Over the last year we have worked with 34 community projects helping to support them in making their ideas a reality. After realising there was a lack of existing provision for supporting community groups to thrive, we set up a project that aimed to support these projects in reaching their full potential through providing, training, mentoring and other support activities.
Since launching COGS in January 2018, we have provided 132 hours of 1-to-1 mentoring, supported 136 people with training and workshop programs and enabled the community groups we have supported to go on and secure £19,295. We have helped 8 groups form legal entities and shared their stories with an audience of over 2400 people.
Last November Harry went to Eden for a Community Camp where he spoke to Semble about the motivation and successes of COGS. This has since been put together in a video that Semble have kindly produced for us. https://lezl42zxsgtwivlm17ffd0dg-wpe
COGS has helped these groups build strong foundations and become ready and knowledgeable for applying for funding. This further strengthens the legacy of COGS which has and will continue to enable the community groups we have worked with to thrive. These Community groups are also now able to go on and share what they have learn with other community groups and workers, allowing them to improve their work and the multiplier effect to continue.
Those we have worked with have been able to develop their ambitions, improve quality and grow. As a result, the legacy of COGS will live on through the betterment of local communities and the greater impact of community groups.
COGS has also left its legacy on Cultivate Cornwall, we have learnt huge amounts from the project that we intend to apply as we go forward. We are now looking to develop a new project, similar to COGS but improved based on our learning and improved capabilities.
Our impact has only been possible thanks to the support of the Big Lottery Fund. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for the continued support from the National Lottery Community Fund as without this and their willingness to help and support us at all stages of the delivery of the project none of this would have been possible.
The COGS project has now come to an end and while we look to secure future funding that will allow to continue from the successes of this project we will in the mean time on a voluntary basis, continue to provide 1-to-1 support for anyone that is already or looking to work for the betterment of the community.
You can read more and see the video on the Semble website here
Semble Stories - Eden Community Camp - COGS
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