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Creating healthier communities

World Jungle has delivered a broad range of projects promoting health, fitness and well-being, working with all age groups from pre-school children to the over-65's. The diverse range of projects have included elements of outdoor play, sport and fitness, dance, gardening, mental health and well-being. CLICK ON THE HEADINGS below for examples of some of these projects.

'Full of Life' - Supporting older people in our community

This project aimed to get older people to feel more connected, confident and cared for and .improve overall health and wellbeing by looking at physical activity, mental health and diet. The project has been supported with funding from Gloucestershire County Council, the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Summerfield Charitable Trust. Achievements to date include:

  • The development of a Directory of Provision – A local directory listing local groups, clubs and services. This is available both online and in a large-print version that we have distributed around local venues for people to access.

  • The development of a Community Network with annual events showcasing activities that could be of interest to the over-50s group. These free community events included lots of 'taster' sessions around health and well-being including Tai Chi, Zumba Gold, Extend, Yoga, Meditation, bowls etc. They also brought together over 40 groups and organisations from across the county to share with people the best of what is happening in our local area, displaying information stands and interactive stalls.

  • Delivering sessions in sheltered housing units across Dursley, Cam, Wotton, Berkeley and Sharpness, providing and opportunity for people to come together in a welcoming environment and discuss topics around health, wellbeing, healthy eating, nutrition & getting active. Some sessions also included running free activities for people to try.

  • 'Engage' Volunteer Training - Training volunteers interested in supporting older people to stay active and healthy. The short course includes how to support older people maintain their independence in later life and stay active in their community, with topics around improving health & wellbeing and identifying local services and activities that are relevant to their needs.

Martin Surl, Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner said:

“Ensuring older people remain a valued and active part of the community is one of my priorities as commissioner. Too often older people become isolated and miss out on the interaction and activity that is vital to leading a full and healthy life. That’s why I support the work of World Jungle, whose impressive range of creative activities and projects engage and involve the older generation, along with the entire community.”

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Background information:

World Jungle's 'Full of Life' project was launched in October 2014 with a 'Full of Life Fair' in the Chantry Centre in Dursley, offering lots of free activities including, arts & crafts, health & wellbeing tasters, information stands, interactive stalls, live entertainment and refreshments. The event was delivered in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Stroud District Council and the NHS. It also linked in with other events marking 'International Older People's Day' in October 2014, celebrating older people, highlighting the issues that affect their lives and signposting people to services available in their communities.

From this, World Jungle received support from Gloucestershire County Council to establish a 'Full of Life' Community Hub focused around promoting health and wellbeing for older people in the local area. Weekly sessions initially took place at the Chantry Centre in Dursley before being taken 'out on the road' to visit sheltered housing units across the area; delivering a mixed programme of activities aimed at older people promoting health, wellbeing, and getting active together. In Spring 2016, the programme was then extended to provide support to the Berkeley & Sharpness area of Gloucestershire.

The funding was made available under the 'Active Together' stream, with the aim of providing a coordinated and preventative approach to improving the health and wellbeing of older people in the community, as well as developing a model of working which puts older people at the heart of creating their own solutions to their health needs.

'Spring in to Action' - Inspiring Cirencester to get active!

In partnership with Cirencester Town Council and support from Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council ’s ‘Active Together’ fund, during the Spring of 2016 we delivered a programme aimed at getting more people in the Cirencester area active, raise awareness of opportunities to be active and help establish a strategic approach to the provision of sports and physical activity across the town. The project focused on inclusion and particularly tried to attract those people who are not currently engaged in regular physical activity.

A major launch event in the town was followed by a week of free taster sessions and promotions with local groups and clubs. We worked with existing local clubs and providers to help them attract new members and volunteers and also offered support to people thinking about setting up new classes or starting out in health and fitness to trial new ventures during the week.

As part of the project we also developed a directory of clubs, groups, providers & venues to help sign post people to what was available in the town: CLICK HERE for the directory

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Get Dancing! - Bringing opportunities for local people to dance

World Jungle has run a number of projects supporting people of all ages to get involved in dance, bringing opportunities to try out a whole range of dance styles including Salsa, Street, Urban, Burlesque, Can Can, Carribean, Breakdance and African.

