The theme of this project is to help make Cambridge greater than the sum of its parts. Is there a way your group or organisation can work with us or other local groups to achieve this aim? For those of you at college doing community action/volunteering schemes, we are happy to ensure that your volunteering counts towards volunteering hours for things like Duke of Edinburgh and college enrichment courses.
Video voxpop interviews
Antony will be filming in and around Cambridge seeking your ideas to make Cambridge greater than the sum of its parts. Not sure what this means? Have a look at the growing number of ideas in these videos. Could you describe your idea to camera? Perhaps you could film it yourself!
Sharing your events
Are you organising an event that helps achieve the aims of our project? Would you like us to share it with a wider audience on social media? Perhaps you’d like one of us to film, live tweet from or blog about your event. Let us know!
Come along to our events, or to events organised by some of our friends
We had our first event at Anglia Ruskin University on 13 September 2014. We have also teamed up with a number of local and national organisations that are running free events that we think the people of Cambridge might benefit from. We list these on our meetup page http://www.meetup.com/Be-the-change-Cambridge/
Community action gathering – early 2015
We need volunteers on the day to make our event buzz with energy and ideas – and to help those following the event from beyond the venue stay updated with what is going on. Not only do you get free entry, you get a free hoodie too! Think of the ‘Games makers’ at the London 2012 Olympics. We want to take that idea and use it for our event.
Not everyone will have been to Anglia Ruskin University on East Road before. Therefore we will need friendly and outgoing volunteers to point people in the right directions towards the registration desk.
We’re bringing in some expert facilitators to run our workshops on the day. Some of them are from outside of Cambridge and are bringing a huge wealth of experience in community action gained from across the UK and beyond. We would like to have a volunteer note-taker supporting each facilitator noting key points made in the discussions. Volunteers will then work with facilitators to produce short 1-2 page summaries of their workshop theme. These summaries will then be presented to Cambridge City Council for a formal response. Summaries that show we need a response from central government will be presented to ministers on our behalf by our local MP Dr Julian Huppert, who is closing the event.
Live bloggers, tweeters and social media enthusiasts
Are you on social media 24/7? Interested to see how you can use your social media skills for social action? Want to learn how you can use your social media skills to influence decision-makers in Cambridge? This is your chance! We need volunteers to live-report what is going on. As we will have up to ten different workshops running at the same time, your live-reporting will be essential in keeping others up-to-date with discussions in the workshop. There might also be feedback from social media users outside the event that you can feed into discussions as well.
Photographers and digital video enthusiasts
Have you got a looming art or photography project? Would you like to try out digital video? We have a professional film maker and a professional photographer coming along to the event. You can observe and learn, or take photographs/film footage for your own projects. Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge are providing us with a superb venue for those of you looking to take photographs of the built environment as well as of people.
With lots of people anticipated, we’ll need you to be our eyes and ears if anything goes wrong. This could be from flagging up problems with technical equipment to answering questions from guests attending. But don’t worry – anything you can’t resolve, refer to a facilitator or one of the event organisers – Anne Bailey, Antony Carpen and David Cleevely (pictured here). Anne will be co-ordinating volunteers on the day, but Antony, David and will be more than happy to deal. We want you to enjoy the day without having to worry.
Please email Antony Carpen at antonycarpen [at] gmail [dot] com with your contact details and what you are interested in volunteering for.
We are on Twitter at @BeTheChangeCam and will be using the hashtag #BeTheChangeCam for the event.
Further social media links will follow in due course.