On Wednesday 7th June we held a Big Community Conversation and Celebration in partnership with CHAD at Staffordshire Universityy.

Over 170 people took part in workshops, shared their stories of making a difference in their communities and were celebrated as community champions.

Workshops  included

  • Community research,
  • measuring social value,
  • digital skills for sharing your story,
  • working with CHAD research centre

Story Sharing -

  • Some people shared their community group stories as posters they had made before the event
  • Lots of people shared their experiences on the community storyboard created by More Than Minutes


Funding advice for local voluntary and community groups

from the Big Lottery and Local Matters


Information stalls from lots of local organisations including OPEN and City of Culture 2021

Fun activities included

  • Cook and eat demonstrations
  • Hand massage
  • Creative arts activities
  • Music


38 individuals and 8 community groups were nominated as community champions
for the good work that they do.

Everyone got a certificate and a badge presented by Becci Bryant, Chief Fire Officer and Ann Ewens, the Dean of the School of Health and Social Care at Staffordshire University

Katie with her certificateKatie from Middleport Matters said

“I was very surprised to receive my nomination as I haven’t been working in the community for long.

I was so proud to receive my award as it’s lovely to be noticed for the hard work I’ve been putting in, although we don’t do it for recognition it’s lovely to know that people appreciate what we do.

It was also great to see and hear other people’s stories and seeing them being recognised for their great work within their communities.

Thank you”

Here is the report of the event. CHAD Can Report v2 click on the link to download it.