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Hi Stephen

We hope you’ve been revelling in summer fun! July was a hive of action with community events, workshops, project visits and volunteering days.

We’re sharing some of our learnings and inspiration from our adventures, as well as some tips we picked up on how to reduce plastic in your home. Also this month, more funding opportunities and how one of our campaigns is beautifying local spaces.

Sembling at Seed Festival

This month we were at Seed Festival bringing together inspiring members of the Semble community. We came together with Seeders and Semblers to spark creative ideas, strengthen existing connections and forge new ones. Here are some of our learnings from around the hay bales.

Semble Stars: Cultivate Cornwall CIC

Sometimes you meet people that simply blow you away with their passion and energy. The crew from Cultivate Cornwall are developing countless innovative projects to strengthen communities and increase inclusion in Cornwall. We come away from every interaction awed and inspired, you will too.

Hello Beautiful Neighbourhood - transforming a tunnel

Once scary territory for locals, the Cattle Arch in Portslade was cleaned and painted in collaboration with the Friends of Vale Park as part of the Cif Hello Beautiful Neighbourhood Project. Hear how this campaign is supporting locals to beautify rundown community spaces.

Funding: Community Business Bright Ideas Fund - Gives community groups early-stage finance to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs. Grants of up to £15,000. Deadline 30 Sept.
Resource: 3 tips for going plastic-free at home - Claudie Williams began an experiment in plastic-free living with her family in 2016. She shares her top three tips and one big benefit.
Resource: Plastic-free food shopping pack - The Feed Me Good project have developed an awesome plastic-free challenge pack to help you take your shopping basket plastic-free.
Scoop flavour of the month - How can coming together create moments of joy and increase our capacity to create positive change? We explore this with a podcast from Novara media.
We've cherry-picked a couple of community events listed on Semble. You can check out the full event listings and add your own events here.
Let's Build Wellbeing Together - 13-15 September, Stroud.
Speakers include Satish Kumar. Save £30 with code SEED30B
Plastic-free Hackney Litter-pick - 25 Aug, London
Help remove this litter before it can injure local wildlife & pollute waterways.
"Collaboration is like carbonation for fresh ideas. Working together bubbles up ideas you would not have come up with solo, which gets you further faster."  Caroline Ghosn.
How have you been inspired by coming together with others this Summer? Share your stories with us on social media using #LetsSemble or Get in touch with us by email. Happy adventures, Sembler!

Josie and the Semble team

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