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Fab Feathy Community-led Development Update

Over the past few months, Fab Feathy has been beavering away, setting up systems and processes to support community-led development (CLD) in Featherston.
Fab Feathy is pleased to welcome two new Steering Group members, Dannii Sargent and Te Ata Rodgers, and we would like to thank Kara Pennington for her wonderful work for the Fab Feathy group, and wish her the best for all her future ventures.

But here are the most exciting news: three Fab Feathy facilitators have been employed to keep up the Fab Feathy momentum and work with the community to set up some of the projects in the Community Plan.

The facilitators are Alexa Belavskis, Anne Nelson and Jack Sheppard. They are each working 20 hours per week and have been hired using funding from the Department of Internal Affairs’ community-led development scheme.

They’re based at the Featherston Community Centre, so please knock on their door and say hello if you are in – or catch them at the Pot Luck Dinner on 29 July. They’ll be keen to hear which projects in the community plan you think are a priority for Featherston – and to learn more about the ideas behind some of them.

You can follow Fab Feathy on Facebook: facebook.com/fabfeathy – or flick the facilitators an email: alexa.b@fabfeathy.nz, anne.n@fabfeathy.nz and jack.s@fabfeathy.nz

 

Meet the Fab Feathy Facilitators

Alexa

Alexa is a networker and relationship builder. She started out working in the London corporate scene but then made a complete lifestyle change and went to live in Central America, where she studied yoga. She ended up living in Guatemala where she did community development work building projects, supporting local initiatives and connecting people together. Alexa wanted to be part of Fab Feathy because it’s a community-led project, “for the people, by the people” where we’re all working together to make Featherston the best it can be.

 

Jack

Jack studied Chinese at Victoria University and after graduating, was lucky enough to work at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 Shanghai Expo as operations manager for the NZ project. More recently he worked as a project manager in the Chinese aviation and video games sectors. Chris Miller’s beautiful, quirky and engaging flyers drew Jack into the Fab Feathy survey and Pot Luck event last year. There, he found the wealth of ideas and passion for the community to be infectious and knew it was something he wanted to be part of.

 

Anne

Anne has mostly worked in communications – and specialises in digital comms. She has also picked apples and driven tractors, worked for the Sallies and the IHC, and taught English in Japan. She wanted to be part of Fab Feathy because the opportunity to make a difference is important to her – and she really enjoys being involved in volunteering and community project

 

Keep your ears to the ground – more updates to follow about the upcoming Community Potluck on 29 July very shortly.

Fab Feathy.

 

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Signing of partnership agreement!

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Fab Feathy recently signed the five-year community-led development partnership with Department of Internal Affairs. Thank you to Martine Bijker and Rebekah Mehrtens for organizing the Fab Feathy & First Friday’s February Fiesta, and making it possible for us to celebrate this signing and opportunity with our community!

 

 

It was awesome to see community members, of all ages, supporting the opportunity and signing their names on a canvas to “support community-led develop initiatives in Featherston to shape ‘Our Future Featherston’ together.”

Fab Feathy expect to be recruiting for the role of Community-led Development Co-ordinator in March. Please keep an eye out on our project page http://featherstoncommunity.org.nz/category/fab-feathy for details on how to apply, as well as through other local forums. We will be finalising details of what skills and commitment are needed at the beginning of March when we hear the outcome of our first Community-led Development Programme funding request to DIA.

We are looking forward to working together with the community, and getting some great community-led initiatives off the ground in 2018!

If you would like about the community-led partnership with DIA, go to http://featherstoncommunity.org.nz/category/fab-feathy. There you can also check out the principles of community-led development, and have another read of the Our Future Featherston Community Plan. You can also find hard copies of the Community Plan at the Featherston Community Centre and the Featherston Library.

Fab Feathy Community-led development.

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Join us for the signing of the partnership agreement!

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Fab Feathy invite you all to join us for the Fab Feathy & First Friday’s February Fiesta, 2 February, at the Squircle, to celebrate the signing the five-year community-led development partnership with Department of Internal Affairs. Featherston First Friday have invited Fab Feathy so that we can celebrate this opportunity for Featherston with our community.

We wanted to find a way that the community could be included in the signing as well, and so we will invite community members, of all ages, to sign their names on a large canvas with text along the lines of:

“We support community-led develop initiatives in Featherston to shape ‘Our Future Featherston’ together”

After the event the canvas will be further decorated by one or more local artists and it will eventually hang in the office of the future Fab Feathy coordinator.

We’d love to see you there and for you to show your support by signing the canvas. We are looking forward to working together with the community, and getting some great community-led initiatives off the ground in 2018!

To find out more about the event, go to facebook on Fab Feathy & First Friday’s February Fiesta. Hope to see you there!

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Good News Featherston!

Good News Featherston!

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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

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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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