Report highlights successful Neighbourhoods Programme

By on 19/12/2011 in News

  Councillor Alan Rudge, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Human Resources launched a new report entitled 'Laying the Foundations of Localism' which highlights the benefits of The Neighbourhoods Programme.

The report explains the Programme which ran for 18 -months and was sponsored by all the major partners in Birmingham through the Be Birmingham Partnership. 

The launch of the report took place in the Community Roots Building in Lozells.

The Birmingham Neighbourhoods Programme was one of the most ambitious neighbourhood management programmes in the country covering almost a third of the city's population.  It's responsible for a range of activities including fun days, community conferences, street games, outreach youth work. 

The Programme sponsored capacity building such as the Youth Providers Forum in Washwood Heath, the Hodge Hill Employment and Training Network, Ladywood Community Organisations Network and the Lozells Faith Forum.  It also facilitated community involvement in service provision, such as health awareness days with the Bournville Village trust, play scheme projects and Environmental Hit Squads. 

Councillor Rudge said: “The launch of this report has a twofold purpose. The first is to recognise the achievements of the Neighbourhood Mangers and the community and resident organisations they worked with to deliver better outcomes in local areas. 

“And the second is to set out a body of evidence of what works and to use this in our plans for a sustainable approach to neighbourhood working in the future.”

One of the key objectives of the Programme was to develop a sustainable approach by developing residents' and community groups' skills.  The Programme has also created capacity to co-ordinate activities with public sector partners in the future.

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