We are using this page to draw attention to things we are doing and changes we are making to our approach as this Groups Initiative evolves.


The first version of this page was released in June 2019. Activities before then are not reported on this page but you may find out about the early stages of our Groups Initiative from the About page, not least from its various tabs (Why? When? etc.). The only significant Event held before June 2019 was the Societies Fair that was held on 18th November 2018. News Items #01 and #02 report on decisions that were taken between that date and the release of this page.

GVGI has 2 main objectives:
(1) increasing the awareness of everyone in the region of its many community-support groups, and
(2) encouraging those groups to appreciate & support each other when appropriate.

After the Societies Fair in November 2018, Peter (GVGI's founder-executive) had expected that he would spend much of 2019 focusing on the second of those objectives by developing 'Discussion Groups' (as referred to in Idea#06 and elsewhere in the site). He thought he would start by focusing on just 2 or 3 local Community Halls and see where that took him. However, further consideration led him to realise that he needed the support of more halls than that if the idea of holding Discussion Groups was to be developed in a meaningful way. As that would take more time than he had available, Peter reviewed his approach and decided to leave work on Discussion Groups for another year and instead spend more time on increasing GVGI's profile. Having noted that GVGI's Online Directory had been well received as had the idea (tried out at the Societies Fair) of distributing a hard copy version of that Directory along with some articles within a brochure, it was decided to prepare a new 'hard copy' brochure/directory, aiming to distribute it by November 2019. Work on that is now underway. See Brochures.

25th June 2019

We have set this NEWS page to be one of the five pages linked-to from the top of every page in the site. It replaces the VENUES page. This combines (a) the realisation that people who have visited the site before will want it to be easy to find out what has happened since their last visit with (b) acceptance that it will take time for us to develop relations with enough of the Community Halls (and other venues) to such an extent that they will play a major role in what we are doing so drawing such attention to that work, important though it is, risks distracting attention from the other things that we are doing.

25th June 2019