Kingsway Carnival community event

This month Positive People have been working alongside Teign Housing Association by being a part of their Kingsway community event on Wednesday 17th April in Teignmouth. The event was based around the local community cafe (Pow Wow) and the local community centre and aimed at bringing together tenants and local residents on the Kingsway estate to build community spirit, links and showcase some of the local services available in their area, and for services to network. But most importantly it was a great opportunity for adults and children to have some fun and get to know each other.

As this was taking place over the Easter school holidays, there was a bouncy castle, face painting, raffle, a pop-up skate park, fitness & health tests and a BBQ serving burgers and hot dogs. There was also an Easter egg hunt which the children loved. The organizers even ran out of Easter eggs and had to make a dash to the local supermarket to pick up more supplies.

There were representatives from the Fire Brigade including a demonstration, Devon & Cornwall Police, The Cave Music Project, DWP, Westcountry Savings and Loans and many other volunteer and charity organisations who all came together to help make the day a fantastic experience and success.

For Cosmic and Positive People, we took along our connected home designed to highlight and show off some of the gadgets and tech available today to help support and improve people’s everyday lives. It also allows people to experiment and try out each digital device with no pressure of a sales shop environment, while talking with us to help explain the benefits and ability or limitations of a device and learn more about the Positive People project and digital support we offer.

The connected home was a great success helped by Peppa Pig and the Lego Batman Movie shown on an Amazon Fire Stick and the portable TV display to keep the kids entertained while the parents and adults spoke with us to learn more about the project and its aims and offering. We even had a special guest drop by in the Mayor of Teignmouth who was very interested in the project and our work. People loved the Amazon Alexa show and the colour changing light bulbs as well as the Ring doorbell with built in WiFi camera. A lot of people liked the added security this offered when getting callers at their door such as video and sound and were even more impressed by the ability to get a notification and see a video on their mobile device whilst away from the home.

Overall the day was a great success and really helped to bring everyone in the community together and we hope to support at future events with even more devices and gadgets. We received a number of referrals for digital support designed to help people learn more about using digital devices, using the internet safely, and adding to existing skills, knowledge and understanding of the digital world.