Projects have included a referral programme with Stroud District Council and May Lane Surgery in Dursley offering a range of dance styles to improve physical and mental health. Another example saw us supported by Sport England to put on a series of dance tasters and 10 week sessions in a range of different dance genres to engage and motivate people of all ages and support them to continue attending classes as well as supporting individuals to become dance tutors.

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Summer holiday activity programmes for children and families

With support from Gloucestershire County Council's Children's Activity Fund we have run a number of summer holiday programmes for children encouraging more sport and physical activity across the county. The programmes included a combination of indoor and outdoor activities using community venues and local green spaces, together with Family Fundays in local parks. We wanted to inspire kids to get active, learn about healthy behaviours and try new things; our underlying aim being to promote the physical and emotional health of children in our community.

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BOUNCE - personal development & challenge programme for children

This project was funded from People's Health Trust using money raised by HealthTotal through The Health Lottery. It was specfically targeted at primary-school aged children living in the Cam Woodfields area (GL11 postcode), near Dursley in Gloucestershire. The project aimed to help 60 children over two years by running fun and interactive courses focused on managing conflict and developing emotional intelligence and resilience. We aimed to equip the participants with the skills to help deal with conflict both in the home environment and amongst their peers.

The Bounce Programme is designed as an extra -curricular intervention for primary school children facing conflict in their lives, developed in response to schools looking to offer additional ways to support children with behavioural issues. It has been fine-tuned on five pilot programmes run over last two years and has proven to support educational engagement, attainment and develop confidence, respect, and fairness, while raising aspirations and improving capacity to manage stress. Health Total and Peoples Health Trust


The Secret Garden - Creating a community garden in the heart of Dursley

The Secret Garden project involves transforming 8,000 square metres of derelict land at The Chantry Centre (formerly Listers Hall) in the centre of Dursley into a thriving community garden with sustainability at its core. It is being lead by the Transition Town Cam & Dursley Team, supported by a number of local organisations including World Jungle, The Chantry Centre and the Explorer Scouts. The garden is being created using sustainable principles and permaculture wherever possible. The long term vision is that the garden will be a place for people and groups in the local community to come and spend time in. We hope it will become a hub for sharing the principles of sustainable gardening, as well as somewhere to relax and enjoy locally grown and prepared food.

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Outdoor Play and Bushcraft - Encouraging children to explore outdoors

In partnership with Breakheart Community Project, World Jungle obtained funding from the Cotswold Sustainable Development Fund for the D.E.E.P. project (Discover Explore Enjoy Protect) providing free environmental education and play days at Breakheart Quarry in the hills above Dursley in Gloucestershire for local primary schools and community groups.

The project gave local children the opportunity to discover Breakheart Quarry which is recognised as being regionally important for its geology, ancient woodlands and supporting a number of rare species including the dormouse. The children got to explore the variety of habitats and wildlife, enjoy taking part in natural learning and play activities whilst also learning how to protect the environment for future generations.

As part of the funding, we took groups of children to the Breakheart Quarry site to take part in environmental learning and play. Groups came from local schools, playgroups, scout and other youth groups. We also provided free training for those interested in working with children outdoors exploring the many issues around children's learning and play in the natural environment.

Please click here to download a copy of the End of Project Report. Special thanks to  Mel McCree, outdoor play and learning expert, who worked with us closely on this project.

Past Times Café - Supporting older people in the community

With funding from the People's Health Trust using money raised by HealthTotal through The Health Lottery, the Past Times Cafe was a community project targeted at the older population living in the Cam Woodfields area (GL11 postcode), near Dursley in Gloucestershire.

It focused on helping the older generation, trying to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness, helping elderly members of our community make new friends, develop skills and share what they have learned. It was based around our 'Past-times Cafe', a space where people could come together for a couple of hours each week to undertake creative activities, enjoy a cup of tea and have a chat with friends.

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Health & Wellbeing in later life

World Jungle offers a range of workshops specifically aimed at the older generation including low impact zumba, singing and chair workouts, african drumming and circus skills delivered by specialist tutors experienced in working with this age group. We have worked with a number of organisations in this area including local care homes and Age UK (Gloucestershire) .

