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Collection of articles, updates and resources shared by the You're Welcome team.

Blog: Small is beautiful

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Small is beautiful. The community building process is essentially about gently nurturing cultural change, through encouraging people to take…
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Richard Holmes

1 month ago

Reclaiming conversation?

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In one of my first forays into community building, I and two colleagues, supported a group of residents to come…
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Jess Waterman 1 month ago

Food for thought Philip, thank you.

Philip Booth 2 months ago

Love that description of the black hole Molly

Molly Sutcliffe 2 months ago

So true, I am just thinking about all the times that 'black mirror' has sat upon the table during a conversation - almost looking like a black hole... I wonder how much of a conversation gets sucked into it?!

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2 months ago

The Gentle Revolutionaries: ABCD event 24th May

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ABCD event Birmingham 24th May Hodgehill Church The day started with the vicar at Hodgehill holding a few minutes…
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Philip Booth 2 months ago

Have revisited this blog several times for the wonderful insights.....

Violet 2 months ago

Sounds like a great event. Good to read some of the challenges pushed out about; lots to think about. Look forward to following the links ! Thanks for this.

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Molly Sutcliffe

2 months ago

Community Building: What Are You Interested In?

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“Everybody has something they can offer.” I spoke with Liam, a community builder for…
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Kat Gibson 2 months ago

What a great way of summarising what this work is about. Fantastic blog, and lovely uplifting photos too - thanks for sharing!

Katie Elliott 3 months ago

Love this piece and the beautiful photos. Am a particular fan of "really crazy ideas"....

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Marc Griffiths

3 months ago

ABCD - Conversation and 'doing your thing'

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ABCD = Asset Based Community Development I work as a Community Builder, using ABCD methods to build strong, welcoming…
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Molly Sutcliffe 3 months ago

Sometimes it is really useful to look at what something isn't to get a better understanding of what it actually is!

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Jane Griffiths

3 months ago

Love Living Here - March in the Forest of Dean

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March is a great time here in the Forest with all the frolicking lambs and green shoots bringing with them…
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Penny

3 months ago

10 Podcasts on Community Building

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Here's a useful resource for you. Its a series of podcasts featuring people from around the world who have been…
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Richard Holmes

4 months ago

Fresh from the Forest February Blog

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Mornings and evenings are getting lighter and there’s a bit more of a buzz in the air! The little…
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Molly Sutcliffe 5 months ago

I love that picture of the Tai Chi class and the fans!

Kat Gibson 5 months ago

Wonderful - how inspiring!

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Penny

5 months ago

Community Building At Arm's Length

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After spending over a year in the Cirencester area, my focus has moved to now spending time working alongside…
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Richard Holmes 5 months ago

Loa Tze 'Go to the people, live among them, learn from them, love them. Start with what they know, build on what they have, but of the best leaders when their task is done the people will remark 'We have done it ourselves'"

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Maureen

6 months ago

First from the Forest ... The Blog

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I know I should join the social media age, but I must confess I’m a rather slow starter!! The idea…
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Penny

6 months ago

Sharing the Gift of Ourselves this Christmas Time!

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The Community Spirit Christmas Carol Here at Barnwood Trust, instead of a secret…
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Maureen 6 months ago

Great to read this at last Molly, still get the warm glow from your words, even though a couple of months have passed...

Philip Booth 8 months ago

I think I'll stick to community building rather than acting - and strongly hope Rich does the same! Nevertheless it is wonderful when people can come together and share something of themselves....I was blown away by the talents uncovered....and yes what a great time for neighbours coming together...

Richard Holmes 8 months ago

Cracking christmas blog. Thanks for sharing.

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Molly Sutcliffe

8 months ago

Two stories from the Nederlands

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Continuing our series of blogs from the Community Building team I couldn't not share these two inspiring tales..... Back in…
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Kat Gibson 10 months ago

Such a lovely story about Marieka!! :)

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10 months ago

Blog post - Crochet, Coffee and Community

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As one of the newer Community Builders the past few months has been a learning curve for me.…
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Jane Griffiths 10 months ago

I love the story of the collective granny square blanket. What a lot of thought and care and a little bit of every member's talent sewn together!

Philip Booth 10 months ago

Great celebration of local groups; and yes like the challenge to get out of our comfort zones!

Richard Holmes 10 months ago

Brilliant Kat. I love the focus on welcoming those who sometimes get left out.

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Kat Gibson

10 months ago

Blog Post: Ripples in Tewkesbury

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‘So Jane, can you take a turn at writing a blog to go on the website?’ Sounds easy but blogging…
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Richard Holmes 10 months ago

Thanks for sharing these great stories Jane. Lovely to see the photos of people doing the things they love together.

Philip Booth 10 months ago

Great to hear these connections developing

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Jane Griffiths_1

10 months ago

The Community Ball Pool

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Community is a powerful thing, and as you may have read in our previous blogs, spending time in communities…
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Philip Booth 11 months ago

Love the question 'What happens to the balls that continue to be spilled outside of the pool?'. Indeed can't look at a ball pool now in the same way!

Richard Holmes 11 months ago

A great blog Liam. something I can relate to having a 3 year old! Thanks for sharing.

Maureen 11 months ago

Love it Liam! you pose some really interesting questions, lots to reflect on and I will see ball pools quite differently in future...

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Liam Daniels

11 months ago

Why have a meeting when you can have a party

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Why have a meeting, when you can have a party!   In our last community building blog, Philip…
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Katie Elliott 10 months ago

Love this! Might just have to 'borrow' the idea, thank you!

Philip Booth 1 year ago

Love the idea of mocktails designed by young people bringing folk together to look, think and act in their community...

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Richard Holmes

1 year ago

Walking the talk….finding hidden treasures

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By Philip Booth, You’re Welcome Guide with Chrissie Barker, Head of People and RelationshipsAs many will know, Barnwood Trust has…
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Sally Byng 1 year ago

We are the same people, whether we are at home or at work, or indeed anywhere. I think that this 'exercise' makes us reflect on this more than perhaps we usually do - all to the good. Thanks for capturing our collective experiences so well Philip, and Chrissie.

Richard Holmes 1 year ago

Such an authentic reflection on what community building means for us in our own streets.

Beth Grainger 1 year ago

I love this story Philip. I wasn't at Barnwood Trust when this project was underway; instead, I went through the new application process which included talking about your community and the hidden treasure. Having only moved in a few weeks before, I found it a really useful nudge to go knocking on doors and start learning my neighbours' names.

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Philip Booth

1 year ago