Enjoy a hobby with friends and neighbours

Maybe you are already very active with friends and neighbours or maybe you are waiting to make your first move. The important thing is to think about what you love doing.

Linking up with people who enjoy the same things will be easier if you have a focus to get you started. Whether you love to be creative or sporty, whether you are naturally chatty or love to get your hands dirty; there many possibilities for activities you can do with other people. Here are just a few ideas of groups that others have begun themselves or joined, in their area:

Allotments | men’s sheds | woodwork groups | walking football | fitness classes | sewing groups | art clubs | knit and natter | choirs | orchestras | community picnics | street parties | coffee mornings | book clubs | tea dances | mindfulness meetings | nature walks

There are a number of ways that Barnwood can help you to link up with people near where you live to share enjoyable activities together:

1. You could read stories from others who have already been in touch with us for help or advice on setting up a community group in their area by visiting our stories page.

2. You could visit our grants pages to learn about the Small Sparks grantThe Small Sparks grant helps fund start-up costs or equipment so that you can do things together with people where you live. This could be gardening tools to grow vegetables together, books or games to get a new club started, knitting needles, musical instruments or something else for a group you are already a part of.

3. You could visit the You’re Welcome website to discover groups and activities in your area. Sign up and send the organiser a message if you would like to take part or post your own topic to ask for suggestions or advice.

Make a community space more welcoming

Do you know of a building or outside space in your community which could be used better, for the benefit of everyone in your community?

Almost any place, of any size or type, indoors or outside, can be a ‘community space’.

Community spaces are simply places where people gather together to attend groups, clubs and meetings, to hold events and entertainment or to take part in other activities and sports.

Community spaces can therefore make a huge contribution to our wellbeing. They can make a difference to whether we have opportunities to meet and connect with other people, and whether we can take part in activities or pursue interests. Ideally, a community space should act as the catalyst for bringing people together both through the work on its physical development of it and when it is completed and used.

A community space should help to build a more welcoming community through acting as a space where people naturally come together to share time and interests with each other and if well designed, be welcoming and accessible, enhance our personal and community health, wellbeing and quality of life.

There are a number of ways that Barnwood can help you to link up with people near where you live to develop an existing community space or create a new project together:

1. You could read stories from others who have made good things happen in their area, there might be a spark of an idea to get you started – find more information on the Stories pages

2. You could visit our grants pages to learn about the Community Spaces Fund. If Barnwood believes that the community space and the process of developing it, can make an active contribution to building a welcoming community, we may consider funding towards the project.

3. You could contact our community spaces team by emailing martin.hawkins@barnwoodtrust.org or lawrence.miller@barnwoodtrust.org or call us on our general enquiries line on 01452 611292

Grants that could help

Take your talents to the next level

Sometimes a little help is all you need to push your skills and talents on. Some training or advice could make all the difference for you to realise your potential. This might be for a personal goal or for your professional development.

Whether you are aspiring to volunteer, to gain employment, start a small business or simply increase your skills in a certain area, there are a number of ways to access training and opportunities in Gloucestershire and ways to ask for help if you need it.

We want to encourage everyone in Gloucestershire to take up opportunities to do what they love and develop their skills.

Barnwood may be able to help you discover opportunities or develop your skills:

1. You could read stories from others who have already been in touch with us for help or advice on developing their skill and taking it to the next level.

2. You could visit our grants pages to learn about the Opportunities award. The Opportunities Award opens up exciting new possibilities – such as training, equipment or clothing that may help you towards a job, volunteering or setting up a new business.  It can also be used to help with materials for a hobby or equipment for a sport you enjoy.

3. You could visit the You’re Welcome website to discover groups and activities in your area. Sign up and send the organiser a message if you would like to take part or post your own topic to ask for suggestions or advice.

 

Grants that could help

Get active and improve your wellbeing

Getting out and about is a brilliant way to maintain your physical and mental health. Whether you love being energetic or fancy giving it a go for the first time, there are so many opportunities to get active in your area – something to suit every taste and ability. 

There are more and more opportunities to get active from simple walking groups to all kinds of mixed-ability sports groups taking part at accessible locations.

We want more people in Gloucestershire to get the opportunity to take part in activities and events in their communities, which can improve their physical health, wellbeing and have fun at the same time. We have worked with local community walking groups who enjoy the activity for the scenery and fresh air,  mixed-ability sports teams who need a little extra help to improve their facilities as well as individuals who want to pursue their dream of competing at a professional level.

There are a number of ways that Barnwood can help you to take up a new activity or sport:

1. You can get some ideas and be inspired by reading stories from others who have started taking part in a new activity or sport on our stories page

2. You can visit our grants pages to learn about the Opportunities Award. The Opportunities Award opens up exciting and new possibilities – such as training, equipment or clothing that may help toward equipment for a sport you enjoy.

