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    • Holy Trinity Partnership’s Neighbourhood Challenge Fr. Michael O’Donoghue Robert Beall Jo Butler
    • A Partnership Centre 25 years in the making!
      • Silver Jubilee
      • celebrations of ‘new’
      • Holy Trinity Church
      • building in Newark
        • A celebration not just of bricks and mortar, but of Church & Community in the widest sense.
        • A programme of events encompassing every age and parish group: spiritual, pastoral and social
    • Bringing people together in Church…and Marquee
        • The only place to accommodate the entire parish in addition to the church was in a purpose-built marquee
        • The huge marquee was the best way to bring big numbers together to celebrate as one parish community and family –
        • even the final Mass of the week was celebrated in there!
    • The Transition from Marquee to Partnership Centre 2004 2005
    • But a transition doesn’t happen overnight…
        • A year of meticulous planning from 2003 to 2004 to transform from a lack of facilities to a carefully considered and designed multi-functional building – the next building blocks in the development of Holy Trinity Parish AND the wider community
        • Insert needs analysis from appendix a1 of the business plan
    • … after the plan came the build
        • The building’s erection wasn’t left to the architects. This was not just a physical building: the parish continued to meet to talk about the interiors, to chart the progress of the project, parish groups continued as always, looking ahead to better facilities, a chance to grow memberships, organise more events and continue to improve community cohesion
    • The community supported with funding…and more!
        • Over 40 charities and other organisations were approached to support the creation of the Community & Partnership Centre
        • At a total build cost of £650,000 it was essential to receive community support
        • Key partners funded cash and donations large and small to deliver the project:
        • WREN £50,000
        • BIFFA £50,000
        • WESTFIELD FOUNDATION £ 5,000
        • AGE CONCERN Cooker
        • And many others donated time & money
    • And for the past 5 years the Centre thrives at the heart of the community
        • Community and Parish groups, social functions, school events, fundraisers – all of these happen on a regular basis. A true Community and Partnership Centre – it does what it says on the tin!
      First Communion Groups Weddings…Funerals…Baptisms Diocesan Groups Alzheimers’ Cafe Childrens’ Liturgy Parents & Toddlers Luncheon Club for older community members Friends of Holy Trinity School Leanord Parkinson Disability Group After-Mass refreshments
    • We’ve evolved over 5 years into a Community Partnership Centre; Now it’s time for the next stage of our evolution: The Neighbourhood Challenge! So that brings us up to date:
    • Strategy for Action
      • RE:generate’s strategy links people’s personal growth to local action that will impact at all levels of society
      • Relationships and networks are developed that will identify people and the actions they will take
      • Some will develop a project to tackle a problem
      • Some will use the projects or spread the word
      • Some will volunteer, listen to neighbours or act
    • Listening Matters
      • Front line workers are trained to meet people
      • Listen to them in their homes, on the street, church, pub, club, shop, café from every level of society
      • Build trust, respect and relationships
      • Find out what people want to build on, their concerns and actions they are prepared to take
      • Identify leaders, listeners, clients, volunteers, funders
    • The network grows
      • As trust grows people talk and listen to each other
      • Local groups meet in each others homes and plan
      • Project ideas emerge and are discussed. Reflection leads to action
      • The data base of information and contacts develops
      • Networks of 1,000-5,000 are a common development
      • A Community Holding Team manages the network
    • Whiteway Community Empowerment Project
      • Love
      • Concerns
      • Vision
      • Project Idea
      • Have a say
      • Want a say
    • Community Holding Team
    • Community Holding Team Network
      • Agencies
      • Local Authority
      • Councillors
      • Housing Association
      • Youth Services
      • Schools
      • Play Providers
      • Police
      • Fire
      • and many more…
      Flytipping Enterprise Literacy and Numeracy Project Play for Under 5s Support and Advice Project Park Regeneration Project Youth Football Teams Perception Theatre Company Girls Football Team Goal Posts Project 20mph Petition
    • ‘ I’m Elaine. I don’t have a bank account, I don’t have any money I’m not religious… and, I’m not interested .’
      • Personal Growth
      • Has a strong family network in the area
      • Cares about the area and the families and young people
      • Concerned about the lack of provision for young people, flytipping and advocacy, advice and support for adults
      • Felt that she did not have a say and has been part of failed community projects she had no power over or with
      • Local Action
      • Invited people together
      • Planned a strategic clean up of the area involving various agencies and lots of new volunteers from the networks
      • Has started to develop a team and enterprise to stop flytipping called Proud of your Doorstep scheme
      • Organised a community fun day and fundraiser Worked with agencies.
      • Wider Society
      • The clean up has informed how they will Council operate in future
      • Has taken part in LM training delivered to agencies
      • Met with Council Connect team and shared how their services could be better delivered
      • Hosted meeting with senior civil servants about community organising.
      Elaine created a network of 1,250 people, worked with 6 others to develop 6 enterprises, set up a facebook group to keep the network in touch and is negotiating with the council to organise recycling in the area. She has raised venture funding from local philanthropists and works closely with elected representatives. She is applying for a bursary to be a Community Organiser
    • A sustainable future… Starting from the individual engaging people at the grass roots to build their capacity so they can start to take action locally develops their stake in the way the area is run. Using this strategy networks of hundreds and sometimes thousands of local people impact on lives and communities socially, environmentally, culturally and economically. Building the networks capacity and supporting people to engage with agencies increases their employment opportunities and employability and ability to develop projects. It helps the agencies to deliver public services more effectively and in line with people’s concerns and aspirations for their area. encouraging people to start to shape the delivery of their services and encouraging enterprising and locally led solutions engenders a can do attitude that challenges dependency culture. People rely less on intervention and start to tackle issues for themselves.