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Past Projects

Food for Thought

The third annual Food for Thought event to honour United Nations World Food Day was held on Saturday 13th October at the Bedwell Community Centre. The fundraising event brought together 10 ethnic community groups, each of which prepared various traditional dishes for everyone to sample. There were delights from around the world including Cyprus, Zimbabwe, India, South Africa, Romania, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ireland, Uganda, the West Indies and Singapore. With children's activities and great raffle prizes, there was fun for all the family.

"This is a brilliant way for many people to sample different kinds of foods, especially as it helps bring communities together. Great event," said one of the guests.

The event raised over £250 which has been passed on to the United Nations World Food Programme to provide food for the less fortunate.

Take Part

Take Part Hertfordshire was a nationally funded two-year programme that started in 2009. As part of a national learning framework, it aimed to enable groups and individuals to get more involved in local communities and decision making and have a stronger voice. 

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The Our Country 2 Project

Our Country 2 was a Stevenage-centred, cultural and educational project run by Stevenage World Forum.

 

Three core strands formed part of Our Country 2:

  • The 'C' Factor – this was a series of community-based, interactive workshops where different ethnic groups shared aspects of their culture with others over a number of days.
  • Culture Street – ethnic community members ran interactive workshops in a number of local schools and play-schemes, educating children about culture and heritage. Children were also encouraged to explore and record their family history.
  • Across the Oceans – various members of the ethnic communities shared elements of their cultures and their journey to and in Stevenage.

Over the duration of one year, May 2010 – May 2011, the project worked with various ethnic community groups and with local schools, aiming to educate and inspire the younger generation as well as the wider community about other cultures and heritage.

Through a series of fun and interactive community and school workshops, the Our Country 2 project gave local community members and school pupils opportunities to participate in various interactive workshops such as dancing, drumming, batik painting and henna drawing.

The project also documented the memories, experiences and achievements of members of Stevenage's community. And in so doing, explored elements of their cultures and journeys to and in Stevenage. Some local residents also shared aspects of their cultures and values, through exploring foods and festivals celebrated in their country. This anthology of stories was documented in a booklet, Delicious Memories.

 

The final products of the project comprise of:

  • Our Country 2 DVD – footage of various elements of the project
  • Our Country 2 CD – stories of individual's journeys to and in Stevenage
  • Delicious Memories – tales of foods and festivals celebrated around the world
  • Our Country 2 brochure – overview of the project

Local primary schools also received a Teacher's Information Pack, which included many fun, cultural-based activities for primary school children.

IT4U

A European Union-funded initiative, the IT4U computer training course ran between September and November 2010. The course gave 20 mature members of the community the opportunity to develop basic computer skills to enhance their quality of life.

Over the 18-week programme, the students attended weekly training sessions (there were two groups of 10 students) during which time they learnt about using word and excel, and to use the internet and email safely. The course which was aimed at the older members of our community targeted those who required coaching in steps from as basic as switching on a computer.

The successful end of the course was celebrated in style at the local Bedwell Community Centre when the students, their tutors and SWF members enjoyed a fish and (micro)chip supper. As part of the celebrations, all students were awarded a certificate of attendance by Cllr Sherma Batson.

The course feedback was one of overwhelming success with many participants keen to know if SWF will be running any similar or next step courses. Comments from the participants included:

"I had never turned on a computer until I joined this course. I even used our

computer at home over the weekend."

"It's the highlight of my week. For the first time I have sent out letters that I have

written on my computer – one went to a solicitor and he tells me that he's very impressed."

"I now feel confident to that I could shop safely on the internet."

It was amazing to see a diverse group of people slowly transforming themselves from self-confessed low-techs to computer-nerds. And having great fun along the way.

"A great course and tea and biscuits too."

 

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