B&NES Community Challenges are mainly offered as a whole day activity to B&NES staff, councillors and other organisations to help make a difference to a community project. In previous years this has included painting a play area or community space or helping with community meal as examples, but the list is endless.
The Community Challenges are organised in partnership with Virgin's Community Volunteer Centre and involve other organisations and local businesses who take part on the day.
18 activities took place during June to September 2018. Here are some comments from some of the hosts:-
“Thank you for organising an incredible day on Friday! I am so pleased Michelle bumped into you a few months ago and the result has just blown us away. Our customers have commented how amazing the garden looks and they are even inspired to get stuck in during their visits. Please thank again your incredible team as already their hard work has inspired, encouraged and enhanced our customers wellbeing and mental health. Lives really are changed here and it takes a community to do this! Again, THANK YOU to you both for your hard work and passion in making difference to the Wellbeing House.” Bethan Edmunds, Curo
“It was a really good day and we got more done than expected. We're very grateful. Thanks for your email and photos, we'll write up an article on today's community challenge for our monthly parish newsletter, and will include some of the photos of the team." Dunkerton Parish Council
“Thank you so much for arranging fab group of volunteers, they were all a delight. I am so thrilled with everything they did. The garden is looking wonderful and we have freshly painted walls and a freezer full of scones for... our event later this week!" Lifeworks Project
Do you need some help?
If you have a project that you would like to be considered for our Community Challenges, please contact: Sara Dixon, email: email@example.com or tel: 01225 396594.
To be eligible projects must:
- benefit a community / charitable organisation not an individual.
- the work of the organisation must benefit residents of Bath and North East Somerset.
- provide evidence of public liability insurance and risk assessments.
- supply equipment, materials and the necessary tools to carry out the tasks.
B&NES employees can find out more about the Council's Employee Community Involvement Scheme on the B&NES Intranet Page.
Other ways to help
Quartet Community Foundation provides grants to local charities across Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestshire, Bristol and North Somerset. They raise funds through donations and endowments they have built up. There are many ways to support them through joining as an Ambassdor, cash donations, gifts of shares or property.