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BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.
This project is run by St Monica Trust
St Monica Trust’s community development team is helping to empower older people in and around Bristol to make changes in their own communities and lives. The Stockwood project aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness in the older population, as well as to ensure that older people feel able to influence decisions in their community.
The community development project for older people in Stockwood takes an asset-based approach which seeks to build on strengths that already exist in the community and work with residents to identify gaps and run citizen-led projects that will last long after the funding for the project ends. The community development worker is based at and works in partnership with the local Children’s Centre, maximising opportunities for intergenerational activity.
Current projects that are being supported are a residents’ forum group, Greater Stockwood, which plans to ‘give Stockwood a voice’ and is taking on a range of local issues such as improving communication (they have built a new noticeboard and plan to start a newsletter), and influencing spending of council funding such as CIL (community infrastructure levy). A group of residents have also started a hugely successful community allotment, Stockwood Growing Together’, on the Children’s Centre site which is attracting a variety of intergenerational activity such as ‘Stay and Plays’ and fun community events.
The scope for the project is broad and new ideas which are of benefit to the older population of Stockwood are strongly encouraged. For example, a couple of residents who are relatively new to the area are being supported to put on a social and informative gathering once a month to welcome new arrivals to the area. It’s also easy to signpost residents into the wide range of activities that are already going on for older people in Stockwood. The community development worker works closely alongside the St Monica Trust project which creates the What’s On Guides and delivers activities, and also maintains strong links with other local organisations who are active in the area.
Please contact Jan Perry, Community Development Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stockwood was once a busy community with many families but with 40% of the local population over 55 (compared with 29% for the whole of Bristol) it has one the largest ageing populations in the city. Due to this ageing population in a previously family focussed community, there is a lack of coordination and infrastructure and support services. BAB commissioned a Community Development project within Stockwood with the aims of increasing activities with and around older people and to support older people in influencing decisions around the future of their community.
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