It is now more than two years since we last carried out a survey of members of the NANM network, during which there has been a lot of change.
Through this survey we are keen to find out more about the current NANM network – people who come to NANM events, read the NANM newswire, follow @NM_Association on Twitter or just keep an eye on this web site. If any of these describe you we want to hear from you.
What we learn from responses will both help us to develop what we do as an association in the future and to better represent neighbourhood working to others. This is a short survey. It won’t take more than 10 minutes to complete. Deadline for responses is Thursday 30 January 2014.
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People’s Millions – open for applicants (until 16 May)
Local community based projects are invited to apply for up to £50,000 to do something positive to benefit their local area. Here’s a blog with tips on applying. People’s Millions is a partnership between BIG and ITV. [Source: The People’s Millions]
What do we know about the nation’s well-being?
This infographic reveals the measures that contribute to our well-being, such as the natural environment, governance, personal finance and where we live. And it compares data between years. [Source: Office of National Statistics: Measures of National Well-being]
Visual aid to show how constituencies vary in England and Wales
Want to know what the employment rate is in your constituency? Or maybe about its general health? Then check out the first release of this @ONS mapping tool. The second release is planned for summer 2014. [Source: Office of National Statistics - Neighbourhood Statistics]
George Ferguson's Army: Volunteer team will help to tackle Bristol issues
Bristol’s Mayor, George Ferguson, is mobilising an army of volunteers to help him tackle local issues. They will be enlisted for a wide range of activities such as helping children to read in school and clearing debris from flooded streams. Bristol is one of seven UK cities that will be piloting the Cities of Service approach pioneered in New York but which has now spread to 180 cities in the US. The initiative is being backed in the UK by NESTA, the Cabinet Office and Bloomberg Philanthropies. [Source: Bristol Post, 10 February 2014]
Measuring the Social Impact of Community Investment: A Guide to using the Wellbeing Valuation Approach
Measuring the Social Impact of Community Investment: A Guide to using the Wellbeing Valuation Approach Published: March 2014
Existing approaches to measuring social value can be a poor fit for housing providers, whose work usually includes a wide range of community-focused investment as well as investment into bricks and mortar. In response, HACT has been working with social value experts and leading housing providers to develop approaches and tools to equip the sector to meet this challenge. [Source: HACT, March 2014]
Neighbourhood Plans ‘will beat developers’
More and more towns, villages and city boroughs are banding together to take back control of their own neighbourhoods by developing and agreeing a Neighbourhood Plan for their area. But do neighbourhoods just see them as a way of stopping development? An interesting article - belying the slightly sensational headline - about communities in Oxfordshire that are developing neighbourhood plans, including the one plan that has so far been adopted (Thame). [Source: Oxford Mail, 3 March 2014]
Seeing is believing: Films about Community Land Trusts
The CLT Network has commissioned a number of short films about CLTs around the country, here are 3. One is more general and called ‘CLT’s in a nutshell’, the others tell the stories of particular communities . The CLT have both a YouTube and Vimeo with lots of other short films about CLTs. https://www.youtube.com/user/CommunityLandTrustUK and https://vimeo.com/channels/communitylandtrusts [Source: National CLT Network]
Money being wasted on 'diseconomies of scale'
Locality, in partnership with Professor John Seddon of Vanguard, has published research challenging the assumption that ‘economies of scale’ are achieved in the running of public services. The report “Saving money by doing the right thing: why ‘local by default’ must replace ‘diseconomies of scale’” reveals the potential to save in the region of £16 billion by improving services in communities. [Source: Locality]
Can housing be a catalyst for great places?
Summary of the discussion at The Glass House ‘Place Potential’ debate in London.This was the final in The Glass House’s 2013/14 series of Place Potential debates exploring how a collaborative approach can unlock the potential of people and places. Four themes were explored in four cities: health and wellbeing in Edinburgh, young people in Newcastle, creative re-use in Bristol and housing in London. [Source: The Glass House, 14 March 2014]
Our Place funding is now open!
