Two years ago this month, I wrote to you all to launch our Blueprint for community development and to release £1.5 million of funding to deliver 10 Community Development for older people projects. All of these projects are now delivering well with the LGBT+ Community development project starting most recently. We couldn’t fund every part of the city and it took a lot of planning and conversations with older people and partners to make the tough decision to focus our delivery in certain areas. Our Community Researchers are working with the Community development projects on the evaluation of them and the projects come together regularly to share their learning with each other.
The community development projects have embraced asset based approaches, with older people at the heart of the projects using their skills, experiences and energy to improve their localities for themselves and for others. You can see two stories below, but we also have seen Older people in Stockwood have setting up a community allotment within the grounds of Southern Links Children’s Centre and at the other side of the city, we have library socials in Hillfields.
I’m so proud to be part of this programme and spend a lot of my time talking about the fantastic work all of our partners have put in to delivering these projects for older people in Bristol.
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