Working with Community Groups and Voluntary Organisations

 

There are extensive networks of voluntary groups and organisations in every community. Each is a potential partner in a Speakers’ Corner event and many are actively seeking to raise their profile or promote their cause and will welcome the platform a Speakers’ Corner project can provide.

So, one of first steps any Speakers’ Corner Committee should consider is to compile a list of local organisations, perhaps with the help of the local authority and/or Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), and email them to let them know about the project and encourage them to participate.

Here’s a fairly standard email which you can adapt and below that is the initial list of groups which Nottingham Speakers’ Corner contacted. It’s about 130 strong and growing all the time.

Nottingham’s Speakers’ Corner – Your Platform

You may recall that earlier this year we launched Nottingham’s Speakers’ Corner, the first in the UK since the original was established in Hyde Park almost 150 years ago.We would like to invite your organisation to make it their platform.The Speakers’ Corner is temporarily located outside Debenhams on Market Square but will shortly be moving to a permanent, specially designed site at the bottom of King Street and Queen Street, close to the Council House.The aim of our project is to provide new platforms for debate in Nottingham and give local people new opportunities to get involved in discussion of the issues which matter to them.Nottingham Speakers’ Corner Committee, which is itself made up of local people, is currently drawing up plans for a programme of public debates and we would like to invite your organisation to contribute to it.Speakers’ Corner is free for anyone to use at any time and you do not need to notify anyone that you intend to. But we would like to help promote events which take place there and, if you would like us to do so, we hope you will give us advance notice.The subject is entirely up to you. All we would ask is that you spend a little time planning your event to maximise both its impact in getting over your message and its interest to the general public. We would help you publicise it by advertising it on the website we are developing and within some of the local newsletters etc.

Whatever, your interest, campaign or cause, Speakers’ Corner is your platform. So please let me know if you would like us to help publicise your event or call me on (0115) 915 8660 if you would like more information.

Further information about Nottingham’s Speakers’ Corner is available at http://www.nottinghamspeakerscorner.org.uk/ which also has some important and useful guidance on organising and running events at a Speakers’ Corner.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Racheal Brooks

Coordinator, Nottingham Speakers’ Corner

info@nottinghamspeakerscorner.org.uk

African Carribean Education and Training Services (ACETS)

African Carribean Family Support Project

Afro Carribean and Asian Forum

Afro-Carribean Women’s Group

Age Concern Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

Al Mustafa Trust International

Alzheimers Society

Asian Women’s Project

Aspley Community and Training Associates

AWAAZ Asian Mental Health Resource Unit

Bangladesh Centre

Barton Lane Community Association

Base 51

Beechdale Community Association

BEGIN

Bells Lane Community Association

Bestwood Directions

Bestwood Estates Community Association

Bestwood Park Community Association

Bilborough Community Association

Birchover Sports & Community Group

Black Families in Education

Bobbersmill Community Centre

Bridgeway Luncheon Club

British Pakhtoon

Broxtowe Partnership Trust

Bulwell Community Toy Library

Bulwell Vision

City Hospital / Queens Med PALs

Clifton Boys / Girls Club

Clifton Community Association

Community Accounting Plus

Cooperative Community Action

Crabtree Farm Community Association

Creative & Community Launch Pad

Crime Concern

Disabled People’s Advocacy Nottingham

Dunkirk & Old Lenton Community Centre

Dunkirk & Old Lenton Partnership Forum

Edwards Lane Community Association

Elizabeth Fitzroy Support

Emmanuel House Day Centre

Extra Care Charitable Trust

Faith in Action

Family Action Nottingham

Federation of Mosques Nottinghamshire

FIANN – Federated Irish Associations Nottingham and Notts

First Enterprise Business Agency

Forest Fields Neighbourhood Centre

Forest Fields Play Centre

FRAMEWORK

Good Companions Visiting Scheme

Guru Nanak Sat Sang (Sikh Temple)

Highbank Community Association

Homelessness Mediation Service

Homestart

Hostels Liaison Group

Hyson Green Community Centre

Hyson Green Youth Club

Imaani Project

Irish Social Centre

Leen Valley Community Association

Lenton and Radford Neighbourhood Association (LARNA)

Lenton Care Link

Lenton Community Centre

Meadows Muslim Action Group

Mens United Fathers Network

Monty Hind Youth Club

National Autistic Society

National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)

NAVO Black and Minority Ethnic Project

Nottingham Council for Voluntary Service (NCVS)

Neighbourhood Development Company

New Art Exchange

New Basford Community Association

Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Lesbian & Gay Switchboard

Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Racial Equality Council

Nottingham Action Group on HMOs

Nottingham Afghan Community Association

Nottingham Asian Arts Council

Nottinghamshire Coalition of Disabled People

Nottingham Community Network

Nottingham Community Transport

Nottingham Counselling Service

Nottingham Elders Forum

Nottingham Interfaith Council

Nottingham Law Centre

Nottingham Mencap

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Advocacy Alliance

Nottingham Pride

Nottingham Women’s Centre

Nottingham YMCA

Nottinghamshire Black Partnership

Nottinghamshire Chinese Community Association

Nottinghamshire Chinese Welfare Association

Nottinghamshire Deaf Society

Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum

Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind

Nottinghamshire Vietnamese Project

Nottinghamshire Clubs for Young People

Nottinghamshire Youth Organisation Network (NYON)

One Nottingham

Organisation for Sickle Cell Anaemia Research

Oxfam Nottingham Campaigns Group

Pakistan Forum

Partnership Council

PATRA East Midlands

Project Rahnama

Queens Walk Community Centre

Real Life Options

Refugee Action

Relate Nottinghamshire

Self Help Nottingham

Shelter

Shiefton Youth Group & Supplementary School

Silverdale Community Association

Snapewood Community Association

Somali Community Centre

Southglade Access Centre & Bestwood Children’s Centre

Tennyson Street Play Centre

The Vine St Stephens Chuch Centre

The Zone

Top Valley Community Association

Vale Community Centre

Victim Support in Nottinghamshire

Volunteer Drivers Unit

West Indian Cavaliers Cricket Club

Wollaton Park Community Association

Working Links

YMCA International Community Centre


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