The team at Belonging Brant is inviting community members to explore everything that they have to offer at the Discover Belonging Brant event on Saturday, October 8.
“Discover Belonging Brant is an event to highlight all the groups and initiatives that have started in the last two years,” the organization said about the event. “It will also give space for new ideas to grow and help shape what the next year will bring. Everyone is welcome to join us and get more information on Belonging Brant citizen-led projects that are running. There will be the ability to interact with the hosts of the groups and the activities they are passionate about.”
The event takes place at Grace Anglican Church from 1-3 p.m. and will showcase the 20 groups and initiatives that have started since the organization was created.
“Belonging Brant is a Trillium Funded Project rooted in Asset Based Community Development, centered around community building, cultivating relationships, and sharing of gifts,” they said. “The project is focused in Brantford and Brant County, and works with citizens to create opportunities for connection. The purpose is to contribute to communities where all feel like they can belong.”
The organization is entering its final year of their three year funding. Since its inception, Belonging Brant has supported the groups and initiatives, almost entirely created and led by community members. The organization acts as a platform for the groups, while also supporting by providing financial assistance and finding spaces for people to gather.
For example, after hearing a number of community members express their concerns about the need for affordable housing in the area, the group has been working with community partners to find community solutions.
In addition to assisting the community with large-scale movements and initiatives throughout the Brant-Brantford region, Belonging Brant also supports citizen-led groups like a photography group, art space, and a random acts of kindness group.
Group leaders will be at the event and individuals are encouraged to bring their own ideas for a group or initiatives. The day will be filled with crafts, food, activities and more.