Understanding wellbeing through community research in Easton and Lawrence Hill
Up Our Street carried out an extensive community research project from August 2016 to February 2017. Our research team collected responses from nearly 600 local people to understand what wellbeing means to people’s lives in our neighbourhood. This will help Up Our Street to focus our work in the coming years and to understand the community we serve. You can read the report on our initial findings from the research project below.
Small grants for local people.
The Endowment Fund is now open; the deadline is 11am, Friday 28 April.
Last year's Thank You Awards night was an evening to remember, packed with inspiration, positive energy and fun, and 2017 looks to be another wonderful event!
Following on from our Active Citizens project, funded by Awards for All, we have successfully been awarded funding by the British Council to deliver further work around Active Citizens.
Up Our Street is offering a four day training course in September and January. The course is one day a week for four weeks, and will give valuable communications and project management skills for you to use in your own community projects. This is a really exciting opportunity for our neighbourhood, as this is the first time the Active Citizens programme has run in Bristol.
2016 saw voters in Bristol going to the polls to for a new Mayor, Police and Crime Commissioner, and also the first year of 'all out' elections for local councillors. Up Our Street worked hard to increase the political voice of our residents with a range of events. This included:
The Active Citizens project aims to address the chronic under representation of residents from Easton and Lawrence Hill, especially from Black and Minority Ethnic communities, in public and political life and mainstream decision making in Bristol. There is a great deal of grass roots activism, but this does not translate into being active and engaged at a citywide level. Our community activists are also very segregated, with communities being active in their own way and often only focusing on their specific interest.
Up Our Street and local councillors are supporting this project which was started by a local resident as a Twitter hashtage to raise awarenes of the problem of flytipping and to build momentum and gather interest.
The project will see a year long campaign of action to tackle flytipping and rubbish in the BS5 area.
The Planning group came about because there is a gap in local planning groups in the Easton and Lawrence Hill areas. The aim is that the group will become a trusted and reliable group that planners can go to and feed into the Neighbourhood Partnership. The group have had an initial meeting and will be meeting again to discuss their aims and objectives as a group.
Up Our Street is working with Playing Out on a 12 month project to explore ways for estates to become more ‘playable’, building on the existing ‘playing out’ idea that many Easton streets are now doing. Lorena will be spending one day a week working closely with local residents in Croydon House and the surrounding estate, supporting them to run regular ‘playing out’ sessions and finding out what would enable children to play out together more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
At the last Neighbourhood Forum the Railway Path was raised as an issue because of the increase in use and conflict among users. The Railway Path is a real asset to our area.
An additional meeting was held in November to discuss the path and was attended by 50 people, if you are interested in finding out more information please contact email@example.com