Supporting independence and wellbeing, and helping communities to flourish -

Investing in communities

Creating a healthy neighbourhood is all about bringing people together as a community, running projects that help support each other. Where we can, we help community groups to prosper, from finding funding opportunities, through to offering daily support to help them run smoothly, while also offering community events that can help bring people together and reduce loneliness.

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outdoor community spaces supported while regular buildings closed.

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peer navigators employed who live and work in communities to help them prosper.

Our Community Investment Team members were also a driving force for how we supported communities through the pandemic, detailed on page 5 of this report.

Community activities during the pandemic have been crucially important for keeping spirits high and people connected.

It required us to overcome some challenges. Many community groups couldn’t meet inside and so we worked to find and creative alternative spaces outside where people could continue to come together safely, by improving the infrastructure such as the toilet facilities, electricity and Wi-Fi hotspots.

We took activities online so people could stay connected and motivate each other. These included paint along classes, We are Women webinars and workshops with inspirational female speakers, parents groups, neighbourhood chats and craft sessions - all delivered remotely and free of charge to participants.

We did several socially distanced community arts projects on estates. Our communities enjoyed Magic Mini Moments, where a Mini Cooper projected people’s lockdown stories around neighbourhoods, as well as neighbourhood performances such as brass bands, compact discos, choirs and even a breakdancing Santa.