Making it Happen
Is about discovering, celebrating and building on the positive things in local neighbourhoods. Community Development Workers will support communities to come together to make the most of the opportunities that exist to create positive change.
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The MiH project
How will Making it Happen work?
Making it Happen aims to build the confidence and capability of people to come together in their neighbourhoods to create positive change and to tackle local issues that matter to them most.
Community Development Workers will be active in neighbourhoods – in community centres, on streets, in schools – helping people discover their own strengths to connect with the positive things already happening and with others who share the same interests, and to help people see that everybody has something to bring to their community.
A key principle is to not do for individuals and communities what they can do for themselves. Community Development Workers are there to lend-a-hand and provide guidance to people to develop their ideas.
Through strengths based and community driven change, the main aims of Making it Happen are to increase social connection through neighbour-to-neighbour relationship building and to improve communities’ capacity to come together to influence the places that they live.
By discovering a community’s strengths it is also possible to build a fuller picture of a whole community and not just the problems and needs. This re-balancing will help other agencies to better understand the factors that influence healthy communities.
Who is delivering Making it Happen?
The 5½ year project is funded by East Sussex County Council Public Health and is being delivered in a partnership led by Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) with 3VA, Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA), Rother Voluntary Action (RVA) and Action in Rural Sussex (AiRS).
The Making it Happen project is offering small sparks grants to support people and groups across East Sussex to turn good ideas into reality, or to support a great project or group to become stronger. Small sparks grants can be used to fund lots of things, from equipment to support volunteers to starting a book club! The possibilities are endless...
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