2019/20: Year in review
Since 2013, we have brought together a total of over 30,200 people through our community integration programme in Portsmouth. This number keeps increasing on a yearly basis as more and more community members see the benefits our programme.
In 2019/20 we ran 8 projects under our community integration programme and key highlights include:
Key highlights for 2019/20
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
The atmosphere and sense of community cohesion is second to none.
“URBOND, what a great community based organisation! I have attended a few events held by the group and have found them to be innovative, inviting and initiative led by its founders and members. The atmosphere and sense of community cohesion is second to none. One massively distinguished trait I have always found is how the group’s events and help in the community has always been deeply embedded with the support and recognition in the role it plays within the local Community. The words ‘bond’ within the organisations name is a fitting tribute to the great work it plays in the present and the future towards peace and harmony within the Community”
It has given us good platform to integrate in the community
“URBOND is very important and vital to us all in the local community; it has given us good platform to integrate in the community. Socio-cultural events and sporting activities have helped me keep in shape, meet new people, discover different food and different cultures. URBOND’s management team are friendly and very welcoming, they are always available to speak to you and the hospitality they provide is second to none. My friends and I would always recommend URBOND to anyone, I promise once have been to one of the events you will always go back.”
URBOND has established routines that will have a positive impact on local community members lives
“I sincerely would like to thank URBOND and its committee members for the amazing work they are doing in the community. I am sure that many people that attend URBOND social evening events, sporting activities and seminars would agree with me that the group is doing a fantastic job. It’s been 4 years since I started attending URBOND activities, I have met so many wonderful people I can happily call friends. The group has opened my eyes in so many ways along with discovering new cultures etc…URBOND has established routines that will have a positive impact on local community members lives. I attend all URBOND activities and most importantly the volleyball on Sundays; volleyball sessions have improved my fitness and they are keeping me in shape. Proud of the group and I urge everyone to support URBOND.”
It has now been 4 years since I attended my first URBOND activity, I now volunteer for URBOND.
“I volunteer for a group called Heartlands Community voice; we have an awards night every year at the Charles Dickens Centre. One of these nights was the first time I heard the name URBOND. It has now been 4 years since I attended my first URBOND activity, I now volunteer for URBOND. I am normally the first person people see as I am at the front desk signing people in and welcoming them to the evening. Working with URBOND has made me more confident than I thought I would ever have. It has given me knowledge of different countries and their customs and most of all URBOND has given me a chance to give back to more people than I thought I could. I am proud to be part of the URBOND community.”
“In April 2016 I started going to URBOND activities after my friend kept asking me to come. I never really went out much but since going I haven’t missed one yet. URBOND is great for everyone as there are always lots of different things to do like raffles, salsa, quizzes and the food there is amazing! I have met some amazing people who are now close friends. My daughter who is 16 and I enjoy attending the volleyball practice which takes place on a Sunday and my son who is 9 loves the family fun days. I am glad I have URBOND and I am also grateful to have made some special friends.”
“Community cohesion in Portsmouth is a very important issue. We’re working here as a council in conjunction with community groups, faith groups and the police to ensure community cohesion is carried out in a constructive way. I welcome the creation of URBOND and it’s an excellent opportunity for people to come together in a welcoming environment on a regular basis.”
A fast moving organisation that helps bring people together in a fun and friendly way
“URBOND is a fast moving organisation that helps bring people together in a fun and friendly way. They hold training and social events and they love their sporting activities.They welcome everyone and offer support and help in many ways, they have a fabulous reputation for doing great things. I am proud to be able say that we have supported URBOND and look forward to supporting the organisation at any given opportunity”
“I have been attending URBOND’s charitable events and activities for well over a couple years now and truly feel the guys running it are doing such a fantastic job in the community. What strikes me the most is the integration of different cultures coming together for a common purpose, raising funds to help enrich the lives of the less fortunate. I was approached by URBOND to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower last August to raise funds for the charities that they were supporting at the time. Although I am absolutely petrified of heights, I duly obliged as I felt it was least I could do to help the course. I really commend the efforts of all the people involved in the smooth operation of URBOND. Well done guys for your diligence and relentless drive to help improve the quality of life and make a difference to so many people".