- 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
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,
- provide a Christmas Tree at the temporary site for some carol
- quiz nights, fairs and fun days,
- a community café
- and sports
- 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,
- and issues with construction site health and safety concerns.
- In this we can draw on the experiences in the neighbouring village teams to
- 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.
- All money raised at the events would go back into supporting the running
the facilities for the local community. We have funding from our own resources
and from District and national level to provide a part-time worker on site as
the village develops, initially for the next 5 years.