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Nearly there...

For those of you who don't remember, one of the projects Sarah, Helen and I supported as 'Community Animators' (read the handbook if you haven't already!) through the COTE RARP project was 'St. Bride's Centre', a Church of Scotland owned community facility with a volunteer management board which had ceased to operate and owed around £10,000 in unpaid bills.That was three years ago now and I'm delighted to say that the group were recently awarded £395,145 from the Big Lottery's GCA Programme.…See More
Apr 19, 2011

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Welcome! FierySpirits is for activists and professionals who are building vibrant, resilient rural communities. Tell us a little about why you'd like to join?
To explore, to question, to share, to listen and to grow. I'm very much in the kindergarten of the community development world, having found myself here more through chance than choice. I'm looking forward to living and learning to a ripe old age.
About Me (areas of expertise/interest I can share)
I live and work in the beautiful depths of rural South Lanarkshire in Scotland. My home is a glorious little village called Douglas which has a vein of history running right through it’s heart, deeper than any I know. It truly is a stunning little paradise. Home is a rather nice little maisonette in the historic core of the village in which I'll have to live for a number of years yet!

I'm a former employee of the ‘Communities on the Edge’ project, a partner in Carnegie's RARP family, and now work for the South Lanarkshire Leader programme where my work is focussed on supporting community anchors in four rural market towns.

I’m an avid volunteer, currently involved in redeveloping our local community facility (re-opening March 2012!) and coordinating a couple of local events. I've also been treading the boards with our local amateur theatre group for eighteen years, a feat of which I am particularly proud.

2012 is going to be a very busy and a very exciting time. Lots to unfold...
Website:
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Nearly there...

For those of you who don't remember, one of the projects Sarah, Helen and I supported as 'Community Animators' (read the handbook if you haven't already!) through the COTE RARP project was 'St. Bride's Centre', a Church of Scotland owned community facility with a volunteer management board which had ceased to operate and owed around £10,000 in unpaid bills.

That was three years ago now and I'm delighted to say that the group were recently awarded £395,145 from the Big…

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Posted on June 9, 2010 at 16:03 — 3 Comments

A World Without Aircraft

A fantastic, insightful little piece to remind us of the future:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8626000/8626927.stm

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 9:21

Unlocking Potential

Finally getting round to introducing a modest offering from the Communities on the Edge team in the form of a Handbook for Community Animators. It's essentially a collection of thoughts and reflections from our small team of seven, compiled over the three years of our RARP project, which we hope might be of use to others serving out similar roles in their own places.



Feedback, comment etc most welcome!



Best,



John…



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Posted on January 15, 2010 at 10:14 — 3 Comments

Owenstown

It seems I live in posibly one of the most interesting parts of the world these days.... if it's not opencast mines, it's windfarms or an eco town!

www.owenstown.org

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Facing the Future

Last night, HRH Prince of Wales delivered the David Dimbleby Lecture. It's available on the i Player.

Required watching for the world!

Posted on July 9, 2009 at 11:50 — 2 Comments

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At 16:38 on June 8, 2010, Nick Wilding said…
Hi John... fantastic to hear about your success in those small 'tweets' - can you say a bit more about what you've got planned? Any way I could tempt you to blog about it... go on!

Be good to catch up again at some point, ideas brewing about developments of the CoP hence I'm keen to get a feel for what you're working on...

Cheerio for now
nick
At 17:00 on July 21, 2009, Chris Wade said…
Hi John. Yes we should chat. In deed I need to make another long over due visit to Scotland. So how about we talk first and then see if it makes sense to meet when I am on tour! My office number is 0845 6446202.

Chris
At 22:51 on June 9, 2009, Annette Meehan said…
Thanks for reading ..... mmmm the dude does say it all, hope all well with you ?
At 14:37 on May 27, 2009, Debi Fry said…
Fabulous!
At 12:24 on May 27, 2009, Debi Fry said…
Hi John! Thanks so much.....I will take a look at those documents and get a draft back to you in June. We've extended the release date of the report and case studies which is good since IACD has a major conference this next month that I am involved in. But after that, I should be able to send you something to look at! It was such a pleasure talking to you over the phone!
Cheers,
Debi
At 16:10 on November 20, 2008, Kirsty Tait said…
Hi John

WELL DONE! Got an update from Kate and Geoff today and it sounds like the conference went so well. Such an achievement getting all those people together and discussing openly about different issues. How do you feel about it? Recovering no doubt- think we are just getting ourselves together now after last week!
Speak soon
Kirsty

P.S. Great photos by the way but think you must have a thing for tapestries!!!
At 15:34 on October 22, 2008, Nick Wilding said…
hi John, really enjoyed reading your long contribution to the discussion started by Jim - a powerful example of how this site might work. I'll flag this up in the first edition of 'FierySpirits NewsBurst' - an email to all members that will arrive in the inbox every two weeks... hopefully the discussion will keep rolling
best
nick
 
 
 

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