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For Solidarity

Ongoing

Nurturing a growing peer support network of grass-roots initiatives that are helping people to meet their material and social needs in ways that don’t harm people or the planet. 

For Solidarity is an ongoing project to make visible and strengthen all of the organisations, projects, initiatives and individuals in the region who are offering an alternative to the extractive and oppressive mainstream economic system.  Our belief is that we are stronger together.

The project was initiated in 2019 by The NewBridge Project and the Solidarity Economy Association.  

During 2021 – 2022 we will be exploring the themes of Degrowth and Care.

What we do

We have three main strands for building our network of support:

Strand 1: Meeting each other (and seeing what happens)

For Solidarity Socials are informal meet-ups for organisations, projects, initiatives and individuals.  These events are a great opportunity to meet and learn about other grassroots organisations working in the region.  During the first Lockdown, the socials moved online. It was at one of these socials that the idea was formed for creating a newspaper for the digitally excluded.  Collectively we created and distributed The Lockdown Gazette to over 2000 people in our communities.

 

Strand 2: Working and learning together

Co-Investigator Call-Outs:  Co-investigators are community researchers who offer insights into the social, political and/or environmental contexts in which we exist. These are paid opportunities aimed at platforming voices that are underrepresented in the cultural sector.

Workshops and co-created projects:  We work with artists and organisations to explore themes of solidarity through learning and creative practice.

Staff time-share:  Members of The NewBridge Project team give a percentage of their contracted hours to grass roots organisations in the region, forming reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships.

Strand 3: Sharing information and resources

For Solidarity Map: We are continuing to collect information (data) from grassroots organisations, informal meetings, neighbourhood projects, local community groups, co-ops, and associations that share the values of the solidarity economy and using it to create a digital map and directory.  To add your initiative to the map, click here.

The For Solidarity mailing list is where we share information from network members as well as upcoming For Solidarity events and opportunities.  To join, please email h.kirkham@thenewbridgeproject.com.

We want to hear from you!

If you have any questions about For Solidarity, or would like to get involved please contact Hannah Kirkham, the For Solidarity Project Coordinator, at h.kirkham@thenewbridgeproject.com. 

Projects

Ongoing