November 2016

Monthly Archives

Spotlight on Sea-Change Theatre Company

logoTell us what you do?
Sea-Change Theatre Company is a Performing Arts group that has been running for several years and is based at Coneygre Arts Centre, Tipton. We give young people between the ages of 6 to 21 the opportunity to discover and develop their Performing Arts skills – singing, dancing and acting – then to apply and showcase these skills by taking part in musical productions and concerts.

What is your proudest achievement?
Sea-Change’s proudest achievement has been two-fold. Firstly, we are proud and honoured to be part of the on-going development of our membership with regard to their performance skills and personal confidence. Secondly, we are proud of the development of the company, surviving in its infancy with little financial support, yet continuing to fund quality activities, concerts and productions via much determination, resolve and community support.

What is the most valuable lesson learnt about working with people?
So much is learned through working with others. If you work with others, it is soon learned that there are good, honest people out there who are generous with their time and support within our community, many of whom have helped us over the years with the development of our performances and community shows. It is clear that we are co-existent as a community, that we all need and rely upon each other for support. However, the most valuable lesson that can be learned about working with people is that if you give someone the chance, they will flower – and when a community of people give young people such chances, whether it be a single organisation such as Sea-Change or the wider community itself, then the results are life-changing.

What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
Moving forward, what we see as the main challenge currently being faced by Sea-Change Theatre Company is maintaining the quality of what we are delivering with limited financial resources and advertising. We would like as many people as possible within the community to find out about Sea-Change and the opportunities we offer for young people to enjoy taking part in its workshops, rehearsals and productions. We love inspiring young people through staging with them exciting community performances and, in order to do this, we have to focus seriously on fundraising in order to continue to maintain and develop the work that we do.

How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
We would greatly appreciate the support of SCVO in helping us to develop a funding strategy and to apply for financial support in order to sustain our community activities.

If you are interested in getting involved in our group, please contact Ann Cartwright on 07902730175 or by email at ann.cartwright@outlook.com.


Spotlight on Smethwick Community Association

logoTell us what you do?
Smethwick Community Association provides support to the homeless and vulnerable members of the community; by providing social networks for those living on their own or who may be lonely and just want to get out the house, to providing health checks, luncheon clubs and meals on wheels services.

What is your proudest achievement?
Our proudest achievement so far has been setting our organisation up in Smethwick for the benefit of those in need within our community and embracing the financial challenges we have ahead of us to be able to deliver our activities to those who need us.

What is your experience of support received from SCVO?
Excellent! The support and input from SCVO has always been positive, nurturing and they willingly share information with us which. SCVO’s services are a real life line to us as newly formed organisation.

What is the most valuable lesson learnt about working with people?
We have learnt that there is support and services out there that are able and willing to help us on our journey, with this kind of support it has helped us develop and grow to the organisation we are now. It’s made it easier for us to get where we need to be quicker than if we had to do this on our own.

What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
Moving forward we need to increase our volunteers so we can develop the range of activities we are able to offer and work to generate funds to support our work.

How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
The support we’d like to access in the future from SCVO is with helping us to develop our policies and business planning to help us focus in on the key prioritises that we’d like to address within our community.

If you’d like to volunteer or find out more about Smethwick Community Association please contact Sheila Lagenza on 07872451526.


Spotlight on Old Hill Boxing Community Club

logoTell us what you do?
Old Hill Boxing Community Club has been established promote community participation, exercise and healthy living through the practice of boxing and other health related activities. We do this by providing a facility that is accessible for our community, local young people and schools, with the aim of improving their health.

What is your proudest achievement?
Our proudest achievement is securing the boxing gym and setting ourselves up within Old Hill. We’ve been lucky enough to get support from other community services and the local businesses that are helping us to raise awareness of our club and what were here to do.

What is your experience of support received from SCVO?
SCVO are helping us set up and working with us to ensure we’re fit for purpose by assisting us with our constitution and other governance concerns we have. We are keen to get this right from the start and I’m confident with SCVO’s support we’ll be able to do this.

What is the most valuable lesson learnt about working with people?
We are aiming to bring together what we feel is a drifting community here in Old Hill and we are keen to create a community hub using boxing and health as the mechanism to create a more community minded environment where everyone wants to live and work.

What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
Our plans for the future are to register ourselves with the Charity Commission so we are able to access funding opportunities that will be of real benefit to our community.

How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
We’re keen to access SCVO’s assistance in developing our policies and accessing funding for our community projects which will enable us to continue to meet the needs of our community.

If your interested in getting involved with the club please email Catherine O’Rourke mailto:oldhillboxingcommunityclub@gmail.com or call Rauf Raja on 07876387719