Just some of the events we have been involved with...
Help the Aged Senior Citizens Community Engagement Events
Springvale Sport & Social Club saw itself hosting a top “nosh up” meal for Wolverhampton Citizens, thanks to the hard work of All Cultures One Voice (ACOV), Help the Aged and many volunteers from different organizations on Friday 8th June 2007.
All 200 plus, older Citizens were welcomed to the Springvale Social Club and were offered support and information from many organisations such as the Wolverhampton Safety Partnership, The Crime Reduction Panel, Bilston Fire station and 3 of the Local Neighbourhood Partnerships, Wolverhampton Homes, Wolverhampton City Council and the Health Advisory Services.
Wolverhampton more Senior people sat and listened to speeches from Gurdev Singh (coordinator for Help the Aged), Pat McFadden (MP), Lesley Roberts (Chief Executive Wolverhampton Homes), Steve Ifrati (Neighbourhood Manager Bilston North Partnership) and Peter Bilson (Deputy Leader for the Council).
As well as meals and speeches they were kept entertained with music as they ate their meals. ACOV Chairman Edward Grizzle commented that “it was great to host this event and have so many people come to it. It was true partnership working with agencies involved in the Bilston Area and older people such as from the Lunt Community Centre’s Monday and Wednesday Luncheon Clubs, Saint Chad’s tenants and residents group, Parkfields day Centre and many individual members of the public who would not always come out to such occasions".
This event was a free large social information get together and was a great success.
Doreen Pitcher attending stated, “It was lovely to go out as a group of friends and meet other people in nice surroundings and also to leave with helpful information on what’s happening locally”. Joy McLaren ACOV member commented “After the success of this event we will now be looking to hold another event in the North of Wolverhampton. It was so great to see so many people from different cultural backgrounds get together and have a good time.” One of the principle intentions by the ACOV organisation was to have a multi cultural gathering of community members who normally would not attend city meetings or event, this being done in a social setting and informal way, aims being for them :
- To gather information and interest about issues that will affect them and the community they live in.
- To possibly formalise an interest in city groups, forums and stake holder panels which they could attend and have a say about issues of particular interest.
- To meet members of their community who may be a neighbour, old friends whilst meeting city staff and councillors who have an effect on various day to day service deliveries.
Our guest speakers were :
- Dr Derrick Campbell - CEO Sandwell Race Equality Council
- Lesley Roberts - CEO Wolverhampton Homes
- Ketprine Finch - representative from The Blue Mahoe Housing Scheme
- Bilston North, Bilston East and Ettingshall Partnership
- Tony Bucknal and the Bilston Fire Service
- Mila Simpson W-ton City Council Housing Strategy Officer
- Steve Poole for taking photos and general assistance
- Ian Jones, Sharon Martin, Melissa Guest and Lisa Parmar covering Police and Community Safety
- Barbara Nelson Community Worker for general help and support
ACOV would like to thank all guest speakers at both these events with special thanks to:
Thanks to all involved in the displays from Pensions, Older People Help & Advice, Bilston Urban Village, and other participating organisation on the day.
With Special thanks to the Help the Aged charitable Organisation for funding and supporting the 2 occasions.
The All Cultures One Voice First Annual Fund Raising Dinner & Dance Event
The All Cultures One Voice Fundraising Event at the Springvale Club on Saturday 8th November 2008 hosted around 170 people to come and support ACOV in this large and its first fundraising dinner and dance activity.
As part of the event there were welcoming speeches followed by a 3 course meal of African Caribbean and English Cuisine. After everyone had eaten there were supporting speeches from many important people such as Lord Dennis Turner of Bilston, Pat McFadden MP for Wolverhampton South East, Dr Derrick Campbell Chief Executive Sandwell Race Equality Council and Jatinder Sharma Chief Executive Wolverhampton Race Equality Partnership.
Also present as a top table guest was Lesley Roberts Chief Executive for Wolverhampton Homes - a supporting organisation of ACOV. To finish off the evening there was live music from multicultural band, Eastern Evolution.
10 Year Anniversary Event
The event was an informal conference style one, set around the celebration of ACOV being in its 10th year since its launch in June 2003.
Whilst be it a celebratory day for ACOV to be shared with a diverse community of people it represents and wish to engage with from across the city, it was also importantly an information sharing community empowerment event.
It was an occasion which brought diverse sections of communities together to engender greater understanding and cohesion between different groups, whilst bringing confidence and opportunity for all present to meaningfully engage with a variety of service providers from housing, political, policing, health and social well-being related backgrounds.
Primarily the aim was to improve the attending public’s confidence in local services through reducing barriers and engaging with the wider community through discussions and question and answers opportunities, with their cities service providers and local people in their neighbourhoods who they would not normally meet due to cultural, ethnic or age differences.
Furthermore, the changing community in which Wolverhampton is, always needs see greater representation on city panels reflective of the diverse community it has; the day was to encourage those who were not involved to access the routes to community involvement by having not only guest speakers from services but also information stalls supported by service staff members to inform regarding the different levels of engagement processes whilst also offering support, advice and sign posting in terms of any service requirements that individual delegates may want to access.