NEWSLETTER (56:17) – Dance, patchwork, sausage & cider, FrANC and Bristol Girls Can!

Novel Writers: Samanta Schweblin Fever Dream – tickets still available!

Thursday 19 October, 6.30–8pm at Spike Island. Argentinian author Samanta Schweblin is coming to Spike Island to introduce and read from her debut novel, Fever Dream. Fever Dream is shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize 2017, and so it is an exciting opportunity to hear her talk in Bristol.  This is part of a regular series of novelist talks at Spike Island organised in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas.  Tickets here: http://www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/talks/novel-writers-samanta-schweblin/

My Wild Bedminster

Many thanks to those who have already sent in their 2017 wildlife reports for BS3.   Please keep them coming to gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com.   We’ll probably start the analysis of data early in November and hope to publish and circulate some reports early in 2018.    And, of course, then we start all over again.

Lots of you will have reference books on particular groups like birds or butterflies, but then some spider or moth pops up, looks interesting, but is quite unidentifiable.    For these cases, you might go to the Field Studies Council.    They publish simple guides to lots of groups for between £3 and £4 each.    There’s a long list of these under publications at www.field-studies-council.org.     Why not add slugs or shield bugs to your list in 2018?

Rise Youth Dance

There’s a new dance group coming to South Bristol – see the attached poster.

Patchwork Update

The Patchwork community gardening group has a session this Saturday from 10 until 12 on the beds they look after in the Stackpool Road homezone. Please join them for some weeding if you can (outside Southville Primary). Patchwork’s recent apple pressing day was a great success. There are some photos on their blog http://bedminsterpatchwork.tumblr.com/

Sausage and Cider Festival

The Southbank Club has an event on Saturday 21st October. From 12 until 6 there will be cider tasting, music and delicious sausages. There is also going to be a cider making workshop. From 8 until midnight there will be a ceilidh. Tickets for all parts of the event are available here http://hdfst.uk/E39864

FrANC AGM

Friends of the Avon New Cut are having their AGM on Sunday 5th November at The Education & Meeting Room at The Underfall Yard from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

If you feel that you could offer your services on the Committee, but would like to hear more about what that might entail, then please email Derek to find out more. They are definitely in need of a bit more help and there could be a role that would suit your skills – whether or not you wish to be a Committee Member.  It may be that you feel able to help with some of the admin tasks, prepare periodic newsletters, or could organise a walk/talk, or keep the website up to date.

After the AGM, which they intend to last no longer than one hour, you are invited to join them on a guided tour of The Underfall Yard.  This will include access to some areas that are not open to the public on a daily basis.  A donation of £2 towards FrANC funds will be appreciated if you intend to join them on this tour, but there will be no charge for attending the AGM!

It would be helpful if you could contact them to confirm your attendance – to ensure they bake enough cake, etc – derekwhughes@btinternet.com

Living Streets

Living Streets are working in partnership with the Council and are promoting walking. Here’s information about the organisation https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/local-groups and Laura is the local contact person if you want to find out more laura.service@livingstreets.org.uk

Bristol Girls Can!

See their website for an event on Saturday for women of all ages at St Pauls Community Sports Academy. Book places .

NEWSLETTER (55:17) – Learning Partnership West, rubbish, Healthy City Week

Projects with Learning Partnership West (LPW)

Attached is an overview of planned delivery in South Bristol for the rest of this year. It is worth keeping an eye on Rife (www.rifemagazine.co.uk) and Go Places to Play http://www.goplacestoplay.org.uk/ for any new projects or changes to session times.
For further information on any of these groups please contact David Cousins via 0117 907 4417 / 07776465132, dcousins@lpw.org.uk, www.lpw.org.uk

Halloween Forest Crafts

Moving forwards Incredible Edible Bristol will be running some forest school meets food growing and wildlife events, facilitated by trained specialists in outdoor education. The aim is to introduce the young people to the joys of being outdoors, to learn new skills around  growing, cooking and caring for wildlife and to have a great time whilst doing so.🕸️

The first session, to be held in the Quakers Burial Ground on 25th October, will be loosely based around Halloween and the preparation of outdoor space for wildlife over winter. The link to purchase tickets is https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halloween-forest-school-afternoon-tickets-37703775006

Join in the Dame Emily Park Project Rubbish Campaign 🎨

There are some lovely drawings 🖼 on display in Dame Emily Park relating to the rubbish campaign “Take it in – Take it out”. Children from Holy Cross School are going to join in and so can you by creating one or more drawings and sending it to dameemilypark@gmail.com  They will be laminated and displayed to make park users aware of the importance to look after the environment.

