This project has been taking shape for some time and it is very exciting to see it under way at last.
Pictured here are the people who came to the first meeting of the existing and potential Community Visitors on Wednesday 16th January 2013 at Parsley House (Balkerne Gardens Trust). Board members and staff from the My Home Life Essex Community Association, which is leading the Community Visitors pilot project, were joined by five volunteers (Sarah, Vi, Lisa, Amy 1 and Amy 2) and we were delighted to welcome Tom Owen, Director of the national My Home Life movement and Bethany Morgan Bett from Essex University, who will be evaluating the project with her colleague Chris Tanner.
We had an enjoyable and fruitful meeting, kicked off by Tom, who gave a summary of the background and philosophy of My Home Life, its current status across the country and the way the Community Visitors project fits into the picture. This was followed by a lively discussion of some of the issues Community Visitors are already encountering and may encounter in the future. We also put forward our proposals for the programme of development and support activities for the Community Visitors and these seemed to find favour. Essentially, the programme will take shape in response to the needs and wishes of the Community Visitors as they settle in to their new roles.
This project has been taking shape for some time and it is very exciting to see it under way at last. We are already learning a great deal from the experience so far and we are so grateful for the enthusiastic participation and support from the people who have offered their time, skills and commitment to help us explore the potential of this new way of working.
We will keep the updates coming as the project progresses.