Welcome to Community Space Book
CommunitySpaceBook is a Blog and Directory connecting readers to local community groups and spaces in England. It's free for community groups but you must have an online presence such as a website or facebook page to be included.
There are many groups who want to welcome new members and wish to share what they are doing, there are also many people who would like to learn about groups in their areas or people with similar interests. CommunitySpaceBook aims to bring these two groups of people together.
Please join in on CommunitySpaceBook by commenting on blog posts and rating both blog posts and community group entries in the directory. This can be done by using the forms and rating stars on the website.
We wish to keep CommunitySpacebook current and will be including links to community news, blog posts and reviews of items of interest to community groups. Please support us by sending us details of groups you are involved with by using the add group menu link or by commenting on blog posts.
After the hottest summer for years, the weather is slowly turning colder. Autumn is coming and the berries are ripening all around. Our thoughts are starting to turn to how we will keep warm this winter and if we can afford our energy bills. Some households (around 4 million UK households) are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm, dry home.
Fuel poverty causes misery, ill health and premature death in millions of households across the UK with high energy prices, dwindling household incomes and low standards of domestic energy efficiency all contributing to a cold homes crisis. People face difficult choices about whether to heat their homes and forgo another household necessity such as food, or spending what they need to keep warm and avoid falling into debt.
Wow well what a hot summer we've been having! What better time than now to fire up the barbecue and invite a few friends round for some food and drinks?
Sadly not everyone is so lucky so today we're going to spare a thought for those who need a little bit of help and the organisations who are helping to provide emergency food supplies to some of the most vulnerable in our society.
A recent article in The Guardian highlighted the plight of families struggling to feed their children during the summer holidays. The Trussell Trust said an increase in food bank use over the summer was driven by a rise in demand by children, as it released figures from its network of food banks across the country. The public are asked to donate to their local food bank during the summer holidays owing to increasing demand from families who rely on free school meals during term time.
OK so the toy volunteers were persuaded to have their picture taken for this article but just look how happy they are!
This week is Volunteers' Week which is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.
It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.
The benefits of volunteering are many and include lowering stress, making friends and finding a purpose in life. For further information on this event and how you can get involved you can visit the Volunteers Week website.
This week is walk to school week and here on CommunitySpaceBook we're supporting anything that gets people out of their cars and into their walking shoes!
Did you know that walking can:
- Lift your mood - walking helps lift depression
- Help keep you slim - walking is a good form of exercise which is lower impact than running and therefore suitable gor most people
- Help you to destress by removing stress hormones from your body more quickly and helping you clear your mind
- Boost your bone strength as it is weight bearing exercise which helps you keep bone density
- Help your social life - yes you're more likely to meet and speak to people if you get out and walk
- Help the environment - no burning petrol or diesel for short journeys
- Be a lot cheaper as it's completely free!