Broomhall Area Action Plan by L9paT0cR


									Broomhall Neighbourhood Plan – First Draft

Part 1. Background Information on the Community

Although parts of Broomhall are in some respects, popular places to live, (close
proximity to the city centre, the campuses of Sheffield’s two universities
and the Royal Hallamshire, a large teaching hospital), there are in fact, a number of
serious issues that critically and adversely affect the lives and well being of residents.

The People

BME Communities
Broomhall is a lively and diverse multi-cultural community in the heart of the city of
Sheffield. Many of the 60 or so languages spoken throughout the city are spoken in
Broomhall including Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Punjabi, Urdu, Somali, Farsi, Spanish
and Portuguese.
In addition Broomhall is an area that plays host to large numbers of asylum seekers,
students and homeless people, increasingly so over the last ten years. In particular the
Somali community has increased in number following the civil war in Somalia and the
concomitant influx of refugees. Sheffield has the largest Somali population outside of
London, the majority of whom reside within Broomhall (Broomhall Community Audit

The rich diversity, which is clearly a feature of the Broomhall community, is strongly
reflected in families living in the area, and the community retains a high commitment to
families and family life.

However, families in the Broomhall community experience high levels of social and
economic disadvantage, with almost half of the families in the area without a wage
earner, and therefore dependent on benefits. Approximately one third of families are
headed by a single adult, and within the whole Sharrow ward approximately 20% of all
children live in ‘unsuitable accommodation’. Despite this good quality safe play areas are
limited, leaving parents with little option but to allow their children to play on the streets.

The area is also characterised by high levels of mobility, with approximately 13 hostels
providing short-term accommodation for families, asylum seekers and refugees and other
people with mental health, alcohol and drugs related issues. These people often move on
to more permanent accommodation, and families wishing to buy their own house often
move away from the area in search of affordable housing.

It is clear therefore that parents need the support of good quality childcare in order for
them to work or study, or simply to support them in bringing up their children. However
parents seeking childcare report difficulties in locating suitable providers. After School
Clubs are provided at both primary schools but holiday play schemes are limited and
wrap-around care is needed for pre-school children.

The Elderly
There is a growing population of elderly residents living in Broomhall and many of them
live in sheltered housing accommodation. Poverty, isolation and failure to access benefits
and other resources appears to be a particular issue amongst many of our elderly ethnic
minority groups.

There are a variety of reasons why so many of elderly residents feel isolated and lonely
and fail to access resources. This can be due to language problems where our ethnic
minority groups are concerned and ignorance of what’s available, restricted mobility, ill
health, crime or the fear of crime, a transient population around them, or cultural

Potentially, older people could have an important role within the community but often
feel socially excluded from existing projects or new initiatives, many of which are aimed
at families with children and/or young people.

Young People in Broomhall
Within Broomhall there is a lack of general facilities for young people which makes
young people feel neglected and isolated. The young people who attend the Broomspring
Centre Youth Club are generally between the ages of 13 – 22 years. They are almost
exclusively male and Somalian with a small number of young men from the African
Caribbean Community. The types of issues presenting are typical of an inner city
neighbourhood. There has been a rise in street crime committed by young males and a
lack of trust in the police.

Health and Well-being
Particular health issues within the Somali community include high levels of depression,
material deprivation, and serious health consequences of female circumcision / female
genital mutilation (Somali Relief Association 1992).


The Area
The Police
The Community of Broomhall is served by two policing teams. Emergencies are dealt
with by the Response Team, and preventative and longer term policing is carried out by
the Broomhall Area Policing team, who work in partnership with the Forum on
developing community based approaches to crime and community safety.

Although Broomhall is no longer a hot spot for drug dealing and prostitution it does
suffer from a range of criminal behaviour including:
Dealing drugs from premises in the area
Interracial tension
Street robberies
Vehicle crime

Statistics monitor the following categories of crime in Broomhall:
Violent Crime
Burglary of dwellings and others
Vehicle crime – thefts of and from vehicles
Sexual Offences

Broomhall is part of the ‘triangle area’ where three policing districts meet and which
traditionally has the highest incidence of street robbery. The Broomhill Area Policing
Team is therefore involved in ‘Operation Impact’ which aims to reduce street robbery by
providing extra covert and overt patrols in hotspot areas and fastracking offenders
through the criminal justice system. The team also works with the two universities;
advising ‘freshers’ on personal safety strategies such as sticking to the safe ‘green routes’
when returning home from the city centre at night.

