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Community champions are here for you

Published on: 01 Feb 2018

EFFORTS are continuing to provide community activities for people across the Fishponds area.

The Greater Fishponds Community Champions plans to hold a free event in April at The Hub, off Thicket Avenue, in Hillfields.

Claire Littlejohn, project worker for the organisation, said: "This project is essentially about bringing people together, sharing interests and making new friends. 

"Those volunteers involved in the project so far have done some great work. They have set up the monthly library socials in Fishponds library and Hillfields library. Through door knocking in Oldbury Court, volunteers have identified the need for a local coffee morning and are now setting that up to run from February. 

"I’m sure there are lots more people out there who have an idea of something they would like to see happen such as a gardening club, book group, exercise or anything and this event will help to bring them together and turn their idea into action."

Terry Black, Oldbury Court resident, said: "It’s tough where we live. Life can be hard and we don’t have many ways in which we can come together as neighbours. Over the last six months a group of us have come together to try and change it by chatting with our neighbours, setting up a coffee morning and doing things which bring people together. We could do so much more and that’s the journey we are on. We can only make things better by working together."

Research shows that being connected in your community is good for you. The Greater Fishponds project aims to help people to be better connected by empowering them to build links and relationships. 

Covering Greater Fishponds (including Hillfields, Frome Vale and Eastville), Community Champions is a joint project between Bristol Ageing Better and The Care Forum. Over the next two years they will be working with people across the area enabling them to be active citizens ensuring these neighbourhoods are vibrant places with a wide range of social and cultural activities and opportunities for engagement. 

Hillfields councillor Anna Keen is encouraging people to attend the event and said: "Come for coffee, tea and snacks and find out more about what's going on in your area. Just bring yourself and your ideas for anything new you'd like to see taking place in your area."

For information about the event and to register your interest please email ClaireLittlejohn@thecareforum.org.uk or telephone 0117 958 9325 by March 9.

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