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Making the Most of Community Links

At our General Meeting in November, looking at Community Links, Winash shared a project they were pursuing in Clevedon, North Somerset alongside Wyldwood Arts (met at an earlier C&SW General Meeting).

They discovered last January that they had been awarded nearly £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund for an intergenerational Arts project called “Communi-tree”

By November they have set up weekly intergenerational sessions with many local groups:

  • Rydal Nursery

  • YMCA

  • Ravenswood Special School

  • St Nicholas Chantry School

  • Brownies

  • 1st Clevedon Beavers

  • 2nd Clevedon Beavers

  • Rock 11 Clevedon

At the end of November they had a Bring & Share Supper and Presentation evening with live music and friendship inviting everyone who had participated along with their families.

The impacts and benefits definitely go two ways. One initiative involved 6 children from St nicholas Chantry finding penpals amongst the residents and writing to them. Henry who doesn’t have an older grandparent appears to have adopted his pen pal as a substitute and he and his Dad visit twice a month.

The manager at Winash, Heather House, comments that a real highlight has been watching the interactions and listening to the conversations “It has been an amazing journey, with the coming together the highlight, the conversations triggered, the smiles on faces, the chats that followed about the session, the improved well being by introducing children regularly into Winash, and having fun times together”

Winash Community Based Activities

Winash Care Home have been very active in promoting community and intergenerational activity so we are delighted that 2018 started really well for us.

We were granted books through The Big Issue as part of their big book giveaway initiative, to support us in our reading to Nursery children from next door; but in addition they also did a double page spread in the national magazine as part of mental health awareness week. The spread was regarding the two way benefits of our intergenerational activities.

Additionally, Winash Wingers, were awarded a grant from The Big Lottery. The money is to make an inter-generational 'Communi-tree', and we have enlisted Wyldwood Arts to deliver the project. Our plan is to work with a range of local community groups. So far, we have worked with local 6th formers, next on the list will be Nursery children, followed by the local YMCA, and 3 Brownie groups. The end project will be a multi- sensory tree. Which will be on public display at 'Clevedon flower show'.

CINTRE Extends Community Support with New Initiatives for Service Users

Cintre has a new Community Hub, where staff and service users across the charity meet to partake in diverse social events. Latest activity was "Just Pool-ing Around", at the local All Stars Snooker and Pool Hall. 7 teams of 2 each, 1 staff member and 1 service user per team. The competition was friendly but fierce and with an unblemished record of 6 wins out of 6, Majid and Colin were victorious! Soon in February there will another game of Football – and it will be the Hub’s, 4th match. The Hub is great because it includes staff and service users of all ages and abilities. Creating confidence and helping to build networks

STAMP OUT SOLITUDE CAMPAIGN (SOS). We are raising money towards Community Hub activities, and to end loneliness for adults with complex needs. So far we have raised £87.00 from a raffle at Christmas Party,. Please read article link.

VLOGS FOR SERVICE USERS: In another initiative to understand support needs, we are starting Vlogs with service users to begin an insight into their lives, and support. Here is a sample video featuring Sam, who lives at Cintre In-Via Supported Living Service.

Ablecare Focus on Community Integration and Involvement

Director Sam Hawker tells C&SW about the visit to Ablecare by the Mayor Lesley Alexander:

"It was a great pleasure to welcome Bristol Lord Mayor, Lesley Alexander, when she visited AbleCare Homes Patron House.

Lesley took time to chat to staff and residents and find out about life in the home. Everyone got involved, even our training provider who was assessing NVQ Candidates on the day. 

Sam Hawker, said ‘It was really special for the resident and staff team in the home to know that Lesley was interested in what they do.  It is another positive PR success for Social Care when those in public life are genuinely interested in discovering the difference good care can make to the lives of individuals in the city.’   

In case you were wondering about the post, The Lord Mayor is the first Citizen of the City and County of Bristol. There have been Mayors in Bristol since 1216 and a Lord Mayor since 1899, following Queen Victoria's decision to grant Bristol this privilege."

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In another initiative Hengrove Lodge has seen toddlers brightening the lives of residents. Children from the Hengrove branch of the Southern Links Childrens Centre visit the home. These visits have a real impact on the lives of people in the home says Lil Bowers from the Centre. Read the article in B24/7 here