Bringing people together, reimaging our public spaces
We are over the moon to have been awarded the Bristol Impact Fund for the second time running. This round of funding runs from 2021 through to 2025 and goes a long way to helping our organisation continue to work with the people of Easton and Lawrence Hill to build a strong, resilient and joyful community.
The Eastside People and Places proposal with partners Trinity Arts Centre and Somali Kitchen aims to create connections between people, community space and local decision makers.
The three partner organisations will deliver a programme of events aimed at bringing people together; reducing loneliness and isolation and helping people feel included and welcome. We will focus on; events led by women, those with a focus on improving the physical environment and activity centred around our food culture.
We will coordinate work that supports local people to play an active role in the neighbourhood. By this we mean things like; establishing ‘Friends of …’ groups, claiming ownership for abandoned patches of land, as well as engaging in larger strategic issues like liveable neighbourhoods and child-friendly neighbourhoods.
Connecting with the city
This work will see us connecting with wider city initiatives that impact on our neighbourhood like the One City Plan.
Growing our membership
In October 2020, Eastside Community Trust launched its membership. Since then over 150 people have joined. Now we want to grow, ensuring it is inclusive and diverse. We will also develop what membership means and how members can play an active role in decision making and participation in our organisation.
Definition of placemaking
Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value.
What impact do we want to have?
Collaborating with other organisations the outcomes of the project are to:
- Increase a sense of inclusion and belonging
- Increase wellbeing and improve mental health through social connections
- Increase civic participation and resident agency in local life