After over 40 years serving the communities in east central Bristol, three well known and popular community organisations are joining forces to support residents to take action in their neighbourhood.
After months of hard work, we are delighted to announce a merger between three long established local charities has now been completed.
Since the 1970s, Felix Road Adventure Playground has been a playful oasis working with around 900 children and families every year. When threatened with closure in 2013 over 3000 people signed a petition to keep it open.
Easton Community Centre was built by local people in the 1980s and sees 1000s of people come through its doors taking part in a wide range of meetings and events.
Up Our Street has been supporting community action in the neighbourhood since 2000 and is well known for its community magazine, events and community development projects.
Over the past 18 months, the three organisations have been looking at ways to work together to secure their future and continue to serve the local community. Even before covid-19 things were challenging for community organisations and we were looking for ways to innovate to meet local need while being financially sustainable.
CEO of the newly formed organisation, Stacy Yelland, said: “In spite of the difficult climate the reasons for our merger are so positive. We are stronger together and feel our combined strengths make us a really exciting and unique organisation. During the lockdown we have shown what we can do together. From Easton Community Centre, the team has been delivering food parcels and children's toys and games to over 65 children and 41 adults weekly, supporting families who usually rely on Felix Road being open. This has really put us to the test in the very first days of our new organisation and we are proud of how the community has pulled together."
Now the merger is official, we will be working with communities and partners to develop our longer term strategic plans and look forward to sharing our plans for the future.