Community Development Work
- Working with the Action for Bevendean Community (ABC) to produce a mini action plan for Bevendean, in consultation with community groups, and working with residents to address these priorities
- Supporting the Bevendean Local Action Team (BLAT)
- Supporting the Bevendean Bulletin towards sustainability
- Supporting other community groups with their activities including fundraising
- Co-ordinating the redevelopment of the Holy Nativity Church into a Community Centre, in collaboration with the Buildings Group
- Producing a Business Plan and feasibility study for the new Community Centre and sourcing funding
- Linking residents and local groups with city-wide networks, relevant services and information
- Working with local residents and service providers to bring improvements to the Leybourne Parade area
- Linking new groups into existing neighbourhood groups and structures
Community Development Work with Young People
- Working to assess needs with young people and the wider community and supporting them to meet these needs through sustainable projects whilst increasing skills and confidence
- Supporting Bevendean Activities Group (BAG) to fundraise for and organise young people's activities in school holidays
- Supporting the young journalists group, the BevenTEEN Bulletin, to produce quarterly newsletters and a biogsite (see case studies at the end of this page)
- Developing young women's work in partnership with the Integrated Youth Support Service
- Linking young people with city-wide networks and information
Community Development Work
- Supported the ABC to secure and distribute Healthy Neighbourhood Funds from Novas Scarman to 8 community groups
- Helped identify and support a new Secretary to work with the ABC
- Carried out consultations with the community and successfully obtained planning permission in August to redevelop the Holy Nativity Church into a Community Centre
Community Development Work with Young People
- Supported the work of BeCCA (Bevendean Children's Centre Association) with their club nights for 10 to 13 year olds
- Supported the delivery of the Summer Activities Programme: engaging around 80 young people from Bevendean. The activities chosen, fundraised for and organised by young people themselves
- Conducted street-based youth work sessions
- Worked with the young people's community football group to help them form a partnership with the well established Dean Valley Youth Football Club
- Encourage the Integrated Youth Support Service's work in Bevendean
- Supported the young women's recycled fashion project to be included in the 'Youth Arts Festival 2010' as well as included in the 'Open House' arts festival in Bevendean
"Thank you for the hard work that went into organising the Health Day... how much I enjoyed it. Also the wonderful food - it really didn't look like healthy food!! It was most enjoyable"
Barbara, Bevendean resident
"I have been Vicar for the Bevendean community for some 6 years, and in this time have become so aware that one of the major challenges in our area is the support and encouragement of children and young people:as an area in the top 4% of Urban Deprivation in the country, it's recognised by the local community & Brighton and Hove City Council (to whom I have written emphasising this issue) that targeted youth work is essential. The TDC workers are key in this: the variety of projects they have run, from drug awareness and drop in youth clubs to dance workshops and Fun Days are really answering a pressing local need. Continuity is essential - the trust and community contacts they have built up over the years are invaluable. I strongly support any funding bid that would keep them with us: our community would be really damaged if we lost them!"
John Wall (Vicar, Moulsecoomb and Bevendean Ward) (2012)
"I like that we get to choose what activities we want to do and we apply for the money to do them ourselves. We even advertise the activities by making our own posters. I like being part of the group, because I get to meet new people, do fun things and there is always pizza at every meeting!"
Young Woman, Aged 14, Bevendean Activities Group (As appears in Spring Edition of the Bevendean Bulletin, 2009)
I would also like you to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone else at the Trust and on the Bevendean Buildings group. I have met some truly lovely people"
Hannah Leask, Bevendean Volunteer (January 2009 - June 2009)
"I wanted to let you and your colleagues know just how delighted we were to have Polly working with us. She carried on a tradition started by Adam of wholehearted involvement with our team and the young people we work and play with. We hope and trust they both enjoyed their time with us as much as we did and wish them well in their developing careers.
Our grateful thanks to TDC for making them available to us."
