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Good News Featherston!

Good News Featherston!

Kia ora

Fab Feathy’s application to the Community-led Development Programme was successful! We recently met with DIA, and the feedback on our application was that it was a straightforward decision for the Crown Panel. Awesome work Featherston!

Seven out of the nine communities that were invited to apply in the September round were selected. This is in addition to the five selected in the open round in March 2017. So, Featherston, we are one of twelve communities in the country to be selected for this programme. Resilient Carterton was also selected, for two years. This a great outcome for the Wairarapa Region.

Featherston has been selected for five years – this tells us the Crown Panel and DIA are very confident that our community has a robust plan and willingness to work together to achieve our shared aspirations. Of course, we already knew this but now we have some resourcing to get things done!

We wanted to give you a sense of next steps and likely timeframes for getting things happening with the community-led partnership with DIA. For those of you that like more detailed explanation please refer to What next and what kind of support is available , otherwise, the following outlines the next steps for the Fab Feathy Community-Led Development Project:

  • Fab Feathy is currently working to draft a five-year partnership agreement with DIA for the Community-Led Development (CLD) Programme.
  • The focus of the CLD Programme Partnership is “Communities Working Together”, following the principles of community-led development, to achieve shared visions and goals.
  • Fab Feathy will remain the steering/governance group in the establishment phase of the partnership, holding the relationship with DIA. We will co-opt further members from the community as appropriate/needed. The intention is to set up a stakeholder group for those also involved in the community space in Featherston.
  • Our approach will be consistent with that outlined in the Our Future Featherston Community Plan plan and in our application to the CDL Programme. A copy of Fab Feathy’s CLDP Application is attached.
  • We intend to employ either one full-time coordinator or a couple of part-time coordinators by the end of February 2018. When we are in a position to, we will advertise the role within the community.
  • The coordinator/s and Fab Feathy’s role as we go forward will be to facilitate and support the community (with stakeholders) to work together towards shared aspirations.
  • We hope to organise a community event in February 2018 to celebrate being selected and formalising a partnership with the DIA.
  • We aim to hold the first of our planned quarterly community meetings by the end of March 2018. Fab Feathy and the coordinator/s will facilitate discussions at this meeting about what community projects to get started on. We hope to get the first community projects off the ground early- to mid-2018.
  • Some funding is available. There is no set dollar value that comes with being selected. We will need to apply to the CLD Programme Crown Panel for project funding and each proposal will be considered on its merits. It will be the role of the coordinator/s to manage the submission process. DIA will work with the coordinator/s, Fab Feathy and the community to support us to prepare each proposal.
  • Key factors we will need to cover off for any funding proposal are: what outcomes we are wanting; evidence of community mandate for the proposal; what resources the community (and stakeholders) are contributing to the project; the plan for future sustainability; whether there are other, more appropriate, sources of funding (e.g. Lotteries Community Facilities).

Fab Feathy
(Fab Feathy: Liz Mellish; Alan Maxwell; Mark Shepherd; Phil Dittmer; Kara Pennington; Siv Fjaerestad; Sarah Taylor-Waitere)

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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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