Well designed and managed community spaces can enhance well-being and quality of life. They make a difference to whether we have opportunities to meet and connect with other people and take part in activities or pursue interests.
Community spaces are simply places where people gather together for all sorts of reasons, such as:
- to socialise and meet others;
- for events, recreation and entertainment;
- to attend groups or meetings;
- to undertake activities such as sports, arts or gardening.
A community space could be:
- a building, an outside space or both, of varied design, size or age;
- permanent or temporary;
- used for a wide range of purposes.
Why are community spaces important?
Research shows us that one of the keys to feeling and keeping well is having strong relationships and being involved in activities. Community spaces are an important resource that enables this to happen.
Ideally, a community space should:
- act as the catalyst for bringing people together, both through developing and using it;
- help build a more welcoming community for people to come together to share time and interests;
- enhance personal and community health, wellbeing and quality of life.
Inspiring Community Spaces
Barnwood has compiled a short booklet that brings together several community spaces we’ve been inspired on our doorstep and beyond. They range from cafes to playgrounds and we hope you are inspired reading about them as we were when visiting.
Community Spaces contribute to Barnwood’s objective of building belonging in Gloucestershire. Therefore, we have established a Community Spaces Capital Grant to support communities to develop and improve spaces in their areas.
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