Heath moved to the Island fairly recently, and shortly after arriving started the Aspire community centre in Ryde with £1000 of his own money.
He tells the story of how and his team now bring around £1.5million of value to the community, on the way discussing areas where the voluntary sector could take a more professional approach, the difference between leading and managing people, and how people can get involved.
Heath frequently refers to the myriad of projects Aspire are involved in. Rather than list them all individually, visit their website for details.
1:40 Moving to the Isle of Wight
3:25 What he learned as a foster carer
5:45 Turning a church into a community centre
9:25 Were there ever any doubts?
11:43 Key early moments
14:21 The importance of data collection to quantify impact
17:10 The No.1 objective is to have fun!
18:55 The values that underpin Aspire
20:16 How projects start at Aspire
24:25 Matching projects to community needs
27:05 Plans for the future
29:20 What can people contribute?
32:30 Advice for people who want to get involved
36:35 Saying no to opportunities
38:35 Innovation and improvement in the voluntary sector
48:44 The importance of trust, and taking risks
50:30 How to get involved
51:34 Green and Blue Spaces, and why we should talk to each other