InSpire received funding from NIACE, Community Learning and Innovation Fund to deliver a 10 month capacity building programme for local residents. The programmes work in a short period of time unearthed some amazing local talent and provided support for both individuals and organisations to nurture their ideas for community development from concept stage to full scale realisation. Many of those supported continue to deliver work across the area, engaging hundreds of local residents in positive programmes across a range of interest areas.
For more information on the ACTive Walworth programme and its beneficiaries go to the official website at www.activewalworth.wordpress.com
Having relocated to Walworth in early 2013 Konrad was running in Burgess Park when he saw 2InSpire’s banner advertising classes for young people. Having taught breakdancing in his native Poland and keen to continue this work here, he enquired whether 2InSpire would be interested in running classes. They were but suggested Konrad first contact ACTive Walworth for training and support. ACTive Walworth have helped Konrad with Safeguarding training, First Aid training, CRB check and funded his place at Creation Dance Training so he is fully equipped to teach children and run his own voluntary classes in Walworth. “Before, I was living in Elephant & Castle and it felt like a hotel – I was missing a sense of community and being a part of something bigger. So I started looking around for community centres, I wanted to give my classes so I could feel I was doing something for the community and definitely ACTive Walworth has enabled that.”
Here, Here and Here
The culmination and delivery of ACTive Walworth’s mini project (here, here and here) brought together residents of Walworth to meet and socialise whilst creating something for the area. Co-ordinated by gardener Darren Gibson and artist Simon Veis of Art In The Park, the day was a great success with residents from East Street and Northchurch of all ages joining forces in the sunshine to plant flowers in the disused flowerbeds and paint a mural along the length of the blank Northchurch wall.