Vince Wild, Becca (formerly Bevendean Children's Centre Association) (October 2010)
"TDC is able to offer a wide range of activities to young people I'm working with in the local area, and helps me to refer them onto something that diverts them away from anti social behaviour and crime."
Carleen Davis - Youth Crime Prevention Worker, Moulsecoomb & Bevendean (2012)
Community Development Work
The Trust continues to support local groups, projects and activities such as the Residents' Association, Stanmer and Coldean Local Action Team, Spring Festival Group, Women's Health & Wellbeing Group, 'Healthy Coldean' Neighbourhood Fund Panel, Community Garden Project and the local Youth Project
- The Women's Health & Wellbeing Group applied for and received £340 from the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund and £800 from Sussex Community Foundation to support health and wellbeing activities. Also to provide childcare expenses to the women who want to attend but need childcare.
- TDC has been supporting the Youth Project to encourage more volunteers and committee members to get involved. The group is planning the opening and further development of the older youth club.
- The Trust has been supporting the Community Garden Project with liaising with the Council around ownership and the agreement to use the space for a community garden. This has been agreed and the group is planning and fundraising to develop it into an accessible community space for all ages.
- TDC regularly attend the Residents' Association and advise as requested. This group is very independent and sustainable and is a great model of a successful community group.
- TDC has been working with the Stanmer & Coldean Local Action Team to support the group to grow with new members. With support from TDC the group has developed its own brand, set up its own email account and now has a Groupspaces webpage for residents to access and see what they are up to.
- It has been the first time that Coldean has received the Healthy Neighbourhood Funds and the decision making panel has done a great job of setting up the process with support from TDC. Six groups were successful in receiving some money from the fund.
We also work at New Larchwood, a extra care housing project. Click on the New Larchwood link to find out more.
Initiated in 2006 in Coldean by Brighton and Hove City Council, it was rooted on the principles of a strong community involvement and the shaping of the activities carried out in the centre is still a reflection of this.
- Supporting liaising with the Council Parks Department around the development of Wolseley Road Park. The Park is now developed and local children now have a play park in their local area.
- The Women's Health & Wellbeing Group have had 2 meetings to discuss and complete funding applications. They were successful in receiving £340 from the local Healthy Neighbourhood Fund.
- Supported the Coldean Wellbeing Day and linked the women's group requests of taster sessions at the event. The Active for Life worker is organising a Pilates class as requested after the taster day.
- TDC supported the first ever Healthy Neighbourhood Fund distribution within the area. Worked with a panel of local residents to put together an application process. There were 6 applications and all received a share of the money.
- The Community Garden Project design has been put together from the design competition that Patcham School took part in. The Council has agreed that the community can develop the piece of land. TDC is supporting the group to research funding and will support them to apply for Awards for All funding.
- The Practitioners Group held a meeting during which they discussed how to target isolated people. This was really positive and lots of methods were identified which will be used to attract more people to get involved in local groups and projects.
- TDC has supported the youth project to reach and link up with other youth clubs to get an idea of how to run a successful youth club for older children. The youth club has developed the kitchen and is being supported to fundraise for additional furniture and equipment for the club.
- The Stanmer and Coldean Local Action Team was supported by TDC to create and distribute ID badges to Stanmer residents so they could get back home when major events were taking place in Stanmer Park. These have been a huge hit with local residents and seem to be working. The group has also been supported to set up their own LAT e-mail address and Groupspaces account which will allow residents to follow what they are doing and when meetings are taking place.
Personally I would like to thank the Trust for the help in acquiring the funding to re-furbish our church hall. It is the only hall in Coldean and many more members of the community use it for meetings and parties etc."
