New in 2017 – Toddington Health Walk

Written by Mike Fayers on . Posted in Walking 4 Health

Walk 4 Health Toddington gets up and running

 

A new Walk 4 Health programme in Toddington has already signed up almost 70 walkers in its first 6 months, with 13 different walk routes on offer, thanks to the hard work of its volunteer walk leaders.

BRCC, the coordinator for Walk 4 Health Bedfordshire:   https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/walk-4-health-bedfordshire , was approached late in 2016 by a volunteer from the Good Neighbour scheme in Toddington about setting up a health walk programme in the village. By early January posters and leaflets were on display and BRCC was receiving our first enquiries from prospective walk leaders.

During April we trained our first walk leaders who then checked out and risk assessed a number of suitable routes, and the following month saw the launch of the new programme. Six months on the walk leaders have produced an electronic newsletter, which you can read here:

Toddington newsletter 2017

BRCC cheers its volunteers in Central Bedfordshire

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Good Neighbour Scheme, Latest News, Supporting Communities, Volunteering, Walking 4 Health

We are delighted that groups and volunteers supported by BRCC have been recognised by Central Bedfordshire Council at their third Cheering Volunteering awards, which took place at the Grove Theatre, in Dunstable, on the evening of 6 June.

The annual event is intended to thank the many volunteers and voluntary organisations across Central Bedfordshire for the often unheralded work they do to help others in their community.

Flitton & Greenfield Good Neighbours, part of BRCC’s Good Neighbour schemes Network, won the John Buxton Panel’s Choice Award.

Katie and Brian Juffs (pictured), leaders of our Walking 4 Health group in Arlesey, were Highly Commended under the same award.

Ex-BRCC Board member Michael Grant was a runner-up for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

You can find full details at http://centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/news/june/cheering-volunteering.aspx

Local Area Coordinators needed for new contract in Bedford Borough

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Job vacancies, Latest News, Supporting Communities

BRCC has recently won a contract tendered by Bedford Borough Council for a development partner to introduce Local Area Coordinators across the Borough. The contract is for 2 years, with the option to extend for 1 further year.

The 3 Local Area Coordinators are to be catalysts for the development of community capacity and “self-help” groups. They will foster the creation of, and signpost people to, alternatives that can prevent entry to the care system. Early support and non-statutory intervention to nip problems in the bud and maintain independence is the focus for these roles. The target group is people with some vulnerability but not yet eligible for Council social care services.

In the interests of finding the best possible candidates for these positions, we will consider applications for job share (where a role is shared by two people applying together); job split (where a role is split on a part-time basis between two or more people applying separately); and secondment from other organisations.

An enhanced DBS check is required.

For further details, including how to apply, please download the files below:

BRCC Local Area Coordinator application information Mar 2017

Local Area Coordinator Application Form

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Application deadline: 9am on Wednesday 3rd May 2017.

Interviews: Tuesday 16th or Wednesday 17th May in Cardington.

 

Central Bedfordshire Village Halls & Community Buildings Survey 2017 – your response is much appreciated

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Community Buildings Advice, Latest News

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and Central Bedfordshire Council are carrying out a survey to help inform future investment in community facilities and the provision of support services, as well as enabling an up to date directory to be produced.

We are aiming for as comprehensive a response as possible, so if you are involved in managing a community building in Central Bedfordshire, please ensure a response from your committee. You can find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/centralbedfordshirecommunitybuildingssurvey2017

All people completing the survey will be entered into a prize draw for a free 5-year BRCC membership (currently worth £140) for their building. A full report analysing the findings will be produced and made available online.

If you have any enquiries relating to this survey, please contact Bob Hughes, Community Buildings Adviser, on (01234) 832646 or at bobh@bedsrcc.org.uk.

Tree planting in the Forest of Marston Vale

Written by Mike Fayers on . Posted in Green Infrastructure, Latest News, Supporting Communities, Volunteering

Get involved with a day of tree planting in the Forest of Marston Vale.

Come along any time between 11am and 3pm, on Sunday 12th Feb 2017, and help the Forest of Marston Vale reach its target of 6 million trees – all you need to bring is warm, waterproof clothes, and plenty of enthusiasm!

The Forest of Marston Vale will be supplying trees, tools and teas & coffees, so bring the whole family along to make a difference to the Forest, and plant something that will live for generations.

Free shuttle buses will be running throughout the day to the planting site in Cranfield, from the Forest Centre in Marston Moretaine.

For further information please contact:

 

Jo Roberts
Community Engagement Officer
Direct line: 01234 762608

Forest of Marston Vale, The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR
(For Sat Nav purposes, use MK43 0PS)

Tel: 01234 767037 │ Fax: 01234 762606 │ Web: www.marstonvale.org

Walking 4 Health

Written by Mike Fayers on . Posted in Supporting Communities, Walking 4 Health

BRCC co-ordinates a range of Walking4Health walk programmes throughout Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough. These individual programmes are led by trained volunteer Health Walk Leaders.

