Last week's official event about The Way Ahead for London's civil society, organised by London Funders and their partners, was followed by a less formal workshop on Friday including representatives of key networks supporting Londoners.
The concensus echoed discussion at the official event about more community input, and the words of community activist Richard Lee that I reported:
When we look at The Way Ahead Change documents, and the proposals for the hub, do they actually also include these community voices, these activists, those doing things voluntarily, those who are part of small community groups? They don't, and I’m not alone in thinking this.
There are other people in the room today who equally feel we cannot give consent to these documents as they stand.
So on Friday people decided that as well as pressing for changes in plans to develop a London resource hub, and the support systems for front line organisations, they would develop their own ideas, initially at an event on July 12.
An OPEN event to build voice, agency and grassroots infrastructure at a time of crisis and division.
Aiming to network and contribute to a wider movement that is democratic, sustainable and genuinely supportive of each other.
Includes storytelling, open space, testimonies and presentations from community organisations.
Time to reflect and plan action:
Brexit, Austerity, Grenfell...so many more
Let’s share our experiences, agree common purpose and plan for collective action.
At The Way Ahead event project officer Geraldine Blake said:
I liked Richard's point that we change the tone of of the Change Plans to make sense of them to frontline community organisations and activists. That’s absolutely something we'll feed in.
I'm very very keen to be part of the event in a few weeks and feed that in to The Way Ahead Change Plan. What we want is the strongest possible plan that means something to all the people that need to be involved in actually making it happen.
So there's a real chance of bringing together work on The Way Ahead from the past year with further ideas developed on July 12, and afterwards. I'll follow up with some ideas on how we might do that.
Recent blog posts:
- Voices from the Tower may change tone of TheWayAhead for civil society, as well as much else
- Another hope for TheWayAhead at today's event - a communication programme to inform and engage Londoners
- Here's hoping TheWayAhead plans for a London resource hub become more networky
- Working groups publish reports on TheWayAhead for London’s Civil Society