“The River Malago and its Culverts in Old Bedminster” Walk

The next FrANC event this year will be a walk held on Sunday 22nd October.  The walk will start at 2:00pm and the meeting point is the entrance to the Windmill Hill Community Orchard (St. John’s Burial Ground) that is located opposite the junction between Francis Road and St. John’s Lane, immediately south of the railway bridge where Sheene Road becomes St. John’s Lane.  The walk will finish at the Spike Island Café on Cumberland Road at around 4:00pm where refreshments can be purchased if required.  Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (55:17) – Learning Partnership West, rubbish, Healthy City Week”

NEWSLETTER (53:17) – Spike Island, Dame Emily garden, vote Southville, iWalk

Dame Emily Park Project / Garden Work Party 

A garden work party will take place on Sunday the 15th October from 2-4pm 🌸🌾  Join this friendly group and help to improve the Dame Emily Park community garden. Working alongside Incredible Edible Bristol DEPP are trying to create a garden that is attractive and useful for the community. No experience required, all welcome. Located near the Morley Road exit.

South Bristol On The Map

Voscur are holding an event at Filwood Community Centre for ‘no nonsense learning on the essential areas of running a community group or organisation’. This is an amazing opportunity that should not be missed, a great way to meet people and learn new skills! It’s on Thursday 12 October 2017, from 10:00 to 16:00, at Filwood Community Centre. Details here voscur.org/south-bristol-map.

Southville Community Development Association

Please vote for us!  We are thrilled to have been shortlisted by M&S for an award of £12,000 from their Energy Fund, and we are in with a good chance of winning – we are currently in third place! We really need your vote to help us secure this much needed boost of funds to add the 36 photovoltaic solar panels to the southwest facing roof of the Chessel Centre. As you will know from our regular newsletters we have designed the building in the most efficient way possible and we really want to keep the building’s carbon output low going forward. So please give one minute of your time to vote for us by clicking the button below. (The link will also show you some info about our crowdfunding campaign to raise a bit more money for the other things we need to put the solar panels up –like scaffolding etc. So just a vote for the M&S money would be wonderful but a pledge as well would be even better. Thank you.)

SCDA Community Events

Stall spaces now on sale for this year’s Festive Market at the Southville Centre which will be held on Saturday 9th of December, 11am-4pm. The space comes with a 6ft trestle table and the cost is £30+VAT. To book a space call reception on 0117 9231039 to pay by card or come into the Southville Centre to pay by card, cheque or cash.

New exhibition by Korean artist Kim Yong-Ik opening at Spike Island

30 September to 17 December 2017 (free entry). Opening night: Friday 29 September, 6–9pm. The first solo exhibition in Europe by artist Kim Yong-Ik whose career spans 40 years through a turbulent period of dictatorship and struggle for democracy in South Korea.  www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/exhibitions/kim-yong-ik

Affordable co-working space at Spike Island for creative businesses

Spike Island’s co-working space ‘Spike Design’ is open for applications from designers (graphic, product, digital and interactive), architects, journalists, illustrators, filmmakers, photographers and more. Spike Island is a registered charity.  Find out more and apply: www.spikeisland.org.uk/blogs/2016/08/05/workspace-available-spike-design

Coming up at The SouthBank Club…

The Recession Fashion Show. Friday 6th October, doors open at 8pm with an 8.30pm start.  Tickets £11!  Limited VIP tickets include canapés/fizzy/goody bags and reserved seats.

For all SouthBank Club events see their webpage: http://southbankclub.webs.com/events.htm.

Innovations in Walking

We recently reported that Jess Read, temporarily seconded to BCC’s transport team with the support of Bristol University, is looking at ways in which Bristol can be made more walkable.   Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (53:17) – Spike Island, Dame Emily garden, vote Southville, iWalk”

NEWSLETTER (51:17) – on Community Navigators 

Social Isolation and Loneliness of Older People

Over the last few years, many groups in BS3 have looked at the issue of social isolation and loneliness of older people.   Why do some people over 50 (an estimated 11,000 in Bristol) become socially isolated?   How do you return someone to the community when they have become depressed, withdrawn and have lost confidence?   What measures do you need to take to make it less likely that people will become isolated in the first place?

A new project ‘Community Navigators’ is due to be launched at Bristol’s Celebrating Age Festival (23 September) at City Hall which will help to tackle this issue.

How will it work?

