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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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]
Crowd funding target reached to publish Incredible Edible book (book about Incredible Edible Todmorden, not edible book)
A crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter.com to raise the money needed to publish a book written by Joanna Dobson about Incredible Edible Todmorden, and how it has inspired communities all over the world, has reached its target. Talking about the book, Joanna explains ‘it tells the story of this extraordinary movement from its earliest days, when co-founder Mary Clear ripped out the roses from her garden and replaced them with vegetables and a sign saying ‘Food to Share’, right up to the present, when people travel thousands of miles to be inspired by what’s happening in this once overlooked town in the north of England.’ [Source: Kickstarter.com and Incredible Edible Todmorden unlimited]
Locality to deliver Our Place programme
A consortium led by Locality will be working with the Department of Communities and Local Government to support at least 100 communities to tackle issues at a neighbourhood level. The Our Place programme, backed across government, has already been successful in 12 pioneering areas, all of whom are designing and delivering local services that focus on local priorities. The programme is positioned as a fundamental part of the government’s approach to localism, transforming public services by making sure that they are focussed on the user, not the organisation. As Steve Wyler, CEO of Locality, puts it “The Our Place approach places local people firmly at the heart of service design, decision making, planning and delivery because they know what will work best for their community.” [Source: Locality, 10 December 2013]
Tenants who saved derelict Lambeth council homes face eviction
Shortly after Christmas, Maritza Tschepp expects to be evicted from the home she transformed, over 33 years, from a leaking wreck into a cosy house where she raised three children. She is among the few dozen people left in Lambeth’s so-called ‘shortlife’ properties – homes handed over to housing co-operatives in the late 1970s and early 1980s when they were uncoveted, ramshackle and mainly marked for demolition. But with property prices in the capital booming and pressures on local authority budgets, Lambeth are looking to capitalise on their assets. What is right? A challenging article.[Source: The Guardian, 1 December 2013]
Build-to-rent tenants jump queue for family-size homes
Faced with a 10-year wait for scarce two- and three-bed houses, a group in London is going to build 10 new homes that they will then rent. For John Struthers and a group of people in North-East London, the capital’s property shortage and price boom has prompted the innovative solution of constructing their own rental properties. They are working with Circle housing association to fund the project and learning the practical skills they will need with Waltham Forest College. [Source: The Guardian, 28 November 2013]
Four simple steps to activate safe play in your neighbourhood
Do you need a few pointers to create a safe play zone for children in your neighbourhood? All you need to do is follow these four simple steps:
1. Talk to your neighbours and set a date
2. Get permission
3. Spread the word
4. Play out!
[Source: Playing out via @playingoutCIC]
Average household spend 2012
Infographic shows average weekly household expenditure for households in the UK, as a total and broken down into categories such as food, energy and leisure consumption. [Source: Office for National Statistics via @ONS]
Big Lottery Fund reveals £150m 'Power to change' community enterprise fund
The Big Lottery Fund has announced a new £150m fund to invest in community-led enterprises across England, the largest ever fund of its kind. Community enterprises will be able to apply for Big Lottery Fund grants from next autumn, following the establishment of a Power to Change Trust. To qualify for funding, organisations should be locally-based and inclusive of all of its community. They must also have a sustainable business plan and aim to become viable without grants or public money. [Source: Civil Society Finance, 6 December 2013. See also Power to Change pages on the Big Lottery Fund web site]
London's first neighbourhood plan passes referendum
Nearly 600 votes were cast (in a turnout of 26 per cent) with over 400 voting in favour of the Norland Neighbourhood Area Plan. It is a conservation-led plan, and aims to shape high quality sustainable development in the area, providing policies on residential alterations as well as preserving the area’s heritage in the face of increasing development pressure. To see the plan go to www.rbkc.gov.uk/norlandplan. [Source: Kensington & Chelsea Today, 10 December 2013]
Local TV revolution begins in Grimsby
There is a broadcasting revolution beginning in old media department office in Grimsby college. Estuary TV is one of a new breed of local TV stations. [Source: BBC News, 26 November 2013]