January 1, 2022

Our Community, Our Future

by Zoe Greenhalgh in News, Projects

Our Community, Our Future (OCOF) is the social integration programme for Blackburn with Darwen. This government funded, three year programme has been developed by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council working with a wide range of local partners.

Note Weavers have been successful in securing a grant from the Our Community Our Future (OCOF) fund to embed current successful delivery and extend our community networking.

The OCOF project has a specific focus across three areas:

  • the connecting and signposting of pre-school children with SEND to the groups.
  • working with parents of babies under 9 months.
  • extending the reach of our current programme & delivering taster sessions with established partners (eg Re-Source) and new organisations (eg linking with the Thrive programme at the Bureau).

In addition, Note Weavers want to build awareness of the potential of our “Shared Sounds” work to develop an integrated community family programme; there is a lack of free/low cost community activities for families.  In developing this project, we want to develop two-way signposting between ourselves and local organisations in Blackburn with Darwen area (community and early years education providers) to increase understanding of the impact which supported family activity can have on the development of young children.