Kate Gordon, Activities Co-ordinator, Cleeve Hill Nursing Home: "We booked Richard for a drumming workshop as part of our 'Winter Sunshine' theme week. He arrived with a smile, a bright outfit and plenty of drums and shakers which allowed everyone to participate (even those with limited mobility). Residents, staff and family visitors were all encouraged to join in and we all enjoyed played along with Richard's traditional African melodies and songs…it was the talk of the Supper table that evening! Will definitely book again!"

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Zumbatomic for Kids - Encouraging healthy behaviours in children

A project for the Severn Vale Commissioning Group, delivering a health and fitness programme for children and young people based around the dance fitness craze 'ZumbAtomic' with the aim of creating healthy behaviours and so improving health and fitness in the long-term. The project offered free Zumba classes for children in every primary school within the Severn Vale Cluster leading to the establishment of three After School Clubs. In addition the project involved World Jungle providing training for those working with children and young people on how to deliver physical activity sessions. This included elements of dance fitness as well as a range of play based activities and non competitive games to support staff with ideas to get children more active.

Feedback: Head Teacher, Berkeley Primary School
"I just wanted to thank you for Friday's Zumba in school. I have to say I had not seen so many children with such huge smiles in one activity, it was simply fantastic! The children who surprised us most were the ones who are usually so quiet and shy they really shone with confidence and a real sense of fun. Thank you so much and I am looking forward to the after school club and so many of the children are too."

Download the final report for the Zumbatomic project that World Jungle delivered in partnership with the Primary Schools of the Severn Edge cluster funded through the NHS Berkeley Vale Cluster.

'Way of Life' Project - Supporting families to make healthy lifestyle choices

For Pembrokeshire County Council, working with 'troubled' families to establish healthy behaviours.

The Pembrokeshire Family Challenge, Way of Life Project, was a new whole family support project operating in Pembrokeshire from January 2009. The project was funded by the Big Lottery Way of Life Fund and managed by a multi-agency group lead by Pembrokeshire County Council. The project was open to all families, resident in Pembrokeshire, who have at least one child under the age of twelve. It aimed to help support families make health improvements to their lifestyles.

World Jungle greatly enjoyed working with Pembrokeshire County Council over the course of the project and to be a part of their final celebration funday at the end of March 2012. Over 150 people attended the event and were able to take part in World Jungle’s activities which included circus skills, global games, african drumming, face painting, mask making and zumba.

Helen Stewart, Pembrokeshire County Council
“It was a terrific finale to a project which has had a huge impact on families across Pembrokeshire, it was great having World Jungle to help with the event and as always their activities were amazing, getting parents and children involved and active and most importantly having fun, we hope to get them up here again soon!”

Developing Highfields Park, Dursley - Improving local facilities

Following the successful development of Highfields Park by World Jungle at the end of 2010 thanks to a grant from the BIG Lottery which included a new swing, climbing area, youth shelter and BMX track, World Jungle provided ongoing play sessions on the park over summer 2011. These included a major fun day attracting over 300 people where all activities were free as well smaller sessions including an outdoor cooking sessions, a circus skills day as well as art activities.

2012 saw us run further fun day events at the park for local residents to enjoy. We were also pleased to welcome volunteer Gerard Anderson to our team on this project. Gerard joined us on a placement as part of his degree course (Bsc Hons Community Development), to explore, challenge and enhance his skills as a community development practitioner. He lead an evaluation of the impact of our project based around the redevelopment of Highfields Park in Dursley and the role it has played in addressing the needs of local community.

DOWNLOAD COPY OF REPORT - Highfields Park Impact Review 2012.
The report was commissioned by World Jungle and carried out by Gerard Anderson a Community Development practitioner with experience in research methodology and community conflict. It should be made clear that Highfields Park is the responsibility of Stroud District Council and World Jungle has no responsibility for the maintenance or management of the park. The review was carried out through questionnaires, focus group activities, formal meetings and a community lunch event. As well looking at the impact the developments on the park have had on the local community, people were also asked for their thoughts on activities they would like to see on the park, any developments they would like to see should funding become available and also what would help towards the long term sustainability of the park.

World Jungle continues to run activities on the park aimed at getting people using the park both young and old. If you would like to get involved or suggest activities that could be put on please get in touch.

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National Award for 'Bridging Cultures’, promoting intercultural dialogue Institute for Community Cohesion 2010.