Brunswick Youth and Community Centre is committed to community resilience.
Read on to find out more or contact us here.
Community resilience is the defined by the Government as:
“Communities and individuals harnessing local resources and expertise to help themselves in an emergency, in a way that complements the response of the emergency services.”
While this is accurate, we think that resilience goes beyond mere emergency preparedness (although that is significant to us too).
For us, it is a framework to obtain sustainable communities and social cohesion.
From this perspective, it is part of a process of supporting individuals, groups, and the wider community. Our mission helps them develop skills, strengths, and abilities to mitigate issues such as:
as well as emergency situations and crisis management.
Brunswick Youth and Community Centre relies on its resources and the strength of our community to build resilience to anticipate and deal with issues, such as those described above.
By doing so we hope to assist the people of Bootle and Sefton by giving them the tools to deal with situations with empathy and understanding. Where appropriate, this includes dealing with those in positions of authority in a challenging, yet respectful, way.
Brunswick Youth and Community Centre is well-placed to promote community resilience, because we have been working along these lines since long before the term was first used. The Brunny (founded as Brunswick Boys Club) began in 1947 and focussed on providing support, education, and welfare to boys in the area. (Read our history to find out more about our background.)
By doing so we were able to help countless boys (and later girls and families) overcome hardship, create sustainable communities, and promote community cohesion.
This work, which we consider part of community resilience, continues today. As well as our numerous programs for Children and Young People, in Education, Training, and Employment, and Health and Wellbeing, we prioritise community resilience in other ways.
For example, one aspect of improving the conditions of life for Bootle and Sefton residents is our garden and adoption of the approach to Bootle Oriel Road train station.
By doing so we have been able to address a number of aims, including:
Volunteers from Mama Margaret’s St. James Pensioners Club work with our youth clubs in our garden and at Oriel Road station. The children get the benefit of our pensioners’ experience. Our pensioners feel valued, respected, and involved. Bringing the generations together helps promote understanding, empathy, and respect.
Growing our own food, and making it available for anyone to take for free at the Centre and Oriel Road station, means that everyone can eat well, regardless of income. This is particularly important in Bootle, where welfare reform,and benefit cuts have a considerable impact.
Teaching people of all ages, but especially children, how to grow their own food and plants is a valuable life lesson which helps promote healthy lifestyles in themselves, their families, and friends.
Our Centre Manager, Keith Lloyd, is happy to discuss this programme and the numerous activities we use to effect it. Contact him here.