Community Empowerment news: partnership working in brief

28 July 2014

People are at the heart of what we do in Community Empowerment at Knightstone. When we all work together, we can achieve great things.

Some of our homes are in disadvantaged communities, often facing multiple deprivation and a range of other social issues which includes being hard to reach or engage with. Our team are very dedicated and have gained the confidence and trust of local people and support agencies across the West of England to tackle these sorts of issues.

Here are some examples in brief:

  • In south Bristol, working closely with the Teenage Parents Project (TPP), we’ve supported residents to become more active in their communities. We’ve funded training for people who are supported by TPP to undertake Food Hygiene Certificates, so they can run a BBQ during a community fun day planned for August
  • We’ve encouraged a resident from the Groves to do a First Aid course, giving her her first ever qualification, which she is very proud of
  • Residents from the Groves were so taken with the results of working together in their neighbourhood (and the fun had with the smoothie bike!) that they've offered to come and man the bike at Fulford Road’s community fun day in August, (a neighbourhood nearby)
  • In Lawrence Weston, we consulted with residents and looked at the issues they raised. They told us that there was nowhere for parents and toddlers to meet, nothing for children to do after school and not much sense of community feeling (the community is mixed, with both Knightstone owned-homes and Bristol City Council owned-homes). They also told us they also didn’t feel there was much local support for jobseekers. Our solutions? We worked with Bristol City Council’s Tenant Participation Team so that their residents’ association could include our residents too. We helped to open up the community room so everyone can access it, and we supported some keen parents to use the space for parent and toddler coffee mornings and play sessions. We offered training to residents, including becoming committee members, first aid courses and food hygiene, to help them run after school clubs. We were also approached by a local resident to set up a jobs club, and together secured a grant for new laptops and other equipment to provide local support for people looking for work.

For more information about our work in south Bristol, please contact Sophie Burns, sophie.burns@knightstone.co.uk and Colette Tuckey, colette.tuckey@knightstone.co.uk

For more information about our work in Lawrence Weston, please contact Steve Andrews, steve.andrews@knightstone.co.uk

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