Introduction

Our first pilot area, South Molton is a thriving community with many active social groups and volunteering opportunities.

The project is currently working with groups right across the town, including the Community Connections team, the Rotary Club, the Molton Meddlers and the youth centre, to develop and deliver new opportunities.

If you would like to become more involved in your town or this project, check out the Asset Map and Contacts sections below.

Join our free Connector Event!

Do you support vulnerable people within your community? Do you support a neighbour or a friend?

You are invited to attend a Community Unity Connectors Event on 27th June from 6pm-8pm at South Molton Methodist Church

– Find out about other groups supporting vulnerable people in your community

– Help design a training programme to strengthen your skills

– Find out how other groups in the town can help each other through sharing skills and resources

– Tea, cake and a chat

– Contribute suggestions for new volunteer roles aimed at supporting the Police and wider community

For more information, contact Dawn Eckhart: dawn@devoncommunities.org.uk / 01392 248919

Book your free place here

Knock for Your Neighbour

Knock For your Neighbour Campaign is asking community members to pledge to introduce themselves to their neighbours and to offer assistance when needed.

To do this we are providing the community with postcards which they can post through their neighbour’s door, which will provide that first introduction and let them know that someone is there for them if they ever need it. We are then inviting everyone to attend a special coffee morning where you will be able to meet even more of your neighbours and share stories of neighbourliness!

Have you received one of our pledge cards? Do you wish to make your pledge online? You can do so right here.

Would you like to take part or find out more about Knock for your Neighbour? Contact Dawn Eckhart on 013920248919 or dawn@devoncommunities.org.uk.

July 2018 events at South Molton Library

Regular Weekly Events

TuesdayBounce & Rhyme 10:30-11:00
ThursdayBetter Together 10:30-11:30 Friendly chat, connecting with community.
FridayLibrary Knit-Natter Group 16:00-17:30 Friendly drop-in group, bring your craft projects with you.
SaturdayLego Club 10:00-12:00 – Free. Let your imagination run wild.

Tues 3rd July 10:00-14:00-Managing the Money Maze– Free workshop with Learn Devon— interactive games and discussions designed to support people with tips on managing money. Fun and informal with a free lunch. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

3rd-17th July during opening hours—Help us make paper flowers for our entry in South Molton Flower Festival.

Wed 4th 14:00-16:00-Writing Group. Free informal writing group to discuss work in progress.

Thur 5th 15:00-16:00-Devon Radio Book Group. Listen in the library to Radio Devon discuss ‘A Place called Winter’ by Patrick Gale

Sat 7th 10:30-11:30—Spanish Conversation Group; now the 1st and 3rd Sat of the month. Learn some Spanish phrases. Free.

Sat 7th 10:30-12:00-Craft Session with Linda Mitchell from Methodist Church. FREE but need to book. 10 places available and age 6+

Sat 14th 9:00-13:00-SUMMER READING CHALLENGE LAUNCH!! Calling all MISCHIEF MAKERS sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018. Joseph Witchall children’s book illustrator will be joining us all morning.

Tues 17th 14:00-16:00– Autobiography Writing Group. Help writing your autobiography. £2

Sat 21st 10:30-12:00—Drop-in Family Crafts-Could get messy.

Wed 25th 13:00-14:00—Laughter Yoga-£5, come and have a laugh.

Sat 28th 9:00-13:00-Boxes of Mischief!-Beginning our fun filled summer! Do YOU dare.

Tues 31st Amy Winfield Children’s Author and Illustrator 11:00-12:00 Face Painting (£1.50 cheek, £3 full face) 12:00 onwards FREE talk and workshop.

Free training courses!

We are pleased to offer the following training courses for residents of South Molton. Booking is via Eventbrite and a £10 refundable deposit is being charged. This will be refunded after you have completed the course. We’re sure you’ll agree that this is a fair way to ensure the course is fully attended so that your community gets the very best out of these opportunities.

How to recruit and manage volunteers

The Amory Center, Friday 23rd March. 14.30 – 16.30. 

Volunteers will have different reasons and motivations for choosing to volunteer their time.  It is the role of the community leader or manager to effectively recruit, motivate, manage and develop volunteers to ensure both parties benefit fully from the process.

The content the course will cover:

  • Prepare yourself for volunteers
  • Attracting and recruiting volunteers
  • What to do one you’ve recruited a volunteer
  • Retaining volunteers
  • Understanding the concept of the psychological contract
  • Understand the importance of continued development for volunteers
  • What to do when a volunteer leaves your organisation

Local Community Events

Basic First Aid

Friday 2nd February, South Molton Methodist Church, 4-7pm.

The content of the course will cover:

  • Assessing the situation in an emergency
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizures)
  • Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Wounded or bleeding
  • Shock
  • HSE accident reporting
  • First aid kits and avoiding cross infection

Mental Health Awareness First Aid

Thursday 8th February, South Molton Methodist Church, 4-7pm

The content of the course will cover:

  • Describe what is meant by the terms mental illness and mental health.
  • Identify the most common mental health diagnosis
  • Recognise some of the symptoms of the most common mental illnesses
  • List the risk factors that may contribute to the development of a mental health problem.
  • Discuss recovery for those experiencing mental illness
  • Challenge some of the stereotypes and stigma associated with the term mental illness
  • Identify ways of looking after your own mental wellbeing.

Ideas Factory

This event took place at The Assembly Rooms on Wednesday 27th September 2017, 6pm – 8.30pm.

It was well attended and gave participants from community groups, local organisations, and connectors in the town an opportunity to discuss new ideas. The Outcomes from the exercises have been collated and can be read in the PDF document available via the link button.

We are now working with all interested parties to move forward with the ideas and issues raised. If you would like to participate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Asset Mapping

Asset Mapping is an exercise carried out with the support of the local community. It is designed to uncover unknown groups, activities, assets and opportunities across the community. Using the findings to make new links, networks and recommendations for development opportunities and activities.

The map below represents the findings of an exercise carried out at the Pannier Market on Thursday 13th July.

We offer our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed on the day, or as part of the wider project activities.

This is YOUR town map. It is as accurate as YOU help to make it. Please help us to help you. To add, edit or improve the accuracy of the information on the map, please get in touch via the form on the Contact page.

Thank you!

How to use the map

Click on a pin to pop open the contacts info window. Click on the top left icon to open the explorer sidebar to see how the pins are grouped. Expand the groups to see individual contacts. Click them to cause the map pin to highlight.

Getting Involved

For more information or to join any of the groups listed on the map above, simply contact them direct.

Visit the Get Involved page of this site to learn more about other opportunities.

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