The Community Initiatives Café concept was devised by Pinnacle Group and the event organisers, Ocean Media, to promote and support community projects across the UK. Over the course of the three-day event, the Café will showcase six inspirational community projects supported by local authorities, housing associations or community groups that seek funding. Representatives from the projects will take to a stage within the Café to demonstrate to delegates why they should win money towards their project. Café visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite projects, and the three initiatives with the most votes will be presented with cheques. This year a total prize pot of £1500 is on offer, donated by Pinnacle Group.
2016’s Community Initiatives Cafe lineup:
1. The 5 Ways to Wellbeing film, Woking
New Vision Homes and Woking Borough Council have produced an educational film to promote healthy living among local tenants. The film features local Woking residents discussing their personal experiences of embracing the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. The housing team would like to promote the film and campaign across the borough at a number of specially organised events aimed at residents of all ages.
2. Living in Social Housing project, Westminster
A team will work with local young people to explore their true feelings about living on social housing estates; the challenges they face, the improvements they would like to see, the positives and negatives. The workshops will use art, photography, music, spoken word and poetry to encourage the young people to express their feelings freely. Their thoughts will be presented to the whole community (residents, councillors, statutory and non-statutory providers).
3. Entrepreneurs Without Homes, National
Helping homeless people across the country to start up their own business and build brighter futures. Thousands of unemployed people come to Pinnacle People every month looking to start up their own business on the New Enterprise Allowance programme. Using their experience working with homeless and unemployed people, Pinnacle People hope to equip, train and mentor homeless people across the UK using innovative web-based and remote-working methods.
4. Social, Health and Educational Club for the over 60s, Brockley
The housing team hope to set up a club for the over 60s, to be held once a month, which will provide local people with a range of social, health and educational activities on their doorstep. The organisers will also set up regular IT and internet training to encourage greater awareness and use of web-based services, online shopping, e-communication and social media. On a quarterly basis, the team will offer free health checks, including blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, as well as advice on healthy eating and exercise.
5. Snapshot Challenge, Hammersmith and Fulham
The housing team would like to set up a competition for residents whereby they take photos that reflect and celebrate various aspects of life in their community. Cameras will be available for those people who would like to get involved but do not possess their own equipment. An exhibition featuring all entries will take place, which will include prizes for the winning entries.
6. On your bike!, Myatts Field Corner Café
Staff at the new Community Centre in Lambeth plan to hold regular Cycle Cinema events at the café within the centre, which will bring the community together, promote healthy eating/exercise. They also hope to increase awareness of the estate office and local housing services.
The CIH’s annual conference and exhibition is one of the largest events of its kind in the housing industry calendar, attracting housing professionals, politicians, community groups and residents from across the UK to discuss key issues affecting communities and to share best practice. Pinnacle Group has sponsored and hosted the Community Initiatives Café within the exhibition for eight consecutive years.
Further details about the conference and exhibition can be found here