The development of an anti-bullying game by children for children
aged 8-11 years-olds, encouraging young people off drugs and into
of the achievements that are recognised by the new Neighbourhood
At the first national Neighbourhood Management Awards and Conference
in Stratford-upon-Avon, ODPM minister Yvette Cooper paid tribute to the dedication and commitment of individuals seeking to enhance the lives of people in their
Ms Cooper said:
'The awards show the great projects local communities come up with
when given the chance to make their own decisions and tackle local
problems. Neighbourhood management programmes are involving local
residents with agencies like the police and local councils, with
neighbourhood managers in place, to get things done.'
The Neighbourhood Management Achievement Awards 2003 winners and
Partnership of the Year Award - Springbourne & Boscombe West,
Partnership of the Year Runner-Up - Greater Hollington Partnership,
Hastings, East Sussex.
Youth Award - Bradford Trident Youth Programme, Bradford, West
Youth runner-up - Laura Pimblett, Liverpool.
Innovation Award - Sue Boswell, Youth Involvement Worker, Poulton
Neighbourhood Management, Lancashire.
Innovation runner -up - Full Service Schools, Greater Hollington
Partnership, Hastings, East Sussex.
Community Cohesion Award - Sacha Bedding, Manager, Stockton
International Family Centre, Stockton-on-Tees.
Community Cohesion runner-up - Emma Sharples, Poulton Neighbourhood
Liveability Award - The Cleansweep Team, Greenwich, SE London.
Liveability runner-up - Street Reps, Neighbourhood Management in
Springbourne and Boscombe West, Bournemouth, Hampshire.
Mainstrea ming Award - Include Environmental Services, Include
Neighbourhood Regeneration Ltd, Liverpool.
Mainstreaming runner-up -Housing Group, Neighbourhood Management in
Springbourne and Boscombe West, Bournemouth, Hampshire.
Personal Achievement - Resident Award - Anthony High, trainee drug
outreach worker, West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust, West
Personal Achievement Award - Resident Runner-Up - Wesley 'Tigah'
Hewitt, youth worker, Woolwich Pathfinder, SE London.
Personal Achievement - Neighbourhood Manager Award - Samantha Dias,
neighbourhood manager, Honor Oak Partnership, South London.
Personal Achievement Category - Neighbourhood Manager Runner-Up -
Rachel Linton, Greater Hollington Partnership, Hasings, East Sussex.
Best Supporting Organisation Award - Stockton Borough Council,
Stockton on Tees.
Best Supporting Organisation runner-up - Chester City Council
Personal Achievement - Service Provider Award - Ivan Rudd, head of
health improvement, Hastings Primary Care Trust, East Sussex.
Personal Achievement Award - Service Provider runner-up - Andy
Bailey, neighbourhood enforcement officer, Easington Colliery and
Horden Neighbourhood Management Partnership, Peterlee, County Durham.
Personal Achievement - Elected Member Award - Terry Dixon, Kendray
Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder, Barnsley.
Personal Achievement - Elected Member Runner-up - Peter Brooks,
Greenwich Council, SE London.
The Neighbourhood Management Achievement Awards 2003 winners and
NEIGHBOURHOOD PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR AWARD
Winner - Neighbourhood Management in Springbourne and Boscombe West,
The partnership board is designed to include a majority of residents
backed up by key stakeholders, including service providers, elected
members, business, the churches and the voluntary sector. A network
of local people acting as 'Street Reps' ensure an regul ar exchange of
views and practical reports about events on the ground. Strenuous
efforts have been made to include people across the spectrum of age,
ability and circumstance. As a result, neighbourhood management (NM)
is increasingly known about, seen as the first port of call for
people concerned about local issues, and, equally, for service
providers wishing to consult the community, as well as being regarded
as the prime source of knowledge about the area, its needs and
services. (Manager - Sue Bickler.)
Runner Up - Greater Hollington Partnership, Hastings, East Sussex
The residents have embraced neighbourhood management (NM) and come to
believe that positive change is possible and within their control.
