Wednesday 17th September 2014
17th September 2014
In Nottingham we have a quiet revolution going on.
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It's so simple...
We meet once a month at the Sumac Centre, share some food and talk to each other. Then we form a circle and introduce ourselves with an emphasis on being positive together.
People are invited to think about what they need and what they might have to offer.
All kinds of things have been asked for: requests for assistance with proof reading, help with getting the decorating done and advice on stress management. Bring and share items gifted have included an assortment of clothes, hair products, a set of fruit tree posters and an empty coffee jar!
We are trying to allow a space for everyone to be comfortable, so if you wish to come for the first part, socialising with a bit of food and a cuppa, that runs from around 6.45. Or if you feel more comfortable coming later for the go-round of needs, wants, and offers, then that starts around 7.30.
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A wide range of things have been offered: guitar lessons, help with getting funding, carwashing etc, etc.
All the requests and connections are beautifully drawn up onto a big sheet of paper.
Afterwards, people check in with those who responded to the gifts/needs/wishes to make arrangements! (Bring your diaries!)
These circles are of immediate benefit to long term unemployed, disabled and those with other challenging issues affecting their inclusion in mainstream society as well as to those committed.
It is also of benefit to those who are committed to doing something about the issues confronted by people so often excluded, by offering a clear opportunity for contribution.
By gathering allies and participants to share wants needs and offers new possibilities for reciprocal relationships evolve.
Community circles build the capacity of ordinary unpaid community members to be involved in making the UK a safer, friendlier, and more supportive community for all its members.
By engaging “consumers” and the community at large in this way, we strive to build a national community where all of us have enough money, healthy relationships, and a sense of purpose and meaning.
Whenever possible Veggies feature the publications of the Movement for Compassionate Living, which we print and distribute to promote simple living and vegan self-reliance as a remedy to the exploitation of humans, animals and the Earth.
We also support our nominated charity, Vegfam, ‘Feeding the hungry without exploiting animals’. If you can help us with either of these projects at this event, whilst we are busy with Veggies catering, please email email@example.com.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the Centre becomes the Forest Fields Social Club (FFCS a.k.a Sumac Bar) from 7.30. The FFSC is a members club, but membership is easy and guests are welcome. For gigs and fundraising benefits, guests can pay at the door and members are invited to make a donation.
Accessible entrance at back door at 73 Beech Avenue . Full directions: http://www.veggies.org.uk/sumac/map.html
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