To promote Bristol to the community, to help support small events and large events and spread the word on what a great place Bristol is to live in.
As the largest centre of culture, education and employment in the South West, and with growing influence across the UK as a vibrant and diverse place to live, work and play, Bristol is a city to be proud of.
It is our passion for our city, and our desire to provide clear and easily accessible information to residents and visitors alike that has inspired us to bring you the eckhoBristol website. A comprehensive and feel-good one-stop shop offering you information, news and events to help ensure that you’re always up to date and never miss out.
Women who need a female only space to learn how to swim
What's it's purpose:
The group has been set up by local women in response to the need for a secure female only space to learn how to swim. Community activists have researched services, learnt how to present with confidence and how to lobbying for female only swimming with key stakeholders. We have now set up as a self sustaining group and plan to offer weekly female only swimming sessions, intensive swimming lessons during school holidays and support to encourage BAME women to train towards being lifeguards.
The group have built on a pilot that was supported by the WEA to tacke race inequlaity and break down barriers to services. That funding has now ended but we wanted to carry on so set up our own group run by volunteers with support from St Mary Redcliffe Secondary School (SMRT).
Top Tip details:
The committe needs to be set up and we have two people for each key role - chair, treasurer and secretary - so this way we can support each other.
Knowing the key stakeholders is key to making something happen - we were supported by the WEA to talk to the council's swimming officer and manager of Easton Lesuire Centre - as well as the head of SMRT - so our voices were heard by people who can make a difference.
Our work reduces mental health stigma, increases resilience and helps people to make tangible improvements to their lives.
Light Box presents mental health in a whole new light: as an exciting, empowering, social phenomenon, an act of creation, and a continuum on which we’re all placed.
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We would have benefitted from knowing that community rojects like ours require years of building, getting better, more refined, that it's an ongoing process to be constantly engaged in. It's never complete, always moving, and we've learnt to love this.