It feels so good to give back!
Back in August, I wrote a post about being involved in a program called Resilient Communities. From April- October, we would meet up once per month & discuss different strategies pertaining to a set topic for the month. The 6 topics were, Fire, Water, Economy, Energy, Food & Health. We used strategic questioning as our way of communicating with the group. So this involves a 4 part strategy, focus (main concerns), vision (what would you like to see happen), change (how can this happen) & action (what can you see yourself doing)
So our last meeting in November was a clean slate, what projects would we as a community group like to see happen in the future. We voted & the 3 topics that came to the fore were, fire, water & food. The other topics are on the back burner at the moment & may come into play in the future but we can’t do everything, so lets concentrate on what sparks us up. The projects that different people are working on (we have a buddy system, so no one is on their own) are food resilience-a community garden (I’m involved in this one) a “welcome pack” for new residents & old, which will be a printed & digital document outlining critical information on who to get in touch with when there is a natural disaster, planning for a natural disaster, which volunteer community groups are available for interested people. A list of trades & business’ at a local level, food outlets, farm gate sales etc. Water monitoring, a citizen science type of approach. Fire preparedness, emergency grab bags, indigenous burning workshops. In mid January we held a meeting with local council & Red Cross reps, to let them know of our desires & what help they can offer & funding opportunities. We have another meeting in February to inform each other on what we have progressed to & where were at.
I’m on the organising committee for our local Nana Glen Food Collective. This is the group really keen to get a community garden happening. At this stage we have no site & hopefully that will become clearer in the future. In the mean time to keep the momentum happening we have come up with a range of ideas to keep us connected. Since October we’ve held a twice monthly Swap, Share & Shuffle, so we meet at our local community hall & for an hour we swap food, home grown produce, cakes, jams, eggs, flowers, plants, jars, egg cartons etc. No money changes hands. Our motto is “give what you can, take what you need” & I have to say it’s working really well. We even held a summer solstice event to help raise some funds for our organisation, where people bought tickets, brought along a plate of food to share, we had face painting, wreath making, food swap, open mic & all in all it was a success. We’ve had to form a committee & have public liability insurance & we are just about incorporated. So that ticks all the boxes for us to move forward as an organisation that can comfortably apply for grants etc. This Saturday we are attending a values workshop, so we can write our “mission statement “ for our group.
I have to say that after the last almost 12 months, I feel more connected to my community than ever. I’ve fostered really nice relationships with like minded people & feel good, giving back to my community. I’m even facilitating a “Basic Home Remedies Workshop” in May. Quite a few people have suggested that I “spread the word” about natural remedies, once I got talking to them. You never know, I might even get some of them onto TGN.
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