The Rev'd. Rachel Gouldthorpe
St. Mary Magdalen Church
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Community Development Work:
- Setting up a varied programme of art and health based activities at the Hollingdean Community Centre in collaboration with Active for Live
- Supporting various community groups such as Movers and Shakers, Hand in Hand and the Residents' Group
- Supporting the Hollingdean Development Trust, Local Action Team and the Tenants' & Residents' Association
- Supporting local residents in the set up and development of different activities and projects such as a new Hollingdean skate park
- Supported residents with a tree planting programme in Hollingdean Park
- Distributed a community questionnaire to over 3,000 houses and ran focus groups in schools and local groups
- Supported Hollingdean Development Trust and the LAT to run a community conference
- In collaboration with Active for Life, supported residents to plan the annual 'T' in the Park Festival for June 2011
- Supported local groups in preparing bids to the Health Neighbourhoods Fund
- Supported residents to run a Christmas Fair
- Supported residents in the building of a natural play area
- On behalf of Hollingdean Development Trust successfully apply to the Youth Capital Fund for £14,800 towards a new skate park
- Supported a theatre group to successfully apply to A4A for £7,000 to run a theatre and dance project
Hollingdean Skate Park
" Liz Lee has been a trooper throughout this campaign, she has really understood the needs of the skate community"
Movers & Shakers group
"She's been great in supporting our parent-led music group for pre-schoolers - encouraging initiative, helping make links between interested parties , giving us information on funding and offering to help us through the process. I think having someone of Liz's experience makes a difference iin Hollingdean."
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Developing strong representative community groups:
- Strengthening resident attendance and input into the meetings
- Particularly supporting the LAT to reach out to the less engaged
- Supporting communication and publicity about the work of the LAT
- Providing training for the LAT committee
Reaching out to less engaged communities/communities of interest:
- Supporting Moulsecoomb Bangladeshi Women's Group to expand their membership and activities they offer
- Surveying families about the needs of children and young people, with particular focus on families of children who have a disability in partnership with Amaze
- Supporting Mad Hatters to evaluate their older people's lunches and trips programme
- Supporting Clickers with photography project targeting people with a disability
Resilient community organisations and sustainable assets:
- Supporting St.George's Hall to implement their business plan
- Supporting The Bridge to develop an activities group that can access external funding for entry level activity
Grassroots activity groups:
- Supporting the re-launch of the Fruit & Veg Co-operative
- Supporting the establishing of the Moulsecoomb Treasures Music Group
Supporting partnership working:
- Supporting community events like Family Funday and the Children's Festival where groups and practitioners can work together
- Supporting practitioners meetings to enable joint responses to issues and cross promotion
- Guided and informally trained Mad Hatters and the Fruit & Veg Co-operative around planning and fundraising
- Supported the Clickers Photography Group to run a project around Mental Health and showcase at city wide events
- Supported the Moulsecoomb Bangladeshi Women’s Group to lead their own committee meetings and manage their own activities; including fundraise and recruit their own teachers and trainers
- Supported administration of seed funding by Moulsecoomb Local Action Team (MLAT) enabling lots of new grassroots activity
- Supported practitioners' network
- Organised communications and website training for MLAT
- Organised business planning facilitation for St.George's Hall
- Supported Moulsecoomb Neighbourhood Trust through process leading to closure of services and redistribution of assets
“TDC community workers have really helped us take charge of our group and we are planning our next AGM by ourselves”.
Mishruna Kibria – Moulsecoomb Bangladeshi Women's Group
"We rely on TDC to be there when we need advice on fundraising or support with administration of our group....when you're trying to provide all this as volunteers you need a bit of support from someone you can trust"
Pauline Rowlands - Mad Hatters
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- Continuing to support the not-for-profit community café, increasing awareness of healthy eating and food from other cultures and researching together possibilities of the café becoming a social enterprise
- Supporting the New Larchwood Shop to increase its client base with Healthy Neighbourhood Funding and embrace the local community by holding Fareshare days for people on low incomes
- Continuing to support gentle exercise for older people, expand membership including people from other parts of the City and to encourage group independence
- Developing a local Men's Health Group in partnership with Albion In The Community and local fitness business
- Promoting independence of an older peoples' music project funded by the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund
- Co-ordinating service providers to talk at coffee mornings
- Supporting and developing the citywide profile of the allotment group and generating interest locally in green issues, encouraging membership and independence
- Developing confidence and citywide profile of local a Local Art Group with the aid of Healthy Neighbourhood Funding
- Co-ordinating a 'Friends of New Larchwood' group to become the hub of activity organisation such as outings, game competitions etc.
