The Real Economy Southmead Centre is a place for all residents who want to build a happier, healthier, more caring community, living in better relationship with the earth and one another. Activities at the centre will be based around the three pillars of good food, great community and inspiring ideas, and will include things such as:
– a weekly meal, cooked and eaten together from local produce,
– growing food on available land in the area and building a productive community farm,
– supporting those going through difficult times, including help with access to quality food and opportunities to gain skills and experience,
– creating saleable goods, such as craft, repurposed goods or value added food products,
– identifying problems in the neighbourhood and finding ways to improve them, whether this be tasks such as fixing and painting or creating an outreach team to reach isolated residents,
– discussing issues that are important to us and affect our daily lives; thinking about how we might reimagine society and what action can be taken by the community to move towards a fairer and kinder society.
We want to contribute to the sense of community in the local area by providing a place where people can come and engage in creative activities for the good of themselves and their community. We hope that people will find a welcome at the Real Economy Centre and an opportunity to join with others in an activity that is doing something really worthwhile. We have grown used to thinking that everything anyone does for someone else today should be paid for in cash. This is the sign of a weak community.
The truth may be that a strong community can be measured by the network of people among whom favours are freely given and freely received. This is what we hope to create.
Our Real Economy Southmead centre will be based at Southmead Community Centre and open to everyone living in, or near Southmead, as well as any volunteers who would like to join us from wider afield. It is vital that we create a balanced community and include people with various skills and interests. If you have a particular skill, that can be used for the good of the community in some way, then come and share it with others. The aim will be to shape the activities of the centre according to the interests of local people and we will establish a local user group early on to make this happen. We will also be specifically inviting local services and agencies to recommend people to come to our centre who might be insecure in terms of food or otherwise benefit from the community.
Please get in touch with Florence if you would like to be involved.