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New Development Worker Rob Baker

A Big High Peak CVS Welcome to Rob Baker – our New Development Worker leading on Group Support.  

Rob BakerOne of the areas that we at High Peak CVS are particularly proud of is our work in supporting community groups and organisations across the whole district. This ranges from helping a new group set up, developing a constitution and committee through to accessing funding and promoting their success. It is vital that we are able to offer this level of support to our members as it empowers groups to offer essential services and support to local people and communities.

We are delighted to welcome Rob Baker to the team as our new Development Worker (Groups) and we did a short Q&A to get to know him better and introduce him to you all:

What was it about the role of Development Worker (Groups) that attracted you to the position?

I believe that the best way to support community groups is to equip them with the tools to help themselves. The desire, need and passion for a community group, event or project is out there in abundance but the knowledge of how to put that idea into practice is not so easy and that’s why organisations such as High Peak CVS are so vital in offering the expertise, advice and guidance required to support new groups to form and existing groups to grow and thrive. The opportunity to be a part of that and help to tackle serious issues that affect communities in the High Peak is tremendously exciting. I passionately believe in communities working to help themselves, to deliver the essential services and facilities that they need and to build a sense of pride and achievement in what can be done when people work together.

What are you looking forward to the most?

Working with any of the fantastic voluntary groups across the High Peak will be incredibly rewarding but I am particularly excited to work with the smaller, community based groups that grow out of a single good idea or need and blossom into an essential part of the communities they serve.

Tell us something about you?

I am involved with several small community groups, through which I developed my interest in community activism and volunteering. I am the Secretary of the Friends of Conduit Street Playing fields, one of the organisers of Tintwistle, Hadfield and Padfield Litter Action and the elected High Peak Borough Councillor representing Tintwistle ward. As part of the friends group, I have spent the last few years working on a project to redevelop a piece of public land in Tintwistle Village creating a new children’s playground and social meeting space. We have installed new play equipment and picnic benches and organise regular events for the community.​

Rob will be getting in touch with all our members over the coming weeks and months to introduce himself and understand more about your group and how we can support you. In the meantime, if you have any queries or feel you would benefit from some help and advice please do get in touch directly with Rob on: rob@highpeakcvs.org.uk

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