Congratulations to United Communities and Mescladís Foundation, selected by the Bristol Social Cohesion Challenge's evaluation panel to pilot their proposals in the City.
The Bristol Social Cohesion Challenge team would also like to congratulate and thank shortlisted proposers Growth Through Energy + Community Health (GTECH strategies), the Knowle West Health Park Company and Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership, and The Participatory City.
Migrant Dialogues: Stories of Men and Women Who Cross Borders was developed by the Barcelona-based Mescladís Foundation and the photographer Joan Tomas. A social art and community development project that uses documentary photography as a tool to promote the social cohesion of native and migrant communities in urban environments.
More Than a Roof is a proposal from the housing association United Communities. They have over 2000 homes within across Bristol in 5 diverse areas – Ashley, Easton, Horfield, Lockleaze, Southmead & Fishponds.
We have an approach that we provide more than just a roof and therefore we want all residents to take some responsibility for their community. This is part of our deal with residents who we see as the real assets to a community and for change.
Growth Through Energy + Community Health (GTECH strategies) proposed a network of empowered and engaged residents, building community capacity and increasing social cohesion through place based interventions. Ambassadors will employ a community driven design process, ultimately resulting in the reclamation of an underutilized space (or spaces) and the creation of a community focused, public green space. Once completed, programming on the green space by Ambassadors will focus on building social cohesion and civic engagement.
We recognise that across the communities in South Bristol there are long standing issues around general community cohesion, high incidence of hate crimes and that there can be a lack of neighbourliness. Knowle West Health Park Company and Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership proposed this project aims to create opportunities for the community to meet and understand each other in a variety of social settings.
The Participatory City is the result of 5 years of research and prototyping a new approach to transforming neighborhoods. This work has provided compelling evidence that this new approach to how we re-organize ourselves can be highly effective in building connected and resilient neighborhoods, socially, environmentally and economically, by building practical participation into the fabric of everyday life - doing many activities together in shared spaces.