Local Groups Forum

We’re calling for representatives from local special interest groups across our area to attend a special meeting, designed to create networking opportunities and encourage link-ups for you, where there is a joint purpose between different groups across the region.

It’s called the Local Groups Forum and it was hugely successful last year.  For example, as a result of the event, we’ve seen Shotley Bridge Village Trust working with Hamsterley Mill Residents Association to produce some plaques to go up around their villages. Each plaque has a QR code on it which will take visitors to each group’s respective websites with more information on each specific heritage site.

Jeff Singleton from Shotley Bridge Village Trust raised the idea at last year’s Local Groups Forum, Rosemary Morris from Hamsterley Mill Residents Association was there too, and that started their discussion around a joint project.  This joined-up approach will not only benefit the Land of Oak & Iron and those who visit to experience and explore the area, but will also offer those taking part great reward too.

We’re inviting up to two representatives from each interested group to come along and find out more at this year’s Local Groups Forum. It’s taking place on Saturday 24th March between 9.30am and 1pm, at The Winlaton Centre.

During the event, representatives from the different groups will enjoy a range of presentations, workshops and networking opportunities, to help determine the possibilities of working together in partnership across the Land of Oak & Iron.

Refreshments will be provided and we’re also more than happy for you to bring along some information about your specific group with the aim of creating mini displays around the venue, to help prompt conversation and promote partnership-working opportunities.

There’s a whole host of different opportunities for different groups to work together, and the purpose of this event is to help find those synergies and put collaborative plans in place for the future.

Last year around 30 people from 20 different groups attended the session and we’re expecting an even bigger turn out this year. Places at the Local Group Forum is strictly limited to two representatives per group and must be booked in advance. To avoid disappointment and ensure you have a space on the day, you can claim your spot here.

We’re really looking forward to seeing old friends at the Local Groups Forum and welcoming some new faces too. If you’d like any more information about the event, please contact Kath on 01207 524 883 or email.