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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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Background

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 community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS)

  • 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 community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS)

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 community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS)

  • 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 community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS)

  • 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 community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (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 community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS)

  • Youth

  • Health

  • Environment

  • The Sanctuary Building

  • Capacity Building (Guide neighbourhoods)

  • Tenancy Support

  • Reflecting national, regional, local, estate policy objectives and resident priorities


  • Funding
    Funding community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS)

    • 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 community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS)

    • 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 community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS)

    • 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 community regeneration – an evaluation of the development of Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS)

    • 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