- Liaise with Stanmer residents who have connections with Coldean residents to participate together in outings and events with a local history/eco-friendly emphasis
New Larchwood, an extra care facility for older people with access for all the Community on its lower ground floor, is situated in the heart of Coldean, a quiet and semi-rural estate set into a valley in the north-east of Brighton. Community Participation Worker Steve Andrews has been involving the home’s residents and local people in groups and activities together since 2006. This work helps to combat the isolation that older people might experience through the chance for them to get involved in activities and meet other people.
- Supporting the community café as an umbrella to community events, including a second successful tea dance, concerts and health days
- Café given Healthy Choice Award and healthy eating scheme, the Tuesday Suppers, set up
- Supporting the setting up of an Activities group and securing their own funding
- Supporting a programme of exchange visits with other day care and extra care schemes
- Setting up a local allotment group
- Supporting production of Art installation Tea service by The Friends of Coldean, which has travelled throughout Sussex and featured at Bankside Gallery in London celebrating art by over-60s
"I meet some very good friends, and have enjoyed the company and the things we have done"
New Larchwood resident
"The Cafe has got really good this past year. We've got some really good people running it"
New Larchwood resident
"I've become chair of the Cafe, been on Food & Hygiene and First Aid courses and it's all been worthwhile"
Community Cafe volunteer
“When I first saw Jean (local Community activist) I felt she was lacking in confidence and depressed and since then she has gained self-esteem and enjoyed the responsibility of cooking and running the Café. This seems to be the way forward for isolated people. There are many and varied activities at New Larchwood and these are raising the quality of life for a number of people. This has a positive result in a community like Coldean which seems cut off from the rest of the City.”
Cllr Pat Hawkes
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- Partnership work with East Sussex County Council, Saxon Weald, Housing 21 and Nourish to develop Downlands Court Extra Care Scheme
- Mapping what goes on in Peacehaven: meeting local community groups and service providers to map out existing activities and services
- Initiating coffee mornings to meet new residents and find out their interests
- Organising speakers to provide information about different outreach services for older people (for example, the library service, falls prevention)
The Trust for Developing Communities works at Downlands Court.
Downlands Court opened in September 2009. The scheme is at the forefront of innovative solutions to providing facilities for older people in local communities and linking and integrating those facilities within the local neighbourhood. Extra Care Housing Schemes offer a new way of supporting people to live independently for as long as they can. Older people have the security and privacy of a home of their own, with 24 hour on-site care services available if they need them.
A part-time (21 hours) Community Participation Worker is employed by TDC and based at Downlands Court. The work is currently funded by The Big Lottery Awards for ALL and Lloyds TSB. This worker supports the development of Downlands Court as a community resource for all its residents, volunteers, Friends of Downlands and the wider community. She works with people in the scheme and older people in Peacehaven, Newhaven and Telscombe Cliffs to create independent groups with the skills and capacity to identify their own needs, raise funds for activities and manage resources that serve these needs.
The Community Participation Worker will encourage activities which enable scheme residents to feel valuable members of the wider Peacehaven community. These activities enable them to contribute positively to that community, for example through volunteering, and will help to combat isolation through opportunities to meet others in a friendly and supportive environment.
The Big Lottery distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.
