GL Communities is undertaking targeted development work to support and build communities in four areas of Gloucestershire: Matson and Robinswood, Podsmead, White City and Stonehouse. Community development has been a major part of our work over many years and we embrace Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) as part of our practice. ABCD takes an innovative approach but looking for the positive strengths and the aspirational potential within the community and facilitates its growth.
We work with a number of organisations in partnerships and also have projects that we run or support some of which are listed below.
- Podsmead Big Local - we are one of their LTO's - Locally Trusted Organisations and provide a range of support to them including management support for their staff.
- All Pulling Together (APT) Stonehouse - we provide management support to their Community Builder, as well as some outreach sessions through our advice service.
- In Matson and Robinswood we work with partners to run a community cafe and we also have a volunteer run charity shop and a Men’s Shed.
- As part of our work with the 'Power of Three' (see report) we are exploring the creation of a childcare network.