Learning opportunities for children
The opportunities for children under five years old include LEA nursery provision at
Broomhall Nursery School, YMCA Creative Kids and Springfield School, crèches at the
Broomspring Centre and a mother and toddler group at the Hanover Methodist Church.
There are several privately owned nurseries which allow access from outside the area.
Day care and nursery provision is also available from a number of Children’s Centres and
Nurseries across the Sharrow area. These provisions do enable parents to work, or attend
training courses but could be developed to better meet local needs.

There is a need for subsidised, affordable and extended early year’s provision in the area.
(See 'Getting it right'. Planning early year’s services for Sheffield children and their
families. Sheffield Young Children's Service.)

The Broomhall area has two primary schools committed to the community. Springfield
NIJ and Porter Croft C of E. There is a high proportion of primary school children (37%)
identified as having special educational needs. Various support is required for these

Four secondary schools serve young people in the community. These are Abbeydale
Grange, High Storrs, King Edward VII, Silverdale and Tapton.
Truancy is an issue for some children. This has been particularly identified at Abbeydale

There are two well-attended homework clubs at the Broomspring Centre and Springfield
School. There is also a junior learning club at the Broomspring Centre.

The Broomspring Centre is a lively centre for the community and is committed to
enabling adults to further develop their skills. Although the area is enriched by its diverse
cultural communities appropriate educational support is needed for languages and
cultural activities

The area is close to Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.


Broomhall’s housing consists of housing of all tenures including Local Authority rented,
Housing Association rented, private rented, and owner-occupied - in roughly equal
measure. [Broomhall is a mixed-tenure neighborhood,]

(Working households have been leaving Council Housing such as the Hanover estate in
Broomhall.) These without the means to move along with old people unwilling to uproot
themselves have been left behind. In areas of Council Housing they have been joined by
younger single people able to access tenancies increasingly easily as re-housing lists fall.
On estates within walking distance of the city centre, the universities and the
southwestern suburbs, this has had a positive effect, creating vibrant and cosmopolitan
inner city neighborhoods. These are ideally placed to attract students and young people
along with the cities growing Somali community. All the indicators confirm that demand
has remained buoyant in these areas. Waiting times for some estates have increased
when demand across the city has fallen significantly.

Quote from SCC’s Housing Strategy Statement Update 1999, p.3 &4.

The five hundred local authority dwellings in Broomhall [mostly, Hanover Estate] now
suffer (though not exclusively so) material problems - consequent from:

       their age (1966 and 1967), in their construction technique (reinforced concrete
        pier and brick infill twin tower block and low rise maisonnetttes); and,
       their under-investment/under-renewal (due to the recent and current strictures of
        the financial and regulatory regime of the tenure);

Social problems partially consequent from the

   tenure’s position and role within the housing market; or,
   the Authority’s statutory functions (“the home-provider of last resort”); or,
   the estate’s and the dwellings’ design

such as:

       noise transference
       coldness, and fuel poverty
       condensation, mould, dust and worse
       inadequate refuse disposal system
       high ‘turnover’ of tenants
       high proportion of tenants with ‘specific needs’
       absence of ‘quasi-private’ spaces (i.e. yards/gardens/approaches)
       general disrepair (the repairs backlog is high).

The housing Association properties are mostly of a more recent construction (early
1990’s) and are two to four story, brick-built clusters of family town houses and flats or
terrace or semi-detached houses. They have proved popular, however their
comparatively higher rents than the LA sector means other social ‘challenges’ are
attendant (such as experience of ‘benefit trap’(s), debt), often unseen ‘behind’ the higher
quality facades …

In the owner-occupied sector many houses that were family homes have, when sold, been
converted to student accommodation, with the consequent problems of:
     changing the character of Broomhall away from being a multi-cultural community
        of families who are committed to the area
     the houses which become student let businesses push up the cost of houses
        making them impossible for local people to afford, which further erodes the local

      more on-street parking from multiple occupation of houses and more street

The private rented sector includes accommodation which is substandard, principally with
too many people in rooms designed to accommodate just one family, or larger rooms
partitioned into smaller rooms with inadequate windows, etc. – see the owner occupied
sector above.

