When planning events in your community, take into consideration the feedback and data retrieved from the focus groups and surveys. Where would the community like to see improvements? What do community members see as common barriers?
Using your data
Determining what actions you can take to improve the TIME components for the young children in your community will depend on the feedback you collect from the focus groups and surveys. Look for shared themes of need and interest that are frequently mentioned by the stakeholders you speak with.
For Take TIME Uxbridge, common topics included safety at the skate park, more time in the day, lower cost opportunities, and healthy food options when eating out.
Making use of existing organizations
Rather than planning events from scratch, connecting with organizations in your community can help to reduce your workload and increase the likelihood that you and the collaborating organization(s) attain your project goals. Consider how the needs of your community can be addressed through existing and established organizations and resources, click the links below for more information and ideas:Is there a local high school or student group that could provide ongoing volunteers to act as supervisors?
Government, retail and charity organizations can also be great providers of key information and resources that can be easily incorporated and tailored to suit your community’s needs:
- Physical activity suggestions and ideas
- Nutrition information, serving sizes, and recipes
- Free giveaways (e.g. no smoking emblems, eating healthy magnets, nutrition cards, etc.)
When you’ve found the resources you’d like to use, combine options together and tailor the information and opportunities to suit the needs in your community.
|The Event: The local badminton club is holding a free open house. You have already spoken with them and they would love to collaboate with TakeTIME. This is a great opportunity and you want to put it in the local paper so that more people know about it!However…
Free advertising and promotion of supporting organizations, building community support and assistance, and increasing community involvement are some of the benefits of involving multiple partners and using multiple resources for your events.