Stepping Forward

When you start to walk, it’s in barefeet, then little shoes, then bigger until you can run and not fall over and when you know it’s ok and you will get back up again. We’ve been walking barefoot and now we are stepping into our little shoes.

We have a first, very small, but nevertheless ours, space for getting our large community live music venue and cultural centre off the ground. With a small pot of funding from Surrey County Council and a very kind landlord, partnerships with Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership and Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum we are delighted to say we have a shop, empty now but it will soon be buzzing. It’ll be our action hub and in the day charities and others are ready now to step in and use the space to help with confidence building and job skills and digital inclusion. Meanwhile we continue to put on our own music events like The Lovely Music Night, support and promote other’s events like the great JAKEFEST which is taking place on Friday April 5 at The Westfield Social Club,  are running the music on the Bandstand on Sat 18 May for Adult Learners Week and the Woking Community Learning Partnership. We talk and talk and talk and research and write and meet people, forge partnerships where we know we can help each other, share information to help other groups where we had to find it out first and all along know the final large venue will happen. We have the people that want to use it, we have the people ready to deliver what they want, to support them, whether it be new music or a group that wants confidence and job skills or people that just want to relax and take their breath. Groups that have nowhere to meet and others that do but want something more. It will happen because it already is but stepping into our little shoes is getting us ready for the big ones we will wear so this project has a firm footprint in the town that to be honest needs a little bit of soul put into it especially in these hard times.

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