The Spaces of Hope Hubs Network in Stockport has been going from strength to strength. We have looked at how we can take responsibility as leaders in our community and be a catalyst for change. This gave us all a first step in creating, or ‘curating’ Spaces of Hope. Our second step is thinking relationally. This means that we think of others and how they might benefit from our actions. Thinking about relationships at this early stage in our process means that key ideas that ensure good health and wellbeing are at the root of our work and will show up in the fruit, too. This second session was hosted by a new hub on Petersgate called The Space. The Space is run by Disability Stockport and Nexus who set the venue up in Autumn 2017. The Space felt like the perfect host for a session about relationships because they have set up The Space with the purpose of hosting others, and bringing people together.
On Monday 29th January 2018, we were delighted to host the first Spaces of Hope Hubs Network in Stockport. The Rose Walker Centre in Cheadle Heath was a fitting host for our group of community leaders, who are all seeking to encourage the development of more healthy and hopeful community projects, places and networks across our Borough.
The Spaces of Hope Hubs Network is a chance for us to come together and connect with others who are investing their time and effort in increasing health and wellbeing in our communities.
“Why are we bothering?” I hear you ask. Aren’t we already connected to people? Well, being in leadership in our communities can often feel like a thankless task; a lonely task. Being in leadership in our communities can feel like we are doing work that goes unnoticed and is underfunded. It can often be that no one really understands how tough things are for us either, whether we are willing to admit to that, or not. All this is before we think about the people we are all here to serve; people who are lonely and isolated in our communities.
We are bothering with this network, because being connected is a sure-fire way to increase health and wellbeing in the face of all manner of ills. Being connected helps us deal with the struggles of everyday life, persevere, build character and have hope for the future. We are bothering with this work because, if we have a few comrades to call upon whilst we are serving our communities, then we are fortunate. When we connect with our comrades we can share the benefits of our experience with them, whilst both preserving the things that we hold most dear and gaining access to a wealth of new people, projects, places and possibilities...