And the official name for the site is...
... Sorry, you'll have to come along to the next catch up to find out!
That was mean, wasn't it? But please do join us on October 1st for an online catch up where one of our youngest project supporters will be revealing the site's new name, suggested and voted for by you!
We'll also be giving a project update, including sharing some exciting construction plans for the site structures, and welcoming an advisor from Social Business Wales who will chat with us about the options for long term community ownership of this project. The land itself belongs to Cardiff Council, and with our legal structure of Community Interest Company, Green Squirrel are in a position to act as stewards of the project while it gets up and running. However, it's not our intention to 'own' it - this is a place for everyone, and will be at it's most useful, welcoming, and inclusive when everyone gets a say in how it's run long-term. That's why we're now at a stage to begin talking about options for the future transfer of the project to community ownership and start discussing this process together, and we'd love for you to be part of that conversation.
Share your thoughts and ideas to help with project research
Back in the summer we were pleased to share the good news that we've been invited to continue to the second stage of the National Lottery Community Fund People and Places grant application. To help support this application we're carrying out a bit of additional research to...
1. Find out whether the coronavirus pandemic has changed our community's needs for this project
2. Plan for a financially sustainable project by understanding how it can generate income
3. Collect more detailed demographic information so the project can best support our community
You can help with this research by answering a few questions that will allow us to get to know you better - the anonymous survey should take no more than ten minutes.
You are of course very welcome to answer both! And, as always, if you have fundraising or bid writing experience, or would like to contribute to the application process, then please get in touch.
Two opportunities to help shape the project
There are vacancies on the project Advisory Board for new members - could this be a role for you? The Advisory Board is a friendly group of local people who meet roughly quarterly to discuss and help make decisions, offer advice, and give feedback on ideas. Members of the Advisory Board also sometimes form mini working groups to research or plan for things such as solar power or fundraising. We're keen to welcome new members with experience, professional or in their own life, of some of the following skills:
Equality and diversity or disability awareness
HR and recruitment
Financial or business planning
Media and marketing
This list is not exhaustive, so if you live in the area, or have a connection to the aims of the project, please do get in touch if you'd like to discuss the role further.
Finally, we are working to establish an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Group for the project. This group will discuss and advise on ways to ensure the project is welcoming and accessible to everyone, helping us to ensure that a diverse range of voices are represented and that equality is at the heart of all decision making. This group will meet roughly quarterly, and at least one member will attend Advisory Board meetings.