The programme opened on 20 January with £4.3m funding to help communities shape public services in their area. The fund from the Department for Communities and Local Government aims to support at least 100 neighbourhoods by giving people more power over local services and budgets in their neighbourhoods, aligning these with all the other resources that the community can bring. [Source: My Community Rights web site]
Grants available to improve outdoor spaces in London
Pocket parks are part of @MayorofLondon’s Great Outdoors programme to improve streets, squares, parks, and canal and riverside spaces across London. 60 parks have been selected and there are 40 grants left of £5,000-£20,000.
@CapitalCleanup is a partnership campaign led by @MayorofLondon as part of his Team London volunteering programme to help Londoners green and clean our city through community engagement and participation. Grants of £500-£1500 are available along with clean-up kits to groups who want to organise and lead a community clean-up event. Deadline is March 24th.
Are you Cyber Streetwise?
The National Fraud Agency has launched a new campaign, Cyber Streetwise, offering some essential tips to improve our performance online and help keep important stuff safe such as, by installing antivirus software and tips for shopping online safely.
There’s even an interactive Cyber street which you can take a virtual walk down and watch different Cyber stories.
[Source: Neighbourhood Alert, 13 January 2014]
Do you have views about your neighbourhood?
The Neighbourhood and Home Watch movement is one of the largest voluntary crime prevention initiatives across the country. And it’s inviting people (members and non-members) to participate in a national survey so that they can assess the perceived impact and effectiveness of the movement.
The survey is open until 31 January 2014.
[Source: Neighbourhood Watch & Home Watch, 20 December 2013]
Do you have community-led building project you want to get off the ground?
If so, there is a new support fund for local building projects. This £14 million scheme aims to open up possibilities for communities to push forward local building projects such as community centres to brand new social housing schemes. It is available to groups in England (outside London) and will be managed by the HCA (Homes and Communities Agency).
Advice and support on the range of community rights is being provided by Locality, which is the leading network of community groups in the country, with 700 members. [Source: My Community Rights - Community led project support fund]
A day of action in Preston
In December 2013 Preston City Council and the local neighbourhood policing teams joined forces to provide information, advice and free resources to the community in a day of action. The event ran for four hours in a village hall and covered crime prevention and pet micro-chipping (planning ahead in-line with new legislation).
The event also gave the community the opportunity to speak to the youth involvement workers from the council about what facilities they want to see in the area. [Source: Lancashire Constabulary, 10 December 2013]
Can neighbourhoods combat loneliness?
Read the story about four neighbourhoods (in York and Bradford) that set out to find out what caused loneliness where they lived in 2010 with the help of JRF. Hear their story through film here. And view infographics on some of the main causes of loneliness. A loneliness resource pack has recently been published by JRF to help individuals, groups, communities and neighbourhoods take a closer look at – and to reduce – loneliness. [Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 4 November 2013]
Create a Council web site, and funding
A web site from the National Association of Local Councils with information and pointers for community or campaign groups trying o decide whether a new local (neighbourhood, parish, town, village, city or community) council is right for their community. The site also includes information about funding available to groups, newly created councils and county associations to support the process of creating new local councils and ensuring they become sustainable. [Source: Create a Council via @localitynews and @nalc]
Twelve Homes for Christmas – Leeds Empties
In the run up to Christmas Leeds Empties is sharing a story a day to illustrate how their ‘Empty Homes Doctor’ service is supporting owners of empty homes to bring them back into use. To give some figures, the Empty Homes Doctor has worked with 120 owners of empty properties in Leeds since April this year. We’ve helped 24 people bring their property back into use – either by renting it out, selling it through an auction or estate agent, or moving back in themselves. [Source: Leeds Empties, 9 December 2013]
Neighbourhood Planning for businesses
Web site with information to help businesses understand how they can participate in, and benefit from, neighbourhood planning. Contains explanations, links and case studies. [Source: Neighbourhoodplanning.biz]
Cities for People - creating resilient places that are liveable today and sustainable tomorrow
Really interesting summary of a talk given by Camilla Van Deurs, an architect and partner of Gehl Architects, at the URBACT summer university in which she suggests how the conversation on urban design needs to change in focus from the physical structure of cities to the people who live in them. You can also flick through the slides she used (with lots of pictures). [Source: URBACT Blog, November 2013 via @FutuerofPlaces]