The role of Cultivate Communities in these ventures
The role of Cultivate Communities is that of a catalyst - helping to build focus and impetus to activities through negotiations between various affected/beneficiary communities and organisations, through advocacy services between partner organisations and by seeking, presenting and clarifying information. Thi catalytic process enables the communities to organise themselves as a team and work seamlessly to establish a capable, thriving and self-reliant organisation delivering high quality services. A sample of some of the ventures supported by Cultivate Communities are detailed below:-
Bancroft Community Association, Tamworth
Bancroft Community Association is a Charity run by committed volunteers and trustees of the Bancroft Residents Association in a very deprived area of Tamworth. Bancroft Community Association has, in partnership with their landlords Affinity Sutton, established the Bancroft Community Gym, which promises to deliver enormous health benefits to the community at a very low price. Cultivate Communities CIC is helping the organisation to introduce fund-raising strands in its Funding Strategy, that are sustainable and innovative such as sponsorships, income generation through websites and Social Media tools, recycling and many more. In essence, the project is about setting up an effective enterprise arm that is not dependent on grant funding.
SSWA Day Care Centre
Termination of funding for adult day-care services for BME communities has resulted in their inability to receive culturally appropriate services, isolation of vulnerable adults and inconvenience and stress to their working families. The project aims to build capacity of black and minority ethnic communities in Rugby to set up a social model of adult day-care services that offers peer support, companionship, supervised activities and recreation, so that adults with chronic health conditions can remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. whilst receiving culturally relevant services.
Apna Ladies Group
Chapati Club is a lunch club in Rugby offering wholesome freshly cooked Indian lunch 3 times a week. Hosted by the ladies from Apna Ladies Group, the Chapati Club offers a hot/wholesome lunch for the price of a sandwich. It is becoming increasingly popular amongst local tradesmen, staff working in local businesses and public sector organisations. Income generated is used to re-train these vulnerable women so that theyma have the information, know-how and capacity to look after themselves with dignity and pride. The project stands out as an exemplary case of empowerment of vulnerable women from BME communities to tackle their own inadequacies and that of their lesser skilled peers by volunteering their time and skills.
Rugby Tenants Association (Admirals)
Rugby Tenants Association (Admirals) was set up to make Admirals Estate a better place for the residents through organising activities whose outcomes included community engagement and cohesion, capacity building. Programmes and workshops serve the purpose of building their capacity to deliver services and activities and seek the acceptance of the communities that they serve. Modules include establishment of an identity for the organisation, understanding the constitution and associated rights and responsibilities, community engagement skills, cultural awareness workshops, managing paper based and electronic correspondence, health and safety awareness and risk management skills, monitoring and evaluation etc.