Voluntary and community groups recently showcased their work at the Keynsham Area Forum meeting, with guest speakers including various organisations operating across the area.
The speakers included Keynsham Wombles, Keynsham & District Dial-a-Ride, Community @ 67, Keynsham In Bloom, Keynsham Food Bank and Butterflies-Haven.
The Area Forums form part of Bath & North East Somerset’s ‘Connecting Communities’ programme and bring together public services, local organisations and residents to address the areas of local concern in the community, share skills and ideas and provide a useful channel for local residents to raise concerns with partners such as the Police and the Council.
Cllr Alan Hale (Conservative, Keynsham South), Chair of the Keynsham Area Forum said: “We were delighted to welcome a number of community groups to the Forum to hear about their work. They all spoke very passionately about their community.
“In particular, the Forum heard from Butterflies-Haven who offer support to young people with autism and their families. This was particularly poignant, as it was World Autism Awareness Week. We also heard from one of the young people who attends Butterflies-Haven, who shared their story about some of the challenges they have faced.
“The Community Showcase will now be a regular feature at future Forum meetings. It is an opportunity for us to find out more about what is going on in the community, share stories and offer support to these groups.”
All Forums meetings are open to members of the public and new attendees are very welcome.
The Forum would like to hear from any community group located within the Keynsham Area Forum who would like to attend a future meeting and share their stories, successes or seek support from the Forum.
Keynsham Area Forum covers the town and villages of: Keynsham, Chelwood, Compton Dando, Corston, Farmborough, Saltford, Whitchurch, Marksbury.
For more information, contact Sara Dixon, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01225 396594.
Future Forum meetings dates: 30th June, 28th Sept and 22nd November.
All meetings are held in the evening from 6pm. Venues to be confirmed.
To find out more about the Forums, visit: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/neighbourhoods-and-community-safety/localism-and-community-planning.