Help us SHOUT ‘people are valuable not vulnerable’

11 November 2020 · Categories: People Can

Covid has challenged us individually and as a society. Here at Community Catalysts we know that many people, particularly those who have been formally or informally shielding from society have been labelled as vulnerable. We hate that the national focus on this ‘vulnerability’ and on people’s ‘needs’ has created a division in which the skills and strengths of millions of people are overlooked. So, with help from the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, we decided to do something about it…and the Valuable not Vulnerable Project was born.

The project will last for 6-months and be based in the West Midlands and North South West. It will build on work we’ve already undertaken under the name of  People doing it for Themselves. Work will be co-produced and will focus on Covid19 and people who are shielded. It will do two things:

  • Act as a catalyst to unlock people’s passion, skills and talents to help them make things happen and contribute to their community, while they are physically distanced. We can work directly with individuals or through other organisations already doing great work
  • Work with people to challenge and influence local perceptions, narratives and policy, by capturing stories and using them in social and mainstream media – to shift thinking away from people’s vulnerabilities towards people’s assets and strengths

We are able to offer our time and considerable expertise and also have a small budget to fund the time of experts or creatives who might add that extra bit of impetus a person or project needs. Work will take place in Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Birmingham.

Get involved

Anyone in this area who:

  • Has been formally or informally shielding
  • Supports or knows someone who has been shielding
  • Is running an organisation or project or initiative that connects with people who have been shielding

Can contact us on

You can also support our work, share your story and shout the positives on social media using #valuablenotvulnerable

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