We launch our working groups on Thursday 26 November with training for anyone who lives/works in Soho and would like to get involved. There will be two similar sessions at the House of St Barnabas, one from 3.30pm and one from 5.30pm. Places are still available, so if you want to contribute to developing a Plan for Soho, you can find more details, choose your session and register here. If you can’t make 26 November, but would like your views to be taken into account as our Plan for Soho is developed, you can simply become a Forum member here. Membership … Continue reading Register today!
Plans for the training day to kickstart our Forum working groups are now well advanced. Our venue is the wonderful House of St Barnabas, the training will be led by Angela Koch from Imagine Places and we now have two confirmed speakers, one for each session. In the afternoon we welcome Maggy Meade-King from Highgate Neighbourhood Forum, which is currently preparing to present a draft plan to its local councils. For the evening session we will be joined by James Earl from West Hampstead Neighbourhood Development Forum, which back in July gained 93% support from voters in the referendum on its … Continue reading Working group launch – speakers announced
Registrations are starting to come in for our training day on Thursday 26 November. Identical sessions will be held in the afternoon and evening, kindly hosted by the House of St Barnabas. The training will be led by Angela Koch, from Imagine Places, and is ideal for Forum members who want to get involved with the working groups which will develop ideas for our Neighbourhood Plan. These groups will cover aspects of Soho such as heritage, the environment and commercial activity, so that we can develop and enhance those things which make Soho special for residents, businesses and visitors. We’re looking … Continue reading @PlanforSoho: let’s get on with it!
The first event for Forum members will take place on Thursday 26 November. Everyone who has signed up for a working group is invited to attend. If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t worry, as there will be a further opportunity soon. Led by Angela Koch from Imagine Places, the aim of the event is to equip members to play their part in the various Forum working groups. Details are still being finalised but there will be two sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, to give as many people as possible the chance to get involved. … Continue reading 26 November: a date for the diary!
Last week’s steering group meeting agreed a project plan for the work of the Forum. Our immediate goal is to get the working groups up and running. We hope to organise an event for this in November – more details as soon as final arrangements have been made. Thanks to everyone who has signed up so far. If you haven’t done so yet – and have skills, views and time to contribute – it’s not too late to get involved. We will put out another call for volunteers soon. Meanwhile, if you would like to read through the comment cards … Continue reading Steering Group update, October 2015
Matthew Bennett is to be the temporary chair for the Forum Steering Group. Matthew was elected at the first meeting of the Steering Group on August 26, and will take on the role of chair while the Group does the groundwork for establishing the way forward. We are keen to get the proposed working groups up and running as soon as possible, but it is clear that some basic foundations have to be laid first. More details should be available following the next Steering Group meeting on 30 September. Some members have already expressed an interest in the working groups, … Continue reading Steering Group update, September 2015
Apologies for the brief hiatus over the summer, but as we head towards the autumn the work of the Soho Neighbourhood Forum begins in earnest. The Forum Steering Group has its first meeting today, 26 August at 4.30pm at SoHost, 8 Berwick Street. The main business will be to prepare the way for the future work of the Forum. This means getting some of the procedural and administrative arrangements organised and discussing the best way forward for the working groups. Afterwards we will contact all Forum members with information about how the working groups will operate. A good number of … Continue reading Steering Group meeting: 26 August
Date: July 8. Venue: a packed meeting room at the Soho Centre for Health and Care. Activity: despite a tube strike, around 130 members of the Soho Neighbourhood Forum came together for the first time to share their ideas for the future of Soho. We also approved a constitution for the Forum and elected the first Steering Group. Continue reading Inaugural Meeting: a great start!
Nominations for the Steering Group closed on Tuesday. There were 16 nominations for 16 places. At the Inaugural Meeting on Wednesday 8 July the following people will be proposed as the Soho Neighbourhood Forum Steering Group for the coming year: Residents: Matthew Bennett, Michael Case, Mike Fauconnier-Bank, Lucy Haine, Leslie Hardcastle, Clare Lynch, Andrew Murray, Ken White. Businesses: Anna Boyle, Sandra Schembri, Robin Smith, Jessica Stewart (all SMEs); Joe Chambers (larger business); John James, Robert Kirk (land holding interests); Jace Tyrrell (BID). To read more about the nominees, click here. Continue reading Steering Group Nominees
Love Soho, have ideas and energy, and want to help keep Soho special? You could be just what our Steering Group needs. Collaboration, organisation, administration, finance, social media and IT skills are all useful. So is knowledge of development planning. HURRY! Nominations close at 12 noon on Tuesday 30 June. To nominate yourself, send a brief statement (max 150 words) and a photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org More details are in the previous post. Continue reading Soho needs you!