Mums join forces to help estate dream big

03 September 2018

A group of mums from the West Twerton area of Bath have teamed up to create a steering group aimed at injecting a sense of pride and achievement amongst residents living on the estate.

 

The Dream Big Steering Group was formed five months ago by three mums on the Newton Road estate to encourage community cohesion by running a summer project designed to build children’s self-worth through sport and other activities.

 

Sports such as football and activities, including bushcraft, have been running for the past six weeks with parents taking it in turn to monitor the activities and equipment provided by LiveWest, Bath City FC and Wesport.

 

Our Community Empowerment Officer Poppy Villarez said: “The impact on the residents here has been huge, with people working together with their neighbours to take part in activities together.

 

“In particular it has meant children have designated areas to play. It has led to the steering group planning future activities to further support families in the area. We are really excited to support the residents to see what else they can achieve here.”

 

Kelly Marie, a Dream Big Steering Group member, said: “It’s been great to be involved with a positive project in the community. I’ve enjoyed spending time with my son in a healthy and fun way.”

 

The project has already proved a huge hit with families in the area and was celebrated at an event this weekend at Bath City FC.

 

Sporting Family Change delivered two sessions a week over the summer and helped the steering group plan the activities.

 

Community Director at Bath City, Sally Harris, said: “The football club is delighted to have been asked by residents to take part in this project. Bath City FC is community-owned and community-run, so opportunities to get local people active and engaged with sport are a priority for us. 

 

“To see Twerton Park stadium full of families enjoying different activities (including chicken cuddling!) at the celebration event was a joy.

 

“Bath's first team manager, Jerry Gill, has enjoyed running football sessions every week for the project, with a focus on confidence-building and kindness as well as fun. 

 

“It's inspiring to see the families who are leading this, bringing their communities together, and we hope to be part of many more initiatives like this in the future.”

 

Ruth Glanvill, Community Project Officer at The West of England Sport Trust (Wesport), said: “Wesport have enjoyed being part of the steering group to support the Dream Big project. New connections have been made and future work in the area is already being planned – it has been inspiring to see a community activate such positive change on their doorstep.”