The group wasn’t sure, so they put their community organising training into practice and went out to listen to others in their area.
They went with Nikki to the local school at the end of the day to ask fellow parents what they would like to do over the summer holidays. Through this listening process, the idea of arts and craft sessions, as well as group trips for families, was uncovered.
Affordability was also raised as an issue within the community. Dyke House is within the top 2% of deprived wards in the UK and has high levels of unemployment, meaning that over the summer families struggle to find affordable things to do with the kids, many of whom are also missing out on free school meals for six weeks.
Taking that on board, this group of dedicated community members worked to secure money from local funding organisations and plan, prepare, and mobilise volunteers to take action. Over the summer, their collective efforts managed to provide 1,000 dinners and 600 breakfasts for local people, organise trips for 500 people, and put on a programme of regular activities – including arts and crafts and cookery clubs – for families in the area.
The group has since grown in size and continued to organise activities with the local community, with Nikki seeing them increasingly take ownership of the projects and develop their own personal and collective power.