“It was a pleasure to meet Russell Hogarth and Nigel Farnworth from the UK Creative Communities Group in Brussels and to hear about the excellent work that they are doing in building communities together with universities and the non-formal sector, while engaging hard-to-reach individuals. This had led to tremendous success stories in the UK and beyond, making what some would say "impossible" a reality. This achievement is fully in line with what the Lifelong Learning Platform is advocating for since its creation in 2005: cross-sector cooperation, lifelong learning and inclusiveness. I will definitely promote their work among our network, and I hope that we will collaborate on a number of community events in the future and share information and best practice.’
- Pauline Boivin
Lifelong Leaning Platform (EU)
‘We had the good fortune to have Russell Hogarth and Nigel Farnworth and colleagues from the UK Creative Communities. I was very interested to engage with them, and to understand their work and vision.’
- Andrew Greenwood
the Director and co-founder of the Dance and Creative Wellness Foundation EU.
‘It was a pleasure to meet Russell Hogarth and Nigel Farnworth and hear more about the Creative Community Group’s work. We shared our experiences and found many similarities and possible synergies with the work of Volunteering Matters in the UK and the work of Volonteurope network in Europe. It was fascinating to hear about the work they do to foster education and community building in the UK. I am sure that our meeting will lead to future collaborations and partnership to promote the value of volunteering that supports the building and strengthening communities.’
- Laura de Bonfils
Volonteurope & Volunteering Matters International Policy, Advocacy & Fundraising Manager EU
‘A pleasure to meet Russell Hogarth and Nigel Farnworth from the UK Creative Communities Group in Brussels and to hear about the inspiring and very much needed work that they are doing in both education and the community. I am looking forward to our further cooperation on a number of community events and share information and best practice.’
- Lucie Susova
Education and Lifelong Learning coordinator, SOLIDAR Foundation EU
Social Work is very privileged to benefit so positively from those with lived experience (collaborating with the CCG) and carers, so I would like to wish the Creative Communities Group every success in the future.
- Lyn Romeo
Chief Social Worker for Adults (England - Richmond House, Whitehall).
‘I was very proud to have been involved and will continue to support Preston Soup (organised and run by the CCG) in the future and I would encourage others to get involved in the next event – a fantastic opportunity to give something back and learn more about what’s happening in your community.”
- Angela Hickey
Former Business Connector from Business in the Community (UK)
“I was incredibly impressed by the organisation that had gone into the CCG co-organised event. It was good to see such a wide range of collaborators and participants coming together to present what was, for me, a unique way of bringing healthier living to the community. Between all of you, you have created something very special.”
- Sir Peter Dixon
Chair of Diabetes UK
Dear Russell, I would like to thank you and in particular Nigel Farnworth from the UCLan Creative Communities Group for chairing the World Social Work Day celebration conference on behalf of the Chief Social Worker for Adults Office, Department of Health in London on the 18 March. Nigel not only chaired the event he also delivered an excellent closing presentation titled, The Creative Communities Group “Towards a better Tomorrow” to the delegates. The conference was a tremendous success with positive feedback from the delegates who attended. Social Work is very privileged to benefit so positively from those with lived experience and carers and I would like to wish Nigel and the UCLan Creative Communities Group UK every success in the future and thank them for their continued support. Yours sincerely, Lyn Romeo Chief Social Worker for Adults (England) Whitehall London
- Lyn Romeo
Chief Social Worker for Adults (England) Whitehall London