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Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole

Wouldn’t it be great if the community spirit we saw in the first Lock-down could be recaptured for the long term?

It’s happening!  Discover how from this website and please help spread the As One vision everywhere!

Coming soon to Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole is a major borough-wide As One campaign, initiated by church groups in partnership with BCP Council and drawing in many other community groups, all faiths, schools, charities, businesses, residents and others who share a vision for reviving the kind of community spirit we saw during the first Lock-down and giving it ‘legs to last’.

Soon, all over the BCP Council area, 400 large vinyl banner will appear, looking like this:

Then, all over the Borough, local events (hopefully in the Spring, Covid-permitting) will help residents to get something going on their own street.

Watch this space for more details (and check out the Home page for more on what the idea is). What it will absolutely depend on is fulsome support from local organisations, local residents and families to bring the maximum benefit from this united project. Please add your support – through social media, through participation in local events – and on your street.

In these days of fruitful partnerships between churches and civic authorities, I was delighted when the diocesan Aldhelm Fund awarded a grant of £5000 to the As One initiative for the BCP area.  As Christians, we obviously give a high priority to loving our neighbours, and an increase in the number of Street Associations can only lead to real friendships and a growing sense of community at street level. The prospect of neighbours, of all faiths and none, becoming friends in the road where they live has the prospect of leading to all sorts of transformative action.                          

 The Rt Revd Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, acting Bishop of Salisbury

I fully support the As One initiative.  BCP Council have an ambition to create vibrant communities where everyone plays an active role and As One really supports that. We have seen a growth of friendships, mutual support, and a sense of community in individual roads during lockdown and in responding to the pandemic, and As One across the BCP Council area will ensure that we maintain that when we come out of COVID restrictions and move ‘back to normal’. I would encourage every resident across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to find out more about Street Associations, and, with others in their road, to be involved in this simple way of bringing people together at the most local of levels.    

Graham Farrant, Chief Executive, BCP Council

I’m always on the lookout for good ideas of increasing the level of community:  we are the tenth biggest urban local authority in England (pop nearly 400,000) and, though there may an economy of scale here, I’m determined this should NOT be at the cost of a growing sense of community and engagement. The As One initiative is a great idea to increase the level of community and friendship at street level, and I look forward to see this happening across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in 2022 and beyond.                    

Cat McMillan, Head of Community Engagement  Environment & Communities, BCP Council

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