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The role of Community based organisations in sustaining community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS) Lisa Martinali – Director CVCRS Veronica Coatham – Chair CVCRS and Housing Leader, Birmingham City University. Background.

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The role of Community based organisations in sustaining community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS)Lisa Martinali – Director CVCRSVeronica Coatham – Chair CVCRS and Housing Leader, Birmingham City University
background
Background
  • Castle Vale estate was built between 1964 and 1969
  • Located in east Birmingham
  • Largest post-war estate in the Midlands
  • Home to > 20,000 people in 5,000 homes
  • 34 tower blocks, maisonettes and houses
  • Housing Action Trust established 1993 to take a holistic approach to regeneration
  • Community involvement
the transformation
Physical

2200 homes demolished

1500 new homes built

1333 homes refurbished

Social & Economic

1461 jobs created

3451 training places offered

New shopping centre, community facilities

Unemployment reduced

Educational attainment improved

People living longer

Reduction in crime

The Transformation
maintaining the momentum
Maintaining the momentum
  • 4:6 super output areas still in England’s poorest 10%
  • Still concerns over fear of crime
  • Local services don\'t fully meet local needs or resident aspirations
  • Jobs, training and education remain priorities
  • Poor health due to life styles remains an issue
neighbourhood partnership board
Neighbourhood Partnership Board
  • Coordinates 10 successor organisations established by HAT
  • Environment, health, housing, community safety, training and education
  • Partnership approach with West Midlands Police, Learning Skills Council, Primary Care Trust, Castle Vale Community Housing Association (CVCHA) , Tenants and Residents Alliance, Birmingham City Council
role of cvcrs
Role of CVCRS
  • Created by CVCHA in 2003 as the Community Development Unit
  • Delivers community initiatives and supports on going sustainability of the estate
  • Became CVCRS 2007, a subsidiary of CVCHA

– 6 members, 9 staff

  • Works closely with the Neighbourhood Partnership Board (NPB) to deliver projects
  • A social enterprise
main programme areas
Main programme areas
    • Youth
    • Health
    • Environment
    • The Sanctuary Building
    • Capacity Building (Guide neighbourhoods)
    • Tenancy Support
  • Reflecting national, regional, local, estate policy objectives and resident priorities
funding
Funding
  • Neighbourhood Renewal Funding
  • Endowment Trust Fund
  • Primary Care Trust
  • Castle Vale Community Housing Association
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Terence Higgins Trust
  • West Midlands Police
  • Connexions
  • DEFRA
projects examples
Projects – examples
  • Neighbourhood Renewal Funding
  • Endowment Trust Fund
  • Primary Care Trust
  • Castle Vale Community Housing Association
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Terence Higgins Trust
  • West Midlands Police
  • Connexions
  • DEFRA
challenges
Challenges
  • New government commissioning arrangements
  • Sustainment of charitable ethos
  • Becoming delivers of public service services
  • Impact on partnership working brought about through competing for funds
  • Future relationship with CVCHA and the NPB
  • Forging relationships with other third sector agencies and the local authority
opportunities
Opportunities
  • Reputable delivery agent
  • Experienced and enthusiastic staff
  • Strong governance arrangements
  • Financial and administrative infrastructure in place
  • Located in the Sanctuary community building
  • Well networked locally
  • Emerging third sector agenda
  • Mainstreaming by public sector bodies
  • Castle Vale Brand
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