Community Navigators Bristol offers free signposting and support to older people who want to feel less isolated and more involved in their local area.   Friendly, trained ‘navigators’ will make contact with older people, get to know them and share information about what’s happening where they live.   Whether it’s meeting people, becoming more active, rekindling old hobbies, volunteering or learning something new, the community navigator can point the older person in the right direction.

If the person needs extra support, the community navigator can come along with them when they try something for the first time.   They can also support the older person 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.

The service provides short-term support for older people over 50 and is completely free.   It is available to people in their home or via phone appointments.  Community Navigators is funded by Bristol Ageing Better and run by a partnership of trusted local organisations.

Why is it a problem?

“Loneliness is thought to be as harmful for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day – and according to Age UK there are 1.2 million older people in England who are chronically lonely,” said Laura Thacker and Gemma Holden, the two Community Navigator Coordinators for the Bristol-wide service.   “Connecting people with their community can give huge benefits to long-term health and wellbeing.   We hope that through our network of local community navigators we’ll be able to transform the lives of people who are currently feeling isolated from their own communities.” Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (51:17) – on Community Navigators “

NEWSLETTER (50:17) – Window Wanderland, Cities of Service, fish, cafes

Can Do Bristol?

Some of the most useful contributions to the life of our community are donations in time and skills from local people: volunteering, helping out, joining in.   Across BS3 we have been looking at how we can encourage even more people to join in, after all, taking part often leads to the development of new skills, meeting new friends and generating feelings of personal achievement as well as helping others.

As well as talking in BS3, we have been in touch with city-wide agencies.   One of these is Cities of Service which, amongst other things, looks at volunteering in a range of world cities.    The coordinator for this in Bristol is Dominic Murphy and this is what he said when we wrote to him.   ‘From where I stand, the City Council and the Mayor are very keen to support social action/volunteering etc across Bristol as part of a citywide approach, but as a partner rather than as leader or ‘policy maker’.   We have been developing the CanDoBristol Website (www.candobristol.co.uk) and are just at the point of asking local groups to put their ‘asks’ on it……As it’s new there may be ‘bugs’, so tell everyone using it that we are very happy to get feedback – the site has a ‘report bug’ button in the bottom right of the page.’

Dominic has also sent a draft of an Social Action Plan which is attached. Remember that both the website and the Social Action Plan are works in progress.   Dominic would like constructive comments, so that both can be made more effective.   Contact him on dominic.murphy@bristol.gov.uk .

Window Wanderland

February may seem a long way off, but people are already thinking about this in schools, shops and front rooms.    In 2017 there were three WWs in BS3, see http://www.windowwanderland.com.   One covered most of Bedminster and Southville wards and the other two were in Windmill Hill and that part of Bedminster sometimes called Malago Vale or Bemmie.   We expect that those three will go for it again, but wondered if other areas might want to join in.   Of course, we also want to increase the numbers of people taking part, both as window decorators and as wanderers, in the three established neighbourhoods.   A great feature of 2017 was that several streets had clearly increased their impact by collaborating around an agreed theme.     Gathorne Road was generally acknowledged at 2017 champion.    What about 2018?     We hope it won’t rain, but not even GBCP can guarantee that.

We understand that the WW idea which first emerged in Bishopston in 2015 has spread to several other cities and even to Canada.

Health & Wellbeing Cafe

Please find a poster attached for the first Health & Wellbeing café event on 12th October, 1-5pm at The Southbank Club, Dean Lane, BS3 1DB (Health and Wellbeing Cafe poster Oct2017).  The event has three elements that will combine to create a fun, social and, most importantly, wellbeing boosting afternoon for over 55s. These are:

  • a combination of therapists (massage, chiropodist etc.) charging affordable rates
  • a social space serving refreshments and cake (surely cake is good for ones wellbeing!)
  • group ‘wellbeing focussed’ activities that will be open to everyone

The event will be free to attend and therapists will charge people directly at the event for massages etc. These will be around £5 for a 15 minute session. We will not take bookings in advance with people booking slots on arrival. There will be around four therapists to ensure everyone can book a slot. The group activities for the first event will be run by Paul and Monika from Twin Wave CIC, a community music and sound therapy organisation.

Community Noticeboards

Neil Burwell, who is undertaking a city-wide survey of community noticeboards, has asked us to thank those who have already sent information to him and to urge others to do so, if they can.    There’s a short form identifying what Neil needs to know.   It was attached to GBCP NEWSLETTER 45:17, but, if you can’t find it, contact Neil on neil.burwell@bristol.gov.uk .    In a month or so, we’ll circulate the BS3 list and you can spot the missing ones, if any.

