19th April 2018 by CVT Central
Dean Barnshaw, Head of Service for CVT Shared Lives who organised the event said ‘I’ve been attending a breakfast club over in Kates Hill for most of last year and I was struck by the passion of the local residents who really wanted to find out about their community and be more involved. So, I decided to adopt the format and develop something over here in Stourbridge and see what would happen after promoting it through social media. To have as many attend our first event is truly remarkable, especially as everyone has come from different parts of the local community and brought something to share and discuss. Initial feedback demonstrates that the breakfast club has been incredibly well received, we’ve had lots of positive comments and it appears that local community groups have been waiting for something like this for a long time in the town. When you looked across the hall, you could see lots a smiling faces and people engrossed in conversations. Everybody is already asking when and where the next breakfast will be? It’s a great way of finding out what is going on and creating networks with people you wouldn’t normally get chance to have a chat with. I think the free bacon and sausage butties helped the event along as well.
Local Councillor Nic Barlow opened the event, then after everyone had opportunity to introduce themselves and talk about their projects, we showed a short film on Shared Lives, which is where households open up their home and family networks to people who wish to live in the community, rather than residential or hospital care. The chatter in the room was overwhelming at times and in the end, we had to tell everyone to go home as we had to prepare for another meeting. We will definitely be arranging another Breakfast Club sometime in the Summer, which we hope will be hosted by one of our numerous local partners who we met at the event. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Langs Butchers from Wollaston and the One Stop Shop on Norton Rd, who sponsored the event and provided the food items for the Breakfast Club. ’
To find out more about Shared Lives and the next Community Breakfast Club, please go to: www.cvt.org.uk/sharedlives or keep in touch on Twitter: @CVTSharedLives