Looking for champions

October 06 2017

A NEW Fishponds-based project aimed at combating social isolation is looking for volunteers.


A NEW Fishponds-based project aimed at combating social isolation is looking for volunteers.
Community Champions is a joint initiative between Bristol Ageing Better and The Care Forum covering Greater Fishponds, including Hillfields, Frome Vale and Eastville.
It involves supporting volunteers to create connections with groups and other local people with the aim of making services and activities more age-friendly.
Over the next two years they will be recruiting, training and supporting volunteers across the area to be Community Champions and Considerate Friends.
Both roles are aimed at ensuring neighbourhoods across Fishponds are vibrant places with a wide range of social and cultural activities and opportunities for engagement.
Community Champions will contribute by finding out about all the different local activities and services available in the area, identifying any gaps and developing projects to fill those gaps.
Considerate Friends will involve volunteers visiting services and activities to give help and advice, helping ensure they do not present any barriers against age.
Claire Littlejohn, project worker, said: “This is such an exciting project as anything could happen and it really is up to the community to decide what they want in terms of opportunities for older people to meet and get involved. If you live in the area and are over 50 get in touch and let us know what you think.”
In addition to volunteering roles, The Greater Fishponds Community Champions project will be overseen by a steering group made up of local people who will guide the direction of the project. Local businesses and services also have an important part to play in signposting people to the project, by displaying posters and distributing leaflets.
If you are interested in any of the volunteer roles, or want to hear more about the project email clairelittlejohn@thecareforum.org.uk, telephone 0117 958 9325 or visit the website https://www.thecareforum.org/bristol-ageing-better-bab/