There is a similarly positive view among partner agencies, which are
increasingly joining up their services and raising levels of delivery
and data collection at neighbourhood level. Consequent achievements
include full service schools, which have become a template for the
county education department, and a 20 per cent reduction in nuisance
crimes. The local council is actively replicating the lessons learned
and adopting the NM format elsewhere in the town, believing that the
approach can achieve regeneration objectives where past programmes
Winner - Bradford Trident Youth Programme, Bradford, West Yorkshire
The Youth, Education and Community Working Group (YEC), which is a
sub committee of the Bradford Trident Board, has developed a Youth
Strategy for local area. The aim of the youth strategy is to improve
the quality, appropriateness and uptake of services provided by young
people. It aims to do this by providing a framework through which new
local services can be funded and strategies developed which influence
the provision of services locally. The vision adopted by the YEC sees
young people playing an active and effective role in the regeneration
of their neighbourhoods, that t hey are to be given the opportunities
to excel and to achieve their ambitions without prejudice and
barriers to create a prosperous environment where they can play,
learn and work. (Manager - Umar Hayat.)
Runner Up - Laura Pimblett, Liverpool
Laura Pimblett, 18, is a highly motivated resident who is determined
to help young people achieve a better place to live. After
experiencing the death of her father, she realised that there was no
support for youngsters dealing with death and its aftermath, so she
organised a youth conference. She has also become a mentor supporting
young people with low esteem and low self-confidence.
Winner - Sue Boswell, youth involvement worker, Poulton Neighbourhood
Sue and her colleagues worked closely with local young people to
develop an anti bullying pack aimed primarily at children aged 8 to
11 and capable of being used in a variety of setting from the
classroom to the street corner. The object was to create an
interesting 'child- friendly' game that gave youngsters a sense of
ownership, whilst preparing them for a variety of possible bullying
scenarios. At the end of the game the children have a wider
appreciation of bullying, how to tackle it and the help that is
available to them.
Runner-Up - Full Service Schools, Greater Hollington Partnership,
Hastings, East Sussex
Facilitated by NM, four schools in Greater Hollington have formed a
Full Service Management Board that is delivering new ways of working
and delivering services to the whole community. The board is now
working with some 60 outside agencies bringing new facilities to the
neighbourhood, such as adult learning, education and health welfare,
social services, debt advice, counselling and family support. The
improved access to help, previously available only in a distant town
centre, is already resulting in better attendance behaviour and
attainment among the school's p upils, as well as bringing new
educational sporting and cultural opportunities to their wider
COMMUNITY COHESION AWARD
Winner - Sasha Bedding, Stockton's International Family Centre
As manager of the SIFC, Sacha Bedding plays a pivotal role in helping
NM address particular issues facing the local black and minority
ethnic (BME) community and his involvement has been fundamental to
the initiative's success. He has also applied principles of
partnership working within his own organisation, seconding two staff
members to NM, co-ordinating production of its newsletter and
currently developing its web site, all of which has retained
continuity and built links in the local community.
Runner Up - Emma Sharples, Poulton Neighbourhood Management,
Emma has played a key role in delivering a wide ranging programme of
events to improve community cohesion by bringing local people
together with NM in informal settings. Events included a spectacular
Halloween firework display, a community Christmas, a soccer skills
school, a 1940s heritage weekend and a summer party in the town
square. Working with police, schools, street wardens and the local
council, the events have aimed both to enhance community spirit and
deliver specific objectives such as personal and social development
skills among young people.
Winner - The Cleansweep Team, Woolwich Pathfinder, SE London
'Cleansweep' provides a single point of access for residents to
contact about street cleansing, clearing up litter, graffiti and fly
tipping. It was initially piloted in the Woolwich Common area, after
residents raised it as a priority. The pilot was so successful that
Greenwich decided to adopt the approach across the whole borough.
