Community Anchors are independent (generally registered charities) multi-purpose organisations, based in geographically defined neighbourhoods and used by the whole community. They are hubs that reach into communities to provide a wide range of opportunities to improve health & wellbeing for all ages.
Community Anchors develop social enterprises to offer services not met elsewhere, they support volunteer development, and provide an umbrella for the support of small groups whilst bringing significant funds into the district.
In 2015, Nova was commissioned by the Public Health Department at Wakefield Council to develop the Community Anchors provision across the district. This included the development of a Community Anchor Network (CAN), which focuses on identifying areas of needs within the district, whilst raising awareness of Community Anchors to local people. The CAN works collaboratively with the Connecting Care+ programme and uses the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ model.
For more information on Community Anchors in Wakefield, including a full list of Community Anchors, please visit the Wakefield Council website here, in addition, a map featuring the many Community Anchors can be found below.
Case study of Croftlands & St George’s: Intergenerational Project
The tenants of Croftlands Independent Living Scheme expressed to their local Community Anchor, St George’s Community Centre, that they would like to spend more time with the younger generation.
St George’s worked with both Croftlands tenants and staff to find out what activities the tenants would like to take part in. From this, St. George’s organised for the younger generation of their community centre to stage a performance based on the lives of the tenants.
The Community Anchor employed a sessional worker who specialises in drama, writing and performance to work with the young people, and over the next few weeks the young people spent time with the tenants to pull together the performance.
The performance made its debut on the 30th August 2017 and was a huge success with both the tenants and younger generation. The project demonstrated how intergenerational work brings people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities.