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Welcome to the July edition of your voice.
In this issue, we give you another chance to contribute to our survey into the history of the civic society movement; we tell you about some new neighbourhood planning support; you have an opportunity to apply for a place at our leadership weekend; we give you a reminder about membership benefits you should be utilising (including National Trust and English Heritage passes) and finally you get a selection of briefings on how to recruit more members and raise more money!
In this issue
This short questionnaire is being undertaken in order to further research into the history of local civic societies across Britain. It compliments ongoing archival research into the civic movement. The purpose of the survey is to establish where there is potential for future research using privately held archival collections or gathering histories of local groups that have already been written by current or past members.
Take part in the the survey here
Design Council CABE are offering design expertise and support to a small number of communities to help them turn there ideas into action. It will help to improve design for neighbourhoods, housing, other buildings and public space such as streets and parks.
Design Your Neighbourhood works by linking community groups to local design partners that provide expertise in architecture, planning and/or urban design. Design support equal to a value of up to approximately £10,000 will be provided to each project.
Access the support available here
Bookings are already coming in for the third AGM and Convention. This year we will be visiting Coventry on 19 - 20 October. Hosted by The Coventry Society at the Herbert Gallery there will be walking tours, visits and opportunities to meet civic colleagues from across the country.
We are also planning to discuss a key campaign 2013 and there will be the second Marsh Awards for civic societies and civic volunteers.
We will be starting at 1pm on Friday and finishing at approximately 4pm n the Saturday. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the AGM then let us know at email@example.com. The event costs just £25.
This is becoming the highlight in the civic calendar so we hope to see you in Coventry.
Register to book here.
The purpose of the programme is to invest in developing the skills and capabilities required to lead the civic movement of the future.
The programme will provide a range of support around a set of key competencies for civic leaders which are to be developed at the start. This will include a mix of networking, communication, negotiation and influencing skills along with organisational strategy & development. The aim is to equip people to inspire and drive social and environmental improvement in their community.
The programme will be supported by an expert facilitator and contributors from relevant fields.
The first event will take place in the Midlands in September 2012.
Only 12 places are available for this course.
To register an interest in attending this course, please contact Ian Harvey on firstname.lastname@example.org outlining:
The Marsh Civic Awards are an annual award to recognise an "outstanding contribution to the civic movement" by an individual and a group. They first started in 2011 and are supported by the Marsh Christian Trust.
This year, we want to particularly encourage applicants from civic groups that have demonstrated innovative or unique methods in recruiting members or volunteers or have had particular success in raising funds. However, we will still welcome all other applications.
More information is available here.
We welcome civic and amenity societies and other local groups as members of Civic Voice. But, did you know, as part of membership civic groups are able to benefit from a number of advantagse including:-
You can download the membership form with the full range of benefits on here, or, you can contact Civic Voice direct and we can give you the information to access the whole host of benefits. Make sure you are accessing the benefits that are part of your membership!
There are two vacancies on our Board of Trustees to take up position from our October AGM. If you want to get involved and help shape the future of Civic Voice and the wider civic movement they why not put yourself forward. The deadline for applications is 3 September and there will be a ballot of all fully paid up members during September. Only fully paid up members can participate in the vote.
You can find further details about the role of trustees along with an application form here.
Civic Day is a national celebration of what makes the place where we live attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. We have pulled together some of the events and activities that have caught our attention from Civic Day 2012
Read the highlights here.
The North West Association of Civic Trusts and Societies supports one Building at Risk each year. In 2012, it was Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes. This year they are supporting Grane Mill, Haslingden. (You may have seen it featured on the BBC2’s recent “Heritage Heroes” programme with John Craven and Jules Hudson). NWacts have no funds to do this, so they trying to raise the profile of buildings by holding an event there and giving it as much publicity as we are able.
They would like everyone to enjoy some time at Grane Mill and to this end they warmly extend an invitation to civic groups to celebrate its survival to date. The date to join this event is on Saturday, 18th August 2012.
More information here
This briefing is full of ideas about how you can raise money and have fun!
Membership – some tips to think about when looking to recruit, sustain and grow your support!
Some inspirational neighbourhood planning case studies to get you in the mood to participate
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Civic Societies in the news