Despite its superficial appearance of leafy greenery, Broomhall does not possess much in
the way of public open space and safe play areas. A lot of the ‘greenery’ consists of
private gardens in the Broomhall Park area and land surrounding Hallam University,
which is out of bounds for children and residents seeking outdoor relaxation.

There are two community park areas – Lynwood on the northern boundary and Sunny
Bank Urban Park on the southern boundary. Although funding has recently been
obtained to maintain Sunnybank, there remain problems of both funding and public
access to Lynwood. Access is not possible at present due to a lack of public liability
insurance and although a local campaign group has been working for some years to save,
preserve from developers and open Lynwood to the public finding sufficient funding has
proved difficult to find.

There is also the opportunity of creating ‘home-zones’ where children can play safely in a
traffic free setting. One of these under consideration is Travis Place.

Two other factors are worth highlighting in order to achieve a better quality environment.
Street cleaning and lighting. The all-day parking of vehicles on almost every street
hampers the problem of keeping the area free of litter and dirt. Council cleaning teams
simply cannot function in such congested conditions. The other issue concerns effective
street lighting. The police constantly stress the importance of well-lit areas yet there are
many streets in Broomhall, which fall below standard and pose danger spots for people
walking at night.

Key parts of the Broomhall infrastructure are in a derelict or semi-derelict state. Much of
this includes land and buildings that are currently on the market and open for
development. More generally, many parts of the area tend towards shabbiness, with little
attention paid to litter clearance, removal of graffiti, pavement and road maintenance. It
is also very short of outdoor and indoor community space for social and cultural
activities, and small, sustainable business start-ups.
There are five small playgrounds in the area covered by the community survey. They all
consist of fenced off areas with swings, slides and fixed play equipment suitable for
children under ten. The site at Hanover Way is in very poor condition, although there are
funds available to repair the swings. Additionally the playground at Springfield school
provides hard play space suitable for football and is regularly used by young people from
the area.

There are several small open areas within the community, but these are not particularly
suitable for children’s play. Additionally there are many notices prohibiting ball games
and cycling throughout the area.

Recreation – Sports and Leisure
Although some provision for sports and recreation exists in the area there is not enough
affordable and accessible provision for people, either young, or old.

Respondents to the 1999 Community Audit demonstrated that there was a huge demand
for local affordable sporting and recreational provision. Although both universities have
publicly stated their wish to make their sports facilities more accessible to the local
communities within which they exist, thus far very little has transpired.

Broomhall is a prime case in point here. As well as use of facilities, for example the
astro-turf pitch on Park Lane, the universities should be approached for students to
perhaps do sport in the community placements in Broomhall; to provide coaching and
motivation especially for our young people. Sheffield United is well regarded for its
'Football in the Community' programme, and they, as well as other clubs and sporting
associations within Sheffield need to be contacted to see what can be done within

Broomhall is a truly mixed area. It lies on the western doorstep of Sheffield city centre
and is bounded by three main arterial routes – Ecclesall Road, Hanover Way and Glossop
Road/Clarkehouse Road.

The whole area once formed the estate attached to Broom Hall, the historic manor house
lying at the heart of the district. In the early 19th century the estate consisted of bushes,
fields and meadowland watered by the Porter Brook.

Between 1830 and 1850 two parallel developments took place, which provided the format
of today’s Broomhall. One development was the growth of what is now the Hanover area
– neat, brick built artisan terraces. It included Hanover Square, a group of houses with a
central ‘garden’ – a rare feature in Sheffield. These houses are all listed buildings.

The second development was the Broomhall Park Estate built mainly between 1840 and
1860 and reflected the increasing prosperity of Sheffield industry as steel began to
overtake cutlery as a major source of employment.

