earning from the past – Building for the Future Project
The Neighbourhood Support Team have been building lasting and trustworthy relationships with the Braunstone Community since 2000. With a persistent investment in community work B-Inspired have a unique understanding of the complexities and emerging trends within this diverse community.
Over 200 local people were part of a two year project to create some new groups in the area. New arrivals shared common interests with locals within a sewing group, keen photographers were out and about capturing the essence of the area, painters painted, crafters crafted and history buffs got together in what culminated in a large exhibition of local talent and interest. From this, some of these groups continue in strength such as the Braunstone History Group and the Sew N So’s craft group, both bringing opportunities and community cohesion.
Project: Garden makeovers, Clean ups & Growing
Recruited and engaged with over 45 volunteers, equating to achieving over 650 volunteering hours, the project covered over 20 streets across the estate. Which has resulted in areas also having me bins sited, and the clean-up team has also reduced the fly tipping on the pocket park.
Project: Community Volunteer Qualification
Throughout the three year project over 60 people gained either level 1 or 2 ASDAN award in Community Volunteering. Of these learners, 12 gained employment, where others went on to further education and majority are still volunteering through b-inspired, or other organisations across the city as part of the qualification, there was over 2400 volunteering hours achieved. Which resulted in course learners organising and hosting community events.
Events That Have Taken Place Are:
1940s, vintage tea parties, Curry night fundraiser, Beach parties, Cake sales, Children’s Christmas party, toy sales and a Harvest festival event.
These events have enabled us to recruit new volunteers, build our volunteers skills & knowledge, and also fundraise for our charity and celebrate successes.
Since 2014and is still ongoing A partnership between B-Inspired and Braunstone Blues, was formed, which meant that referrals for vulnerable older people could be sent through, to enable us to engage and establish a befriending service, Also other agencies refer through, such as Age UK, social services, care navigators, housing officers, neighbours, friends and families.
Befriender volunteers also undergo training, monitoring and evaluation. Following their initial training, they carry out a minimum of 12 hours volunteering at TalkTime, this helps us to see how they communicate with others and to give them the experience they need to move forward.
Project: Growing Communities Together
Was established to help to develop and maintain growing spaces, run workshops, make different foods and Jams. The project engaged with over 35 volunteers, we also delivered projects in partnership with corporate groups like ford & slater. Santander who also attended the growing sessions.