Reopening of the ROSE

Here is where you find out about the new strategy for development of the Qultura community for when the ROSE Community Centre reopens.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to completely restructure and reorganize the way in which we develop the Qultura community. For us this is a positive development and we are looking to share this positive development with the community. Here is where you find out about the new strategy.

The ROSE Community Library

The ROSE Community library will reopen when the ROSE Community Centre reopens and is largely unaffected by changes brought about by COVID-19. We are seeking a couple of volunteers to help maintain the library but you should be able to borrow books as you did before the COVID-19 lockdown and closure of the ROSE Community Centre. However please notify us if you're donating books because the library is becoming full and we may need to think about storage space.

Community drop in (Qultura Fallback)

Given the fact that COVID-19 seems to have messed up so many people's lives we're looking to move forward with plans for a new regular Community Drop In to help deal with issues relating to such things as Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payments (PIP), loss of work, housing issues, and all the other "fun" stuff which happens when your life falls apart or is taken apart by others.

However given the fact that we are still very much in lockdown for non-economic purposes we have adopted a 'rolling' community drop in strategy so that no more than 6 people come together at any one time. In person meetings are therefore to be used for essential practical stuff, such as checking forms, chaperoning people for appointments and figuring out responses for the DWP and other organizations.

This all of course is dependent on community participation, people getting involved in the community and the ability to find volunteers and activists who are willing to help develop both the Community Drop In and Qultura Fallback.

Human Library Project events

We are planning to set up and develop Human Library Project events which promote social interaction. Currently we are working to figure out how to go about this and whether we can develop such events in person at selected venues or whether we need to develop such events through online resources such as Zoom and Whatsapp.

Further information

You can find further information on our developing projects below and we welcome your input and participation on the Message Boards.

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The ROSE Community Library

The ROSE Community Library, situated at the ROSE Community Centre, was developed in 2019 by Charmaine Bourton, who is a retired librarian and professional actress. This community library is our first completed project and prior to lockdown our most popular community project. The library will reopen shortly after the ROSE reopens.

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The Human Library Project

So you understand a library is where you can borrow a book, right? So how about borrowing another human being? The Human Library Project is a series of events where you meet with other people from the community and spend a couple of hours getting to know one another. We plan to start Human Library Project events from the autumn of 2020.

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Qultura Fringe

Qultura Fringe is our developing performing arts community set up for anyone who is interested in the performing arts, theatre, film making, acting and drama workshops. Together we're working to bring the Fringe back to Nine Elms and Battersea working with Circle Village West, the Duchess Belle and the ROSE Community Centre.

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Qultura Fallback

There's not much point in developing a community, any sort of a community, but especially an empathy based community, if there is no means of community support within that community. This is what Qultura Fallback is all about, making sure that nobody is made destitute or left starving, isolated, vulnerable, struggling or suffering.

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Cultural activism

Thanks to both COVID-19 and Brexit change is inevitable - but what sort of change? What sort of change would you prefer? Do you want change that is forced upon you by those in authority or would you prefer change with you come up with together with other people in your community? There's never been a better time for cultural change.

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Homeless Support

Qultura was set up at the request of a group of people who were street homeless. Back when we started there were just 42,000 homeless people in the UK. Today there's over 330,000. In London every 2 hours someone loses their home and is thrown out onto the street. If anyone needs empathy, then surely it's the homeless.

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