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Reaching out to less engaged communities:
- Engaging traders in the West Hove Forum (formerly the Portland Road & Clarendon Forum)
- Establishing focused drop-ins and activities at Talkshop
- Parksafe programme in Stoneham Park
Strong representative groups:
- Establish independent West Hove Forum with sustainable plans
- Strengthening resident attendance and input into the meetings
- Supporting the Forum to reach out to the less engaged
- Supporting communication and publicity about the work of the Forum
- Providing training for Forum committee
Resilient community organisations and sustainable assets:
- Supporting Poet's Corner Community Society to be resilient and ensuring sustainability of Talkshop and Cafe
Grassroots activity groups:
- Working with Stoneham Park Association of Residents & Kids around open inclusive events
Support partnership working:
- Supporting work with Parks and other service providers around the Parks
- Supporting practitioner engagement into West Hove Forum
- West Hove Forum has constituted and formed its own management committee and set up e-digest and Facebook pages
- Supported administration of Health Neighbourhoods Fund funding by West Hove Forum enabling grassroots activity
- Supported Poet's Corner Community Society with governance and organisational review
- Stoneham Park Association for Residents & Kids have continued to provide summer Parksafe programmes and other open inclusive park activities and events
- Established new growing project in park
- Provided community reporting and newsletter training
"The TDC enables ordinary folk (residents) like myself to be active in their own communities, irrespective of any long term health condition or personal circumstances (I am a parent carer). Through the Forum that TDC supports I am able to have a say in how our local and city wide community is governed and the delivery of its services back to the communities. This enables me to feel stronger, less isolated and more connected to where I live and able to effectively contribute to my community in a rich and meaningful way."
Rachelle Howard, West Hove Forum, Chairperson and Community Safety Partnership representative
Kate, Poet's Corner Community Society
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The Trust continues to support local Community Groups such as Portslade Community Forum and Portslade Local Action Team.
The Freedom Club is a group for the over 50's that is being supported with a weekly programme of outings and activities. The group also embraces inter-generational events linked in with Portslade Youth Forum.
Portslade Town Hall now has a brand new community kitchen! The Trust organised a community consultation and as a result the new kitchen is accessible to all regardless of ability. Some of the equipment is especially designed for use by wheel chair users and those with disabilities. This was funded by BHCC at a cost of over £100K.
Foreganics Communitu Growing and Conservation Project has evolved into a space not only used by local people but also organisations such as the YMCA, Youth Rangers and local schools.
Portslade Local Action Team is holding an information event as part of Take Part Local on 30th June 2012.
- Supporting the Portslade Community Forum with the distribution of Healthy Neighbourhood Funding and also supporting the panel in the decision making process
- Supporting the Forum to organise 'Portslade Marafun' in Vale Park attended by around 400 people
- Supporting the Freedom Club and the Sundowners with securing funding to continue their activity and outing programmes
- Funding for 50 home energy efficiency surveys from Brighton Energy Co-op.
- The opening of the 'Purple People Kitchen' ready for community use.
" It's been great for me; exactly what I needed when everything around me seemed to be falling apart, the Project Managers Huw and Lorette invited me up, made me feel welcome, and got me involved right from day one. Such a simple idea; a community vegetable plot, space for people to use and a nature reserve. The possibilities for a place like this are endless and exactly what today's society needs - a place where people from all walks of life can get together in a friendly environment and help contribute to something positive. For me personally I've made new friends, learned loads about organic gardening, growing vegetables, wildlife,managing a nature reserve, and even how to cook great food. Lorette always manages to knock up a fantastic meal on the fire, often using our own produce. It's been well worth it for the food alone. I'm really looking forward to seeing this project take off; it could turn into something really special"
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- There is an allocated Community Development Worker based at The Haven Community Centre (and The Vale on a Tuesday).
- Support is given to the infrastructure organisations such as the Neighbourhood Forum which covers both neighbourhoods and the two Community Associations which also act as Local Action Teams.
- Continued support is given to develop a community produced and delivered newsletter that reaches all 1,800 households.
- Support to new activity groups at The Haven, which opened last year as a community venue on Pankhurst Avenue. This includes The Haven Activities Association, a Parent & Toddler Group and a Sewing Group. As well as support for The Families Together Group.
