How the activity of the initiative group can “awaken” the community.

Olhyno territorial community residents are still waiting for the elections but that does not prevent them from developing their community right now. The joint territorial community is located in Donetsk Oblast, Volnovakha Raion, and has 5 communities willing to merge. To develop their community, local female residents created an initiative group and started various initiatives.

It all started, as always, with information hours. Yana Tvereza, Active Community Coordinator in Volnovakha, communicates weekly with residents about issues that need to be addressed and motivates them to resolve these issues on their own. In some time, information hours participants invited by Yana visited Active Community Club and brought their friends. They not only discussed the existing problems but also drew up an action plan. The Active Community Coordinator helped them identify the list of interests/projects they would like to implement in their joint territorial communities and encouraged them to join a 4-person initiative group.

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Pictures from the exhibition of Vera Izotova. 

The first implemented idea was free fitness classes. Two girls of the initiative group give classes for free, and the community center provides facilities and supplies for the club. Classes are given 2-3 times a week. There were 7 club visitors, and they are about 20 now. “Talents around us” exhibition of local painter became one more important initiative that was implemented. The initiative group members saw the paintings of Vera Izotova on social media and decided to help the artist with the organization of her own exhibition. They arranged the exhibition on the premises of local library in Novotroiitske settlement, helped to bring the paintings and arrangement of space. The initiative group also jointed the 2020 community development strategies discussion. Now the initiative group participants want to plant a garden close to school No. 4 in Novotroiitske and open a theater workshop. The Active Community team is very happy about the development of Olhyno territorial community and will gladly give them further assistance and support the ideas of the initiative group and community.

Note. The all-Ukrainian initiative “Active Community” – is an association of people and social movements for self-organization and participation in solving local problems. The initiative was created within the framework of the Institute “Respublica”.