Ideas and Inspiration for those looking to support our young people

Following the success of an event in October 2017 where over 30 individuals and organisations met to discuss how to improve the lives of young people, a follow up event is planned for 22 January at the George Moore Community Centre in Bourton on the Water between 4:30 -6:30pm. The event, which is organised by Youth and Community organisation World Jungle and supported by Cotswold District Council, will involve speakers from a range of organisations including Young Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire Mentoring and Support Service, Prospects Services, Cotswold District Council and others. They will be talking about how they help young people and what support they can provide, and issues will include funding, how to engage young people in decision making and also good tips on how to design youth and play spaces.

Organiser Jane Manning from World Jungle says: “It is a great opportunity to get people and organisations who are committed to improving the lives of young people in the same room, talking together and sharing best practice. It is open to anyone and we would really welcome people who are just thinking about setting up a project for young people. Last time we had a great turnout and really positive feedback and we are hoping for the same at this event.”

Cllr Stephen Hirst, Cabinet Member for Housing Health & Leisure Cotswold District Council added: “It is really important we make the Cotswolds a great place for children and young people to grow up in. There are lots of challenges facing young people today and events like this provide a great opportunity to talk about these issues and support the organisations on the ground doing fantastic work. We also hope to encourage new people or organisations to start doing more for young people”

If you are interested in attending the event or have considered setting up a project for young people in your area, or would like more information, then please email phone 07889512644 or visit

Power to the People

Really interesting article by Nick Maisey on Asset Based Community Development

In the Village

Nurturing community-led development

Our population is increasing. The purse-strings are tightening. The need for social and community support is beyond the weight of what traditional funded services can meet. It’s no great secret that the answer lies in the community, that strengthening community connections and re-weaving our social fabric will yield far more for our collective wellbeing than what services can provide, and save our government support systems from going under. But what does this actually look like in practice? How do we nurture community-led development?

These questions led me to the English county of Gloucestershire, where the Barnwood Trust are leading the way in community-led development (take a moment to enjoy the irony of that statement).

Barnwood Trust is a Gloucestershire-based charitable foundation, established over 200 years ago. Traditionally, the Trust has focused on supporting people with disabilities and mental ill-health to live good lives. Historically, this has taken…

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Cam & Dursley residents invited to a COMMUNITY IDEAS FAIR!

“It can be amazing where a simple conversation can lead…”  That is the basic idea behind the Community Building Programme in Cam and Dursley which is hosting an Ideas Fair next Friday.  We hope to kick-start some new community projects and groups by asking people what they care enough about in their area to do something about.


All residents of Cam and Dursley are invited to come along to the COMMUNITY IDEAS FAIR being held at The Chantry Centre, Long Street, Dursley, GL11 4JB, on Friday 22nd September 2017, 5 – 8 pm.


It will be an opportunity to meet people who share your interests and passions and chat about the things you love in Dursley and Cam.  You will be able to express any ideas you might have for this community.  You can find about local groups you didn’t know eisted or promote groups you are part of.


The programme is being co-ordinated by local community organisation World Jungle working in partnership with Barnwood Trust.  Fiona Campbell  from World Jungle said:

“Everyone is welcome to this friendly and relaxed get together.  We hope the late afternoon – early evening timing will make the Ideas Fair accessible to all.  When we look at communities, all too often the focus is on what is ‘wrong’ with a place.  We want to turn this way of thinking on its head and look at what is ‘strong’ instead.  The aim is to identify the gifts, strengths and passions of individuals,  find out what they care enough about to want to make happen and help people come together and achieve their dreams for the future of Dursley and Cam.  It will be a great way to get to know your neighbours, why not bring along a plate of food to share!”


“People coming together are what help make communities strong and what help make things happen. From having lots of conversations with local people we hope  to encourage people to go forward with their ideas and connect with others in the community who may share the same aim, ambition or interest.”


For more information, please contact Fiona Campbell at World Jungle on 07474976403, email  or visit the World Jungle website:  .


