Valuable not Vulnerable

6-month project working with people who were formally or informally shielded in the West Midlands and North South West.

This project, funded from the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund and distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, builds on work already undertaken by Community Catalysts under the name of People Doing it for Themselves.

As the Covid challenges progressed we decided to use what we had learned from People Doing it for Themselves. We recognised that many people are formally or informally shielding from society and that the national focus on ‘vulnerability’ and the ‘needs’ of people has created a division in which the skills and strengths of millions of people are overlooked in a way that also puts their mental health and wellbeing at risk. We recognised that these people have huge strengths and skills that their communities and the country needs. This new project will be co-produced and will focus on Covid-19 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 actively contribute to their community, while they are physically distanced. Finding and connecting with people to help them plan and act on their strengths
  • Work with people to actively 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.

Work will take place in Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Birmingham.

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