I have been on the road trying to understand how engaging with the local community brings real benefits to the lives of those living in deprived areas.
I recently visited Neo Community Cafe in Rock Ferry. Here, I met countless people who described the various activities of the café as a lifeline: volunteers and customers alike.
Community Worker First, Person Second!
I have not written a blog entry in so long, not for not wanting to but for not having the time to stop and reflect on our work or tell anyone about the exciting projects we have coming up, but before I begin to talk about Neo and the work we are doing, I want to talk about the role of a 3rd Sector Community Manager/Worker and how under resourced the 3rd sector is.
An estimated three million children are at risk of going hungry over the holidays, when free school meals are off the menu, and the government has pledged £2m to help provide food and activities for children in some of England's poorest areas, among them Birkenhead, Merseyside.