SevernNet’s Community Engagement Group meets quarterly and has members from businesses and community organisations in the SevernNet area. The group prioritises work, and sets actions that will help to address issues within the community and reviews and monitors work already underway. It also provides a rare opportunity for both business and community to come together and understand where themes and issues overlap, meaning that this group’s work is relevant to all involved.
The group has a number of areas that it is focussing on at the moment. These include:
- Employment – we have identified a number of barriers to local residents accessing jobs in the SevernNet area, and issues that impact on recruitment for local businesses. The group is supporting an initiative to address these issues that will see a not-for-profit employment agency being created to connect local people with local jobs for the benefit of residents and employers.
- Events – community events are a great way to strengthen community spirit, and are an opportunity for businesses to share skills, resources and expertise with local residents to help them build the skills and knowledge they need to create them. The group is looking at ways to work with residents to organise more events that have a positive impact on community life.
- Directory – our area has a diverse range of community-based groups and organisations that work with people of all ages and backgrounds. We know that some businesses have a passion to support specific issues and themes, and a directory of local groups will help to connect support where it can have the desired impact.
If you would like to be involved in the valuable work of this working group, please contact our Community Engagement Champion, Alv Hirst: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership includes: Ambition Lawrence Weston, Asda, Avonmouth Work Club, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Avonmouth and Kingsweston Neighbourhood Partnership, Avonmouth Community Centre, John Lewis Partnership, SevernNet and The Bristol Port Company. Meetings for 2015 are to be scheduled shortly, and are usually at Avonmouth Community Centre.