Your Say Your Way Funding 2017 – Have your say!

11 community groups will be looking for your support to obtain funding for their projects.

If you are aged 13 and over, the fate of our ideas could rest in your hands.

Help decide what happens in High Town, meet your neighbours and hear what is going on locally.

The community groups presenting on the day are:- (CLICK EACH ONE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT)

Active Luton – Community Table Tennis Club

Fashion Show Live Academy – The FSL Self Esteem Project

Friends of High Town – Fix It Day

High Town Athletic FC – High Town Community Football Sessions

High Town Community Voice – Community Centre Theatre Development

High Town Festival Group – High Town Festival 2018

In His Presence Worship Ministry – Soup Kitchen Development

Luton Foodbank – Distribution Support Services

Luton Irish Forum – Easter Art Club

Open Arts Luton – Flamingo Arts Learning Together

TOKKO Youth Space – High Town Youth Drop In

Everyone is welcome to attend, but must be a resident of High Town Ward in order to vote.

Not sure what ward you live in? use this handy postcode checker.

High Town is pleased to have been selected to pilot an online voting system, for those not able to attend on the day.

RECRUITING – HIGH TOWN COMMUNITY WORKER

We are looking for a community worker for High Town, someone who will be active in improving communication, supporting events and welcoming new residents to the area. A little more detail on each of these follows:

  • Communication – There are numerous communication networks, which connect the High Town community to events happening in the area and ultimately to each other. These include a ward wide newsletter, currently distributed twice a year and a website – Hightownluton.com. These valuable resources have potential, which we hope you can help us realise.
  • Supporting Events –There are some specific community events, which need support (in particular the High Town Festival), which bring the whole community together creating a space where old friends can re-connect and new relationships can be formed across the community.
  • Welcome – we recognise the diverse and ever changing nature of the High Town population. We want to put special effort into connecting with those who have recently moved to the area, with a particular focus on refugees and asylum seekers, welcoming them to their new home and community, and enabling them to get stuck in with all they have to offer to their new neighbours.

You will need to:

  • work with local people and neighbourhood organisations – including people and groups with a diverse range of faiths and ethnicities;
  • facilitate grassroots community action;
  • participate in in-house training and support provided by Hope Church

Outline details:

  • Initially 16 hours / week.
  • Salary: £10 ph
  • Closing date: 15th September 2017
  • Interviews: Friday 29th September 2017

For more information and how to apply download the documents from the link below:

Click here to view the High Town Community Worker Briefing Pack [PDF]

We would like to thank Near Neighbours who have provided Hope Church Luton with a grant to continue this work. Click here to find out more about Near Neighbours.

NOAH Receive Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

NOAH Enterprise has been given the 2017 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for “Recognising the dignity and worth of homeless people by supporting them from the streets and into the community”.

Jim O’Connor MBE, NOAH’s Chief Executive, says that, “The award has been described by the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, as having the equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals. I am particularly thrilled for this recognition of our c300 volunteers who do so much to make possible the services that NOAH provides to people who are homeless, rough sleeping and otherwise destitute. This is done so generously in so many ways, whether it is by serving meals each evening in our Centre, working in our kitchen at breakfast and lunchtimes throughout the week and weekend, assisting in our charity shops, taking part in our delivery of welfare services or acting as trustees.

 To give some idea of scale, in the past year, 664 different people came to our Luton daycentre for support, (over 22,916 distinct visits with an average of 63 people per day). 16,413 lunches were served, 5,669 breakfasts enjoyed, 9,118 soups handed out, 2,265 Showers taken, and 730 Nightshelter bed spaces provided.”

High Town really has got talent

As the warmer weather moves us closer to this year’s High Town Festival in the summer we have a quick look back to December last year where a crowd of enthusiastic supporters cheered on the participants in the first ever High Town’s Got Talent event which took place just before Christmas on Saturday 17th December.

The winners, singer-songwriter duo Badgers & Rum, aka Pixie Styx and Dave Pike, received a cheque for £50 and the opportunity to have a spot at the High Town Festival in 2017. Speaking after their victory, Pixie said: “The level of talent that has been here – it was so unexpected, it was unreal.”

A jury of Luton luminaries, comprising singer Corene Campbell of Voices With Soul, actor Nish Nathwani from BBC1 hit comedy Citizen Khan and 33Jazz label owner Paul Jolly chose the pairing over seven other acts.
The competition, held at the Hightown Community Sports & Arts Centre, was the first one organised by residents’ association Friends of High Town (FoHT). FoHT Chair David Landau said: “We got money from Luton Borough Council’s Participatory Budget scheme to run this as a one-off community event. However, it has been so much fun that we are thinking of doing it again and reaching out to even more people who would like a chance to appear at the High Town Festival.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring a future event should get in touch on info@friendsofhightown.org

 

Watch a short video below recapping the event and don’t forget to mark Saturday 1st July in your diary for this year’s High Town Festival. Find out more at hightownfestival.org

Click here to view more pictures on our Facebook page

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Bridge The Gap Youth Services looking for volunteers for new High Town Junior Youth Group

We are trialling a Junior Youth Group (8 to 12 years old) on Fridays 6-8pm at High Town Community Sports & Arts Centre.  This has been funded by the ‘Your Say, Your Way’ community funding programme and all run on a voluntary basis.  The trial will run from 5th May until 14th July 2017.  We will then assess whether additional funding will be sought to continue the Junior Youth Group based on evaluation from the young people and their parents/carers.

We are looking for up to 4 interested and motivated adults to join a pool of volunteers to form a rota to support the delivery of the Junior Youth Group.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL DETAILS [PDF]