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NEIGHBOURHOOD MANAGERS REQUIRED - SKILLS TO WORK WITH COMMUNITY AND SERVICE PROVIDERS ESSENTIAL

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Round 1 of Neighbourhood Management Pathfinders launched ...
Round 1 of Neighbourhood Management Pathfinders launched
Twenty communities from deprived areas across England are being
funded to help them appoint neighbourhood managers and plan action to
improve local services, housing, planning and regeneration minister,
Lord Falconer announced today.
The£45m scheme, a key part of the government's National
Strategy on Neighbourhood Renewal, will initially fund 20
Neighbourhood Management Pathfinders. Communities and local service
providers will work with a dedicated manager, developing strategies
to solve problems and deliver long-term change.
Neighbourhood managers and communities will develop tools to harness
services and funding, to find, test and create new ways to meet the
specific needs of individual neighbourhoods. The neighbourhood
manager will have overall responsibility for marshalling the efforts
of public, private, community and voluntary sectors to improve key
services and the quality of life for local residents.
Launching Neighbourhood Management Pathfinders, in Barton and
Eastwick, Gloucester, one of the new pathfinder areas, Lord Falconer
said:
'Neighbourhood Management can provide the momentum for renewal by
harnessing the commitment and skills of local communities. It will
explore new ways to deliver real change - involving local people and
service providers to find concrete solutions to the persistent
problems affecting these areas.
'I congratulate Barton and Eastwick Partnership on their hard work
and successful bid. I hope that the local community will take
advantage of this exciting challenge - it offers a real opportunity
to make a real difference to Gloucester's poorest areas.'
'In the long term, we want to apply the lessons we learn from these
pathfinders to other areas throughout the country, but this can only
happen if all community sectors and service providers are fully
engaged in working in partnership. We want the community to have an
opportunity to have a genuine say in improving the places where they
live and work - change cannot and will not happen without their
involvement.'
Joe Montgomery, head of the neighbourhood renewal unit said:
'The pathfinder programme will be building on pioneering work already
carried out by a number of organisations. We are keen to promote and
share good practice, and test out the potential of neighbourhood
management in the widest range of situations.
'Neighbourhood management is an important element of the wider
Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy - it has already proved to be an
effective mechanism to deliver real improvements from within our
deprived areas'
Notes
1. Neighbourhood Management has at its heart the core principles of:
* a dedicated manager and team with overall responsibility at the
neighbourhood level for co-ordinating solutions to specific problems
- such as crime, poor health, low skills, unemployment, low education
attainment, housing and environment issues;
* ensuring full community involvement and leadership - making sure
that local residents have an equal say in the decisions made to
improve their neighbourhoods.
2. The Invitation to Participate in a Neighbourhood Management
Pathfinder Round was announced on 15 January at the same time as
publication of the Neighbourhood Renewal National Strategy (DTLR
press notice no.12). Expressions of interest were invited from 83
local authorities that contain more than ward in the worst 10% as
measured by the Index of Multiple Deprivation. 72 bids were received,
from which the Government Offices and Neighbourhood Renewal Unit have
selected the strongest candidates.
3. There will be a further round of pathfinders drawing lessons from
this first round, on which details will be announced later this year.
The government has committed£45m for the first three years of the
pathfinder programme. This programme will form part of a wider
network of neighbourhood management initiatives (including those
taking place in New Deal for Communities).
4. Guidance on the Invitation to Participate can be found here.
5. A full list of successful Round 1 Neighbourhood Management
Pathfinders is set out below.
LIST OF 20 PATHFINDERS
REGION
Project
Local Authority
H/H / Pop
Type
REGION
London
Project Woolwich Common Neighbourhood Initiative
Local Authority Greenwich
H/H / Pop 4700/10300
Type Metropolitan
Project Go Gospel Oak
Local Authority Camden
H/H / Pop 4831/7279
Type Metropolitan
REGION
South East
Project Great Hollington
Local Authority Hastings
H/H / Pop 4000/10400
Type Urban, seaside resort
REGION
South West
Project Community Counts
Local Authority Gloucester City
H/H / Pop 4941/12154
Type Market / county town
Project Building Boscombe Together
Local Authority Bournemouth
H/H / Pop / 12500
Type Urban, seaside resort
REGION
West Mids
Project Knutton Cross Neighbourhood
Management Initiative
Local Authority Newcastle under Lyme
H/H / Pop 2660/6000
Type Urban district
Project Reviving the Heart of Burton
Local Authority East Staffordshire
H/H / Pop 3870/9700
Type Urban district
REGION
East Mids
Project Kirkby speaks - a neighbourhood
shows the way
Local Authority Ashfield
H/H / Pop 4287/10999
Type Urban district, ex-coalfield
Project A better deal for Staveley
Local Authority Chesterfield
H/H / Pop4379/ 10061
Mixed urban/ rural,
Type coalfield
REGION
East
Interlock - Northlands Park
Local Authority Basildon
H/H / Pop 3510/ 9193
Type urban district, new town
REGION
Yorkshire & Humber
Project Getting the best for Dewsbury West
Local Authority Kirklees
H/H / Pop 4942/14329
Type Metropolitan
Project Kendray Initiative
Local Authority Barnsley
H/H / Pop /6000
Type Metropolitan
Project Eastwell and Springwell Gardens
Neighbourhood
Local Authority Rotherham
H/H / Pop 2600/ 6000
Type Metropolitan
REGION
North West
Project Great Lever Neighbourhood Renewal
Local Authority Bolton
H/H / Pop 3300/8000
Type Metropolitan
ProjectTaking Care of Hattersley
Local Authority Tameside
H/H / Pop 2500/7000
Type Metropolitan
Project Blacon Together
Local Authority Chester
H/H / Pop 5900/ 14540
Type Market / county town
Project Pulling Together for Poulton
Local Authority Lancaster City Council
H/H / Pop 2050/5500
Type Rural, seaside resort
REGION
North East
Project The Making of Parkfield
Local Authority Stockton on Tees
H/H / Pop 3100/7000
Type Metropolitan / town centre
Project Stanley Green Corridor - Improving
Services in partnership
Local Authority Derwentside
H/H / Pop 4732/11219
Type Semi-rural, ex-coalfield
Project Coastal Area Neighbourhood Approach
Local Authority Easington
H/H / Pop 4024/
Type Coalfield, coastal
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