WOW Catton Grove!

WOW Catton Grove! is a community initiative funded by Norwich Opportunity Area and Catton Grove Big Local.

The aim of the project is to provide young people, parents and their extended community with an extensive awareness, knowledge and ownership of the ‘world of work’ within their neighbourhood and beyond. It will build confidence between adults and children to have regular conversations about the world of work and feel well equipped to support each other to think about the future.

The project is working with families of Catton Grove Primary School who will become the WOW Catton Grove Experts exploring their community’s past, present and find ‘world of work’ solutions for their futures.

The Treasure Hunt

The project kicked off in October 2019 with an engagement event at Catton Grove Primary School. The WOW Catton Grove Treasure Hunt followed the story of ‘Brave Robyn, the Highwaywoman of Catton Grove!

The WOW Catton Grove Treasure Hunt participants followed Brave Robyn’s story and hunted for the WOW Catton Grove community treasure chests to reveal just what services, sectors and skills make their community function.

WOW Catton Grove! The Experts

Catton Grove Primary School family teams will be become the WOW Catton Grove Experts. Over 3 sessions we will be using ‘Mantle of the Expert’ methodology to empower families to reveal just how Catton Grove was formed, has grown and how they can ensure it will thrive into the future. We shall be using Norwich City Council Survey Maps dating from 1880 to the present day to highlight the growth of the Catton Grove Community and how services, sectors and skills have changed and grown. Through the session and when the families go back home we will be having lots more conversations about the world of work and together how families can talk and plan for their children’s future world of work (WOW) 

Around Our Block

(Tuesday 12 November)

This session questioned what ‘treasured’ services, sectors and skills would fade, grow or be introduced in Catton Grove over the next decade when the Catton Grove Primary School students will be leaving education. We were joined by Emma Penfold, Community Enabling Officer,  Norwich City Council who brought some fascinating Norwich City Council Survey maps dating from 1880 to present day. Emma then commissioned the families to create their own WOW future maps of their community. Their completed maps  were placed in a time capsule which will be kept at the school to be opened in 2029! There were some ambitious plans! 

Horrible History or Pleasant Past

(Tuesday 21 January 2020)

In this session the Catton Grove History Group will be working with the ‘WOW History Heroes’ to ask a series of questions: When and why was Catton Grove built? How did it grow and change? What services did it need? What was living in Catton Grove like? The aim will be to uncover the heritage, growth and changes in services, sectors and skills needed to build and run Catton Grove. By understanding WOW changes in the community we will appreciate the need to help our young people plan their future worlds of work.

Horrible History or Pleasant Past? (Tuesday 4 February 2020)

In this session we will be working with Norse and Anglia Water to explore Catton Grove’s ‘hidden’ sectors, skills and services and exploring what the future holds for the maintenance of the community, for example; the drainage and water systems, environmental services and upkeep of grounds of parks and streets. This session will highlight the opportunities and the ‘destination’ prospects such companies offer to also encourage families to consider more working life options and opportunities.

Speaking Volumes

Between February – April 2020 the WOW Catton Grove project focuses on the creation of a library of Speaking Volumes. Working with the Wise Archive, a virtual community library will be found and interviewed by the WOW Catton Grove Experts. Each ‘volume’ will be a person who has  EITHER studied at Catton Grove Primary or Sewell Park Academy and whose working life has been interesting, satisfying or in some cases extraordinary! OR those who have worked in the Catton Grove to support the services and sectors needed to maintain a thriving, healthy and happy community. Each ‘volume’ will be digitally recorded, filmed and photographed. The Speaking Volumes Library will be available online, and in some cases during ‘real-life’ events in schools and at community events. This part of the project will enable the WOW Catton Grove Experts to gain skills in inteview techniques and to find out more about job opportunities and training routes available  in their locality and appreciate how many of those jobs relate to work and training opportunities outside their area.

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