"'...I don't believe it...' Having been giving a great deal of help and support from the AboutMyArea team, I have become the sub-editor of the Hamworthy Matters pages of the AboutMyArea - Poole. There..." more
"'...I don't believe it...' Having been giving a great deal of help and support from the AboutMyArea team, I have become the sub-editor of the Hamworthy Matters pages of the AboutMyArea - Poole. There is no doubt, if I can do it - anyone can! Why not give it a try and also become a Contributor?"
- Ann - Hamworthy Matters
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 CommitteeThe Bridging Community Management Committee is made up of a Project Management Group
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.
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
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
Overview of the established community groups the project is linked to: -
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
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
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.
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
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
Longfleet United Reformed Church
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