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Mead Fields Community Team March 2021

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  Preamble

  • Since North Somerset Council decided to set up ‘villages’ on the edge of Weston Super Mare the local faith community has, between them set up community projects in these villages.  This has been without competition, with agreement as to where each faith group would proceed, with the agreement of the developers.


Who we are.

  • We are a team of folk from the local Methodist Circuit and other local faith groups, who have experience in community and social projects.   Deacon Gary Hoare has been involved in work on new housing estates in Yeovil  - working with developers and stakeholders and churches, setting up Toddler Groups and After School clubs.  Here in Weston Super Mare he has been instrumental in organising forums for community issues and helping to organise the Winter Warmth and Night Shelter projects.  Others have been involved in South Wales with community projects concerning youth drug use that attracted EU grants.


What we will do

  • We hope to provide a welcome to our new residents and help to make them feel at home in, what for many, will be a completely new environment. The first residents are moving in and there is little to see with much of the first phase of the development still to be built. This is why it is so important that we are on site to provide a welcome face and a helping hand to allow them to settle in and feel at home as quickly as possible
  • To have the facility of the temporary portacabin will allow us to have a base from which we can operate and serve our new neighbours and where we can look out for one another. It will also allow us to encourage the building of a community spirit and residents association with the help of the officers in North Somerset Council who are backing our initiative.


How we will do it

  • It is anticipated that our team will provide: welcome packs and encourage and support the development of such activities, as 
    • a toddler group, 
    • family Christmas parties, 
    • provide a Christmas Tree at the temporary site for some carol singing etc., 
    • quiz nights, fairs and fun days, 
    • a community café 
    • and sports activities. 
  • Because everyone will be new to the area in some ways it makes it easier to form a new community. (All this will happen complying with Covid-19 rules make it possible.)
  • We hope to support the residents to take ownership of these activities and help in the campaigns for such things as 
    • bus services, 
    • healthcare facilities, 
    • shops 
    • and issues with construction site health and safety concerns. 
  • In this we can draw on the experiences in the neighbouring village teams to help us.  
  • As a Christian group we would hope to set up an occasional ‘pop up’ church which could operate once a month and maybe involve neighbours in some Christmas carol singing around the development, for example.

Funding 

  • We are grateful to have received funding from our own Methodist Circuit resources, the Bristol District of the Methodist Church, and from All Churches Trust. This money will be used to fund a part-time worker on  site as the village develops. 
  • Any money raised at local events will go back into supporting the running facilities for the local community.

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