UK360 Adam Deacon 07/02/12
07 February 2012, 03:12
This episode is presented by Adam Deacon.
UK360 continues to bring you the best community stories from around the country. Tune in each fortnight for a new selection of inspirational local initiatives that are transforming neighbourhoods around the UK.
This episode begins in East Sussex, where Parkour has been adopted by a local authority as a way of engaging the community in fun, physical activity. Open to those of all ability, this bespoke training park aims to regenerate the local area and encourage community cohesion. Find out more about Freemove and their facilities, by visiting their website.
Basic Caring Communities is a new initiative in which groups of volunteers support people during their journey out of prison and beyond. Their film follows ex prisoners Tony and Lynden, as they discuss the support they received after they were released from prison.
Those in Year 11 that want an exciting chance to do something different during their summer holiday can now get involved in the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme. From learning new skills to meeting new people, participants can make a real difference to their local area. NCS is ‘shaped by young people for young people’.
UK360 also highlights the great work going on at the Westbank Healthy Living Centre. Their Young Carers Project received funding from Big Lottery to give over 600 young carers the chance to have fun and relax. Firmly believing that young peoplehave a right to their childhood and the experiences that go with it, this organisation seeks to alleviate the stresses and strains of caring for someone as a child.
Homelessness is an issue for communities across the UK, from big cities to small towns. Nightstop Devon has been set up to help young people between the ages of 16-24 who are going through personal and family problems and are in need of a bed for the night.
Birmingham is home to the Moorpool Resident’s Estate. Since 1999 all the facilities went into private hands. Passionate locals took action and applied for funding to buy back their community hall. Their motivation? To have a friendly space to take part in activities and socialise with other local residents. To find out more about this campaign, visit their website below.
Fancy volunteering in your local area to make a real difference? Visit the volunteer section of Community Channel's website and enter your postcode to get involved.
We’re always looking out for inspirational community films and motivated volunteers, so drop us an email at infoUK360@communitychannel.org to speak to someone about getting involved!