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Community development is at the heart of our work

The services we run give children a great start in life, provide young people with opportunities to learn and develop, ensure older people remain active and well, provide the community with meeting spaces to learn, socialise, keep fit, and have fun! We also initiate, incubate, support and lead projects that both take place in and beyond our buildings

Rocking the Boat – 8 week boat building course, Thursdays 10:30 am – 3:30 pm We are working with “All Aboard” and others to provide this brilliant opportunity. If you are 50+ or 16-25 and live in Bristol, you can apply for Rocking the Boat, an intergenerational boat building project in small groups of 6 to 8 people to work closely with our friendly, highly skilled experts to build two brand new boats from scratch. The project culminates with the vessel’s maiden voyage on the historic Bristol Harbour 50+? You will take part in an 8 week programme, the first 2 weeks of which are skills builder sessions where you will start building your boat. In the 3rd week, you will be joined by our 16-25 year olds. 16 – 25? Your programme will last 6 weeks, joining our older generation in their third week, you will build your boats together. Free to attend but you must be living in the city of Bristol. No experience is required. Courses run every Thursday, 10.30AM – 3.30PM. for 8 weeks at All-Aboard Watersports, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG. We can help with transport. www.allaboardwatersports.co.uk

Your Food – Your Health, is an initiative engaging people with food. Our Food Development worker, Steph Atkins, facilitates a weekly drop-in session every Wednesday where the guests discuss and enjoy food. Activities include: food quizzes, seed planting, salad crop harvesting, sampling different cakes, swapping  favourite recipes. The sessions are free to attend and there is no need to book. They take place at St Catherine’s Court (off East Street in Bedminster) between 2-4pm on Wednesday. Email ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk for more details.

 

AT BS3 Community We are putting our best foot forward on the Let’s Walk Bedminster project.

Street Wardens

There are now more than 27 street wardens across BS3.    They are local residents who take an interest in their street’s surroundings and have a contact at Bristol City Council (BCC) to report abandoned mattresses, dog mess and other detritus left in the streets.   BCC claim to remove these within 48 hours (often quicker), but only if somebody tells them about it.   Contact ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk if you would like to know more about being a street warden – no training needed, just a chat over a coffee. Since March 2018 BS3 Community along with the police, BCC officers, Bristol Waste and local Councillors have been walking our key retail streets with residents and local volunteers with an interest in de-cluttering the streets. This happens once a month and the group has spotted obstructions and other problems as well as talking to shop keepers and shoppers about their experience of the streets.    Slowly, but surely, we are persuading people to make our retail streets more ‘walkable’ by placing A-frames and other street furniture out of the way so as not to obstruct the already narrow pavement for all users, but especially pram pushers, mobility scooter users and those with sight impairment.    The shopkeepers themselves are helping to make the streets a more pleasant place to be with the introduction of more planters and seating.   Contact ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk for more information about ‘clutter patrols’ and how to join in.

BS3 Community volunteer Ben Barker has written a report on ‘walkability’ for the Bristol Walking Alliance.    Ben notes “If you are young and nimble, you can probably dodge around obstacles on the pavement.   Not so if you are pushing a buggy or being led by an assistance dog”. A copy of Ben’s first report can be requested by emailing ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk The UWE students that Ben was undertaking research with have also compiled a report, UWE Student Report     BS3 Community supports Bedminster Action Group.   BAG is drawn from local residents who have experienced difficulties with accessing shops and other buildings in BS3.    We are working with some local businesses that need advice on simple ways in which they can make their premises more accessible.    Please contact ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk if you would like to help with this and become a member of BAG.  

 

Community Navigators Bristol and Community Webs are social prescribing services that offers free signposting and support.  Friendly, trained ‘navigators’ will share information about what’s happening in the local area.  If the person needs extra support, the community navigator can accompany them when they try something for the first time or contact a befriending service to assist.   Support is also on offer with form filling, or to help people with any concerns that they have about getting out and about – including safety, transport or money worries – by connecting them with other community and health services to tackle these problems. For more information please contact ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk 

 

Spend a penny with ease

As part of BS3 Community’s campaign to make our local area an Age Friendly place to live, we have worked with local resident and activist Ben Barker to produce this useful Toilet Map

Blooming Bedminster is a community project that is celebrates the work of local groups who improve and care for all kinds of green spaces in Greater Bedminster. BS3 Community supports Blooming Bedminster projects including the annual Good Front Garden Awards, the Bedminster’s Secret Gardens Open Days and the Patchwork Community Gardening Group. Find out more on the Patchwork blog http://bedminsterpatchwork.tumblr.com 

 

 

    BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people in Bristol,including voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations plus older people well placed to understand the broader issues and context of reducing loneliness and isolation. The wider BAB Partnership has over 100 140 older people and organisations signed-up to help develop the Vision & Strategy. BS3 Community continue to support the development and implementation of BAB throughout the city, but particularly within the Greater Bedminster area.

Bristol Ageing Better

Tech & Talk

Tech & Talk is a social and computer café for people over 55 to come to a safe environment (2 local cafes), fortnightly to ask questions about tech but it also offers a place for chat over a cup of tea. Volunteers can help with a range of queries from switching on devices, how to email, looking up things of interest, online shopping etc. For more info about session times and dates please contact ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk 

Productive Margins

Productive MarginsProductive Margins is a Bristol and Cardiff Universities research project. It also involves community organisations and social enterprises in Bristol and South Wales. Its aim is to co-produce ideas about new ways that communities can take part in decision-making. Specifically with the support of the University of Bristol we are working with a small group of older people around issues of isolation and loneliness. How can you get involved? We’d really appreciate you to taking part in a research interview. We are a group of people made up of members of the community, researchers from the University of Bristol and professionals from the Southville Community Development Association. We want to think about how we can improve things to help people feel connected to their local area and friends and family. We also want to hear about things that are good in our area, and any ideas about how life can be improved for older people locally. So, if you are aged over 50 we would love to hear from you! ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk

Productive Margins

 

We are working with Come on Board to provide a range fun and sociable activities to encourage people to try something new or rediscover a passion. These are FREE activities with FREE transport to and from the activities, across the city of Bristol for anyone over 50 years of age. All activities are held in small groups, of between 6 and 10 people, and we have a huge amount to offer those with access needs. www.comeonboard.org.uk