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Communities
 

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.


Group high five

This group is made up of passionate and committed residents who want to create more opportunities for local residents to enjoy outdoor space and get to know each other.

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

All Aboard has been set up to help tackle isolation and loneliness in Hungerford and the group’s looking to arrange a variety of events and activities.

They’d love 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.

You can get in touch with 
Catherine Wooliston on 07717 133021 or
Sue Pearson on 07922 017464 or 
Steve Hill (Sovereign) on 07827 896412

Salad

Based at Aspire Centre in Ryde, this group’s aiming to help people in Ryde be happy, live well and make new friends. 

Anyone can come along to the group who lives in the area, and there will soon be a summer programme of activities organised by local residents. 

Ideas so far have included:

  • walking
  • keep fit
  • arts and crafts
  • swimming
  • cultural activities
  • healthy eating

 
Want to get involved?

For more details please ring Becky Haydock 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 has been well used but is now tired, and the equipment is in need of regeneration. 

The group, made up of Sovereign residents and other local people, wants to improve safety and reduce vandalism and anti-social behaviour in and around the park. They’re looking at requesting speed restrictions on the surrounding roads and prohibiting dog walking and fouling. 

They also want to bring back community events, which used to be held in the park, so that the space can again become a focus point for the community.


Latest update:

The group’s running a residents’ survey, prompted by a number of park users who’d like to work with others to make the play park a better space for everybody.

They’d love to hear what local people have to say and you can complete the survey here until 30 October

Complete survey


  • In August the group held its first community event: ‘Picnic in the Park’ where there was lots of entertainment for all ages.
  • Regular ‘stay and play’ family sessions also took place over the summer holiday.
  • The group’s bought a large number of play items to be used in the park at events and play sessions.
  • They also met with IDVerde, a play park specialist, to discuss future play park installations and costings
  • And they plan to visit a world-leading play park in Exeter, which specialises in play equipment for children with disabilities. 

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.

Bristol picnic

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

They want to:

  • Increase family activities in the local community
  • Make better use of community spaces (including green spaces)
  • Raise awareness of road safety

 

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 07557088432.

 

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 896412.

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 896412.