Published 12th December 2019

Out and about in Devizes: Ian and Steve’s Community Organising Story

[This post was originally published on the Community First website]

Ian Cox came to meet us at Community First Social Action Hub as he was interested in volunteering here in Devizes where he lives.

He came on our One Day Introduction to Community Organising training and also attended the Listening Training too. Ian was very interested in loneliness and isolation and whether it affected his community.

Ian got into the swing of it and his smiley sunny disposition soon bought the Devizes people out of their houses and onto the doorsteps to have a chat with us.

We set off door knocking on very wet morning.  Ian got into the swing of it and his smiley sunny disposition soon bought the Devizes people out of their houses and onto the doorsteps to have a chat with us.  He has always impressed us with his professionalism and his enthusiasm.  He has constantly pushed himself out of his comfort zone and is always keen to learn new skills and takes on board all the feedback and we gave him during our regular reflection sessions.

He has worked very closely with Devizes resident Steve and we wanted to share his story.  Ian recently got an award at our Community First AGM – volunteer of the year award – for all his hard work!

See below for a short-film about Ian and Steve, who kindly agreed to share their story.

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