Our first Bring & Share Supper was a great success, bringing together 11 people, 4 project ideas and plenty of food.
Stu came to Bring & Share Supper to find out about support available through the police Active Citizens programme. His project idea is to bring together homeless people and struggling families with others from the wider community in Dudley at monthly meals.
Viorica and Marius heard about the Bring & Share Supper through a council officer, Sajjad Rehman, who accompanied them on the evening. They want to help members of the Roma community in Lye and Dudley to understand UK law. Marius said:
“Coming to the supper has helped me to meet other community members who wish to see a positive change in their surrounding communities.”
Lorna and Maggie are actively involved in the Friends of Marsh Park and Lawyers Field group in Brierley Hill. They have connected with Brockmoor Primary School, with pupils getting involved in planting on the park. Lorna came to Bring & Share supper seeking support for a community growing project on Laywers Field, which is by the flats on Chapel Street. She said that coming along to the supper helped focus their ideas for the park and growing project. At the end of the evening Maggie said:
“It helped me realise how many other projects have been started around areas and how there is assistance out there for everyone. Also how a simple thing can lead to bigger things.”
Di came to the supper with her daughter. Di looks after rescued cats and would like to start a Cat Cafe. She thought the evening was great to bounce ideas around with others.
Following the supper Stu and his team have been supported to design their project and will be testing it in October. Viorica has been connected to the neighbourhood police team in Lye and ideas for their activities are growing. I’ve been to visit Marsh Park and Lawyers Field with Lorna to find out more about the ideas for both sites. We hope that these project teams and more will come together again at the next Bring and Share Supper, which will be on Wednesday 16 November. Register here if you’d like to join us – everyone welcome.