‘We all flourish when we live, share and grow together’
It’s just over four months since we launched Acton Notebook with a mission to develop a platform to support the local economy and to strengthen social capital in our community.
Since lockdown we haven’t been able to deliver content as regularly as we had hoped but we are pleased to have been in a position to support all the great work of the volunteers and community groups that were active during the crisis. We’ve made connections with people doing important voluntary work in the neighbourhood and for us it’s highlighted the importance of digital connectivity in our community.
The value of having strong communities is universal. In recent years there has been much debate about the importance of communities and places and the need to listen and work alongside communities to achieve inclusive growth and prosperity in every part of England. As we have seen during the lockdown, we all flourish when we live, share and grow together. Friendships are built through a sense of belonging and shared responsibility.
As we start to think about how we can develop this website post COVID our key mission will be to create more opportunities to strengthen the networks in our community. Our main challenge will be to make our work sustainable. We’ve come to realise this isn’t something we can do alone. It needs to be a joint effort between residents, businesses, voluntary groups and the local authority and their partners. Whilst there is lots of uncertainty ahead there is also hope that we can build social capital to enable our communities to be stronger and more resilient as we emerge from the crisis.
We are keen to develop partnerships with organisations who are invested in Acton and who have a shared vision for our neighbourhood and we hope our initiatives to date will open up conversations with potential partners who can help us to deliver on our vision.
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