We are not open, not like that. We are on lockdown!
But we are open, us, local councillors and every single other community organisation/charity that we know.
We have all adapted quickly; phoning, zooming, learning, guiding and working hard to get stuff to those that we know need it the most.
We are digitally connecting, playing football tournaments, drumming, dancing and learning online.
There is loads of spontaneous volunteering and lots of love being passed around (not too closely) but it is being passed around in each of those good deeds.
There has been death, everyone we speak to knows of someone. The level of that will be felt.
There has been total loss of income, overnight. No chance of Furlough because some of us do not have those kind of work contracts in place.
There has been domestic violence.
There is a community caring and talking to one another like never before.
It has become apparent that some children have a lot more on their plates then we realised.
There are all the barriers that are always here for our communities, Covid19 is just another one of them. But we are a tough bunch, we know how to deal with these barriers, no time for melt downs or over-dramatic response.
These barriers are also the making of us, the hard stuff often gives us a whole lot more than those that have not had to face the stuff we have had to.
Our community carries on and the organisations and people supporting the community, we carry on, another day, another barrier.
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True community engagement happens when you stop passively ‘listening’ to the needs of a community and instead give them the tools to make the change that they want. This is all we have ever been doing at the Qube. Some projects have worked, others haven’t.
The important thing is that there is a continuous cycle of fresh thinking and evaluating. This is why we gladly jumped on board the Our Space project which has been supported by Power to change and Ubele initiative.
The Our Space project recognises the importance of community buildings and how the physical assets are pivotal for giving a sometimes unheard crowd the opportunity of running and leading their own thing.
The project has given us a chance to widen our thinking about how we can truly embed an ethos of community leadership here at the Qube and the brilliant group of voluntary leaders that have formed as a result have multiple skills in a variety of professions but with one key thing connecting them, they are all passionate about truly empowering people who are facing tough times.
Tough times are of course a part of life, but when you have a community of people entrenched in tough times and a large scale media backlash telling you that wearing if they are wearing Nike trainers or owning a wide screen TV it does not constitute ‘tough-times’ then your power starts to slip away.
People are proud, they don’t wear a badge that tells you that they and their children have eaten weetabix all weekend.
Quite the opposite, they try extra hard and yes, they dress up in their work clothes, maybe put a pair of Nikes onjump on the bus and act like everyone else.
Lead positive change is the next part of the Our Space project, a leadership programme curated by Georgina Wilson who has been key to how we have gently developed our community engagement and empowerment programmes here at the Qube.
Our Space has given us an opportunity to work with leaders who might not come from the normal ‘pool’. They each reflect the differing levels of circumstances that people, families, young and old are up against and their passion for helping lead this project comes from a basic understanding that empowering and giving people a voice can lift people out of something.
The Qube is not unique in what it does but it needs people and organisations to recognise that listening is a small part, a true commitment to empowering is a far more essential part.
To join our community – come along, our two-monthly meetings are open to all and the door for conversations about doing stuff at the Qube is constantly open.
Wednesday 18th September 6pm
Wednesday 13th November 6pm
YQ summer programme for a closer look at our summer programme!
Please pass by to join in with our summer programme but as usual there will continue to be loads of time available for those of you that like to pop in informally – Tuesdays 3 – 6pm are key to that or what about trying a bit of music every Sunday 11 – 1pm? Give us a call or email on email@example.com
Some of our best youth and family work happens at what we call ‘the in-between’ and for that single reason we believe strongly in place-based youth and community hubs.
The in-between is the dead time between sessions/stuff, the in-between works for those popping in and generally its the ‘popping in’ crowd that seem to be the most in need of a safe space.
A few weeks ago, an unknown young person stopped by 3 times after school, just watching what was going on, but not wanting to join in, he sat in an office got out his school work and he fell asleep.
We don’t need to draw any conclusions about what was going on for him, but he needed to sleep and it so happens that we are happy for that to occasionally happen.
There is no barrier here at the QUbe, no reception, no welcome desk, that is all on purpose. This is a building built for the community and in our journey towards finding our feet, we find ourselves on the edge of a traumatised set of young people.
Those young people or children (as we like to say) need organisations that are willing to truly take an open-door approach but most importantly, places to feel safe.