Today, our Health Model Village joined SO:Linked community project in the first of a series of events around Southampton, hosting drop-in events at Lordshill Library and Lordswood’s Kings Community Church.
We asked people what they like about their areas and plotted their local gems on our big map.
People told us how they like to walk in the woods around Lordshill and Lordswood areas, play at Southampton Sport Centre or have some peace in the local allotments. There are a huge range of events that happen in community centres and churches. Knitting groups, youth activities, local history groups; there are plenty of social options for people of all ages. We also learnt about opportunities for new activity, such as the need for a support group for parents who have been bereaved. We were told all about proactive local community activity supporting Romanian residents.
We found a real gem in Cafe 153, serving delicious food and drinks in a welcoming and stylish environment. Around the back of Kings Community Church on Coxford Road near the Sports Centre, it is certainly worth a visit on a Friday or Saturday when it is open thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers. It has a shop selling high quality arts and crafts, and in the process raises money to support a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It was inspiring to hear about the Lordwood Wildflower Meadow, an unloved piece of land that is being turned into an nature oasis by some green-fingered local residents. Where else could the community make a difference?
Gwyneth from Southampton Timebank joined us during the day too. Did you know about Timebanks and their good work reducing loneliness, tackling social isolation in the city and encouraging neighbourliness. Anyone can join in, sharing skills or participating in social activities such as craft sessions or trips out together.
All this information about local community activity is being gathered by SO:Linked, to share with local residents as part of their community navigation service. It is also helping SO:Linked work out how to better support local community activity into the future. If they can help you or you want to keep in touch with their work, contact them or give them a follow on Facebook or Twitter.
Do you want to join in future conversations or get creative with the Health Model Village? The next Community Conversations events are on 21 March 2020 in Swaythling and Portswood, and there are more to follow.