> Digital Democracy can be a great way of ensuring the voices of all children and young people in a school are heard. Sue Lyle and Peter Anderson report on how the digital platform, VocalEyes can be used to support Pupil Voice and lead to serious action for change in schools and community.
This is such a positive project with loads of ideas such as no-dig food growing and involving communities from Swansea.
They have plans to create 7 areas of hazel coppice over the next 7 years. Coppiced wood is invaluable for building materials and for converting into bio-char to add to the soil. (The project is inspired by Ed Revill's growing project on South Gower and his biochar pioneering work).
Tuesdays have now been set as a weekly workday. It would be great to have a large group of people working together and sharing food and conversation too. Car parking available across the road at Bishopston Community Centre or the number 14 bus from Swansea bus station takes you right there.
If you want to get involved please contact Bob and Jules on 07964 530436 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Val on 07533 711 506. Also if you know of any community groups that may be interested in participating, contact Jules and Bob. Volunteer expenses are provided plus unlimited cups of tea and coffee with biscuits!
Idea: Learn about history in class av. rating: 4.1 engaged: 37
Idea: Learn about history (archived) av. rating: 4.7 engaged: 3
Idea: History club (archived) av. rating: 5.0 engaged: 1
Idea: history lessons withs Mr Jones (archived) av. rating: 4.5 engaged: 4
Idea: plastic in the ocean is killing marine life will you help recycle? av. rating: 4.7 engaged: 7
Idea: We could add a friend system av. rating: 4.6 engaged: 30
Idea: more math av. rating: 3.2 engaged: 35
“I hope that I can pass my knowledge onto the community and allow them to save landfill and money by repairing and upgrading their own devices.”
“My favourite thing to fix is PS3 consoles. It was the first machine I had an issue with, and fixed. I find them very useful consoles which hold sentimental value to me so enjoy seeing them restored to their prime.”
Ever since he was a child, Harry was obsessed with taking computers and devices apart to figure out how they work, he then found the challenge of putting it back together. It was like a fun game for him, and it hasn’t stopped since then.
If you would like to get in contact with Harry to get a device fixed, the best way to contact him is on Facebook: Tech Shack, or on Instagram: @TechShackCV
Just in case you haven't heard we are opening the doors of Coalville CAN HQ on Friday at 10am - You are invited!
We have been working hard, rescuing furniture, creating spaces and making the place ready. Thanks to Schneider, Plant Plan and hours of work from our team of young Kick starters and crew members its looking good!
It's a space for community, for creativity and for connecting. It has offices and hotdesking on the second floor (available now!) and a mix of spaces downstairs including The Workshop, The Gallery, Makers (a retail outlet) and Peter's Place in memory of Peter Elderfield - a local veteran that campaigned for housing solutions all of his life, without whom we would not have this amazing space overlooking the clocktower in Coalville to play with!
With extra special thanks to World Habitat and the National Lottery Community Fund for the space and the funding to get us started! Our key mission is to enable the local community to have control over buildings and run them as sustainable enterprises, with every penny of surplus going directly back into the community.
Over the coming year Coalville CAN will be offering a Community Share Offer to enable local people and people passionate about community ownership to invest in this building, so that it will be held, for future generations, in the hands of the community.
You can visit anytime between 10am and 4pm on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st - just turn up - no need to book!
On Friday 20th at 5pm there is an evening with Jon Alexander, author, on his book tour of the UK, with Citizens - all welcome - book using this event brite link May 20th 5pm to let us know you are coming.
From Monday 23rd our general opening times will be - Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-4pm with a late opening on Thursdays form 6-8pm
Look forward to seeing you there!
Hi my name is Maya, I'm in year 12 and I'm going to tell you about the difficulties I've faced going through high school with a chronic illness and how I've overcome them.
I have a condition called ulcerative colitis where my large intestine can get inflamed leading to frequent visits to the toilet and terrible cramps.
When I was diagnosed I found it hard to cope in lessons and missed a lot of work. This didn't help me as it stressed me out which made my condition worse.
On top of this I was put on steroids for a whole year which made me gain a lot of weight, this wasn't great for my self esteem as I was worried people were constantly judging me. I was nervous to use my toilet pass for the same reason. I quickly realised it didn't matter what others thought my health mattered most and people probably weren't judging me as much as I thought.
I was still however having bad days and getting stressed about being behind in work. This is when I learnt that I had to tell teachers when I wasn't feeling well so I would stop putting too much pressure on myself to be 'perfect'.
It was hard in the beginning and still can be sometimes but I've learnt to not worry about others opinions, to stop putting pressure on myself and to tell teachers when I'm having bad days. The last one is particularly important because sometimes telling others helps you feel better even if sometimes it's just a friend it will always help a little.
30 July, 2021 14:35