- Looking through a different lens
- Cawr o Farcud / A Giant of a Kite
- We’re recruiting!
- And much more…
A note from Nick
Welcome to April’s Newsletter and thanks as always to Rachel for putting it together so beautifully. The big news this month is we are recruiting someone to help us grow and develop Local Area Coordination across our Network. We’re so excited about this new role. Please do have a look and help spread the word! More here.
I am a big fan of this time of year. Since I last wrote Spring has well and truly sprung with new life abundant everywhere. Over the Easter weekend I had the pleasure of visiting my parents at their home (where I grew up) in Darlington. The garden was looking beautiful thanks to the huge amount of time and attention my Dad has been giving it of late. As we looked around, Dad reflected that a garden is never “finished” rather something that requires constant attention and adaptation to bring it to life. He further pointed out that you have to work with the forces of nature in a garden in order to ultimately direct them in a way that is helpful. I guess he should know after tending to his for the best part of 40 years!
The flourishing garden analogy is one that I often find helpful when thinking about establishing and growing Local Area Coordination. Local Area Coordination as a concept often starts off life as seeds planted in rocky and shaded soil. Over time though, and with the right nourishment and pruning of surrounding weeds, we can start to see it’s green shoots emerge, revealing for the first time a glimpse of its true potential. With even more time, we start to see something that resembles the vision of Local Area Coordination blossoming before our eyes. Like a garden, Local Area Coordination is never finished though. It requires constant attention, learning, adaptation and time.
Keep on gardening and enjoy the newsletter!