WEvolution - Turning Communities Around- How to build Self-Reliant Groups
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An open and interactive event for any individual, parent or/and organisation that is involved in community- building and growing groups, community and social work, youth work, third sector organisations or individuals that are looking for something more in their lives. If you want to find out about new, innovative ways to support and change our communities- come along.
A wonderful opportunity to come and hear from Noel Matthias and the Wevolution Team as they share the amazing story of Wevolution.
Here’s the thing: every one of us has aspirations; to be more, to do more. But life can be difficult. It’s hard to hold on to your aspirations, and it’s even harder if you’re not part of a community of people who can be your friends and partners.
That’s what WEvolution’s Self-Reliant Groups (SRGs) are – a community of people who encourage each other, save small amounts of money, learn new skills and create products and services. They share a journey of bringing hope and direction to their lives.
“WEvolution and the SRGs was a way to gain friends, maybe get out a bit more, be more social and happy but it has ended up being so much more than that. We have all grown in confidence, gained friends for life and new support networks for the future. Our families have benefited from having mums/wives who are happier, more fulfilled. Our children are learning how important it is to make your own way in life through seeing their mums producing and selling their own items.” (Trishy Gannon, Rainbow Creations SRG)
An SRG is a small group of people (5 to 10) who come from a shared economic/social background to support each other and develop friendships
- They meet regularly and agree to start saving – often a £1 each – in a Common Fund (motto: savings first, credit later)
- They use their savings and other income to lend to each other in times of need and crisis
- They learn a skill together
- They start a small business which, in time, will help them earn an income to support themselves and their families.
In short, the SRG way of working means group members believe that helping themselves and each other and together creating opportunities for change and enterprise in their local communities is the best way forward.