Gt Ryburgh Community Car SchemePresentation Transcript
Strengthening Communities Ryburgh in North Norfolk -An example of how it can be done
The Challenges that Ryburgh faced
Primary school closed
Village shop closed
Post mistresses retired
Limited activities for young people
Youth club closed some anti-social behaviour on the playing field.
What did the community do?
Launched Community owned shop including Post Office sold community shares to value of £25,000
Community car scheme supported by Parish Council
Short-listed for Pride in Norfolk Village of the Year 2009
Working to improve play facilities in village
launches 2009 ‘Ryburgh People’
(Pictured on the right)
So what next?
Community Shop Car Scheme – planned
With the support of Ryburgh Community shop, we hope to offer a community shop car scheme to the residents of three surrounding villages.
Good Neighbours Project – planned
Joint project between Victory housing and Norfolk RCC to encourage support within community for most vulnerable individuals through volunteer assistance.
Good Neighbour Project
What is it?
Voluntary local initiative run by group of local people
Groups respond to need of local people
i.e. giving a lift to doctors surgery, shopping, befriending/home visiting, gardening etc
Similar projects running successfully in Bedfordshire, Wiltshire and Suffolk for past ten years.
Who will benefit?
Community as a whole- more cohesive.
Project is flexible-each community can determine what tasks they will assist with
Support may range from assisting a parent with young children to taking an older person to a Drs appointment.
Volunteer benefits-Feel part of their village.
How will it work?
Each project will have a mobile phone
Steering committee members alternate having phone.
When they receive call for help they will assess request and contact available volunteer.
Volunteer will visit client and assist.
Steering committee will keep log of tasks completed.
Average number of calls per scheme 24 per month ( Suffolk ACRE- Good Neighbours scheme)
Access4Life is a Norfolk County Council funded project that looks at areas of the county with poor access to services.
Through consultation with communities and working with a project steering group made up of local partners, Access4Life aims to find out what the real issues are and deliver solutions.
Consultation carried out in the village of Colkirk showed that the local area had difficulty accessing a local food shop.
The Access4Life steering group agreed to find a solution that would not only solve the problem for those residents who had difficulty accessing a local food shop/Post office but that would also support the sustainability of an existing community shop.
Its good to talk…
Work with your neighbouring communities!
Through further consultation with the villages of Colkirk, Stibbard and Great Ryburgh, we found nine people who said they would like to use a transport scheme to take them to Ryburgh Community Shop
How it works
Obtaining CRB checks for all the volunteer drivers –
All volunteer drivers of the scheme have completed a CRB form and we are now waiting for these to be returned.
Confirmation should be obtained from the volunteer driver’s insurance companies.
Co-ordination of clients and volunteer journeys –
Ryburgh community shop will be co-ordinating the calls.
By the end of October 2009, Ryburgh community transport scheme and Good Neighbour scheme should be running.
Ryburgh community shop continues to go from strength to strength.