A New Start

Poster210617Members of St George NP have been meeting to discuss how we should respond to the changes to Neighbourhood Partnerships across Bristol as the Council reduces the funding available due to Government cuts – should the Partnership should continue and if so in what form?

Here are our proposals discussed at our public meeting on 21st June:

We believe that St George needs a group with the following priorities:

• To speak up for the whole of St George to ensure we get our share of any future funding;

• Give the area an identity and promote it as a wonderful place to live and work;

• Promote networking and exchange of information between community groups, Councillors, the Police & others;

• Continue to manage this website, our Facebook and Twitter feeds and to support community notice boards.

• Act as a community of community groups;

The current proposal is to form a new community led organisation that we hope will be able to achieve the above and build on the work of the existing partnership to be called The St George Community Network.

We envisage a group whose membership will be open to anyone who lives or works in St George or who has an interest in the area. There would be an elected committee and sub-groups to look at issues in more detail or to run specific projects.

The group would be independent of the Council but work collaboratively with Councillors and Council officers to bring about improvements in St George.

There would be open meetings for all members, committee meetings and sub-group/task group meetings. Public meetings could be arranged as necessary to discuss particular issues and/or promote proposed projects.

Update 28th May:

Following on from the meeting on 3rd May, Rob, Tamsin, Nigel & Susan met on on 17th May to discuss the arrangements for the public meeting to be held on 21st June 7.30pm at St George Library.

It was agreed there will be an introductory presentation by Rob & Tamsin, followed by a networking / mingle session to ask for people’s views on what they like about St George and what the new group should campaign for. Nigel will then close the meeting and summarise the outcome of the consultation.

There will be an opportunity for community groups to have displays in the library at the meeting, if you are interested please email Rob, Nigel or Tamsin via network@stgeorgecommunity.org.uk .

Also as agreed at the meeting on 3rd May, Nigel has produced a draft Terms of Reference for the new St George Community Network. It is intended that this would be adopted at the meeting to formally inaugurate the group on Wed 5th July, when the committee would also be elected.

In order to collect email addresses for those interested in being part of the new organisation and to send them information a mailing list has been set up – please sign up at here Future information about the meeting and the new group will be sent out through the mailing list.

Minutes and notes relating to the new structure:

Building strong communities where we live – BCC paper May 17

Constitution of the St George Community Association

Meeting of Transition Group / Interim Committee – 3rd May 2017

St George Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting – 29th March 2017

Notes of workshop on 16th February 2017

Notes of workshop on 8th February 2017

Earlier report on the future of Neighbourhood Partnerships

If you have any comments on our proposals or would like to get involved with the new St George Community Partnership, please contact us.

Updated 28th May 2017 – post first published on 21st February 2017

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