Met up with Jodie Blankson from the Brook Club in Somerstown this afternoon regarding the Somerstown Stories project. She was very enthusiastic, which was great and it ties in really well with some work she wants to do with her young people: the Brook Club will be relocating into the new Community Hub once its been built, and she wants to do a project looking at the the history of the club, before they move.
Because of the project, I can offer my time for free and come in and run sessions, tailored to the needs of young people. Enabling the work at the Brook Club to be planned and shaped by young people is great from my point of view, but also from the HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund) bid point of view as participation is one of their key values.
I also dropped in on Lin Sharpe from Southsea Community Centre, which is just around the corner. She too is looking into the history of their venue, as her manager has asked all Community Centre Managers to explore their history. The community centre will also be relocating to the new Hub, so for both venues, this project is very timely, and has the potential to offer some great intergenerational work as well.
I have another half a dozen leads to follow-up, and a deadline of Friday for the draft version of the HLF bid….just keep swimming, just keep swimming….