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Bringing people together

CLICK ON THE HEADINGS below to read examples of some of the projects we have delivered. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our funders. Details of further projects themed around 'creating healthier' communities are listed on our 'Health Projects' page.

Community Building - Cam & Dursley

World Jungle is working in partnership with Barnwood Trust to provide community building capacity in Cam and Dursley, Gloucestershire, using the principles of Asset Based Community Development.

“It can be amazing where a simple conversation can lead…”  This is the basic idea behind a programme for Cam and Dursley in Gloucestershire which hopes to kick-start some new community projects by asking people what they care enough about in their area to do something about. Through having lots of conversations with local people, the aim is to identify the gifts, strengths and passions of individuals,  find out what they want to make happen in the area and help people come together and achieve their aim. Find out more...

Barnwood Trust link to website


Going the Extra Mile (GEM) - supporting long-term unemployed in to work


World Jungle offer a flexible 1:2:1 support service for people from the Cam & Dursley area and beyond. We specialise in supporting those from rural areas and have an excellent knowledge of local training, volunteering and extra-curricular activities to encourage people to be work ready.

The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) project sees us working in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council and over 70 voluntary community social enterprise (VCSE), public and private sector partners. It aims to engage with Gloucestershire's hardest-to-reach, most vulnerable unemployed and financially-excluded people, who face multiple barriers to work. Our primary objective in doing so is to move those people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment. The project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

Our role involves providing intensive day to day 1:2:1 support to GEM Project participants to build their stability, confidence, motivation and readiness to learn, and ultimately move them closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

Please contact Jane Manning at World Jungle for more information.

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Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) - Coming together through music (over 55's)

Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. The BAB partnership is led by Age UK Bristol and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. World Jungle is one of the organisations working in partnership to deliver BAB-funded services to improve the lives of older people in Bristol.

The project includes delivering a weekly open workshop in Drum, Music, Song and Rhythm at the St Paul's Learning Centre in Bristol aimed at over 55's. The free, informal and friendly sessions are based around exploring rhythms from the Caribbean, Africa and South America and are all about people coming together as a group to create music.

African Drumming sheltered housing Drumming sessions for BAB

Summer off the Streets - Holiday activities to support children and families

Over the past five summers on behalf of Cotswold District Council and Cirencester Town Council, World Jungle has organised a holiday activity programme for children and families across the Cotswolds. The programmes encompass a whole range of activities including fun summer workshops (e.g. bollywood dancing,multimedia, cheerleading, arts & crafts, cookery, archery, outdoor survival skills days) together with free Community Fun Day Events and special events to celebrate National Play Day and Love Parks Week.

View details of summer 2016's programme

Summer off the streets


'Full of Life' - supporting older people

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.”

Full of Life

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.

SOTS Youth Programme - Working with teenagers and young people

With support from Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council's Youth Activities support, over the summer of 2016 we delivered a programme of events specifically targeted at teenagers and young people based around five locations across the Cotswolds: Cirencester, Chipping Campden, Northleach, Tetbury and Fairford. The events included a range of activities being offered including graffiti art, music, bushcraft, gladiator duel inflatables, African drumming, henna, unicycling, and juggling skills. Young people were also invited to take part in a consultation exercise to help identify key issues and needs in order to inform future work and planning in this area.

View details of the summer 2016 programme

SOTS youth programme Youth Events poster


Samba Drumming Youth Programme

This project was supported by Make Music Gloucestershire and saw us working in partnership with Rednock Secondary School in Dursley, Gloucestershire. The Samba drumming programme offered a unique addition to the existing music offer provided by Rednock School. It enabled students to gain experience of music and rhythms from South America, and also begin to explore the links with African drumming more generally. A broad range of students got to experience an initial session, while those with a more specific interest went on to develop their skills and be tutored in more specific rhythms by joining in the after-school programme. 

Make Music Gloucestershire


'All in One Rhythm' - Inspiring healthier lifestyle choices and building stronger communities

Our “All in one Rhythm”project was with thanks to funding from the BIG Lottery's 'Awards for All programme'. It aimed to use the FIFA World Cup in Brazil over June and July 2014 as a springboard to developing healthier, happier, more active citizens and a wave of positive community action. We delivered a range of events including Community Fun Days, weekly classes in samba drumming, dance classes and capoeira lessons, all building up to a wonderful carnival party bringing the full colour and energy of Brazil to rural Gloucestershire. All the activities were family friendly and based around a Brazilian and World Cup theme:

Awards for All



Supporting Young Carers in Gloucestershire

At the end of 2013 we successfully completed a fantastic Comic Relief project with Gloucestershire Young Carers. 38 young carers from across Gloucestershire had the chance to try their hand at bushcraft and survival skills at Breakheart Quarry in the hills above Dursley. Groups of youngsters from Cam, Stroud, Cirencester and the Forest of Dean visited the quarry for the day and had a go at a variety of activities including lighting open fires, outdoor cooking, building dens and fossil hunting.

Grundtvig 'Beyond the Book' - European Project to support Lifelong Learning

World Jungle was selected to be part of an exciting and innovative international programme called "Beyond the Book" which brought together educators, artists, cultural organisations and video technicians from 9 different European countries to share their skills and explore the ways in which video production can help to support the learning of those most disadvantaged including school leavers, youth at risk, elderly and long term unemployed. Find out more...


