Community Minds

Published: Thursday 17 November 2016 by CMPP

Community Minds is a networking event hosted by CMPP twice a year to enable private and public sector organisations to talk, share and discuss ways to work together for the benefit of the local community.

Wednesday 9th November saw our most recent Community Minds event hosted by The Village Hotel in Farnborough and co-sponsored by CMPP and Enterprise M3. A total of 102 guests were registered from more than 40 different organisations.

Attendees enjoyed a tasty cooked breakfast whilst catching up with fellow delegates before the formal proceedings were kicked off by event host Martin Amos, Head Teacher of Calthorpe Park School and designated representative of CMPP strategic partner, Rushmoor & Hart 14-19 Consortium of Schools and Colleges.  Martin gave a warm welcome and outlined the importance of community engagement before handing over to Tracy Jarvis from CMPP who delivered an update to the conference on CMPP’s Youth Aspirations Fund (YAF) and introduced the brand new employee volunteering scheme titled “Give & Get Days” (GAG). Tracy enthused that “our brand new website will make it easier for partners to support schools, charities, NFPs etc. Applicants simply go on to the CMPP website and complete a short form either to apply for a YAF grant or to seek volunteer support via Give & Get days.”

Following the event, Martin Amos said: “It was a privilege to host the event and to play a small part in the ever growing impact of CMPP on the local community and its youth. The sharing of good ideas with the palpable sense of people’s moral purpose and wanting to do something for the common good was particularly energising.

Having received a YAF grant in 2016, whilst still acting Head Teacher at Cove School, Sarah Howells, Headteacher from Frogmore School took to the stage to cover ‘working together to inspire’. The topic reflected how beneficial a YAF grant is, but even more so when it is supported by employee volunteering/skill sharing which really does help to raise aspirations. Her positive reflection of the Ready Steady Cook programme enlightened other guests as to how the YAF could be put to use to bring young people together to create something unique and inspirational.

The round table discussion fueled talks and networking amongst guests who came up with some really innovative ideas and suggestions on how to promote/increase volunteering throughout Rushmoor.

Richard Dorney-Savage, representing Enterprise M3,  was next to discuss how the Government sponsored “Enterprise Advisor Project” could help improve those all important relationships between business and educational establishments. The Project helps to establish links, train enterprise advisers and support relationships. Richard also introduced a brand new mentoring scheme as an alternative method for organisations to volunteer their services. Already a participant in the scheme, Christine Eustace, representing The Sixth Form College Farnborough, was welcomed to the stage to talk about the positive effects of their collaboration.  Christine highlighted how working with First Wessex as the College’s enterprise adviser, has been a really positive partnership which both organisations are hopeful will flourish. Christine also highlighted that, in her opinion,collaboration must be a two way street in order for it to be successful, “there must be mutual benefit to be gained from the projects we undertake with businesses, schools, charities, NFPs etc if they are to be sustainable. This is something that the Prospects team at the College and my colleagues in the Hart & Rushmoor schools always have in mind when  asking you to help us to help our students achieve more during and after their time in education”.

Elan Goldsmith, CMPP Events Coordinator, said of the event: “It was a pleasure to hear such positive feedback from our delegates and find out the benefits of volunteering to not-for-profit organisations, businesses and the education sector.”

Feedback from the event:

"Inspirational to help get involved"

"Realising how easy it is to make a difference"

100% of attendees rated the overall event experience as excellent or very good.

100% of attendees rated the event content as excellent or very good.

If you were unable to join us but would like to know more about the outcomes or the work that CMPP undertakes in the community, please do contact us at hello@cmpp.org.uk.  

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