Do you work or volunteer at a local charity, community group or social enterprise in Wakefield District? You need to know about these brilliant meetings - they're run BY the sector, FOR the sector.
All VCSE colleagues are welcome to join, whether that's for the odd one or two or every one.
The aim of the group is to aid communication and collaboration across our sector, bringing us together so that we can better serve each other and our communities.
There's lots to gain from these meetings - from personal development to getting the word out about your organisation. So let your team know to book a spot, tickets are limited!
At each meeting, there will be:
Take a look at the individual event pages for details of what's planned that month.
As we mentioned, these meetings are run by the sector, for the sector. They're chaired by Paula and Andy from Evergreen Active, one of our brilliant member organisations. So let us introduce them...
Paula Appleton – Co Founder & Director
Paula is a Mum and Yaya and passionate about helping people to be physically active – in any way they enjoy and at any age - for the multitude of life enhancing benefits it can bring.
The physical health benefits may seem obvious, but Paula believes that it’s about so much more than that; feeling more connected with community, forming new friendships and improved mental health are just three of the key outcomes she observes across a wide range of activities.
After over 22 years of selling playground equipment for public parks, you’re more likely to now find Paula either running, walking, Boxercising in them or chatting to other mid-life women about menopause!
One thing you might not know; Paula was a British Ballroom Dancing Championship finalist age 14
What did you want to be when you grew up? A police officer
Andy Freeman – Co Founder & Director
Andy is a Husband as well as Father of 3 girls and is passionate about helping children and young people to develop their physical literacy and broader skills for life.
Degree qualified in Sports Coaching and Development with honours, he is also certified in over 14 sports and fitness qualifications. Andy cares passionately about people's health and wellbeing, ensuring that they keep their body and mind active.
With over 20 years of experience in working with children and young people, Andy has worked in a diverse range of child environments including primary schools, leisure centres and youth clubs.
One thing you might not know; Andy worked in American Holiday Camps for 4 Summers
What did you want to be when you grew up? A footballer
A little bit about Evergreen Active
Paula and Andy created Evergreen Active (originally named Family Fit) in 2017 when they had a joint lightbulb moment over a coffee. Realising that there was no provision for individuals, children and especially families to be active together in their local communities.
Using local parks and spaces and making activities free to access removes some of the most common barriers people have to being physically active. Making all sessions fun and inclusive has always been apriority because…why would people keep coming if they didn’t enjoy it?
Keep up to date by following the new Connecting Wakefield Twitter account @ConnectingWF
Catch up on previous meetings with the recordings on Evergreen Active's YouTube channel.