Connect with your community Nov 15

WHERE and WHEN: Thursday Nov 15th, 6-8.30pm at New Cross Learning (next to Iceland near New Cross Gate station)

As the research stage of this 5 year project concludes, we can now embark on action. Come and meet with fellow community organisations and listen to the fundraising and research specialists from the RSA and other national organisations to see how they can help us achieve the aims we have for our community. All welcome.

Informal networking afterwards in the New Cross House pub across the road.

Hashtag for twitter is #rsaconnected.

See poster for more info: Community fundraising discussion at New Cross Learning


Provisional agenda 

18:00 – 18:10  People arrive, settle, name badges etc..

18:10 – 18:30  Connected Communities

– Recap how the project came about

– Results across the 7 areas that we are currently working in – provides context and illustrates how different networks can be

– Very top-line results for New Cross Gate/ wider area.

18:30 – 19:00  Current groups/potential new ideas (5 mins slots)

– Talk to me South London

– Presentation from a very successful national intergenerational project with potential local application (TBC)

– Bruno Taylor on setting up FLIP projects (this is a young person specific project, that utilises their online connections to facilitate CV building, but lessons learnt could be useful as could potential links between FLIP and NXG specific projects)

– Tansy Drake discusses the older person ‘Nana’ project she is working on in Hackney

– Local older person’s project (TBC)

– Introductions from those there with a fundraiser/evaluators perspective.

19:00- 19:10  Open it out to other attendees to talk about what they’re doing

19:10 – 19:40  1 of 3 table options

  • Intergenerational ideas/live funding opps  (facilitated by Tansy Drake, with older person project leaders and evaluation expert from funders the Nominet Trust)
  • General well being ideas/live funding opps (facilitated by Ben Dellot (enterprise/young people angle, with Bruno Taylor and (TBC) an additional fundraising expert)
  • Mapping table (facilitated by Gaia Marcus with support from Catherine Shovlin and/or other NXL representative)

19.40 – 20:10   As above, attendees will have the opportunity to switch to another table.

20:10 – 20:30  feedback, wrap up and next steps

20:30  to the pub!

Our bookshelves need you!

If you liked the Fabric of Society, you’ll understand this straight away. Just print out the one page form and hand it in at the library or do it online you can use this link

As part of the New Cross library rebirth, the RSA is funding an Artmongers’ participatory artwork on the front of the library including the required name change.

We have space for about 250 “books” on our artwork and this is your chance to invent or nominate one of them.

Just print out the one page form and hand it in at the library or do it online you can use this link




RSA Catalyst supporting library

See the video here. We have already received a £2000 grant from the RSA Catalyst fund to create the new participatory artwork for the former library in New Cross and this week we featured in the RSA e-newsletter

Remember you can be part of this too by completing page 2 of this kit ourbookshelf

New artwork at New Cross Library

Do you have a favourite book? Or one you wish existed? Maybe that one up your sleeve that you will write yourself one day?

Well now’s your chance to get into print. Come along to the Artmongers workshop at the library on Nov 18th to make your part of this exciting new artwork. Secondary school children 3.30-5pm, adults 6-8pm



Planning a conversation dinner…

The Oxford Muse Foundation is beginning a project across the Borough of Lewisham creating in depth conversations between people who would not normally meet. The aims are to increase awareness of the richness and diversity of local people, to discover hidden talents, create a greater sense of connection and belonging, to create collaborations between people who wouldn’t normally meet, and such like.

The Project is the idea of writer and thinker Theodore Zeldin, author of ‘An Intimate History of Humanity’, and is in association with the National Portrait Gallery, Lewisham Borough Council and the NHS. The BBC are also making a documentary about the project for Radio 4.

We aim to have a conversation dinner soon in the Hill Station around the theme “A Community of Difference”. The eventual aim is to connect together 200 people from all walks of life who would not normally belong to such a diverse group. We believe this will have a positive impact on these 200 people and on the community as a whole. If you would like to be involved, or would like to suggest somebody who you think should be, please contact us.

Meeting with RSA 11.01.11

The RSA’s Connected Communities project has done some interesting research in the New Cross area and are keen to work with Bold Vision on addressing some of the emerging issues. They have already agreed to provide initial funding for some of our social inclusion ideas and today are meeting us with regard to their Catalyst fund and finding ways we can partner to improve life for the socially isolated in the area.

RSA Catalyst Fund

“Catalyst, an RSA seed funding initiative, is intended to encourage and inspire, to help Fellows to turn their great ideas into great social outcomes.”