New beginnings for East Central Bristol

New beginnings for East Central Bristol

It is in the spirit of collaboration, trust and friendship that Up Our Street, Easton Community Centre and Felix Road Adventure Playground have been working tirelessly towards a full merger on 31 March 2020.

Our three organisations have always respected each other’s work and values and have worked together on projects in the community. After initial conversations and an extensive look at our shared values and purpose, we all found that our organisations had a lot in common. Each one has deep roots in the local neighbourhood, works with culturally diverse communities, and are committed to improving social and environmental spaces for everyone.

At a joint staff and trustee gathering, the teams shared hopes and aspirations for the area and for the new organisation.

“Harmonious, healthy community that honours the wellbeing of citizens and the planet. Children are cherished, adults follow their dreams and the elderly are honoured and connected.”

One team member’s aspiration for the area

“My dream is that this feeling of mutual admiration and support continues so that the organisation can grow healthily to support the community it serves.”

Another team member’s hope for the new organisation

We want to reassure you that the much-loved spaces and services that these organisations are known for will not noticeably change. The changes will largely involve a coming together of back-office systems and governance. The name of the magazine, the playground and the community centre will stay the same and the values that these organisations are built on will remain at the heart of the new organisation’s purpose.

It is an exciting time with lots still to be done. Our goal for this merger is to bring three organisations together as one family to bring greater benefits to local children and adults. We want to have an impact in Easton and Lawrence Hill where it is most needed. We believe our combined skills will lead to exciting new possibilities while protecting much loved existing services.

Over the coming months, there will be a lot more to say as things develop, but we wanted to share our news and we will be welcoming you and others to be part of this journey with us.

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