All the fun of the circus! - Using circus skills workshops to inspire, educate, bring people together

World Jungle has delivered a number of projects themed around circus skills, including:

  • With funding from BAND (Bristol Association of Neighbourhood Daycare), we worked with groups across Bristol sharing all the fun of the circus with our circus skills workshops. We were able to leave each club with a £100 box of circus equipment and the staff and children with the skills to use the equipment including juggling balls, diablos, stilts, plate spinning and poi .

  • We ran weekly circus fun sessions locally in Cam & Dursley. These were supported by Dursley Rotary Club who made a donation of £100 towards the club and also donated a unicycle from one of the member's daughters. John Grove, President of Dursley Rotary Club said, "We are really pleased to be able to support youth activities in the area and this circus club has done a great job of involving children of all ages and backgrounds."

  • At the end of 2012, World Jungle's Ben Ward was part of a charity trip at Christmas time to teach circus workshops to Street Children in Morocco.


Global Play - Exploring cultural diversity in fun and creative ways

World Jungle's Global Play Project supported by the BIG Lottery Fund enabled thousands of children and young people to have the opportunity to explore cultural diversity in fun and exciting ways. It included sharing the best traditional games from around the world and was delivered by artists from Ghana, Jamaica, Tanzania, Guyana, Argentina, Pakistan and England.

We worked with over 1700 children from across Bristol & Gloucestershire and trained over 180 play workers. The project was recognised by the Institute of Community Cohesion (DfID) receiving a National Award for Promoting Intercultural Dialogue. The programme was also cited by the Big Lottery Fund as a model of good practice.

Building on the success of the project, World Jungle secured a contract to deliver Global Play training for Play-workers and Early Years workers in Somerset and Devon and also ran the training at a South West play celebration event held in March 2011.

Key elements of the project included delivering:
• Global Play sessions with children in parks, schools and play settings.
• Training for teachers, early years, play and youth workers in global games.
• Equalities & Anti- Racism training for staff.
• Development of resource pack to support other projects interested in delivering global play experiences.

Find out more about Global Play


Saturday Activity Sessions for young people - Developing opportunities to try new things

With funding support from the Windsor Family Trust, we provided Saturday activity sessions during the Autumn of 2012 and Spring of 2013 aimed at children and young people aged from 8 -18 years old across Cam & Dursley in Gloucestershire. The activities were to build on the successful project Summer off the Streets' Cam & Dursley that took place the previous summer. They included workshops in dance, music, bushcraft, arts and crafts as well as bringing in elements of multi-media and work based skills.

In addition, with the support of young volunteers we delivered a showcase event at the end of the project with art displays, youth photography and talent show. We worked with young volunteers to deliver this event providing real life work situations to develop skills in marketing and promotion, event management, customer service, sales and more.

The project helped promote a positive image of young people and helped to address some of the negative views that certain adults have of young people. This was acheived through positive media stories across the project as well as providing opportunities for inter-generational gatherings and events.


Dursley Festival - Supporting the local community

World Jungle has been a regular contributor to the annual Dursley Festival and Jane Manning chaired the festival for several years. During this time we organised a showcase tent (with local groups performing to showcase their talents to the wider community); a children's area providing a whole range of activities for children including arts and crafts, drumming, circus, trashion fashion and many more. We have also taken a leading role over the years in putting together the carnival procession providing music and dancers for the parade.


Coco Club - Sharing music & dance from around the world

Music and dance from around the world was celebrated at our 'Coco Club' nights held at the Chantry Centre in Dursley, bringing together a selection of live singing, dance performances, interactive group dances and disco.

Guests enjoyed a musical journey across the decades and around the globe, with DJs, dancing and stage acts. Music included Salsa, Merengue, Samba, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Soul, Flamenco, Mambo, Northern Soul, Reggae, Bollywood, Highlife, Azonto, Swing, Rock n Roll and lots more. View a selection of photographs from the events...

Coco club music and dance nights


Youth showcase events - supporting young people

Supported by the Windsor Family Trust, World Junge supported the showcasing of local talent and engaged young people in the planning of a Youth Showcase event as part of 2011's Dursley Town Festival. We also trained two local young people from 'Youth Dance Movement' to deliver the Arts Award qualification.

Global Fusion - supporting artists and performers

Global Fusion 2011 was a series of world music nights that took place in Stroud at the Lansdown Hall & Gallery (formerly The Space). The nights included the amazing DJ Alain Hernandez from Cuba, Zavoala from the Ivory Coast and the African Allstars

Get Outside and Cook! - Creating opportunities for children and young people

Working alongside Play Gloucestershire's Play Rangers, World Jungle cooked up culinary delights in local parks engaging children in healthy eating and cooking over fires, some of the favourites being homemade pizzas, Indian pakoras and of course marshmallows!

Celebrating International Day at Ridings Academy - workshops for schools

As one example of our work with school, we supported a major event at the Ridings International Academy with a special celebration of International Day for all their pupils. Workshops took place in Commedia dell Arte, Asian Storytelling, African Drumming & Dance and Reggaeton catering for over 300 children at a time. Click here to watch a short video from the day...

South West Artist Network Event - supporting artists and performers

Part of World Jungle's ongoing support for artists involved organising a special event for multi-cultural artists across the South West offering them the opportunity to network, promote themselves and hear from a range of key agencies such as the Creative Learning Agency, Arts Council and Social Enterprise Works. Over 40 artists attended the day with overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Indian dancer

Full of Life

Health projects outdoor play

Dance projects

health projects events


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