- There is also support to activities in Craven Vale like the Gardening Group and across both areas, such as the very popular Community Choir.
- Throughout the year the worker helps groups come together and organise community events.
- The Trust also has an allocated Community Worker - Young People in the area. This work started in 2006 and involves weekly activity sessions carried out in partnership with community organisations and other agencies, such as Active for Life.
- Helping to facilitate discussions with the Community Associations and the Queen's Park and Craven Vale Forum about the future of the Forum following a fall in resident attendance.
- Supporting the Queen's Park Community Association and Craven Vale Community Association to address their local issues and get appropriate agency responses and develop their role as Local Action Teams with the police. For more Local Action Teams visit Safe in the City website.
- Support to resident led management associations for the two community venues, The Vale Community Centre, 17A Hadlow Close & The Pankhurst Haven, 116 Pankhurst Avenue. Full lists of activities are available from both venues.
- Support to the Family Together Group to fundraise and deliver affordable trips and activities for local families.
- Helping to organise and facilitate an exhibition in The Fringe Festival which helped bring local groups and individuals together to produce a positive and vibrant showcase of their work.
- Ongoing support with the community groups continues and the worker is supporting groups to recruit new members, showcase their skills, secure funds and keep transparent accounts.
Young People in Queen's Park & Craven Vale 2011/2012:
- Between March 2011 and March 2012 we have supported over 76 sessions for young people. Over 200 young people have taken part in community led events and activities throughout the year.
- Young people successfully took part in a number of local art projects which culminated in their work being shown at the Youth Arts Fringe Festival for the 5th in a row in April 2012, and an exhibition in a local community space.
- Young people were supported to write funding applications, for over £5,000 to continue to support various activities for local young people. This will be used to fund equipment, materials and diversionary activities.
- Over 40 young people signed up to take part in QPCV summer activities.
- We have supported over 8 multi-generational events, which have included a local environmental and conservation projects, community exhibitions and art and craft sessions as well as seasonal events including pumpkin carving, Easter events, gingerbread workshops and a very popular Christmas Fete.
- Currently we support a weekly youth group, which plans and fundraises for its own activities as well as diversionary activities for local young people during the school holidays.
- We also do regular outreach and street work to get views from young people locally and promote the services and activities available for young people citywide.
- We supported young people to have input into the wider development of The Level Skate Park 2011.
- We have provided support, linked-in and co-ordinated activities wih 14 other youth provision services citywide.
- We have worked alongside 4 resident led community groups to fundraise and support youth activities locally, with the Adult groups treasuring the funds raised to support youth led projects.
"This note records with pleasure the benefits that Craven Vale receives from the TDC team and especially for the tremendous efforts put in by yourself and your colleagues to stimulate community feeling in the area.
We are aware of the tremendous strides that have been made over the past year or so in helping families and children to come together for social events, and for offering a range of activities that stretch the mind and provide exercise. We are also aware of the behind-the-scenes work that is done in terms of community safety, and of providing good communications to the residents of all that is being provided. For next year, all we ask is for ‘more-of-the-same' please!"
Secretary, Craven Vale Community Association
"Young people who take part in the various Queens Park and Craven Vale projects supported by TDC are able to seek advice on a wide range of issues and take part in a variety of activities. The work Claire does is invaluable in providing young people with a sense of achievement and belief in their own abilities to make positive changes for themselves and their communities."
Bill Randall (Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council) (2012)
“I was delighted to attend and very impressed with the artwork. Wish you continued success with all your projects”
Former Brighton & Hove Mayor Carol Theobald, on the Launch event of the Young Women's Space 2 B art project funded by the “Here To Help Awards”
“In 2007 Queen's Park and Craven Vale residents had concerns that there was not enough information for young people around drugs and alcohol. In response Communities Against Drugs commissioned a young people’s outreach project with Odyssey and the Trust for Developing Communities. The TDC has enabled us to provide additional support for young people using existing workers who know the area. They have also maintained relationships with the young people involved beyond the project.
