Activities for Teenagers across the Cotswolds this summer

With the long summer holidays just around the corner, planning is well under way to deliver a programme of special events and activities to engage young people across the Cotswolds over the holiday period.

World Jungle is delighted to have received support from Cotswold District Council’s Youth Activities Fund to deliver a programme of events and activities specifically targeted at teenagers.  The programme will be based around five locations across the district: Cirencester, Chipping Campden, Northleach, Tetbury and Fairford.

As well as incorporating a number of youth events that have proved very popular over previous years including the ‘Scratch and Skate’ festivals in Cirencester and Tetbury and the Cirencester Phoenix Festival, young people will be consulted on the programme and involved in decision making around what new activities they would like to see.   Ben Ward from World Jungle said:

“We are very excited to have this opportunity to put together a programme specifically targeted at teenagers and young people.  We will be working closely with local youth groups in the five areas, involving young people in the planning of the programme to ensure that the activities and events we put on are what they want to see.   We hope that the project which will build on the successful schemes we have delivered across the county over the past few years.”

 The funding was made available under Cotswold District Council’s Youth Activities Fund.  It will also include a consultation exercise with young people to help identify key issues and needs in order to inform future work and planning in this area.

 As in previous years, World Jungle will also be running activities and events for younger children and families across the Cotswolds over the summer holidays.  Details of both programmes with the workshops and events taking place can be found on the World Jungle website with a link from the ‘What’s On’ page:  www.worldjungle.org.uk

For more information, please contact Ben Ward from World Jungle on 07889 512644, email ben@worldjungle.org.uk    or visit  www.worldjungle.org.uk  .

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‘Full of Life’ project extended to Berkeley & Sharpness

With thanks to funding from Gloucestershire County Council’s ‘Community Chest Fund’, World Jungle’s successful ‘Full of Life’ project is being extended and developed to help support older people living in the Berkeley and Sharpness area of Gloucestershire.

 The ‘Full of Life’ project is focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of older people; helping people to feel more connected, confident and cared for in their community.  It aims to combat issues of loneliness and isolation, whilst helping people to feel healthier and more independent.

A Community Fayre took place at the Berkeley Arms in the town earlier this month to help launch the project and raise awareness of the local groups and support organisations out there.  Lots of organisations came together on the day including Healthwatch Gloucestershire, the Fire Service, GRCC and the Village Agents, British Red Cross, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, U3A, Longfield, Carers Gloucestershire, Barnwood Trust, Severn Wye Energy Agency and Telecare.

Regular Activity Sessions in Berkeley and Sharpness

Over the coming months the project will be running regular sessions in Berkeley and Sharpness promoting physical and mental health, nutrition, community connection and digital inclusion.  The friendly ‘drop-in’ style meetings will offer the chance for local people to get together, have a cup of tea and chat, and to try some different activities.  Upcoming dates include:  Berkeley Community Library (25 May & 29 June 10.30-12.30) and Hamfallow Sheltered Housing Unit (9 June 10.30-12.30).   These will run alongside the regular sessions already being run by World Jungle’s ‘Full of Life’ team at venues in Wotton, Cam and Dursley.

Free training for volunteers

There will also be free training available to volunteers around how to support older people maintain their independence in later life and stay active in their community.  This will take the form of three 2-hour sessions starting in June and meeting at the Library in Berkeley.  For further details, please contact Fiona Campbell at World Jungle on 07474976403 or email fiona@worldjungle.org.uk .

‘Full of Life Directory’ of local groups and services

The project is also focused on ensuring a greater awareness of the services and activities available locally to help accessing information and signposting people to services and activities much easier.   The ‘Full of Life Directory’ has been put together to promote local groups meeting each week together with listing support organisations.  This can be accessed from the World Jungle website by visiting www.worldjungle.org.uk/community_OPSD.html  with a one page summary sheet for different areas available to download and print out.

 

‘Full of Life’ Project Manager, Fiona Campbell from World Jungle says:

“We are delighted to be able to extend this project to support people living in the Berkeley and Sharpness area.  ‘Full of Life’ is an exciting programme encompassing many different aspects of work, but at the heart of everything is the aim of supporting older people in our community, improving health & wellbeing and encouraging independence and confidence.  We are working both to support people living in the towns, and also the groups and organisations that already exist; building stronger and healthier communities together.”

For more information, please contact Fiona Campbell at World Jungle on 07474976403, email info@worldjungle.org.uk  or visit the World Jungle website: www.worldjungle.org.uk

Photograph below:  visitors to the event enjoying the therapeutic massage service provided by the British Red CrossFOL Berkeley May2016.jpg

Planning underway for a fantastic summer of fun!

With the promise of summer just around the corner, planning is already well underway to offer children, young people and families across the Cotswolds a fun programme of activities to enjoy over the holiday period .

World Jungle is delighted to have received support from Gloucestershire County Council’s Children’s Activity Fund to run Summer Holiday Activity Programmes for children and families to enjoy in Bourton-on-the-Water, Northleach and Stow-on-the-Wold this August.

Each of the ‘week-long’ programmes will include a combination of indoor and outdoor activities using community venues and local green spaces, and culminate in a large Family Fun Day event on Friday 26th August with a whole range of fun activities to enjoy.  Ben Ward from World Jungle said:

“We are really excited to have the opportunity to run these programmes which build on the successful schemes we have delivered across the county over the past few years.

 The activities taking place throughout each week will include a range of things to suit all tastes, including circus skills, sports and games, drama workshops, cookery workshops, arts & crafts, African drumming and more.  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 holiday programmes have the backing of the local councillors for each of the areas: Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton and Northleach) and Cllr Nigel Moor (Stow on the Wold).  Councillor Paul Hodgkinson said:

“I am really pleased to be able to support this Summer Activity Programme which proved so popular with children and families last summer, providing a range of affordable activities in the heart of our community.  I am especially pleased that the programme is providing so many free events for families to just turn up at and participate.  We hope the programme will help families and encourage children to get active this summer, make use of our parks and green spaces and get involved and enjoy  a range of activities.”

 Details of the programmes with the workshops and events taking place can be found on the World Jungle website with a link from the ‘What’s On’ page:  www.worldjungle.org.uk

For more information, please contact Ben Ward from World Jungle on 07889 512644, email ben@worldjungle.org.uk    or visit  www.worldjungle.org.uk  .

Summer Fun Days