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Community Engagement Groups

Our Community Engagement Groups provide a structured place for local conversations and feedback.

As part of our community action approach, residents get involved with larger community and estate projects in their area. We support them with training to develop their skills and create sustainable projects. 

Local residents can also provide us with feedback to support our business-wide Scrutiny Coordination Group.

If you'd like to find out more or get involved, please contact our Community Engagement team.


Below, you can find information on who our groups are and what they’re doing. 

Paint pot and brush

The group aims to bridge the generation gap by bringing all ages together to make positive improvements to their neighbourhood. 

They’ve done a number of litter picks and supported the Rucstall Community Centre Fun Day by having a table top sale in the hall with a glitter station and cake stall.

Want to get involved?

For more details, please email Rachel Bullock, Community Engagement Officer – Rachel.bullock@sovereign.org.uk

Boscombe Action group

This group wants to reduce anti-social behaviour and increase community safety in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth - they’re currently working with the police, NHS and local drug rehabilitation charities.

If you’d like more information on the group, please get in touch with Senior Community Engagement Officer Steve Hill on 07827 896 412.

Christchurch in action

This group wants to address environmental issues, reduce isolation and improve the health, wellbeing and safety of all residents in Christchurch. Some of their current projects include looking at speeding issues in some local streets, the environmental redesign proposal of Monkswell Green and a planning proposal to move a pedestrian crossing across Somerford Road, Christchurch.

If you’d like more information on the group, please get in touch with Senior Community Engagement Officer Steve Hill on 07827 896 412.

Common Ground
Common Ground Faringdon consists of a network of individuals that are focused on bringing the town of Faringdon together to enjoy outdoor space and improve the appearance of the town. Now that Common Ground has finished refurbishing the raised beds at Faringdon Infant school it will be supporting the school and its pupils to plant produce in the raised beds. 


If you’d like more information

Please get in touch with Jess Dewhurst by emailing jessica.dewhurst@sovereign.org.uk 

Or calling 07557 088 432.

Hungerford community group

The All Aboard group aims to reduce social isolation. Its regular meetings offer a time to chat, play board games and enjoy guest speakers over a cup of tea. 

During the summer months, members go on trips, which have included a cream tea cruise on the Rose of Hungerford and a day out at Cotswold Wildlife Park. They’ve also enjoyed lunch with entertainment at John O’Gaunt School and rounded off 2018 with their Christmas Party.

They meet in the lounge at Redwood House, Hungerford, usually on the first and third Thursdays each month, from 2-4pm. Everyone is welcome, whether you live at Redwood House or not - please let us know if you would need transport to attend. 

Places on trips must be booked in advance, but please feel free to just come along for the regular meetings and see what they do. Unless otherwise stated, sessions cost £1, which includes tea and cake - you may also like to buy raffle tickets.

You can get in touch with 

Sue Pearson on 07922 017464 or 
Jenny Bowley (Sovereign) 07788 977 636

Coffee

The Ryde Alive! has launched a new, social café, aimed at reducing social isolation and increasing friendship. Aptly named “Friends Together”, the social café is based at Wootton Bridge Community Centre based in the heart of Wootton near Ryde, and meets every fourth Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm. 

Anyone can come along to enjoy a cuppa and a chat, plus play board and card games or try  a game of table football or pool. In the future the organising group, Ryde Alive, hopes to organise bingo and quizzes, plus outings. 

Want to get involved?

For more details please ring Becky Haydock, Community Engagement Officer on 0300 777 7837.
Or email becky.haydock@sovereign.org.uk

Nelson Road playpark

This group is working to improve their area – in particular, the play park, which was well used but tired, with equipment in need of regeneration.

Due to their work, new fencing, gates, signs and equipment were installed at the park in summer 2019.

They group’s also brought back community events, so that the space can again become a focus point for the community.

If you’d like to keep up with Nelson Road Play Park group’s activities, take a look at their Facebook page.

They’d love to have a few more members to help organise future activities, as well as to hear from anyone in the community who’d like to come along. Please contact Becky Haydock on 0300 777 7837 or email becky.haydock@sovereign.org.uk for more details.

If you’d like to keep up with Nelson Road Play Park group’s activities, take a look at their Facebook page.

They’d love to have a few more members to help organise future activities, as well as to hear from anyone in the community who’d like to come along. Please contact Becky Haydock on 0300 777 7837 or email becky.haydock@sovereign.org.uk for more details.

The group’s focused on using gardening as a way for people to enjoy the outdoors and improve their physical and mental health. They’ve entered Newbury in Bloom and are looking to provide some activities over the winter, when there’s less gardening to do.               

Want to get involved?

For more details, please email Rachel Bullock, Community Engagement  officer Rachel.bullock@sovereign.org.uk

The group wants to make sure people from all backgrounds are able to access weekly activities, including bingo and art classes. The group had a coach trip out to the beach over summer, which was well attended by members, carers and friends. They’ve got lots of activities planned for winter, including panto and a Christmas and New Year party.

Want to get involved?

For more details, please email Rachel Bullock, Community Engagement Officer – Rachel.bullock@sovereign.org.uk

Bristol picnic

This group’s aim is to “create a safer and better place for children to grow and families to flourish”.

They’re working in conjunction with an older people’s charity, the local community centre and the local children’s centre to put on a series of intergenerational events around Speedwell, culminating in another “picnic in the park” in June 2019.

The group are on the lookout for new members so please get in touch with Jess Dewhurst by emailing jessica.dewhurst@sovereign.org.uk or calling 07557 088 432.