Archive for the ‘Community Development’ Category

Potential funding for community asset transfer in Birmingham and other places

Posted on 23rd April 2012 by

We’ve just received this by e-mail…

Community Matters has received an extension to its BASIS funded programme
and is able to offer;
targeted support to community organisations to achieve a “Step change in
sustainability”

This can be up to 10 days intensive support on specific issues such as but
not limited to;

·       Business planning

·       Identifying and developing sources of income

·       Review and update of policies and procedures

·       Community consultation

·       Enterprise development

·       Hand holding support to achieve Visible or pre-Visible
accreditation

·       Review strategic plans

·       Facilitated away days

·       Incorporation, registering as a company

·       Training courses for staff and trustees/management committee
members on some or all aspects of community facilities management

·       Trustee/board recruitment, training and induction

·       Supporting volunteering

·       Asset transfer

·       Legal compliance incl.  health and safety/risk assessments

·       Financial management

If you know any organisation that might benefit from this support, they do
not need to be community matters members, please ask them to contact me at
al.bell@communitymatters.org.uk<mailto:al.bell@communitymatters.org.uk> or
alisonbellconsulting@gmail.com

<mailto:alisonbellconsulting@gmail.com> both
email addresses are still activeThe support will be allocated on a first come first served basis to c300
organisations Nationally, and must finish by end of Feb 2013 

Spaces4change: A modest fun for changing unused spaces into assets for 16 to 25 years olds

Posted on 12th April 2011 by

UnLtd and Channel 4 have just launched a simple programme which might help someone prime some work for a community asset transfer.  Below is lifted from the Unltd website.

About the Programme

The Spaces 4 Change Awards from UnLtd and Channel 4 provides funding and support to entrepreneurial individuals across the UK. We are looking for innovative ideas that unlock unused or under-utilised spaces for young people aged 16-25. Spaces that can be used to practice their cultural, creative or sporting passions.

What is available?

32 Awards of up to £5,000 for individuals or informal groups to set-up and run their own project and support from a dedicated Development Manager.

What are we looking for?

The Spaces 4 Change Awards will support individuals or informal groups with projects that:

  • Unlocks unused or under utilised spaces in their communities;
  • Benefits young people aged 16 -25 years old, and;
  • Allows young people to practice their cultural, creative or sporting passions.

Your project must not:

  • Be part of your paid employment;
  • Involve political or religious campaigning;
  • Involve activities outside the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony;
  • Involve employing people other than yourself to carry out most of the project work;
  • Be used mainly to achieve academic qualifications;
  • Be used to fund living expenses.

Community Asset Transfer in Birmingham – Key Lessons – Karen Cheney

Posted on 17th February 2011 by

Karen Cheney, Birmingham City Council

Karen Cheney has been the co-ordinator of  the Community Asset Transfer Development Programme as part of her job as Senior Manager - Community Empowerment Projects Lead in the Neighbourhood and Communities Team of Birmingham City Council – Constituency Services… this is what she’s learned:

  • We did it! We’ve come a long way very quickly, but it’s complex – acknowledge the need to be in it for the long haul, and lots of patience for all partners
  • AWARENESS – CAT is not resource neutral for either side – time, capacity and finance
  • LEARNING is key for everyone – Local Authority and other public agencies, not just Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) and learning from our mistakes and change as well as the good practice and success.
  • HONESTY – CAT is not for everybody – not enough to be a good idea. Needs sound business plan, governance and finance
  • RELATIONSHIPS first – Asset Transfer is so much more than the building/asset. More to do with relationship building and strengthening communities. Physical regeneration/refurbishment can be the catalyst for social regeneration, social enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • LINKAGES – importance of joint approach and linking property function and community development process – strategic context and embedding
  • VALUING not just cost – investment and commitment
  • FLEXIBILITY – of all partners especially LA
  • Vision, Innovation and Risk – essential on both sides
  • Key has been the PARTNERSHIP WORKING, engagement and empowerment with Third Sector Partners and internally with colleagues
  • COMMUNICATION and use of language – honest robust dialogue and challenge to build mutual trusting mature relationships adult to adult rather than parent/ child – usefulness of neutral facilitators
  • Importance of Celebrating Success – reward and recognition of largely voluntary input from TSOs
  • Useful to have a Champions – political and key officer(s) – statutory and voluntary  sector
  • Information and Learning should be open and accessible to as many people as possible – website development

