Community Project Management & Production
Alongside my design work I have a passion for working with, and within, communities, stemming from a desire to give back and make a sustainable difference.
Since 2011, I have worked on numerous community projects in my local area such as Stirchley Community Market, Created in Birmingham, Pecha Kucha Birmingham and Kopfkino, seeing several through from conception to long-term sustainability.
I use this experience to link-up like-minded individuals to make thing happen together, focused on inspiring others to care about their locality.
I have practical, on-the-ground experience in events production, project and team management, volunteer co-ordination, delegation, marketing strategy and content delivery, fundraising, community engagement, as well as organising and curating exhibitions, speaker-events and workshops.
If you'd like to hire me to produce/project manage an event or project, please get in touch via my contact form.
Design For Social Innovation - I have long wanted to combine my professional design practice with my experience in community projects. The emerging field of Design for Social Innovation fits this brief and I am keen to apply its tenants to my work. I plan to focus my work towards this and am actively looking for a mentor in this field. If you can assist me in this please get in touch!
Stirchley Community Market (July 2011- present) - Market Manager
Stirchley Community Market gives the local community and commuters on their way home from work, an opportunity to find out what Stirchley has to offer. The market is entirely run by local residents on an unpaid voluntary basis, we have a shared aim of making Stirchley a friendlier, more social, community-spirited place.
Friends of Stirchley Library (Jan 2017 - present) - Secretary & Campaigner
Stirchley Library was recently under threat of closure. In response to Birmingham City Council library proposals, the Stirchley community campaigned to keep library services in the library building. The council have agreed to keep the library open, with the support of volunteers in the form of a Friends of Stirchley Library (FOSL) group.
Kopfkino & Community Cinema (Jan 2017 & March 2018) Organiser
Kopfkino (literal translation “head cinema”) invite you to watch a film with us & support a local cause.
January 2017 - I, Daniel Blake, with a short talk by the volunteer coordinator from B30 Foodbank. £400 was raised in ticket sales & donations; split between SIFA Fireside (a homelessness & vulnerable housing charity) and B30 Foodbank.
March 2018 - Syria's Disappeared: The Case Against Assad, raised £380 for Kings Heath Action for Refugees (KHAR). KHAR, Refugees at Home, and Hope Projects gave short presentations prior to the film screening.
Stirchley in Bloom (Feb 2018 - present) - Contributor
A fledgeling group of green enthusiasts, set up by local residents, facilitated by independent trader-residents group Stirchley the Way Forward.
Stirchley in Bloom aims to make Stirchley a greener, brighter place to be.
It is hoped this will be a long-term, ongoing project, linking up with other green-minded projects in Stirchley. It is only in its early days and is an unconstituted community group.