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Collecting information about skills & interests

Kia ora

Thanks again to all the people who came along to the community meeting at Kiwi Hall 27 August. It was a great turnout and such a positive vibe. We are so proud of Featherston right now! Here’s hoping this translates to us being selected to partner with them under the Community-Led Development Programme. We will know the outcome of our application by the end of October 2017.

To keep the ball rolling, lets continue on with the development of the community Skills & Interests Register. The Register was an idea from the Fab Feathy afternoon tea on 28 May.

The Register will be a record of the skills, interests, resources/time that individual community members are happy to contribute to ensure that our vibrant town can reap the benefits of community-led development approach.

For community-led development to be successful we will need many people working together. The Register will help to better target requests for voluntary support with available skills in town.

Please let us know how you can contribute your skills and time by e-mailing fabfeathy@outlook.co.nz with your responses to below questions (just copy, paste, fill in and e-mail us):

Name:

Contact number:

Interests:

(e.g. main street; cycle-ways; youth; community events; public art)

Skills/talents/expertise:

(e.g. baking; graphic design; legal expertise; communications/marketing; web design; carpentry; driving; labouring; public speaking; fund raising)

Resources/Contributions/Time:

(e.g. I am happy to come along to working bees on the weekends; I am happy to do put up posters around town; I am happy to provide sponsorship; I am happy to draft a proposal while I am commuting on the train; I can do printing of flyers; I have an amp and speakers that could be used for community meetings)

The responses you provide will be collated to develop the Skills and Interests Register. The Register will not be published or made publicly available. The intention, however, is that the Register is a community resource and so the information in it will be made available on request to people connected with community-led development projects.

We look forward to hearing from you!

on behalf of Fab Feathy
(Fab Feathy: Liz Mellish; Alan Maxwell; Mark Shepherd; KaraPennington; Siv Fjaerestad; Sarah Taylor-Waitere)

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Community Meeting, 27 August

The Featherston community did it again – we turned up in spades to Kiwi Hall and showed our love and belief in our place and our community. And this in spite of the meeting falling smack bang in the pre-Sunday-dinner-lull and there being at least another 3 community events on the very same day!

The purpose of the meeting was for DIA to gauge whether or not Featherston is ready to be selected for the CLD Programme. The focus of the CLD Programme is “Communities Working Together”, following the principles of community-led development, to achieve shared visions and goals. The meeting was requested by DIA as a result of the recent application for Featherston to be selected for five years of partnership/investment, from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)’s Community-Led Development Programme, to achieve our community goals. The application drew on the recently developed community plan. If selected, Featherston will be able to access support and funding to achieve share community goals for up to five years.

The five principles of Community-led development are:

  • shared local goals driving action and change
  • using existing strengths and assets
  • many people and groups working together
  • building diverse and collaborative local leadership
  • adaptable planning and action informed by outcomes

We will have our fingers and toes crossed while waiting for the outcome. In the meantime we are continuing to develop our Skills and Interests register. Let us know what are your talents and time that you are wanting to contribute to Featherston’s goals (email us at fabfeathy@outlook.co.nz ). We will be sure to be back with as update as soon as we have some news.

Thank you to the lovely people from DIA who traveled far to came to our town on this Sunday night to talk to the Featherston community.

Thank you to everyone who attended, for your generosity of ideas and support, and to all of the Featherston community, for the multitude of amazing community-led development projects that are already taking place and the level of participation and support that you have provided in the surveys, activities, noticeboards and meetings & events.

Special thanks to supporters and sponsors, including Tracey Shepherd for advisory support, Wairarapa REAP for projector hire, Featherston Supervalue for milk & cookies, Brenda West for organising the hall, Martine Bijker for poster design, Tiff North for slide show, Amy & Sue for helping to set up the meeting, and all the volunteers who lent a hand clean up after the meeting.

The Fab Feathy Team.

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Join the Board of the Featherston Community Centre Charitable Trust

Join the Board of the Featherston Community Centre Charitable Trust

The Featherston Community Centre board are looking to recruit more board members to help keep the great working going that we already do. Have you ever thought about joining a board but haven't made the leap yet? Now is definitely the time!

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What I really enjoy about being a part of the board is a sense that I'm really helping to keep a valuable part of Featherston alive and progressing toward a really bright future. Not only that, but I get to learn new things, contribute to ideas and projects that are interesting and meet passionate and clever people. So I would highly recommend coming to talk to us if you think this might be something you'd be interested in. Please call and have a chat to our chair Emily (021 313 8042) or Centre Manager Siv (06 308 8239) or email us at info@featherstoncommunity.org.nz. You totally won't regret it! (Tamara)

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