Breathing life into Shinewater Park could reduce loneliness

Unlocking The Potential Of Community Spaces

3VA has been successful in securing funding from the Coop Foundation’s Space to Connect programme, for a project focusing on reducing social isolation by utilising the Shinewater Park area. 3VA aims to reinvigorate and revitalise interest in the Park and will be working closely with, and be guided by, community partners such as Friends of Shinewater Park. 3VA is already planning family activities to kick start the use of this wonderful area and on the 7th December, 3.30pm to 5.30pm at Shinewater Community Hall, Milfoil Drive where a Family Christmas Forest School Workshop will see participants making fantastic Christmas decorations inspired by the park.

Space to Connect is a partnership between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DMCS) and the Co-op Foundation. It builds on the commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of the Government's loneliness strategy. 

Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, stated:

“Shared spaces for people to meet and socialise are vital for tackling loneliness and helping communities work together to address local challenges.” 

Jo Wunsch, Community Development Officer at 3VA added:

“Input from all members of the community with ideas on ways to bring people together is vital, so whether you like visiting the park, shared interest groups, learning new things, taking part in sports or community events and fun days, we’d love you to get in touch”

For further information, please email Jo Wunsch at jo.wunsch@3va.org.uk or on 01323 639 373.