Spindle Ensemble

Why not pop along to this concert at the Elephant House in aid of Macmillan Nurses?   Poster attached.

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva are offering funding ranging from £1000 to £25,000 for community projects.     Google Aviva Community Fund for more info.

Apple Day

Don’t forget Apple Day on Saturday, 30 September.   The Patchwork Community Group will be at their orchard on Dean Lane between 11 and 3.    Pop along for some apple juice, music and chat.

Keeping the Place Tidy

GBCP, local organisations and many local people have been concerned about ugly and smelly litter in our parks and streets.     We have all done our best to raise people’s awareness and develop local pride in our place and, no doubt, will continue to do so.   But, the litter problem starts at the manufacturers’ stage.    Recent legislation to require shops to charge for plastic bags has led to a welcome reduction in this source of often flying litter.    The Scottish government is considering an old idea – money back on drinks cans that are returned to shop.   A petition urging this policy on the British government has just been delivered in London.    We guess that there will always be a few people who don’t care or are too lazy, but these measures should help in the future.    Will your street be less littered in a year or two?

Air Pollution

This is an increasingly topical issue.    Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative, the NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group and BCC have produced a report summarising the situation in Bristol, as far as it is known.   It’s an interesting and rather scary read, especially regarding children!!!    Apart from suggesting that if you go for a walk or a bike ride you will be safer (how safer?) if you keep away from main roads, the report does not attempt to address ‘solutions’.     Tall people are probably safer than short people (children?) because the latter’s breathing bits are closer to ground level.   The report is too big to send out as an attachment to this newsletter, but if you contact gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com we’ll send it to you.

Marmalade Trust (Christmas Day help-but before hand too!)

Every year the Marmalade Trust invites people who are on their own to join us in restaurants around Bristol and South Glos.   For many, it’s often the first time that they haven’t been alone on Christmas Day for years.    Every guest is made to feel very welcome and part of a big family.   Our volunteers do everything from gift wrapping, packing hampers, writing Christmas cards, giving gifts, helping at fundraising events, marketing, general admin., to driving guests to and from our venues on Christmas Day itself.   If you would like to help out, contact Natalie Wheeler on 07566 244788.

Festival of Future Cities

How do we make cities that we really want to live in?    What’s happening in Bristol?   What’s happening in other cities?    The second Festival of the Future City will run from October 18-20.    Local and international speakers will attempt to answer our questions.   For more information go to http://www.ideasfestival.co. uk/seasons/festival-future- city/

Child Friendly Cities

This is one of the Future Cities free events and is on Friday, 20 October (2.30-5pm) at the Watershed.   Various urban designers, and other experts will try and answer the question ‘how do we make our cities more child friendly?’    To book go to www.futurecityfestival.co.uk/ events/how-do-we-create-child- friendly-cities/

Bristol Fish Project

BFP are building a community run and owned fish and hydroponics farm on Vale Lane, BS3.   Currently, this is entirely led by volunteers and could do with more hands on deck to help with the build.   If you fancy joining in with opportunities for something hands on with plenty of problem solving plus nice people and good food, please contact BFP on 0783 526 2968.     They usually meet on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm and on Sundays between 11 and 3 at 1 Vale Lane, BS3 5RU.

Volunteer Organisers

Many organisations have ‘volunteer organisers’, some of whom are volunteers themselves.    Voscur is organising a Bristol-wide meeting for these folk to exchange experiences.   This will be on Wednesday, September 27 at Step Together, 5 Russell Town Avenue (10am-1pm).   This is free to Voscur members.   Go to www.voscur.org/calender/event/ volunteer-organisers-forum for more information.   If anyone is going from BS3, it would be great if you would write a short report for the GBCP NEWSLETTER.

Windmill Hill?

The succesor organisations, if any, to Bristol’s 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships are still unclear.    According to BCC, GBCP and a few other areas are likely to continue in more or less the same way, but other districts are still in transition.   It seems pretty definite that our neigbouring NP covering Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill wards will disappear, at the moment, without any follow on structure.    Not the end of the world, of course.    We’ve asked people if they know what’s happening, especially in those sections that see themselves as parts of old Bedminster, but so far nobody has been able to tell us.

NEWSLETTER (48:17) – Pavement parking, Dame Emily Park Project,

Dame Emily Park Project AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the group will be held on Sunday 17th September, at 2.00pm in the park / play area. Come along to join or renew, review the year and elect next year’s committee. There will be free coffee and cake available.  🍰  If it’s raining, the meeting will be held in the North Street Standard pub.

