Connected Communities

“One of the most important characteristics of a resilient community is social connectedness. When community members consider themselves a part of a greater whole, they participate in and feel valued by their community. This fosters a sense of togetherness, relatability, and connection that can be essential in a time of need” 1

 
This initiative aims to enhance community resilience and foster a strong sense of belonging across Bridport.
 

We’ll use proven community building and empowerment methodologies, starting with Transition Streets.

The ultimate goal of this initiative is to establish ‘Connected Communities’, with town-wide relationships solidified through social gatherings involving all programme participants.

After completing the Transition Streets programme, neighbours will be engaged in additional projects inspired by concepts like Tomorrow Today Streets, Cool Block, Public Living Rooms, Social Eating Projects, Microsolidarity, etc, depending on where their interest and energy lies.

Our objective is to expand these neighbourhood initiatives, forming a town-wide network that builds and maintains a strong sense of community.

Camerados created a pop-up Public Living Room in Bucky Doo Square

Transition Streets

Transition Streets is an award-winning project that brings neighbours together. It creates more caring, more sharing and more connected streets and helps people save money on bills by taking practical action together.

How does Transition Streets work?

To take part, you and your neighbours form a group of 6-8 households.

You meet together over a few months to explore a range of topics including: Energy, Food, Travel, Water, Resource Use and Community. Homes take simple actions to save money on their bills, reduce pollution and protect the planet for our children and future generations.

Connections are formed, friendships are made, more sharing takes place and all sorts of unexpected, wonderful things arise.

What wonderful things could you and your neighbours do together?

Taking part in Transition Streets supports you to imagine and create other ways that you can make your street a more caring, sharing, greener place to live.

The outstanding benefit that we have all enjoyed about Transition
Streets has been to feel community- some us for the first time; to know
our neighbours; to feel part of a greater whole; to feel connected.”

Register your interest now!

We are looking for people who would like to come together with other households who live nearby to take part in this award winning scheme.

Please complete this form if you’re interested in joining a Transition Street!

Tomorrow Today Streets

Part of the the Participatory City Foundation’s Everyone One, Every Day project, Tomorrow Today Streets helps neighbours to make the everyday wonderful. They have a handy list of 24 project starter kits that are all opportunities for neighbours to “co-produce something tangible as a group of equal peers”.

Cool Block

Participants in the Cool Block programme go on a very similar journey to Transition Streets, but it a has more of a direct focus on making households more resilient to energy blackouts and natural disasters like floods and fires.

Public Living Rooms

We got interested in the idea of Public Living Rooms after watching an inspiring talk by Camerados founder Maff Potts on The Power of Friends & Purpose.

We love the Six Simple Ways to be a Camerado:

  1. It’s OK to be a bit rubbish
  2. Don’t fix, just be alongside
  3. Have fun, to be silly is to be human
  4. Mix with people who are not like you
  5. We can disagree as long as we’re respectful
  6. If someone is struggling, ask them to help you
 
This 3 minute video sums it all up pretty nicely:

As you’ll see, there are some similarities to, but also differences from, existing services in Bridport such as the excellent Community Front Room at the Harmony Centre on Gundry Lane, and the Warm Hubs set-up in venues around town during winter.

Social Eating Projects

We’ve already got projects like Bridport Community Kitchen and lots of lovely places to eat out, but there can never be too many opportunities for eating together.

Research has shown “those who eat socially more often feel happier and are more satisfied with life, are more trusting of others, are more engaged with their local communities, and have more friends they can depend on for support.”
 
With all that in mind we’d love to start organising regular People’s Kitchen events that bring people together to turn food waste into community feasts, and to share skills and stories. 
 
Would you like to get involved?

Microsolidarity

Microsolidarity is a community-building practice, weaving the social fabric that underpins shared infrastructure.

The first objective is to create structures for belonging, stitching new kinship networks to shift us out of isolated individualism into a more connected way of being. Why? Because belonging is a superpower: we’re more courageous & creative when we “find our people”.

The second objective is to support people into meaningful work. This is very broadly defined: you decide what is meaningful to you. It could be about your job, your family, or community volunteering. Generally, life is more meaningful when we are being of benefit to others, when we know how to contribute, when we can match our talents to the needs in the world.