Co‐Production in Neighbourhoods: the Neighbourhood Equity Model

Posted on 31st August 2010 by

This is  new report on co-production in Birmingham’s neighbourhoods which proposes a Neighbourhood Equity Model.  (Download as a pdf here).  The Model argues that if government works to help communities empower themselves through taking on commissions to provide public services it triggers a virtuous cycle of wealth creaton, particulalrly in poorer neighbourhoods:

The brokerage or commissioning of public services coproduced between agencies and between agencies and communities leads to better outcomes which strengthen social capital. This leads to increased asset values – including the price of housing – and results in greater neighbourhood equity (the equivalent of the ‘share value’ of the neighbourhood). Wealth created in this way could be used to fund further coproduction.

This is how the report views the process: (more…)

Theresa McIlkenny, Director, Norton Hall – “…this place is life changing”

Posted on 11th August 2010 by

Theresa Mcilkenny recently became a director at Norton hall after years benefiting from the services it provides for her and her son. Here she shares her thoughts on why community run places have particular strengths…

  • Becoming a director seemed like a natural progression, it allows us to help them understand what users expect from Norton Hall
  • You can only be as happy as you children, these place allows me to go out and what I want to do, that makes me happy.
  • The staff here are very committed to the children, to their activities to their education, it feels like a very family atmosphere. If  ever you’ve got anything you want to talk about they don’t dismiss it out of hand.
  • I didn’t want to live on benefits, wanted to be in work. I had misgivings about leaving my son anywhere, but they made me feel very comfortable.  In the end Richard was learning so much by being here he sometimes didn’t want to come home.
  • People don’t understand that places like Norton Hall can be life changing. It was life – changing for me.  It allowed me to make things better in my life.

Paul Slatter, Director of Chamberlain Forum

Posted on 4th July 2010 by

Paul Slatter is the director of Chamberlain forum and has been involved  in a number of ways to  bring the parties together. Facilitating sessions and using a technique called structured dialogue method, which as the name suggests is a structured way of approaching a dialogue between 2 sides of an issue. For more information on Structured Dialogue see here and for a full report – as a word document – click here.

 

Some key points Paul makes are: (more…)

Nick Booth from Podnosh talks about his role as facilitator on the Community Asset Transfer programme

Posted on 3rd July 2010 by

Nick Booth from Podnosh talks about his role as facilitator on the Community Asset Transfer programme. Nick was asked to start this website to capture the story of the community asset transfer transfer programme and  record the learning journey of both officers and community activists involved.

 

His expectations of simply providing a place for participants in the transfer project to tell their stories changed, as this also became a social reporting project and he has called on his “old media” skills to capture the learning, experiences and journeys too.

Advice to other Local authorities and officers:

    • Don’t be afraid to tell the truth of your experience as you go through the process. This will be a useful assessment and understanding of how successful the process was for you and others.
    • This sort of open transparency should be used in all other communication methods too, and should eventually affect your organisations expectations of it self.
    • Don’t be afraid to be fallible, your humanity will strengthen the process and engagement will be deeper.

      Advice for third sector organisations:

        • Use online tools such as blogs and video as your project progresses  because in the end this will help you understand what you’ve achieved and the process. ,
        • Don’t just limit online tools to telling the story of your asset transfer – they are a great way to tell the everyday story of  what you do and who you work with.

          Norton Hall Nursery Workers

          Posted on 28th June 2010 by

          At the heart of what Norton Hall does is provide childcare for their local community. It helps the children learn and  frees up parents to work or study.

          Here three of the staff talk about what it means to work at Norton Hall.

          Perry Common Community Hall Re-opens

          Posted on 19th June 2010 by

          Above are a few photos from yesterday’s open of the the newly refurbished and Community Asset Transferred Perry Common Community Hall. We also have some video which we’ll share as soon as we’ve done some work on it.

          Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon following on from a good 9 months of building and two years of other work to get to this stage.

          Karen Cheney on lessons from the Community Asset Transfer Development Programme in Birmingham

          Posted on 28th May 2010 by

          Kareh Cheney of Birmingham City Council

          Karen Cheney has been the co-ordinator of  the Community Asset Transfer Development Programme as part of her job as Senior Manager - Community Empowerment Projects Lead in the Neighbourhood and Communities Team of Birmingham City Council – Constituency Services.   Below she talks very clearly about what the programme has achieved (more…)