Residents work together to make their community better!
A group of residents in Clase are working together to make their community better. As part of the National Lottery funded Invest Local scheme, Clase4All emerged through the Invest Local project co-ordinated by Building Communities Trust (BCT). Through an asset based community development process over the last year the group has been running vital services in their community.
Leading the way are 11 local people, (5 being Pobl customers) who have volunteered their time and effort to work with BCT with a view to developing local strategic plans that will reflect the community’s priorities:
- Families Children and Young People
- Training and employment
- Older people and people with disabilities
- Families with children with additional needs
Over the last year they have led on consulting and engaging the community and have delivered vital services and activities themselves such as a weekly food bank, an exercise group for older people, breakfast club and play activities during school holidays as part of What’s On Clase.
Derith Powell – BCT Trustee said of them recently, “I’ve met the group before so it was really encouraging to see how they’ve developed since then, and what they do is actually nothing short of amazing. I was impressed with their awareness of the need to be inclusive in the community even though this is often difficult”
Derith’s quote demonstrates the progress they have made both as individuals and as a group, the strong relationships they have built and the challenge they have taken on together, which has bonded them as a strong team.
Hannah Rees – Gwalia’s Housing Officer for Clase works very closely with the group and said: “The group of volunteers are making a massive difference to the people of clase. They organise a food donation, breakfast club, bingo, trips for kids in the school hols, a fitness class for the golden oldies. These are but a few of things they do. It’s like a full time job and they do all this voluntarily. They are always working hard.”
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