Over the last two years a dedicated group of young people have been working locally to provide creative spaces for themselves and other vulnerable people in the community. They are concerned by the increasing challenges they see around mental health which as they say “remain invisible to most”.
The aim of the Golden Iris team over the next few weeks is to renovate the building. The doors open on the 18th February for a week of intensive work, skills sharing, training and volunteering to celebrate the start of a transformation that will take several months.
There are a whole range of classes, workshops and services run at the Mansion. We are of course also home to the Totnes Library. So if you want to learn something different in 2019, enjoy a new type of dance or exercise, or need support with a problem then we invite you to contact one of the groups and organisations running activities year round.
You are warmly invited to become a member of Totnes Community Development Society
At Totnes Community Development Society we are all very excited to now be able to invite the whole community to become members of the Society.
After the fantastic participation of the community in the Atmos Totnes consultation and referendum, and the wonderful Golden Iris Festival of last autumn, we know things have gone a bit quiet from our side and in particular around Atmos. Whilst we have been quiet about Atmos a lot of work has gone on preparing for the construction phase. There is also plenty of other work taking place on other community buildings in Totnes, including at the Mansion on the high street in Totnes.
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There has been a lot going on! We are pleased to be able to update you on the work of Totnes Community Development Society, which many of you have been involved with over the last few months, and more opportunities coming shortly for thousands more people locally to participate, including through opening up membership of the Society this summer…
The King Edward VI College Site Foundation (known as the Mansion) in Totnes are seeking expressions of interest from organisations interested in renting office space in the building.
Project architects have been updating designs for the Brunel Building. These show detail on meeting, performance and other spaces for local people, community enterprises and organisations, and are based on the brief provided by Totnes people in 2014 and 2015 during a whole range of consultation sessions, and leading to the Community Right to Build Order for the scheme. Look out for more on this in a later newsletter…
The young co-founders of the Golden Iris Festival, have found their way to the House of Commons, in London, to attend a discussion forum alongside pupils from London as part of a joint inquiry on young people’s mental health by the Education and Health Select Committees.
It has been incredibly busy since our last update, so apologies that this one is coming out later than we would have liked.
As we head towards the end of another year, this briefish update focuses on some of the oldest facilities in our community (the Mansion) coming into community management; some of the youngest members of our community showing some amazing appetite for supporting each other and developing their own talents (the Golden Iris Festival); and some of the investment that is coming into Totnes to support a new way of building new homes, facilities and managing listed assets together for and as a community (the Brunel Building in Atmos Totnes).
A limited number of EARLY BIRD TICKETS are now on sale for the Golden Iris Festival.
A positive and provocative new event, the Golden Iris festival has been designed by a young creative team to provide a space for Totnes to come together as a community and to show off the talents we all have alongside some of the UK’s best and most diverse acts.
The Golden Iris Festival team are looking for vendors and stallholders (including community organisations). If you are interested in a pitch for this years’ event on 7th October please download a brief for vendors by following this link.