Rubbish collection in Dame Emily Park

Please could you help to collect some rubbish on Tuesday 26th September, at 6.45pm in Dame Emily Park? Gloves and tools are provided. Thanking all of you in anticipation. 🤗

Squirrel

Squirrel spotted by Jo Hargreaves in Upper Perry Hill on 6 September.    It may have come off the New Cut or from a local park.   We think that there are squirrel colonies in Victoria and Greville Smyth Parks, but we’re not sure about other places.   Please let us know if you spot a squirrel (or two?) in BS3.   Photos would be good.

Apple Day

Patchwork Community Gardening Group’s annual Apple Day will be on Saturday 30thSeptember from 11am-3pm on the orchard on Dean Lane (next to the Tap and Barrel pub). Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (48:17) – Pavement parking, Dame Emily Park Project,”

NEWSLETTER (47:17) – Cafes, picnics, networks, pensions

Health & Wellbeing Café

Thanks to a grant from Liverpool Victoria, it is possible to bring those over 55 in Bristol a new type of event that is going to focus on health and wellbeing. The event will have three elements that will combine to create a fun, social and, most importantly, wellbeing boosting afternoon for over 55s.

These are: a combination of therapists (massage, chiropodist etc.) charging affordable rates; a social space serving refreshments and cake (surely cake is good for ones wellbeing!); group ‘wellbeing focussed’ activities that will be open to everyone.

The event will be free to attend and therapists will charge people directly at the event for massages etc. These will be around £5 for a 15 minute session. There are no bookings available in advance.

The group activities for the first event will be run by Paul and Monika from Twin Wave CIC, a community music and sound therapy organisation. They will be doing music based sessions including DIY music and craft sessions, celebrating songs old & new and sound mindfulness using gongs and singing bowls.

The Health and Wellbeing Cafe will take place on Thursday 12th October, 1-5pm @ The Southbank Club, Dean Lane, BS3 1DB.

Community Picnic

St Monica Trust, Way Out West and Acta are putting on a community picnic in South Street Park on Thursday 21st September, 12-2pm. (flyer attached)
The picnic is to bring people of all ages from the local community together in a nice setting where they can share food and conversation and enjoy some local entertainment together. The picnic will take place outside in the local South Street Park, a nice local green space that is accessible to all. Food, refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Also chairs (and shade if needed) for older residents and others in need will be provided.

The event will also hopefully be graced by some of the cast of Acta’s upcoming ‘Blood on the coal’ show which tells the forgotten story of the coal mines of Bedminster, the men who dug the coal, and the women who struggled beside them. They will hopefully be performing some songs from the production.
For more information please contact St Monica Trust’s community development team on 0117 305 2365.

Exhibition of 1873

The Bristol History & Archaeology Society have an event with Mike Hooper coming up at Monica Wills House, Bedminster on Saturday 9th September from 2-4pm, Conference Room. Cost: £3 to include buffet tea.

Vote for SCDA

Please vote for Chessel Centre, a brand new community space in the heart of Bedminster using the link https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/projects/improving-the-economic-and-environmental-sustainability-of-the-chessel-centre

The Deaner Café

This Café is situated in a container in Dame Emily Park. It is a venue for young people in BS3 to have a cuppa & a chat, meet friends and play sports with qualified coaches. For more information have a look at https://www.facebook.com/TheDeanerCafe/

City-wide Networks

As you may know, the 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships have come to an end. Some will be replaced by community led neighbourhood networks, but the pattern is, as yet, unclear. But, there is also some doubt about city-wide networks.  Which will survive and which will not? Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (47:17) – Cafes, picnics, networks, pensions”

NEWSLETTER (46:17) – Special on The Future

WHAT SORT OF NEIGHBOURHOOD DO WE WANT TO LIVE OR WORK IN?

WHO CARES ENOUGH TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN?

  • Do you know what’s planned for our Parks and Libraries?
  • Are you happy to lose school crossing patrols?
  • Will our street trees survive if the Council stops caring for them?
  • Do you know that over 19% of Bedminster children and over 13% of Southville children live below the poverty line?
  • How do you engage with productive debates on Residents’ Parking Schemes, rubbish and litter on our streets, or the issue of pavement parking and its effect on people with reduced mobility?
  • Do you enjoy Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade and other community events?
  • Do you care about air quality issues? Traffic? Public transport? Bio-diversity?

