What’s on in February

February is a great time to share some love – romantic or otherwise! At The Charlton Centre, Camerados drop in sessions are a great time to get out and meet new people. Come and enjoy a cuppa and some company and discover what you can get involved in in your community – pop into the hub for the dates.

Hub regular meetings

Our weekly hub activities in The Charlton Centre continue to welcome new and returning friends.
On Monday we have Mums be Fit, Job Club on Tuesdays 10am -2pm as well as Welfare Advice Clinic and help with form filling, on Wednesdays you can book a session at the Hot Desk for advice from The Shaw Trust, One You for health matters and Careers Advice sessions (please call in at the hub or telephone to book). The Wednesday afternoon diabetes support group from 1.00pm –3pm is followed by the Roman Group at 4.00pm – 6.00pm. Thursdays start with the knitting group at 10.00am until noon, NHS Weight Loss (call 0300 1231220 to book) in Hub2, Speak up mental health support group from 2.00pm –4.00pm and Under 25s LGBTQ support group from 4.00pm – 6.00pm. Our hub week ends with the Friday Social including board games, bingo and a chance to chat from 10.00am until noon.

Special events at the Hub

Our Valentines children’s disco for children 12 years and under is on Friday 21st February from 6pm until 8.00pm. Tickets are just £1 from the hub. A perfect way to burn off some off that wet weather day energy! The cafe and sweet shop will be open. Parents must stay with children.

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.

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.

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.