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Now's your chance if you're passionate about your community?

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

Jeni McFadden, chief executive of Cornwall Collaborative CIC.  CIoSP

Jeni McFadden, chief executive of Cornwall Collaborative CIC. CIoSP

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A CALL to arms has been sounded in Penwith with local people encouraged to come together to support their community.

The hunt is now on for passionate people to join the fight for better resources for Penzance. With full training, two community organisers will go out across the town with the aim of helping to launch grass roots schemes.

"There are so many people out there who are dedicated, motivated and really care about making their neighbourhood a better place to be," said Jeni McFadden, chief executive of Cornwall Collaborative CIC, which has launched the search.

"We're looking for resourceful, outgoing people with the ability to empathise and encourage and who have a wide range of practical skills, from one-to-one listening to organising public meetings."

Cornwall Collaborative has been given funding as part of a UK project to employ and train 5,000 community organisers.

The national programme aims to be a catalyst to community action at neighbourhood level and ignite the impulse to act.

The role of organisers is to work in local communities, bring people together, listen to ideas, build networks and tackle local issues.

Since joining the programme, Mrs McFadden has been involved with a number of initiatives, including helping launch a resident-led community dog-watch scheme in Heamoor and Gulval and working to establish a residents' association in Penzance east.

"You hear people say, 'I don't bother because people do not listen' but if we can get enough people together then they are listened to and we can change things in the area where we live," said the 29-year-old.

"What this means locally is there will be more resources out and about listening to the community."

Cornwall Collaborative, based in Penwith Community Development Trust, will recruit and host the community organisers with Locality, an organisation made up of a UK-wide network for community-led groups.

"We selected Cornwall Collaborative because of the key role they play in the local community," said Jess Steele, who leads the organisers' programme at Locality.

Cornwall Collaborative will choose two trainee organisers for Penzance who will then undergo training before going out in to the community.

The recruitment process begins next month; for more information call Jeni McFadden on 07837 219936 or e-mail jenifer.mcfadden@corganisers.org.uk.

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