For 10 years, the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership, a voluntary body of many (and open to all) local groups, has worked with Bristol City Council, community police teams, businesses, schools and churches, on issues and opportunities affecting the quality of life and work in Bedminster, Ashton, Southville and Ashton Vale.  It’s the only public forum which actively involves all 4 local ward Councillors, and which represents the local community on the board of the Bedminster Business Improvement District.

Major improvements to parks, streets and highways, the establishment of the Business Improvement District, the Green Capital project ‘Let’s Walk Bedminster’, the more recent and ongoing ‘Let’s Clean Bedminster’, many community events – such as the Winter Lantern Parade and Window Wanderland – and many other activities have been the result.    But now, due to reductions in central government funding to local authorities and the subsequent cuts to neighbourhood funding across the city, less financial support will come into the neighbourhoods, which means we have to ask: Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (46:17) – Special on The Future”

NEWSLETTER (44:17) – Friends of Parson Street Station, Upfest, flytipping, CAKE anyone?

Breeding Like Hedgehogs
Last year we reported that residents in the Frobisher Road area were clubbing together to turn their gardens into a home for lost hedgehogs.   They took in their first refugees from a hog rescue centre in 2016.   Nature seems to have taken its course as the attached picture of an adult and two youngster suggests.   This group also reports slow worms.   Please let us know if you spot hedgehogs, slow worms, unicorns or other interesting beasts in BS3.   If you are making lists of animals in your garden, the local park etc, please don’t send them in until further notice, probably October.

Friends of Parson Street Station
Parson Street Station will be 90 in September.   The Friends will be celebrating with a free family event on the morning of Sunday, 3 September.   From 9am to 11am visitors will be able to enjoy special trained themed light refreshment, get an engine face paint as well as witness the unveiling of an informative plaque.   There will also be 1920s musical entertainment and a special 90th anniversary memento.   People arriving at the start will see a steam train passing through the station!

When the station first opened, with just two wooden platforms, it was to serve the growing suburban expansion of the city.    Passengers increased during the 1930s, but numbers dropped in the second half of the century.   They are now rising again with over 126,000 journeys made each year.

The Friends of Parson Street Railway Station (FoPSRS) was set up earlier this year to press for improved facilities and services.   For more details contact fopsrs@mail.com or visit their Facebook page.

Well Done Southville Centre
The Southville Centre holds the Gold Award from the Green Business Tourism Scheme and, as well as talking the talk, they walk the walk!    An example is their results from a recent Travel West Travel To Work Survey.   A whopping 56% of SCDA’s over 50 employees walk to work as compared to the national average of 14%!

The BS3 area is very rich in tiptop voluntary sector organisations.    If you are a member of one of these, please let GBCP NEWSLETTER know about your good work.   If you don’t blow your own trumpet, who will?

Getting Attached to Your GBCP NEWSLETTER

People often send us posters and other documents hoping that we will attach them to the GBCP NEWSLETTER. Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (44:17) – Friends of Parson Street Station, Upfest, flytipping, CAKE anyone?”

NEWSLETTER (43:17) on the Community Navigators Project

You will know that a major local and national concern has been how to reduce high levels of social isolation and loneliness, especially amongst older people.   It is estimated that around 10% of people over 50 are socially isolated, ie they do not speak to other human beings for days on end.    This situation is often exacerbated by illness, disability and loss of a partner.   Apart from personal unhappiness, this situation can lead to mental and physical decline.   A further 10% or so are in danger of slipping into this critical state.   These percentages increase as people move into their 70s and 80s.

Community Navigators Bristol
This project is funded for three years by Bristol Ageing Better and is divided geographically into three areas across the city: South, Central and East.   The project, which is led by Bristol Community Health, will include paid workers, but is also looking for volunteers.    The project aims are to re-connect older people with their community and also to make it less likely that others will become disconnected in the first place.

The project has been described as a ‘signposting and support service’.    BS3 is relatively rich in community organisations compared to some other parts of the city.   Several Bedminster groups are already doing good work in both signposting, supporting and in offering activities and have been doing so for several years.   But one can always do more and we know that, despite this good work, some people in BS3 are still missing out.

Hopefully, the Community Navigator scheme will also link to work being done to link the five – soon to amalgamate into one – BS3 GP surgeries to community organisation through activities such as ‘Social Prescribing’.     In fact, Navigators offers a great opportunity to coordinate existing work and raise its effectiveness to new levels. Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (43:17) on the Community Navigators Project”