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Hello,
 
With some mild sunny weather and the knowledge that my children will be heading back to school next week, things are feeling eminently optimistic!

The projects I told you about in the last newsletter are starting to gather some momentum, in particular our work around the possible purchase and refurbishment of The Old Library. The first job that we’re doing on this project is to commission a report on our social impact by the wonderful Dr Stephen Pritchard - an independent academic and researcher, arts consultant, community artist, writer and community organiser. He’s spent the last two weeks wading through a folder of reports, plans and data and this week embarks on a process of gathering community and stakeholder testimony. He will take all of this and create an in-deapth report on the value that intoBodmin and The Old Library has had, is having and could have in Bodmin and on its community. For those of you who keep seeing my requests to do one of our surveys and putting it off until next week, I implore you to make a cup of tea and just invest 20 minutes of your time to do this one. If we can prove that what we do is having a positive impact on Bodmin, then we’ll be in a far stronger position when applying for funding, negotiating on the purchase of the building and planning for the future.
 
Below is a little roundup of things that we think might interest you. If you're on social media do make sure we've got your Follow. There's some interesting  projects that we're sharing from past performers. Please forward this email or share our posts on social media to help spread the word.
 
Very best
 
Fin
Get in touch
Invisible Other 

Online Q&A with Ruth Mitchell Writer & Performer of Coffee with Vera and TheSecret Listener

Wednesday, March 3rd 1pm or 7pm 

Invisible Other is a project and performance that will share the stories of women who are under-represented in both media and performance as they age.

During lockdown, Ruth Mitchell who has performed both Coffee with Vera and The Secret Listener at the Old Library, has been working with three Plymouth organisations: Fawcett Society, Plymouth & Devon Racial Equality Council & the Sunflower Women’s Centre.

Through the help of these organisations, Ruth has gathered stories from a diverse group of women aged 45-65. These women, and a group of younger women (20-25), have been integral to Ruth’s work to research and develop a script for a new show, Invisible Other. The show, premiering at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and touring to the Old Library later in 2021, will celebrate and honour their unique life experiences.

This is your unique opportunity to join Ruth and to hear about the project and participate in a special Q&A on Wednesday, March 3rd @ 1pm or 7pm

For more info and to book your ticket - 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/invisible-other-qa-with-ruth-mitchell-writer-and-performer-tickets-141967876741
 
The Writers Block

Jowan Jacobs brings us the story of 'The Sparrow and The Winter Pine' for this month's Little Story Seekers. And isn't it beginning to feel a tiny bit like Spring now? We look forward to welcoming our birds back again!

https://youtu.be/AgW6tp50zsg

Please share with friends, family and young children
Gorsedh Kernow Children's Awards 2021

Closing Date April 1st

The Gorsedh Kernow is delighted to announce that it is now open for nominations for the Gorsedh Kernow Children’s awards which are open to children and young people under 18 years.

The Awards seek to encourage learning understanding and promotion of Cornish culture and give expression to the national Celtic spirit of Cornwall.  The expression of Cornish identity and culture is the overarching criterion against which all entries will be judged.

For more information and the entry form go to https://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/YoungPeoplesLeaflet.pdf  or email: young-peoples-awards@gorsedhkernow.org.uk
The closing date is April 1st.  Winners will be announced in July.

For further information contact
Amanda Harris
amanda.harris@keap.org.uk
07712331421
 
Konnect Communities

Pilot project for the Bodmin Community - Konnect Communities works to enable, motivate and inspire people in our communities who are seeking to improve their skills, develop their opportunities and maximise their potential. They work with a wide range of individuals including victims and offenders of crime, and young people struggling to remain in education.
 
Konnect can now offer even more support with their new projects, this time for individuals that are facing barriers that prevent them from flourishing. Be it people that are struggling with depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, trauma through ACES, or past offending history.
 
One of the projects relevant to Bodmin is a 12 month pilot project called KAFE, (Kernow Action for Employment), which covers the Atlantic an Mor area including Bodmin. KAFE was set up with the intent of working in local communities with one to one work via mentors but also within groups to help with building self-esteem, and support individuals into volunteering, training or maybe even into education.
 
If you know someone who would benefit from talking to Konnect or for more information visit
 
www.konnect-communities.co.uk
info@konnect-communities.co.uk
Positive People International Women's Day Activity 

On Monday 8th March, Positive People (With You) will be running four free online workshops to celebrate International Women's Day!

You can choose from a goddess yoga class, a DIY facial workshop, a surreal self-portrait art class and a workshop all about body confidence. You can come to one, some or all of them if you like!

They are open to any women who are over 18, out of work and living in Cornwall - so please feel free to share this with people you know

Email sally.fish@wearewithyou.org.uk to join.
 
 
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