“The next step in making the community gym a reality, is to bring together a dedicated group.” Make a Change is talking with Vivien Philpotts of the Lancefield Neighbourhood House, who wants to respond to the need for a gym in the community.

“In previous years we have established a business plan, and I even have donated gym equipment—stored, ready to be used,” Vivien explains. “The issue we are having trouble addressing, is that there isn’t a suitable location to house the community gym.”

In the lead up to the next Make a Change event, Let’s Nut it Out,  we are interviewing locals and the projects they are interested in making happen. The event provides an opportunity for people who are thinking about projects, or running a project or community group; to nut out any issues or challenges they might be facing.

“Having a dedicated group on this project will bring momentum to finding a location for the gym, or, secure funding to purpose build a gym.”
Leanne Backwell, the president of the Lancefield Football and Netball Club, along with Paula Broadstock, captain of Lancefield’s A Grade netball team and coach of the Under 19 netball team, are assisting to bring momentum to this project.

“It would be great to have a gym for sporting groups – for training. A community gym will mean that people who want to train don’t have to travel and it will encourage more fitness.”

Inspired by the recent Outside the Square event; ‘Celebrating Community,’ Vivien would also like to establish an ongoing community group to oversee projects that were created while working with Make a Change Australia. “The Community Group would get together to check in on how other projects are coming along, and ask what’s next.”

Do you have a great project on the go, or are you working with a community group to develop an idea? Then Let’s Nut it Out is for you! It’s taking place on the 14th of July in Romsey – Click through for more details and registration.

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