Our Placemakers are funded by the Lottery Community Fund to tackle isolation and loneliness in three of our neighbourhoods; The Dings, St Judes and Newtown.
We have three Placemakers Abiir who works in St Judes, Melissa in The Dings and Tracy who works in Newtown. They work with residents to identify issues of loneliness in their specific communities and develop very local solutions, encouraging community members to look out for each other and build relationships.
Our Placemakers have brought people together through coffee mornings, local history projects, community days, gardening and neighbourhood clean-ups and by being a familiar face.
The story so far…
Abiir our Placemaker for St Judes has been working with families and children in the area. Through Rosemary Early Years she supported two trips in the summer one to Stoke Park and the other to the Trinity Community Graden. We have also been able to support the work of Horn Youth Concern in the area, providing funds for food support.
Our Placemaker for Newtown is Tracy, she did some doorknocking last year to introduce herself and find out what people wanted to see happen in the area. Residents have asked us to help repair fences which have long been neglected. We are using funds from the Placemaker project to support this work to help lift spirits and improve the look and feel of the neighbourhood.
Melissa our Placemaker in The Dings (you met last issue) has been working closely with The Dings Community Association to create a pop-up library, food distribution and recipe bags, monthly community days where residents garden and litter pick and neighbour support groups.