Summer off the Streets is almost here! This means that an impressive number of fantastic fun-filled workshops for children, young people and families will be taking place in Cam & Dursley and across the Cotswolds during the school summer holidays. Activities will include: samba drumming; circus skills; music technology; bushcraft and cookery skills and more. Many workshops will be free but those which carry a charge will only cost £5 per person. In most cases, advance booking will be essential. Full details of the workshop programme and how to book, can be found on the Summer off the Streets website(opens in a new window). In addition to the workshops, there will also be a Summer Skate Park Event at the Jubiliee Field and Skate Park in Cam taking place on the 6th August from 1pm-4pm which will be free for everyone and include DJs, competitions, youth activities and prizes. This will also mark the opening of the new pavilion. Local community and arts organisation World Jungle is organising the programme with support from Gloucestershire County Council. Ben Ward from World Jungle says: “The 2017 ‘Summer off the Streets’ programme provides activities for children of all abilities to have fun, learn some skills and make new friends – there really is something for everyone! We hope that this programme will give young people and families access to some really great events to enjoy over the summer holidays. Cllr Loraine Patrick, Gloucestershire County Councilor for Dursley , is impressed by the range of activities on offer: “It’s good to see so many activities to choose from, and I am sure that children across the area will enjoy them immensely. It is important to give children and young people the opportunity to try something new and to keep active during the holidays.” For more information, please contact Ben Ward from World Jungle on 07889 512644, email or visit in a new window).

Summer Fun Days

Dursley rocks to the sound of the DJs

A great night was had by all last Saturday as DJs and party people gathered at the Chantry Centre in Dursley and partied into the early hours. The Dursley DJ Sessions was set up by a group of music enthusiasts who were keen to play music, bring the community together and liven up the sleepy market town of Dursley in Gloucestershire. Since starting back in October 2016, the group have organised 4 nights with over 25 DJs playing a whole range of music from rock, funk, soul, house, hip hop to jungle. The night is now monthly usually on the last Saturday of the month. It is free to attend although donations are collected, the group are keen to have new DJs come and play especially more women. If you are interested in coming along or playing you can find out more by visiting the Dursley DJ Sessions facebook page.



Going the Extra Mile!

The GEM Project (Going the Extra Mile) is all about helping individuals to move closer towards education, training, volunteering or employment.  It offers people ‘one to one’ support, helping to build confidence and self-esteem, develop skills and qualifications, access training and work experience opportunities and move closer to education and work.

Jane Manning at World Jungle is our GEM project worker, providing a 1:2:1 support service for people from the Cam & Dursley area and beyond. She specialises in supporting those from rural areas and has an excellent knowledge of local training, volunteering and extra-curricular activities to encourage people to be work ready.

If you could be interested in finding out more (or you know of someone else who could benefit from this project), please do get in touch with Jane by calling 07878 865297 or emailing

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Planning underway for another fantastic summer of fun in the Cotswolds!

World Jungle is delighted to have received support again this year from Gloucestershire County Council to deliver summer holiday activity programmes for children, young people and their families to enjoy this summer in Bourton on the Water, Northleach and Stow on the Wold.

The ‘Summer off the Streets’ programmes will run across the summer holidays and include a combination of indoor and outdoor activities using a mix of community venues and local green spaces.  They will also include community funday events in each area with lots of free activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.  Ben Ward from World Jungle said:

“We are really excited to have the opportunity to run ‘Summer off the Streets’ again this year in the Cotswolds. Activities and events will take place across the long school holiday in July and August and will include a range of things to suit all interests, including circus skills, games, cooking, dance, African drumming, face painting, henna and arts and crafts.  We want to inspire kids to get active, learn about healthy behaviours, try new things… and of course have lots of fun over the summer holidays.”

The funding was made available under the ‘Children’s Activity Fund’, a grant scheme from Gloucestershire County Council encouraging more sport and physical activity across the county.  The programmes have the backing of the local councillor for each of the areas:  Cllr Paul Hodgkinson in Bourton and Northleach, and Cllr Nigel Moor in Stow on the Wold.  Cllr Hodgkinson, said:

“I am really pleased to be able to support this project again this summer.  It proved very popular last year and I hope by running it again many more children and their families across our County will get to benefit.  Our underlying aim is to promote the physical and emotional health of children. The events will take place in the heart of our communities, encouraging people to make more use of our local green, public and community spaces too.  We are looking forward to another great summer ahead.”

 For more information, please contact Ben Ward from World Jungle on 07889 512644, email    or visit  .