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

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 […]

Community Asset Transfer in Birmingham – Key Lessons – Karen Cheney

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 […]

Co‐Production in Neighbourhoods: the Neighbourhood Equity Model

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 […]

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

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 […]

Paul Slatter, Director of Chamberlain Forum

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 […]

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

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. [podcast]http://communityasset.podnosh.com/files/2010/07/Nick-Booth-Communityasset.mp3[/podcast] His expectations of simply providing a place for […]

Perry Common Community Hall Re-opens

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 […]

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

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

Structured Dialogue, a technique used to improve relationships and learning

Structured dialogue is a technique used by the Chamberlain Forum to encourage open conversation between different partners during the Community Asset Transfer process and this film explains some of the principles behind it.  You can find out more on the Chamberlain Forum’s website: Based on an approach developed in Canada by Ronald Labonte and Joan […]