Young people plan an event to bring the whole community together this Christmas

A group of young people from Berkeley and Sharpness are currently working hard to deliver a fantastic, Christmas themed event for their whole community to enjoy this December – with something for everyone, young and old!

The ‘Berkeley Bash’ will take place on Sunday 6 December from 3pm-8pm at the Hamfields Leisure Centre in Berkeley.  This free event is the idea of the Berkeley Vale Youth Forum, supported by local community organisation World Jungle, Youth & Community services and funding from the Stroud District Youth Fund.

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Running throughout the afternoon from 3.00pm, the earlier half of the event will include a range of free activities for children and families to enjoy, including face painting, music, cream teas, refreshments and a chance to explore a super Sensory Santa Grotto.  From 6.00pm a number of live bands will take to the stage, including popular local group ‘The Ones’.  Grace Barber, Youth and Community, explains:

“The Berkeley and Sharpness Youth Forum wanted to co-produce an event that would publicise their group, recruit new members and show a positive image of young people in Berkeley and Sharpness. The group have all been working really hard to organise the event, which we really hope will be well supported by the whole community. They have come up with lots of good ideas to appeal to all age groups, with something for everyone to enjoy.”

 The event is being supported by local community organisation World Jungle who has been working closely with the youth forum over the past year.  Ben Ward, Director of World Jungle said:

“This event will be a fantastic conclusion to a body of work we have been doing with young people in Berkeley and Sharpness.  They have gained lots of valuable skills and experience through planning the event, showing what a hugely positive force they are.   The Berkeley Bash will be a wonderful celebration of their achievements and way to bring the whole community together, young and old, in the run up to Christmas.”

For more information, please contact Ben Ward at World Jungle on 01453 548880, email    or visit the World Jungle website:

Berkeley Bash Poster V2

For more information, please contact Ben Ward at World Jungle on 01453 548880, email    or visit the World Jungle website:  .


Supporting Volunteers in the community… to make a real difference to the lives of older people

Do you want to give something back to your community and make a real difference to the life of an older person living here?  A new FREE training course is starting in Dursley next month to support volunteers who have a particular interest in working with older peoples’ groups within the community.

Organised by local organisation, World Jungle, the short 6-hour course will run over three Wednesday mornings starting on 18th November from 10am-12noon, in the upstairs meeting room of Dursley Library.  Fiona Campbell from World Jungle who will be leading the training explains:

“This is a really helpful course both for people already volunteering and those who are considering taking on a role.  Working with older people can be hugely rewarding and is a way to make a real difference in the community and to the lives of individuals within it.”

 Volunteering is a way to actively participate in social and community life.   It allows you to explore your interests, use and develop your skills, AND make a positive contribution to the happiness and wellbeing of others.”

The course is part of World Jungle’s ongoing ‘Full of Life’ work, a project promoting health and wellbeing for older people in the local area and combatting issues of loneliness and isolation.  On the training course, volunteers will learn how to help older people maintain their independence in later life and stay active in their community. Topics will include improving health & wellbeing and identifying local services and activities that are relevant to their needs.

The project is supported by funding from the Summerfield Charitable Trust and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner Gloucestershire.  For more information or to reserve a place on the training, please contact Fiona Campbell  at World Jungle on 01453 548880 or 07474 976403, or visit  .

Full of Life 2015


As ‘Strictly Coming Dancing’ fever sweeps the country this Autumn, Dursley based community organisation World Jungle is supporting the BBC’s national ‘Get Inspired’ campaign encouraging people to get active and get dancing.

Look out for a wide variety of dance and fitness classes each day of the week at venues across the area, together with special workshops lead by guest teachers bringing new dance forms to experience.  Jane Manning from World Jungle explains:

“There are so many good reasons to get dancing – It’s a fun, social way of keeping fit, great for both your physical health and mental wellbeing.  What’s more, regardless of age, experience or ability, anyone can dance.”


To date the programme has included free dance taster sessions at the Chantry Centre in Dursley including FitSteps and Zumba Gold, together with the introduction of a new regular Afro Cuban dance class in Cam Memorial Hall on Saturday mornings.

Looking ahead organisers are excited to be able to offer a specialist Solo Jive workshop on Saturday 7 November (10am-12noon) in Dursley, teaching the fast paced flicks, kicks and twists of latin and ballroom style jive dancing as seen on Strictly Come Dancing, and requiring no partner work.  The workshop will be taken by renowned dance teacher Claire Phipps from the ‘Showgirl Academy’ in Bristol whose previous workshops held in the town have proved incredibly popular.  Claire says:

“I am delighted to have been invited back to Dursley and hope to see some familiar faces and lots of new people too!  This workshop will be great fun, accessible to all ages and abilities and requires no partner.   Please do get in touch to reserve a space or if you would like more details.”

To find out more about getting active this Autumn and joining any of the above mentioned classes and workshops, please visit the World Jungle website ( or contact Jane Manning at World Jungle on 07878 865297, email

Jive photograph