Greater Fishponds over 50s Watercolour Class

Hear from local residents about how watercolours have brought them together and not only improved them as artists but connected them with each other and their community.Last year, one of our volunteers Kim Butcher expressed the interest of applying her art skill in the project, hence we started this beginner’s watercolour class for over 50s in Hillfields Hub. Within a day we got 10 sign-ups for come to our taster session, and after that, we have 8 regular attendees to come to our 10 week class.Greater Fishpond Community Champion is a Bristol Ageing Better and Big Lottery Funded Project. We are a local action project working with local older people in Hillfields, Frome Vale and Eastville. We can help Fishpond community members by: • Supporting you to start a new group • letting you know what’s on around you • introducing a new activity in your community! Our project is led by local residents and volunteers.We are hoping to help to kick-start more activities and groups like this, to benefit local residents. If you would like to be part of the project, please get in touch with Stella Judd (stellajudd@thecareforum.org.uk)

Posted by Greater Fishponds Community Champions on Thursday, 18 July 2019
Connecting Hillfields with art

Our Purpose

At Greater Fishponds Community Champions, we help people over the age of fifty to build connections and create lasting relationships by getting involved in their local community.

By reducing isolation and loneliness, this helps to improve the health and well-being of our participants. And at the same time, it serves to strengthen the Greater Fishponds community at large, creating a vibrant and thriving area for local residents.

Our Work

We’re champions of local groups, activities and projects.

We work closely with local people to start new groups, activities and projects where gaps exist – from coffee mornings to water-colour painting classes.

At the same time, we promote and support those local activities and services that exist in the community already.

Head over to our Facebook page to see the projects we’re currently running.

Community Led

Our work is led by members of the Greater Fishponds community, and we work with local people as volunteers in a number of roles:

1) Community Champions:

As one of our Community Champions, you’ll be an active member of your community. We’ll support you to engage with your community, listen to their needs and identify gaps in services, and develop projects and activities where gaps exist.

2) Considerate Friends:

As one of our Considerate Friends volunteers, you’ll be trained to visit local premises, facilities, activities and services to carry out mystery shopping exercises. You’ll make assessments and recommendations to ensure the venues and services are age appropriate and carer friendly.

You can read our reports here.

3) Sign Posters:

As a volunteer Sign Poster, you’ll have access to those spaces and services – local businesses, churches, GP surgeries, etc. – that would be appropriate to promote the project with posters and leaflets, helping us reach a greater number of people in the community.

4) Steering Group Member:

As a Steering Group Member, you’ll help guide the direction of the project. Meetings will be informal and the group will meet quarterly or as required to discuss the project and make the decisions that will shape its future.

If you’d like to get involved in any of these roles, please reach out – we’d love to hear from you.

Case Studies

We’ve created the below case studies to capture the experiences of our participants, to understand the impact the project has on their lives, and to help share our learning with the nationwide Ageing Better initiative.

Contact

If you’d like to find out more or get involved, please contact the Greater Fishponds Community Champions Project Worker:

If you’d like to keep up to date with the project, you can follow us on Facebook.

Partnership

The project will run for three years, and is managed by The Care Forum. The Care Forum is part of the Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) partnership. Led by Age UK, the partnership has £5.9million in Lottery funding for Bristol and includes 150 organisations working together to reduce social isolation and loneliness among people over 50, helping them live fulfilling lives.