already engaged with, and those who are already active in the community has been a focus point for us.

Nailsworth Town Council, has done a great job of organising those residents who wanted to dedicated their time to supporting the most vulnerable, during this time, which now as we start to come out of lockdown presents a good opportunity to have further conversations around the experiences people have had at this time, the neighbourly spirit shown, and how the community, together can build upon this for the future!

Because, surely that is what it’s all about…

For residents, in the community to come together, to make change that matters to them and create a better future.

The challenge for most will be having to go back to work, or still being shielding, or just not having the time.

But, being an “active” person of the community, and I say “active” because you’re already part of the community as it’s where you live, doesn’t always mean getting involved in everything, or having to be a big thing!

It could simply mean…

Supporting the elderly once per week, or a couple times per month…

It could simply mean…

Talking to young people, who don’t feel a part of the community and like they’re always been judged because they were hoodies…

It could simply mean…

Connecting people together, who you know have similar ideas for the community…

Or, it could simply mean…

Being kept up to date with things happening in the community…

Ultimately, it CAN mean anything you want to it!

Obviously, I have when off topic from my usually Forest Green blog updates…

But I feel it is important to share this message as this time, asit’s been a good self-reflection period.

A period, where we can really ask ourselves, what am I doing to better myself, my family, the people around me, and my community?!

It has been a time where I’ve learned more about communities, and how residents can get involved in different ways and how it doesn’t always have to be this great big thing. Or, great big-time commitment.

It can be something considered to be “small” …

And, something I’ve realised over the past couple of years, is that it’s often the “small” things that mean the most.

So, while this hasn’t been my usual update of the Friends of Forest Green project, I hope it’s given you an insight into just a couple of the things that we’ve been working on and more importantly to think about your own community whether that’s Forest Green or not!

Until next time
Luke Burrows
Community Organiser & Director

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