What We Do
Making a positive difference: Since opening our first community space in 2014/15, we have built up people- focused support and drop ins, providing a space for others to deliver their specialisms and bringing people and agencies together. We developed a ‘something for Sunday’ concept, which is a regular lunch that anyone is welcome to attend. It has allowed people of different backgrounds to come together and has allowed our more vulnerable transient residents to feel welcomed and part of something.
Community leadership: We have supported and developed a number of key projects:
Creative Civic Change - Building on the successes of the revived annual town carnival (which WBBL brought back after community consultation) we were granted funds to bringing people into creative activities that would otherwise not participate, developing social, sharing and learning links across the community.
Working with Barnados, we have been awarded prestigious national YAP Challenge funding to develop a two year inter-generational project; bringing older and younger people together around the idea that 'we are more the same than different', developing a creative and heritage-based project.
Supporting excluded and vulnerable people:
Big Batch Cook: Within two weeks of COVID lockdown, we worked rapidly and with other local organisations to provide a range of services, including a meals delivery service to people living in insecure accommodation (eg B&B’s) aimed at vulnerable people not covered by the statutory services offer.
We were awarded seed funding to combat isolation, working in conjunction with GPs, after our track record was recognized in providing a welcoming and inclusive space. That has led to us supporting many homeless and vulnerable people that have complex and often chaotic lives.
Influencing Change: We make sure the voices of local people are heard and we use this to influence and effect change. For example, in 2013 we created an environmental master plan for how the town could look. Many elements of it have since been adopted by the Council as part of their seafront redevelopments. We now host regular strategic partners meetings with the local authority and other key stakeholders, developing effective partnerships across a range of agendas, to make a difference to local planning, services and relationships. Our place in the town is now firmly established.