Residents have been involved in the development of the service and
following its introduction, a Cleansweep representative has continued
to attend local mee tings. Local residents have also requested local
walkabouts with Cleansweep to highlight particular problems and
discuss service levels. The team are now working with Woolwich
Partners to develop an educational programme outlining the dangers of
refuse an residents and young people taking ownership of their
neighbourhoods. (Manager Micah Gold.)
Runner Up - Street Reps, Neighbourhood Management in Springbourne and
Boscombe West, Bournemouth, Hampshire
Following a widespread public consultation, Springbourne
Neighbourhood Management launched a safe and clean operation
involving four men and one vehicle in a 37-hour a week operation that
supplements existing council services and provides a next-day
response to problems such as fly-tipping. The scheme is monitored by
a group of local people called 'Street Reps,' who assess
neighbourhood cleanliness and report issues demanding the attention
of the cleaning team or local council. The Street Reps scheme has
provided a valuable opportunity for local volunteering, enhanced the
sense of community involvement in the area's overall safety and
regeneration and provided a valuable link between residents and NM.
Winner - Include Environmental Services, Include Neighbourhood
Regeneration Ltd, Liverpool
Include began by asking local people what they wanted and have since
gone on to deliver on that basis. They provide a comprehensive
streetscape service through a team of Urban Environmental Rangers who
work in partnership with the local authority to provide a joined- up
and seamless cleansing service. The service has now expanded to
incorporate a graffiti removal and secure 'Bright Alleys' scheme,
overseen by the community through representation on the board's
environmental focus group. Improvements are described as
overwhelmingly visible and include a positive effect on local
people's health and fear of crime. Include has worked hard to raise
new fun ds and enter new contractual arrangements to ensure that the
services are sustainable.
Runner Up - Housing Group, Neighbourhood Management in Springbourne
and Boscombe West, Bournemouth, Hampshire
The group pulls together key stakeholders to achieve a range of
housing improvements in areas of accreditation, enforcement, grants
for landlords to achieve decent home standards and street
improvement. A detailed local survey has enabled these issues to be
dealt with by means of a targeted approach, involving environmental
health, planners, cleansing services, community workers and the
police. The initiative has helped the local council to focus its
strategy on areas of greatest need.
BEST SUPPORTING ORGANISATION AWARD
Winner - Stockton Borough Council, Stockton on Tees
The council's active involvement has been critical to the success of
NM, beginning with its help in creating a strong, knowledgeable and
representative board that now underpins the current positive working
partnership. Council advisors have always been provided from the most
senior levels and monthly support meetings continue to bring NM
issues to the attention of corporate directors and service teams. A
clear desire both the 'champion' NM and facilitate its work has led
directly to the development of innovative programmes in areas of
community cohesion and environmental improvements, leading, for
example, to a 33 per cent increase in local people's satisfaction
with street cleansing. The secondment of council staff, its adoption
of the Accountable Body function and practical help with office
accommodation have added to a very positive and mutually fruitful
relationship. (Chief executive - George Garlick.)
Runner Up - Chester City Council
The council was quick to identify NM's potential for delivering
resident-led local services and marked this new relationship with a
service level agreement that delivered services at no cost to the
pathfinder . A substantial and sustained level of support has amply
delivered on this original commitment. The council has consistently
facilitated the development of NM at all levels from direct
neighbourhood services, a constant readiness to bend resources to
meet areas capable of improvement and access to strategic bodies. It
has been and continues to be an excellent partner and an example to
all agencies engaged with NM.
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT - RESIDENT AWARD
Winner - Anthony High, trainee drug outreach worker, West
Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust Health Team, Middlesbrough
Anthony High, 19, runs a drop-in centre for substance misusers, works
to pick up those who have dropped out of drug treatment and acts as a
session worker with a local youth club, as well as finding time to do
voluntary work with disadvantaged people. His project has almost
doubled the numbers of people in treatment and changed for the better
local attitudes towards drug users. He turned down much more
lucrative employment to continue working in his own community.
