What’s on in June

Whilst Covid means we cannot have large groups at the hub, due to indoor ventilation issues (we’re working on it!), Job Club has returned to the hub. Why not join Bridgette on a health walk – pop in to the hub to book.

School uniform for just 50p is available and we welcome any donations you can offer of your youngsters have outgrown theirs and it is in good condition.

Hub regular meetings

Although some of our groups are abel to retuns several are continuing online. Join Ronnie for our Zoom Choir – the link is  on our facebook page.

Special events at the Hub

We will be running holiday activities for children durung the school summer holidays. we are still planning what will be available so watch this space and facebook for more details.

Five years of believing in Dover

Dover Big Local came about because the town was recognised as one of 150 places in the UK that had been lees successful at  being awarded National Lottery Funding. Since that time, the money entrusted to Dover’s people has been used to support learning, employment skills, business training, arts events and young people’s theatre groups, social inclusion projects and much more. Our Co-Innovation project, in partnership with DDC has seen the former Co-Op supermarket turned into a thriving shopping experience that is developing fledgling businesses. Destination Dover is actively promoting Dover as a tourist attraction to cruise and holiday companies and Art 31 has established itself as a group of creative people who show and sell work and organise events together.

Help us make a difference – have your say

Dover Big Local is a membership group of “Partners” and anyone living or working in the town, as well as organisations can become a partner. We would love you to do just that and help us decide where we aim our focus for the next five years as we develop future DBL plans required by the Lottery funders to make sure we use Dover’s funds wisely. Our executive committee is elected from DBL’s Partners at our Annual General Meeting, and these committee members then undertake to assess the grant applications for project funding for both large grants of up to £500 and major grants for larger amounts, as well as guideing the overall project work of Dover Big Local.

Volunteers are Vital

If you have a few hours a week or a few hours a day to spare we would love to have you as a volunteer! Our community hub at the Charlton Centre in Dover hosts social and learning sessions most days of the week. People who are willing to help out with tasks from reception to helping with events, admin work or leading activities make a huge difference to what we can offer the town. Maybe you have a skill you would love to share or would like to lead a special interest group – we would love to have your input.

2020 Highlights

Supporting Young People’s Drama Training with Dover Youth Theatre

Dover Big Local were pleased to part sponsor Dover Youth Theatre’s Breaking Boundaries performing arts workshop this half term. Participants were auditioned from an open call allowing all Dover children to take part. Training by leading drama teachers and a west end producer have led to a showcase on 20th February at Dover Town Hall, with free admission to local residents – an evening of entertainment to remember.

Co-Innovation is featured by the BBC and opens a gallery space

Traders as well as Big Local Partners were delighted that the story of Co-Innovation’s progress was told in the BBC’s inside out programme. As the first of Co-Innovation’s traders moves out into her own shop, we congratulate Angela, and also Gaby Redman who will be taking a stand to promote her creations at this year’s Ideal Homes exhibition. Two of the centre’s artists have launched a gallery in the large public area, featuring a changing programme of exhibitions by local artists and makers. The new mums and toddlers sessions have also been very successful. Do drop in to visit the unique shops, take a look at the market stalls and enjoy snacks and drinks from the cafe.

2019 Highlights

Christmas at the Charlton Centre

Live reindeer, make and take crafts, a free Santa’s Grotto, characters to meet and more – a partnership of local organisations including Dover Big Local, Unlimited and Kent Adult Education made Christmas in the Charlton Centre a fantastic day to remember.

Spooky goings on at the Dover Big Local Hub!

During the October Half Term, Dover Big Local organised activities for children that were creative and full of halloween fun.