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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