The project does this by challenging residents and stakeholders to improve their community’s development, make healthy lifestyles more relevant and accessible (through access to physical activity and better nutrition) and challenge social isolation (through greater involvement in community activities, development and interest groups). The project received National Lottery Funding for 5 years to work with the community to achieve these aims. The project does this through consultation with stakeholders (High Park Community Steering group) and residents (High Park Community Action Group/High Park Community Residents Group) and arranging activities around a number of themes. The project has been key in developing the area such as the installation of planters on the local high street (Bispham Road) and improvements to the local parks including planters, trees and living willow structures through accessing funding from the Liverpool City Region Community Environment Fund. The project has worked dynamically throughout the pandemic, supporting Brighter Living Partnership staff to develop a shopping service for vulnerable local residents, organising a programme of community skips to support deprived households and offering events and training packages via online Zoom format during restrictions.
The project also seeks to encourage the formation and development of community groups such as the Friends of High Park Green Spaces, Charlie’s Way, High Park Arts and Crafts and Reading groups to become independent and thriving contributors to social cohesion and agencies of change within their area. The project has also worked with local residents and partners to deliver seasonal activities and events such as Community fun days, Easter Egg hunts, Christmas Carol singing, Summer activities on the areas green spaces, lantern making workshops and numerous other activities to bring people together and build community spirit. Through this the project has worked with local residents as volunteers and consulted with the planning of the projects next steps in order to draw on the existing strengths and resources within the local community. There are many exciting developments to come in the near future so watch this space.