Important Reminders

Oswestry CultureFest is on Saturday 15 August 2018 in the centre of town, coinciding with the Shropshire produce market.

It celebrates the wide cultural diversity in Oswestry and the surrounding area – not only ‘mainstream’ culture but diversity which is less often celebrated such as alternative lifestyles, disability, sexual orientation, faiths and beliefs, ethnicity and age. The day is about highlighting some of the local minority cultures, enhancing their day-to-day visibility and inclusion – celebrating differences as a positive contribution to Oswestry’s vibrant community.

The event will include food tasters from different countries, Bulgarian dance, Bhangra Dance, hopefully some Welsh clog dancing, creative workshops and much more! Everything free to the public.

Arts Connection is looking for local organisations and groups to run information stalls and activities to present themselves to the public, with a focus on their equality, diversity, inclusivity, anti-discrimination, human rights and anti-hate crime work. Stalls are free but a donation to Arts Connection would be much appreciated and would help in organising the event again.

The day is likely to run from 10am to 3pm (excluding set up and take down). Stalls will be prioritised to Oswestry-based groups, and the first to book. A variety of groups and organisations are already confirming that they intend to be there.

If you would like a stall, please contact us on for a booking form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

One Day Workshop – A whole System Approach to Achieving Change

Flintshire DO-IT in partnership with Qube

Thursday 27th June 9:30am – 4:30pm at Qube Oswestry, Oswald Road, Oswestry SY11 1RB

£35 for VCSA  members and £50 for non-members/public sector

Asset-based approaches includes a whole set of best practice tools tried and tested across the UK and further afield over many years. They are used in an empowering way to support the individual, organisation or community to identify their strengths and interests. Then to unite and mobilise people to come together to create positive change. By learning about the application of such approaches you will see how they enable:

  • A truly person-centred approach that builds upon the ‘what matters’ conversation.
  • Organisations and communities to reveal and tap into the rich talents they have.
  • Networks to grow and be strengthened for a resilient future.
  • A positive, outcomes-focused, action-based plan that truly reflects what is most important.
  • A co-productive approach – welcoming, inclusive & accessible events and projects, helping us to get beyond one-off engagement & consultation activity.The Course is delivered by Mark John-Williams, who has worked in the social care and community development sector, for over 33 years. He has applied this way of working throughout his career and is a facilitator, trainer & consultant. As Co-Director of Flintshire DO-IT he has, for the last five years used these approaches to enable friendly & creative communities. During the Course participants will become aware of the most innovative forms of asset-based, place-focused, relationship-centred ways of working. This will include, but not be limited to:
  • Asset Based Community Development
  • Local Area Co-ordination
  • Social prescribing
  • Time-banking
  • Circles of Support/Community CirclesUsing a Co-production exercise you will have the opportunity to create an Action Plan which you can take back into your work or your community. The course will be delivered using a mixture of presentation, story-telling, conversation and exercise-based group-work, based on the ‘keys to inclusion’.

To book a place please contact  Qube on 01691 656882 or email

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