Thanking one of our true pillars of the Keynsham community

Thanking one of our true pillars of the Keynsham community

Here in Keynsham Action Network, we are delighted to have the opportunity to thank our very own Sheila Crocombe as part of Volunteers Week which runs from 1st to 7th June.

We will be having a small feature on Sheila on our Ododow profile and have planned a presentation to her in Keynsham's Temple Street Canteen on Tuesday 5th June.

Sheila is a giant in the voluntary sector in and around Keynsham. A former School Governor and leader of the PTA, she was a founder member of Keynsham Community Association and has shown huge energy, interest and enthusiasm in a broad range of worthwhile local causes. She is a founding member of Keynsham Action Network and active in Transition Keynsham's food group. She set up and runs a voluntary Maths tuition group for local children based at Community@67, and is tirelessly committed to the good of the community and the welfare of every single individual within it.

Sheila truly is a pillar of our Keynsham community: she is also a wonderful hostess for our steering group meetings, plying us with plentiful hot or cold drinks and tasty snacks. She is a real inspiration: Thank You Sheila!

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KAN was set up by local GP Dr William House.

Through building relationships with individuals and local voluntary and statutory organisations we generate an understanding of patterns of need and of inclusion and exclusion within the community. We use that understanding to work with existing organisations and individuals to promote greater connectivity, collaboration and understanding of the needs of individuals and voluntary groups and how they can be met in sustainable ways. We do this by holding networking events (and encouraging others to hold similar events) at which communication and collaboration between individuals and voluntary groups can be facilitated with a view to greater mutual understanding, better use of resources and social inclusion; by promoting the wider availability and use of local news media and social media to help people to be more aware of local opportunities; by identifying and supporting individuals and informal groups with ideas likely to improve social inclusion; by holding educational events to improve knowledge and understanding of the social, environmental and economic problems faced by the community and how these might be resolved by local action.
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