KBF Sussex had its first meeting earlier this week in a pub in Brighton. Here are some tips for anyone setting up a local group.
You can start your own group using KBF local.
If there isn't a group at the moment you can start one and be the group administrator.
It may be easier to start with a discussion to find other interested people and this may help define the geographical area you start with.
Paul Kayser started our group at the end of July. Paul explained:
“I used the search function to look for others located in Sussex (by typing in areas like Brighton, Eastbourne, Worthing, Lewes etc) and engaged in conversation via the Members Chat feature. As I began to make more connections I created a group chat (in Members Chat) adding the names of the members. We discussed the idea of a meet up via a Zoom call, which concluded with an agreed time and place. I posted the general details of our event on KBF South (KBF Local), which asked for a direct message for the specifics (as the forum is public but dm is private), Simon Dolan retweeted the details and I also posted on Facebook. Our group from all these difference sources is now over 25 and growing.”
Five of us had a zoom conference call a few days later and we agreed to meet the following Tuesday at 7.00 pm.
We allocated some tasks...three of us respectively...looked for new members, booked a venue and produced an agenda.
We chose a pub in Brighton as:
- Brighton was reasonably central
- the pub was close to public transport and parking wasn't too bad
- we knew the owner had a clear and sensible position on health and safety guidance
- the room was free to use.