Arnos Vale Cemetery is a unique location that is now in the care of the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, a UK registered charity, so that it can be enjoyed now and saved for future generations, as:
- A place of heritage containing many listed buildings and monuments of regional, national and international importance.
- A place of tranquillity, a 45 acre haven of peace and quiet in an otherwise busy part of a bustling city.
- A place filled with stories, a city within a city, inhabited by memorials to Bristolians of all classes, and others who found themselves in the city by accident or design.
- A place of respect where more than 300,000 people are buried or remembered, from much-loved members of ordinary Bristol families to those who changed their world or sacrificed their lives in war.
- A place to return to because there is so much to see and do and such seasonal variety that one visit to Arnos Vale Cemetery will never be enough.
- A place for wildlife where many fascinating wild plants and creatures thrive, adding to the enjoyment and interest of visitors and providing wildlife with an essential green corridor that helps an abundance of species to survive.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Arnos-Vale.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Engaging with local community
In the last year alone Arnos Vale has engaged with more people from a diverse background than ever before as both a Victorian heritage site, educational and environmental resource for the community.
We have opened a new Wartime Exhibition at Arnos Vale , new free visitor trail highlighting the evolution of memorialisation and the history of some key Bristol figures and developed our forest school and nature walks offering.
Arnos Vale has also restored 42 war grave headstones back to their original positions and worked with local community theatre group ACTA to tell the story of these wartime lives.
2) Reinvesting profits to fund activities and projects
Profits from our social enterprise will be moved into the cemetery trust to fund a range of projects. In 2015/16 accounts this will be in the region of £18K (subject to final audit of accounts).
With an increase of 12,000 visitors YOY coming to Arnos Vale there have been more people learning about the site than ever before on self led tours.
The community events programme has continued to develop and during the year we organised more than 200 public engagement events bringing in over 5000 visitors. Hosted 16 private tour groups, plus run a range of popular events include craft workshops, forest school and Night Tours.
We engaged 5 new schools, and had repeat visits from 14 schools, and 3 universities, engaging over 1,200 young people through formal learning. We have hosted 2 university student placements and 2 secondary school work experience placements.
We advised and supported Bristol Museums on their Death exhibition and had a piece of grave art featured in the exhibition.
We have enjoyed many opportunities to work with a range of partners on a number of grant funded projects:
- Future Cemetery: This collaboration continues to grow and DeathLab has recently been awarded a prize to produce an exhibition and a model
- Ernest Cook Trust: We have received funding to create a Maths and Literacy resources, work with 3 local schools and run testing visits
3) Benefits to the community
These social outputs have benefited the community in a number of ways:
- around 40,000 visitors have learned more about the history and development of memorialisation in Bristol.
- 12,000 young people have engaged in formal learning
- Over 75 volunteers have worked with us from a broad spectrum of society regularly over the last year developing social bonds and new skills