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BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.
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Greater Fishponds Community Champions is an exciting project to enable local people to get involved with groups and activities in their area and make new friends with shared interests. The project is about bringing people together, raising awareness of what activities and services are out there, and developing new activities where there are gaps. The aim is to make Fishponds a vibrant area with a real mix of opportunities for people.
This project is funded for three years and works with the neighbourhoods of Hillfields, Frome Vale and Eastville to develop activities and to develop three specific community roles:
The aim of this role is to be an active citizen in your neighbourhood and community. Participants are given full support as needed to work in their community, identifying gaps in services and developing projects and activities, which will support people to make connections with other local people and groups. Some of the activities the Community Champions are doing at the moment include:
• Door knocking to get to know neighbours and identify needs;
• Setting up regular social sessions in the libraries and other locations;
• Inter-generational stay and plays;
• Setting up a one off event.
This element of the project is completed in partnership with the Carers Support Centre. Volunteers are trained and supported to visit local premises, facilities, activities and services. Volunteers will make assessments and recommendations to ensure the venues and services are age appropriate and carer friendly.
These are members of the community with access to older people such as business owners, church leaders, GP surgeries and those who work in the area who can help promote the project by having posters and leaflets.
The project is overseen by a steering group made up of local people who guide the direction of the project. The group meet quarterly or as required to discuss the project and what to do next.
If you would like to find out more about the Community Champions project please contact Kevin Peltonen-Messenger, Director of Services, by email: email@example.com
In September 2016, BAB launched the Blueprint for Community development, setting out the projects that it would commission across Bristol. Greater Fishponds had been one of areas that BaB had the least amount of information about at the beginning of the programme. The BAB Community Researchers undertook a fantastic asset mapping report of the area for us and we were keen to look at how a community development project could build on this information.
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