Update on recent activites
Kate (KMN Coordinator) welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave a summary of Know My Neighbour events and activities connected with KMN week in May – which proved to be a busy week with lots of people joining the conversation on how to become more neighbourly.
Kate thanked all those who took part in KMN week and an opportunity was given for people to share about KMN events they were involved in. Visit the KMN website for more information on events that took place.
KMN post 2016
Dave Steell (Steering Group member) gave an outline of some possible options for the future of Know My Neighbour, post the pilot phase, the funding for which ends at the end of 2016. The possible suggestions he made were:
- to seek further funding to develop the initiative (a lead partner to apply for funding would need to be identified)
- another partner organisation could host KMN for a period of time, staying true to the collaborative nature of KMN (resources and funding may well still be a consideration here)
- wind down KMN at the end of the pilot and see if some volunteers could be identified to keep the website ticking over and use the resources already produced.
Dave invited people to consider the options and to contact the Steering Group (via Kate at email@example.com) regarding their thoughts and ideas on the future of KMN – particularly those who are from partner agencies that may wish to consider hosting and servicing KMN in 2017.
Upcoming key activities planned
Link with the next Zocalo in Hanover, in September, with a view to promoting this city wide.
Develop resources such as a KMN Coffee Morning Pack that partners and others can use.
Promote KMN at Together the People event at the beginning of September.
Partners from Community Works and Life Lines shall represent Know my Neighbour at Brunswick Festival. (Any other partners with stalls at other festivals are encouraged to hand out ‘hello’ postcards – for postcards please contact Kate).
Partners will also continue to distribute postcards through their networks and connect on social media via the Know my Neighbour Facebook and Twitter pages.
Other suggestions were made, including Citywide Connect hubs to involve Know my Neighbour as a topic.
Sussex University Student Union suggested they could include KMN information at the Fresher’s fair at the beginning of September for students.
Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service will link with Know my Neighbour for Mediation Awareness Week (8th-14th October)
There were also suggestions that Know my Neighbour could be promoted during Older People’s Week in October.
An information session on the Casserole club was held at the end of the partnership meeting by Vera from Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, which gave an opportunity for partners to ask questions. For more information click here.