Yesterday saw the launch of the YouCanDo Guides from The Scarman Trust at Westminster Central Hall. The highlight of the day were the stories from six ordinary (or extraordinary) people who have helped change their communities.
The smooth running of the day was somewhat disrupted by one of the speakers, Ian Bone, who disregarded the usual rules of Westminster conferences by dishing up a few uncomfortable facts about the following speaker, David Blunkett MP. The biggest shame was that neither Blunkett nor Parmjit Dhanda, Minister for Community Cohesion, could make time to attend the event earlier and hear the stories from real people who are actively involved in changing their communities as opposed to just listening to those who are more inclined to merely talk about it. The event was filmed so I hope that they will take time to watch at a time convenient to them.
Gallomanor have been heavily involved in the Guides for the last few months. We were asked to produce the marketing materials for them including the YouCanDo website at www.youcando.org.uk. It’s been an intense few months as we’ve worked with the Scarman team to tease out the details of the Guides which are the bringing together of decades of experience in helping communities change.
There are nine Guides in total ranging from the all-encompassing Guide to Asset Based Community Development to the rather precise Guide to Community Finance. The Guides are designed for local authorities and other organisations interested in community cohesion to use with their staff and with community members.