Intern Diaries (Sept/Oct) – Cafes, Surveys and Funding Success

What a time to be a Community Engagement Intern! I have been in my post for 2 months now, which has flown by.

Community Café and Larder Relocation

The church continues to serve our neighbours and friends in the best way CCD can. When I started, the new Community Café and Larder had just launched in the lower community halls and I saw many old and new faces coming back into the building for the first time in months. 

With a successful start, we felt the need to move to a bigger space upstairs in the Function Suite. This move means we can provide a welcoming social environment for greater number of attendees within the constraints of the current covid guidelines.

Funding Success

To further support this, we sent an application in for Dundee City Council’s Common Good Fund. This fund aimed to help local organisations continue to run community-focused projects under current restrictions. On Monday (2nd Sept), we were awarded over £2600 to purchase barriers to protect volunteers and visitors from COVID; screens and blinds to insulate and cover our newly exposed windows; and other items to improve Function Suite use including; a projector, coffee machine and nice cloches.

Community Survey

When I started this internship, I knew that I would want to start by helping the church gain a better understanding of how we can continue to improve our services to the community. After learning more about the history of our service, I have become very interested in hearing views from our local community and church family. ‘2 Minutes for a Better Dundee 2020’ is a reincarnation of a survey completed by CCD in 2009, which aimed to assess the demand for specific services around Dundee. After being launched on the church social media pages last week, the response so far has been great. I would encourage those of you who are willing and haven’t completed it to click the following link to access the survey: 

I hope you’re all staying safe and will hopefully see you at the Community Café or in Church very soon.

Jacob 

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