Community engagement groups
Community Action Groups work together on things that matter to them in their community.
We build on the strengths that communities already have, and support them to make the changes they want to see, using a mixture of:
- Partnership working
- Access to funding
- Governance and constitutional expertise
- Task and finish projects
- Funding application support
- Access to Sovereign’s internal expertise and social value pledges
If you'd like to find out more or get involved, please contact our Communities team.
Below, you can find information on who our groups are and what they’re doing.
Basingstoke - Grove Generations
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.
Bournemouth - 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.
Christchurch - 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.
Faringdon - 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.
Hungerford - All Aboard 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.
Isle of Wight - Ryde Alive
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.
Isle of Wight - Nelson road park community project, Newport
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.
Newbury - Carnarvon Place Gardening Club
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.
Newbury - Willow Close Social Inclusion Group
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.
Speedwell, Bristol - Smiles Matter
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 inter-generational events around Speedwell, culminating in another “picnic in the park” in June 2019.