Runner Up - Wesley 'Tigah' Hewitt, youth worker, Woolwich Pathfinder,
Tigah has been active in the Woolwich pathfinder since before its
inception. He has also chaired 'One Voice' residents' association and
been a member of various community groups in the area. Tigah recently
stepped down from the NM board to concentrate his energies into
working with young people on the Barnsfield Estate. Tigah holds
weekly youth sessions, has supported local young people in
discovering their DJing talents and single handedly organised the
Barnfield fun day. He has continued to be involved in the partnership
through theme groups and through his membership of the housing panel
for Barnfield, where he ensures that the partnership's views are
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT - MANAGER AWARD
Winner - Samantha Dias, neighbourhood manager, Honor Oak Partnership,
Brockley, SE London
The Hon or Oak Partnership received funding from Lewisham's Local
Strategic Partnership to run a neighbourhood management project from
early 2003. Sam was recruited in May 2003. She has been a resident of
the estate (800 homes) for over 10 years and has been actively
engaged in the community over this period (chair of the tenant's
association, local councillor, employment adviser, setting up a group
'helping hands for families' and a group for young people. With huge
energy and commitment but little resources Sam has almost single
handled developed a neighbourhood management approach on the estate.
She has got residents actively involved as well as key strategic
agencies and senior officers. She has initiated several innovative
approaches around health and tackling crime and drug taking on the
estate. She has built strong community engagement as well as getting
two young people to jointly chair the drugs and crime task group.
Runner Up - Rachel Linton, Greater Hollington Partnership, Hastings,
Rachel is described as a remarkable Neighbourhood Manager, whose
engagement with the community and communication skills led after only
15 months to a 70 per cent awareness rating for the Pathfinder in a
MORI survey. Her work has effectively eliminated the 'us' and 'them'
relationship within the partnership structure, delivering
'surprisingly' rapid progress in meaningful community involvement,
the provision of services and facilities and reductions in antisocial
behaviour that have enhanced local people's satisfaction with their
area and become a talking point on the streets.
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT - SERVICE PROVIDER AWARD
Winner - Ivan Rudd, head of health and improvement, Greater
Hollington Partnership, Hastings, East Sussex
Ivan's total commitment to partnership working and genuine desire to
improve services for local people have been instrumental in breaking
down barriers between agencies and helping service providers to focus
on the unique needs of individual neighbourhoods. His work on the
partnership board has delivered a wide range of essential services
for local people, including dedicated health visitors and district
nurses, a children's centre, neighbourhood nurseries and a falls
prevention programme for the elderly. His professional contribution,
enthusiasm and personal style have both improved the quality of life
for local people and inspired others to greater efforts.
Runner Up - Andy Bailey, neighbourhood enforcement officer, Easington
Colliery and Horden Neighbourhood Management Partnership, Peterlee,
Andy is an active participant in Pathfinder activities, working to
find effective and positive solutions to problems such as antisocial
behaviour, particularly among young people. His personal intervention
in the closure of a local youth centre raised #60,000 for an
alternative venue, involved young people in its refurbishment and
earned their respect, providing a significant launch for the
Pathfinder's efforts to improve youth provision.
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT - ELECTED MEMBER AWARD
Winner - Cllr Terry Dixon, deputy leader, Barnsley Metropoltan
Terry has been an excellent 'front man' for the Kendray Initiative,
displaying professionalism and exemplary leadership, whilst
challenging service providers when necessary, supporting board
members, building strong relationships with local residents and
solving problems. His approach to working with resident board members
has rightly been highlighted as an example of best practice in
national publications. Soon to retire, his tremendous commitment to
Kendray over four years - and to the wider Borough of Barnsley over
25 years - will be sorely missed.
Runner Up - Cllr Peter Brooks, deputy leader of Greenwich Council, SE
As lead member for Neighbourhood Renewal, Councillor Brooks held the
position of vice- chair of the partnership board . He was actively
involved in getting the community involved in the Woolwich
neighbourhood management pathfinder and played a major role in
bringing an in increased level of police presence in the
neighbourhood, thanks to his work on Operation Renewal.