Health walks are regular walks which are free and open to all – though aimed particularly at people who are presently doing little or no exercise – and usually last for about an hour.

People are encouraged to walk at their own pace, safe in the knowledge that they are walking with trained leaders, one of whom will remain at the back of the group, with the slowest walkers.

At the end of the walk we encourage walkers to socialise – therefore many of our walks end where people can have a drink and a chat.

One walker, who was referred to Walking4Health after suffering a stroke, told us: “I can’t praise Walking4Health enough, it was important to my recovery. The involvement has helped so many of our members, after health problems, bereavement and loneliness. It’s fun and the social aspect is so important…walking keeps you healthy.”

Contact Mike Fayers on (01234) 832619.

Evaluation of BRCC Good Neighbours Network project published by Nesta

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Good Neighbour Scheme, Latest News, Volunteering

An independent evaluation report on a BRCC project to scale up its Good Neighbour scheme model to other rural areas has been published by Nesta, which funded the project through its Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund.

Some difficulties were experienced with the evaluation, as the project timescale of 15 months proved insufficient for project partners to set up new Good Neighbour schemes in time to gather any meaningful data concerning their impact.

Nevertheless, the report by respected consultancy Red Quadrant concluded that “The likelihood remains that Good Neighbour schemes can be shown to be both effective and economic in the space between household and statutory service provision, helping to reduce pressures on formal services and improve quality of life for people in need, while stimulating civic involvement. In a context where the themes of post-welfare resilience, reduced public sector funding and demographic change all resonate to create intense pressures for change in adult social care, it could be regarded as injudicious not to invest thoroughly in these schemes for the future.”

You can download the report here

Putting the Green Wheel into the Biggleswade Green Wheel

Written by Cliff Andrews on . Posted in Biggleswade Green Wheel, Green Infrastructure, Latest News, Supporting Communities

BRCC staff among the first to walk through Green Wheel

BRCC staff among the first to walk through Green Wheel

Users of the Green Wheel, including Dan Albone on his bike

Users of the Green Wheel, including Dan Albone on his bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest addition to the Biggleswade Green Wheel was installed this week – a Green Wheel!

Commissioned by BRCC and designed by artist Martin Heron, the installation is on the route of the Biggleswade Green Wheel as it passes through CBC’s Saxon Drive Linear Woods.

Various figures are depicted along the top of the wheel, with the cyclist being local legend Dan Albone, the image being taken from a photo of him riding the Ivel Cycle which he invented.

Cliff Andrews, BRCC’s Supporting Communities Manager said “We hope that this feature, along with the recently installed carved benches will be enjoyed by all users of the Biggleswade Green Wheel.  It has been great to work with Martin Heron who also designed the ‘tractor’ sculpture we installed at the Dan Albone Car Park in March.”

 

 

We’re recruiting – could you be our Community Agent for Biggleswade?

Written by Justine Hunt on . Posted in Just Ask Village Agents, Latest News, Supporting Communities

Community Agent Biggleswade

15 hours/week for 12 month contract
£10,156 p.a. (£23,698 pro rata)

Are you committed to supporting vulnerable and isolated people living in Biggleswade? Are you interested in a flexible local employment opportunity that you can fit around your other commitments?

BRCC is seeking to recruit a ‘Community Agent’ for Biggleswade.  The ‘Community Agent’ will work to connect people in Biggleswade to the services and support that they need, reporting to a steering group of local stakeholders.

The post requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We are grateful to Biggleswade Town Council for being the principal funder of this position.

Downloads:

Application deadline:     Friday June 3rd at 9.00am
Interviews to be held:    Tuesday 14th June

Dan Albone rides into Biggleswade

Written by Cliff Andrews on . Posted in Biggleswade Green Wheel, Green Infrastructure, Latest News

We are very pleased to announce the installation of a sculpture on the Biggleswade Green Wheel. The project, led by BRCC and working with artist Martin Heron, means Dan Albone can now be viewed driving his original ‘Ivel Agricultural Motor’ in the Dan Albone Picnic Area beside the River Ivel.  Dan, who was born just over 100m from the sculpture’s location invented the machine which is the father of all modern tractors.  He also manufactured the Ivel Safety Cycle, riding to many victories at national and international races.

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The image of the tractor plays tricks with the mind as you walk around and view it from different angles and in different light. Is it 2D or 3D? Perhaps 2 1/2 ?!
With thanks to project partners: The Fen Reeves of Biggleswade Common, Biggleswade TC, Biggleswade History Society and CBC. Photo: Andy Buckley

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