VILLAGE CONNECT

For more information please email Mark Hazell at mark.hazell@hookandodihamlions.co.uk

“Connecting ideas and skills to meet the needs of our villages”

Welcome to Village Connect!

“Great things can happen….when people connect”

For almost everyone, life in 2020 has been fundamentally different. It has prompted people to reflect on what really matters to them, with many refocusing on family, friends, and wellbeing. 

Throughout the pandemic we have witnessed neighbourliness, community spirit, and the immense difference people can make when they work together to support each other.

The current situation has also shone a light on the needs within our communities, some of which existed before March 2020 and some which have arisen during the pandemic.

Following the February launch we have continued to progress the existing projects and commence new submitted ideas.






Status of Active Approved Projects As At 1st October 2021
Title/Status Description How you can get involved….. / Update
Village Litter Pick / In progress Hook and Odiham's events are underway. Future Odiham events will be the 2nd Sunday of each month. and Hooks the 3rd Sunday of each month.
PLEASE ADVISE US of any litter "Hotspots" you feel need attention
The next monthly Odiham Village Litter Pick will commence 10.00-12.00 Sunday 8 August in the High Street (near pedestrian crossing). Please arrive between 10.00-10.15am to collect a bag and a suggested route.
If you have them - please bring a hi-viz jacket, litter picker and gloves. We can provide these items but there is obviously a cost to our funds. Thankyou !
Odiham Book Exchange / Now Open Following the closure of the library in Odiham, the Parish Council, with the community groups, have opened a Book Exchange facility.
 
The Lions will be providing and installing the computers.

Village Connect Trail / In planning stage

A fundraising and social participation event to raise funds for local schools.

The walk-run event is currently scheduled for Sat /Sun 25th & 26th of September. See this web site VILLAGE CONNECT TRAIL for details

Mobile Speed Device in Hook.  To establish a Community Speedwatch Group to help manage excessive driving speeds in Hook. The A30 and the North/South Griffin Way are the main roads to be addressed. We have formed the Community Speedwatch Group which is now operating on a regular basis around Odiham and North Warnborough. If you would like to support this initiative please contact Emily Cahill at  emilycahill@hotmail.co.uk

Review of Local

Defibrillators

Working with local surgeries PPGs this is a review to capture the location and geographical spread and to identify and fill gaps. We will communicate the findings of the review.

We will update and publish this table every month, in the local magazines and the Lions website, so it will be easy to track the status of existing and new submissions.

How can you get involved? / How can you contribute?

Although we plan to engage with all clubs and groups, we also want to hear from individuals who would like to:

1. Suggest a project or service

2. Volunteer to contribute a specific skill/expertise or would just like to help.

To submit a project, volunteer to help or for more information please email Mark Hazell at mark.hazell@hookandodihamlions.co.uk 

“Great things can happen….when people connect”

 Mark Hazell – Hook & Odiham Lions Village Connect Team Lead


What is Village Connect?

Village Connect is a new initiative, led by Hook & Odiham Lions in partnership with Rotary Club of Odiham & Hook.

We aim to engage with local people, clubs and groups in Hook, Hartley Wintney and Odiham to hear your ideas for local projects or services that could address community needs and support the wellbeing of our communities.

We will seek to help make ideas a reality. This may involve helping new ideas to get started, enabling an existing project to expand its remit, or simply connecting people and groups who want to make things happen. If a project or service already exists, we will seek to raise the profile so that local people know what is available in their community. The scope will include both Covid-19 and non Covid-19 based suggestions and we aim to cover as many sectors of the community as possible across all age ranges.

A steering group has been established, led by Hook & Odiham Lions, and joined by the Rotary Club of Odiham & Hook, all three Parish Councils (Hook, Hartley Wintney and Odiham), Hart District Council (HDC), Hart Voluntary Action (HVA) and Odiham Cottage Hospital (OCH) to manage the overall process and assess the suggested ideas.

Village Connect is a form of ‘community needs assessment’.

What is wellbeing?

Our wellbeing is a combination of our physical, mental, emotional and social health. Wellbeing is shaped by many factors such as: the lifestyle we follow; our connections with family, friends and community; opportunities for employment, learning, and activities which give us a sense of purpose; and our environment such as access to high quality green spaces.

How will it work?

We want to hear ideas from individuals, groups and clubs.

Our vision is to conduct surveys, via video calls and possibly face-to-face meetings, when safe to do so, with all groups and clubs in the villages to ask the question…..which projects/services are missing from our community?” Hartley Wintney has recently conducted a Covid-19 survey so, to avoid duplication, we expect to conduct a lower profile type of survey campaign within the parish.

The first wave of engagements will be with the schools, churches and Doctors’ surgeries.

 Following that we will schedule meetings with the other groups and clubs in the villages over the next six months.

The steering group will review, facilitate and shape the submitted ideas. This group includes the HDC, HVA and OCH and will steer all suggested ideas to one of three typical outcomes:

1.A project/service to be managed or led by Lions/Rotary

2. A project/service where a 3rd party is best placed to lead or facilitate

3.“Out of scope” – a project/service that does not fall within the remit of Village Connect or is not deemed deliverable.

We also plan to work with the three Parish Councils and HVA to build and utilise volunteer databases.


Which Projects/Services ideas have been submitted so far?

Although we are in the early stages of this initiative a number of projects/services have already come to light from the Trial Survey Phase. The first of these is a regular monthly Village Litter Pick (in Hook, Hartley Wintney and Odiham) and our vision is to share the leadership of these between the Lions and other local clubs. The first village Litter Pick roll-out will be in Hook.

It is also becoming clear that just talking to people, in an open dialogue, is triggering some interesting and intriguing suggestions. Some of the ideas may appear obvious with hindsight but are only coming to light through encouragement and the opportunity for discussion. We will publish the latest table every month, in the local magazines and update the Lions website, so it will be easy to track the status of existing and new submissions.

How can you get involved? / How can you contribute?

Although we plan to engage with all clubs and groups, we also want to hear from individuals who would like to:

1. Suggest a project or service

2. Volunteer to contribute a specific skill/expertise or would just like to help.

To submit a project or volunteer to help please email mark.hazell@hookandodihamlions.co.uk

“Great things can happen….when people connect”

For more information please email Mark Hazell at mark.hazell@hookandodihamlions.co.uk