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Community Services

b-inspired is a network which works through neighbourhood support teams to look after our community and address everyday issues. We work to organise, help and support local initiatives aiming to provide real benefits for all our residents. ’ – Together we are stronger.

We Currently

Lead on a number of local and citywide initiatives, working with and within the community to develop support services and to create and promote events aimed at enriching the lives of local residents. Our initiatives range from our Befriending service and the food sharing, through to our ever popular garage sale and outreach activities through the neighbourhood action group.

Volunteering opportunities: many of the opportunities listed here create the opportunity to volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience, build on and refresh existing or learn new skills. Learn about community development through our Community Volunteering Course or just get out and about with us and meet new people through our community engagement events and other core activities.

Braunstone Alert
The Braunstone Alert is a community newsletter produced every two months.

Food Share
Part of the National Fair Share Scheme. The Team works in partnership with other local groups to support local people and help to prevent food waste and reduce landfill.

Neighbourhood Management Board
The Board is made up of local key service providers e.g. Housing, Parks, Health and the Police and residents who represent the wider Residents Network Committee.

Residents Network
The Resident’s Network aims to provide community services such as fund raising, event support and often acts as a listening ear in the community.

Befriending Scheme
Weekly visits to the over 55s by our trained volunteers.The scheme aims to help to break the boredom of being on your own by building trusting relationships.

Our Achievements

Learning 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.

Creative Braunstone

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.

Project: Befriending

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.

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