10 Mar Good News Stories from our Community Builders (6th to 19th March) – SAVS
Chiquitta Bruce, Milton – Sponsored by Milton Community Partnership
Last month Southend’s Central library; The forum saw youth highlighting their skills in the digital world by helping to host an event held by Southend Tech called the Light Lab Raspberry Jam. The event allowed families to drop by and see how their children could get involved with tech projects, whilst also seeing the results of coding and light-themed projects linked to the Luminocity light festival.
Amongst those talented youths, Chiquitta met a couple of young girls, one of them aged 12 who showed her a balloon game she had programmed which they both played together. Another project was from a young boy who downloaded data from Network Rail and fed this into a light display so people could have a visual of where the train was.
Not only did the Raspberry Jam youth showcase their projects but they also helped their peers who attended, learn basic coding skills and the interest and feedback from the event was well received.
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Kayleigh Wilkins, Victoria – Sponsored by St Vincent’s Southend
Kayleigh attended the Men’s Marvellous Moments at St Vincent’s recently where they had a few activities happening. They had therapeutic colouring and a quiz with three prizes to win by coming first, second and third place. A few service users were asking for help with reading the questions for the quiz and writing them so Kayleigh assisted the gentlemen with their submissions.
The quiz had a great amount of engagement and their users really enjoyed the questions. After marking them all and finding out who won, Kayleigh got to help out handing out all the prizes with the first prize going to a gentleman who was so happy that he had won and said he has never won anything in his life. What was particularly heartwarming to see was that they were all trying to support each other through the quiz, so when some of them got stuck on certain questions, one of them would be there to help.
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Rob Carvosso, Shoebury – Sponsored by Shoebury Residents Association
The community builders, Sara (COPD Community Connector Champion) and A Better Start Southend spent the day at Asda in Shoeburyness. At the beginning of the year, Rob was chatting with Lorraine who is the Community Champion for Shoebury Asda and she suggested that she had some dates to do some community engagement in-store.
After talking to Sara and the team at A Better Start Southend, we selected a date and off we went. We had a really great day chatting with all the different people from the community and also talking about the different work that we do in the community. Lots of great conversations took place around health and children aged 4 years and under. We discussed our different groups and what’s important to the community.
The community engagement was a great opportunity to chat with people about SAVS and all the different aspects of work that we do and highlight some of the other projects that people might not know about.
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