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What is Bridging Communities

Author: Steven Shaw Published: 2nd September 2008 17:20

The Bridging Community Project is a Longfleet United Reformed Project which is funded by the National United Reformed Church and the Poole Borough Council- Connects Building Better Communities Fund.  This is a partnership between the faith and secular communities across the regeneration area of Poole.

Bridging Community Management Committee
The Bridging Community Management Committee is made up of a Project Management Group

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The aim of the Bridging Communities Project is through community development practice, to contribute to the transformation of the regeneration areas so that it reflects kingdom values, such as social justice and inclusion. 



To achieve this, the Bridging Communities: -


  • Bridging diverse communities together for the benefit of everyone

  • Empowering, supporting and enabling people’s voice to be heard

  • Supporting the development of opportunities for people to put something back in their community

  • Offer training to those involved in the life of churches of all traditions in community work.

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The stated performance indicators for the support given by Poole Borough are: -


  • Development process evident

  • Community events taking place

  • Information given to local residents about the regeneration timescale and plan

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Project Plans


  • To support the development of the community groups within the regeneration area

  • To support the provision for children and young people within the regeneration area

  • Supporting the Community and the Authority in listening to each other

  • Enabling the interface between Poole Town churches and the development of the regeneration area

  • To aid the theological underpinning for community development work by the United Reform Partner Churches

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Core - Children's Work - AboutMyArea - BH15

Community Groups


Overview of the established community groups the project is linked to: -


  • Churches

  • Old Town Youth Group

  • Pilots

  • Poole Food Bank

  • Fair and Square Café

  • Parkstone’s Coffee

  • Chat and Play Groups

  • Links to relevant sites, contact information, etc

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  • The agreed projects have been supported through group activities: -

  • Supporting community groups within new developments as they begin to form

  • The continued development of the Fun4Kids Spots

  • To deliver services, addresses, talks as deemed appropriate to church congregations or groups

  • To facilitate training opportunities, as appropriate, such as children and youth work, community development for leaders and activists across churches and the wide community, etc.

  • To continue to gather peoples opinions by various means, e.g. repeat the structure interviews/questionnaires exercises on Seldown Park and the other developments as they are built

  • Future activities and opportunities

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More about the Fun4Kids Project


Fun4Kids spots are a series of events which are being held to bring Poole communities living within the Poole’s regeneration area.  The project brings exciting free activities for children, young people and families; these include arts and crafts, play, dance, music and drama workshops, story-telling and sports activities.


Funded by the Community Foundation Local Network Fund, the Borough of Poole, Housing Associations

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Fun4Kids - AboutMyArea - BH15

  • From the activity groups, families, carers, children and young people get to know each other through the opportunity of having fun together.

  • The events were the result of consultation with local residents and children on what they would like to do to bring both the new and old development areas in Poole, this has also encourage many groups and agencies with interest (Longfleet United Reformed Church, Skinner St. United Reformed Church, The Borough of Pole, Carter Community College, Swaythling Housing Society, Western Challenge Housing Association, Knightstone Housing Association, The Salvation Army, Dorset Police, The Resound Bus Project, Seldown Residents Association).

  • The first event held during the summer holidays in Poole high street was a great success with over 150 children and young people taking part.

Fun4Kids - AboutMyArea - BH15

Fun4Kids - AboutMyArea - BH15

Community Worker


To help with the project, a Church Related Community worker helps people from various communities of the Lower Hamworthy and Poole Town council wards, helping to influence and adapt to these changes of planned regeneration within these areas during the next 5-10 years. 

From working with various established and emerging groups, we should be able to encourage them to work together for the benefit of forming a wide community of Poole.


Alison Dalton was commissioned to the Bridging Communities Project and Longfleet United Reformed Church back in May 2006 where she manages this project across the council wards of Poole Town and Hamworthy East.


Read about Alison’ story from the start of the Bridging Communities Project

Alison Dalton - AboutMyArea - BH15



If you wish to get involved, volunteer support is always welcome or to find out more about this great project, please contact:


Alison Dalton (Church Related Community Worker) on 0790 811 0121


Address: -          

Longfleet United Reformed Church

Longfleet Road



BH15 2HP

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Alison’s Story


  • The Annual Reports

  • New Beginning - (to follow)

  • The Work - (to follow)

  • Reflections - (to follow)

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