Mar. 15th, 2010

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one thing that people dont talk about, dont think about, often don't take into account is that large chunks of community weaving processes are boring as hell, and often when people realise this, and realise that there is no instant gratification involved in this (especially people my age and younger) they walk away, they give up.

Filling in funding /grant applications, which I can't actually do yet but will learn, is so boring that my brain slides out my ears, then filling in the attendant paperwork to show you have spent any money received on what you said you were going to spend it on is also time consuming and boring. Setting up meeting after meeting that no one comes to and then the people who do turn up promise things they never deliver is incredibly frustrating. Listening to people complain either about what you are doing or what you are not doing, when they are not even trying to do anything is also incredibly frustrating.

Working with people who come from different backgrounds, different generations, different faith system is tiring, hard work, like dancing almost, but its important, all these people are doing it because they care, because they think its important, even if they all have different priorities from each other, and they all have an insight into what different parts of the community need. And if the Tories are elected this year, a they probably will be, communities weaving themselves is going to be vitally important because we are going to loose government support and funding for all sorts of things that are vital to communities, so we need all these people working together.

But all of these things need to be done, these are the foundations. If we don't do these things the rest of it wont work, the bits that people see, the bits that make a difference to peoples life won't gell together. And for me personally there are moments of absolutely sweetness when I see that I have made a difference to someones life that would never happen without the long view, without all the hard graft ground work.

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