I am certain that the young people involved would not have benefited as much if the project had relied on outside workers delivering such a short-term piece of work. Claire is a dedicated worker and has provided a large number of young people in Queen’s Park and Craven Vale with a safe space to express themselves and to talk about drugs, alcohol and other issues facing them.”
Alice Piper, Communities Against Drugs
“It is the invaluable support of dedicated community workers which have encouraged and enabled voluntary groups to form, flourish and continue to be an important resource for our community” (…) “The work of the Development Workers has made a massive difference to the area and improved wider community cohesion.”
Emma Lambert, December 2010
"Working in partnership with Claire Burchell (Queen's Park and Craven Vale Community Worker with Young People, TDC) has enriched the offer to young residents living in our area of work. Having the support with outreach and utilising the relationships that Claire has built up with young people and their families has really benefited the process of engaging with the hard to reach and disengaged, and ensuring the activities delivered are meeting their needs. Within any community the residents have to be able to trust you and be behind what you deliver, working in partnership with Claire has certainly aided the building of these relationships."
Mark Burgess, Active for Life Officer
"He (young person) talked fondly about the local youth group and often mentioned you at sessions. I asked him if I could call you and find out what the group does. Now he knows that more people want to support him in a positive way. Claire's help has been invaluable in helping me to make links within the community and working in partnerships enables us to provide a better service for young people in crisis."
Ben White, Youth Crime Prevention Office - 2012
Brighton & Hove Youth Offending Service
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Developing strong representative groups; Tenants & Residents and the Local Action Team
- Strengthen resident involvement, especially tenant involvement
- Supporting communication and publicity
- Facilitate hosting of a community conference to review the neighbourhood action plan and encourage networking across community organisations
- Help develop independent newsletter group and produce quarterly issues
Supporting Community Facilities in Woodingdean
- Work with the Community Association to review their aims, structures and processes with a focus on managing the community centre and increasing community usage
- Work with The Deans Youth Project around the management and community usage of the Centre
- Facilitate a joint community buildings group to maximise community usage of facilities and identify needs for futre development
- Strengthen Java Community Cafe Board and help with business planning and fundraising
Delivering on the neighbourhood action plan
- Facilitate steering group and help fundraise to install a new skate park on Bexhill Road Park site
- Support consultations on developing play facilities in Bexhill Road Park and Happy Valley
- Support intergenerational projects, e.g. young people working with swimming pool committee on the mural
- Neighbourhood Survey to refresh local priority actions
Woodingdean has a neighbourhood based Community Development Worker (CDW) for the first time and they are sited in the office of the Woodingdean Youth Centre. This worker will be carrying out a comprehensive door knock survey across the neighbourhood starting in the remoter areas to add to the information gathered in 2008 for the Neighbourhood Action Plan (NAP), which the Trust supported the local community to produce.
Other substantial areas of work include support to the existing infrastructure organisations, such as the Community Association in their development and growth as well as establishing new activities and projects according to community needs as identified in the NAP, e.g. the development of Bexhill Road Park.
- Regular advertised meetings of Tenants & Residents and Local Action Team
- Community Association renewing its charity status and clarifying its purpose, now has future planning group and buildings management group
- 3 editions of newsletter with community contributors going to 10,000 households
- 13 new people involved in representative groups
- Successful fundraising by Java and Bexhill Skate Park Project
- Successful Community Conference took place in October 2010
- Neighbourhood survey
For more details download the Woodingdean Neighbourhood Action Plan 2009 (PDF format)
"The Trust has offered excellent support services to Woodingdean Youth Centre over the last 3 years. The organisation is looking forward to receiving on-going and further support with the development of our growing youth charity. The Trust's staff understand our needs and have the professional expertise to help us achieve our vision for the communities we serve. We are extremely grateful to the Trust for their on-going commitment to delivering community development support here in Woodingdean".
Helen Baxter, Senior Youth Worker, Woodingdean Youth Centre.
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