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Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

Started by Growing Support Nov 29, 2017. 0 Replies

Growing Support are looking for friendly volunteers with interests in gardening and supporting people, to help older people and people with dementia take part in gardening activities.  You will…Continue

Join our volunteers!

Started by Growing Support Aug 17, 2017. 0 Replies

We're looking for friendly volunteers to join our team working hard to enable people with dementia to stay physically and socially active.Join us and make a valuable contribution to your community,…Continue

Using Gardening to Address Social Isolation

Started by Growing Support May 3, 2017. 0 Replies

How You Can Help Tackle Social Isolation in Your CommunityRecent research shows up to 50% of older people living in care never go outside and they are twice as likely to experience severe loneliness…Continue

Mini community garden in Watchet

Started by charles birch. Last reply by Mrs Susan Calvo Oct 12, 2016. 1 Reply

On the 14th. of march we set up a very small veg. bed. see U tube" admirals corner incredidible edible"on the17th. of June we harvested the potatoes. they were first 'Earlies' and made just over 21…Continue

Organising Conferences & Gatherings

Why conferences and gatherings?

County-wide, regional and national events can be incredibly powerful - they bring together people with shared interests and passions, support the exchange of knowledge and information, and above all, inspire us to keep going!

They can more often than not take a huge amount of energy to organise, which is why its important to think about the advantages and disadvantages before going for it:

Advantages:

  • Can bring together lots of people at once. Faster exchange of:
    • Knowledge
    • Information
    • Contacts
    • Learning
  • There is a 'buzz' at a big event that smaller events may not have
  • Being larger, events may attract more public attention and may carry more kudos which can support with publicity and outreach
  • Conferences & Gatherings are likely to 'gather in' people from diverse areas, geographically and politically, creating a more potent mix of people

Disadvantages

  • Cost - venues for larger groups of people are more expensive, all other costs will also increase such as refreshments, lunch and so forth
  • Energy input - it can take a lot of energy to fill a hundred seats at an event for example! More effort is required in marketing, planning, communicating and organising logistics
  • Intimacy - larger events can be stressful and intimidating for some people to endure. Sometimes a smaller gathering can be more effective.

Organising a Conference or Gathering

Once again, we would recommend following our event checklist, that you can find here.

For each of the points it may be worth extending them - for example for a national event, a longer timeframe is essential.

Further resources & links

  • Open Space - a way of facilitating to encourage full participation & productive conversations

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