3. You could visit the You’re Welcome website to discover groups and activities in your area. Sign up and send the organiser a message if you would like to take part or post your own topic to ask for suggestions or advice.

Put on an event and invite your whole street

Local community events are a great way to bring people together where you live – making everybody feel welcome and included, and having fun at the same time.

Whether it is a jumble sale, a musical event, street party or an event to raise money for a good cause – community events are an important part of community life that encourages everyone to take part.

Putting on an event in your community may seem like an impossible dream – it isn’t. With the right team of volunteers, advice, planning and hard work, we believe every community in Gloucestershire has the skills already in place to put on a successful event.

Some ideas for events could be to host a street party, put on a film screening, organise a pub quiz, put on a performance or a summer fete, and sorting out an arts & crafts fun day.

There are a number of ways Barnwood Trust can help you to get ideas off the ground in your area:

1. You could talk to someone in the Community Building team about what interests you – find more information on the Growing Communities page

2. You could read stories from others who have made good things happen in their area, there might be a spark of an idea to get you started – find more information on the Stories pages

3. If you have the passion and energy to organise a community event, and you are able to inspire others near you to join in, you can also apply for a small sparks grant to get things started. You will just need to show that you are committed to being inclusive and welcoming to people of all ages and abilities – find more information on the grants for neighbourhoods page.

Learn a new skill and meet new people

Do you have a hobby, interest or skill which has a positive impact on your wellbeing, that you would like the opportunity to improve?

A talent or hobby can be anything from knitting to photography, model-making to gardening or from hiking to deep-sea scuba diving. Learning a new skill or taking part in a hobby with others is a great way to socialise, make new friends and maintain positive wellbeing in your life.

We want to encourage everyone in Gloucestershire to take up opportunities to do what they love and develop their skills.

There are a number of ways that Barnwood can help you to discover a new hobby or think about how to develop your skills:

1. You could read stories from others who have already been in touch with us for help or advice on developing their skill and taking it to the next level.

2. You could visit our grants pages to learn about the Opportunities award. The Opportunities Award opens up exciting new possibilities – such as training, equipment or clothing that may help you towards a job, volunteering or setting up a new business.  It can also be used to help with materials for a hobby or equipment for a sport you enjoy.You could visit the You’re Welcome website to discover groups and activities in your area.

 

Share your experiences with others

Perhaps you have a skill or experience which could really benefit other people but you are not sure how to share it with people in your community.

We believe that everyone has an experience or skill which can help others.

It might be that you’re a skilled woodworker that wants to teach a group of residents woodwork, or that you have gained valuable lessons in your life that could positively impact on people in your community. It could simply be that there is an inclusive event happening in your area and you’d like to get the word out there.

There are a number of ways that Barnwood can help you to link up with people near where you live to share your skills and experience:

1. You could talk to someone in the Community Building team about what skills you have in your community and how they can be used – find more information on the Growing Communities page.

2. You could read stories from others who have made good things happen in their area, there might be a spark of an idea to get you started – find more information on the Stories pages

3. You could visit our helping people and organisations page to learn about our learning programme for opportunities to discover new approaches, reflect on how you work and offer ideas to inspire you to take action.

 

Get help with everyday items around the home

Sometimes a bit of money can make a big difference. Such as getting help to buy household appliances, or a mobility scooter, communications aid, or something else that might be difficult to fund yourself.

For example, Casey’s mum, Abi, applied to the Wellbeing Fund on behalf of her daughter for some new tough furniture for her bedroom. Casey has a learning disability and autism and her bedroom furniture was causing some practical problems that could be solved by replacing it with tough furniture. Within a month of applying to the Wellbeing Fund, a new bed and mattress was approved for Casey.

Things that disabled people and people with mental health problems in Gloucestershire have been funded to buy include:

  • Equipment for use at home – such as riser/recliner chairs
  • Mobility aids and equipment – such as Motability deposits and pavement scooters
  • Domestic appliances – such as cookers, fridges and freezers
  • Household expenses – such as repairs, bedding and furniture
  • Other expenses – such as holidays and computers

Barnwood can help with a grant, as well as starting a conversation about other ways we might be able to support:

1. You can apply for a Wellbeing fund grant for things that help with everyday living – such as household appliances, adaptations to your car, a holiday in the UK, disability-related equipment or other things that might be difficult to fund yourself.

2. You can contact our Welcomer team. Our Welcomers visit disabled people and people with mental health problems in their own homes. They listen carefully, taking the time to understand what people care about and their ambitions.