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Greater Brislington

This project was run by Bristol Charities

What was the project?

The aim of the project was to support and empower local older people to develop activities, meaningful occupation and volunteering opportunities that improve their community and address social isolation and loneliness.


What did the project do?

Bristol Charities community development project in Brislington involved local people in shaping the activities and events which take place via forums. The projects worked closely with other local organisations by supporting them to make funding applications and promoting their groups.

Local people were invited to join the forum where they give their input and contribute to shaping the activities in the area. The project produced a booklet with details of all the activities going on in the area for older people, this is available at libraries, GP surgeries and community venues throughout the ward.


How to get in touch

For more information about this project please email or ring 0117 928 1539


Why did BAB fund it?

When commissioning 9 community development projects, we followed the core mantra that one size does not fit all in Bristol. There was a clear need for different and distinct models of delivery depending upon the areas of focus. While it wasn’t possible within the BAB budget to fund bespoke projects in every part of the city, BAB was committed to developing Test and Learn projects that could create replicable best practices.

Greater Brislington was chosen as BAB identified that there had been no significant funding provided to organisations within this area by some of the city’s largest funders. We were keen to fund a project in the area that would build on research undertaken by the Community Researchers and would focus on identifying any specific areas of need and refocusing their work in Year 2 to address this.


Project news and learning

A number of groups set up as a result of this project have been made sustainable and will continue past the life of the project.

One of the initial findings from this project was the fact that people didn’t know what events and activities were available in their local area. The community development worker helped to create a yearly ‘What’s On’ guide detailing local activities and distributed them to communal spaces such as GP surgeries, community centre, church, and corner shops. Advertising space for local businesses made this booklet sustainable. Bristol Charities are not looking for further funding to continue but the learning from this project will inform their future community development work.

Read the Executive summary of the Greater Brislington community development project.

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