Since the Second World War, Broomhall has experienced new changes and threats to its
social cohesion. The impact of Sheffield University and more recently, Sheffield Hallam
University, together with the royal Hallamshire and other hospitals, has brought about
vast changes in both buildings and population. Many of the larger properties across the
area have been converted for multi-occupation providing temporary accommodation for
students and staff from the universities and medical institutions.

During the 1960’s and 70’s there was substantial development in public housing on the
eastern side of Broomhall where the City council built hundreds of flats in low-rise and
high-rise units. The proximity to the city centre and the rapid growth in car-borne
commuting has created severe traffic problems throughout the area. Most residents,
especially older folk and parents with young children, voice these concerns.

Unfortunately Broomhall has far more than its fair share of criminal activity. However,
street prostitution has virtually disappeared from the area following sustained residents’

campaigns and police action. Drug dealing is also minimal following the closure of
premises associated with this activity.

Part 2. Consultation on the needs of the community

The Broomhall Forum recognizes that the credibility of the Neighbourhood Plan rests
upon its ability to obtain a detailed understanding of the Broomhall Community and its
socio-economic needs. It also recognizes that this understanding is achieved by analyzing
information from a number of sources, including organizational statistics and discussions
with workers who work with the community. However, for the analysis to be truly valid it
must be combined with primary research with the community itself. This need is
heightened by the fact that Broomhall is such a diverse community that it is virtually
impossible to make generalizations about the community as a whole.

Several pieces of consultation work to assess the needs of the community have been
carried out in Broomhall in the last few years. These include:

      The 1999 / 2000 Broomhall Community Survey and Community Audit
      The September 2002 Draft Broomhall Area Action Plan
      The Broomhall Cosmopolitan Planning for Real Events
      The Broomhall Forum Awayday 2003

It is important to recognize that there hasn’t been a staffing and funding infrastructure in
place to implement the findings of these documents until now. Therefore the Broomhall
Forum, through the development of the Neighbourhood Plan:

      Recognises the value and importance of these previous pieces of work
      Builds upon the foundations that they have created
      Will direct its resources to meet the needs expressed in these pieces of work
      Will set them in a clear and deliverable context

The Forum also does not propose to undertake another piece of community consultation
during the early years of the plan. This is for two reasons; firstly Broomhall has not
undergone any major socio economic changes in the last four years; therefore the pieces
of research still have some validity. Secondly the Broomhall Community is suffering
from ‘consultation fatigue’ and is frustrated and disillusioned by the fact that very little
has been done to by agencies to implement the findings of earlier research. The
Neighbourhood Plan will therefore:

      Enhance and update these pieces of work where necessary
      Start to deliver against the needs expressed in these plans in order to build
       community confidence and credibility

Instead the plan proposes to reassess the needs of the community at the end of year two.
Please see implementation plan for further information as to how and when the Forum is
going to deliver this commitment.
Consultation Methods

Key issues arising from the questionnaire

      From a survey undertaken during 2001/02 young people said that they were
       concerned about issues such as drugs, crime, men’s health, sports and
       entertainment. The findings also exposed the fact that many young people lacked
       self confidence and generally were not optimistic about their prospects for the

      And most of its residents – over 60% in the Community survey 1999/2000 – put
       tackling crime as the major issue which would make the area a better place to live.

      There is a huge demand for local affordable provision especially amongst young
       people but also for young families and older people From the Community
       Audit, 1999/2000

      There is also strong support for some type of arts centre and the Broomhall
       Carnival also has a strong following.

      The Broomhall Community Audit identified a need from the community for
       increased educational support for children in the area.
      There are lower than average achievement levels for children leaving school in
       the Broomhall area. (See Broomhall Community Audit.)
      A survey of community educational needs identified ICT training and literacy and
       numeracy as being a priority for adult learning in the area.

SWOT Analysis

This will be undertaken by the Forum at the same time as the assessment against the
Community Development Framework. Please see the implementation plan for detailed
tasks / timescales.

NB The Broomhall Forum requires information and guidance from Manor and Castle on
this requirement before it can be carried out.

Part 3
Assessment against Community Development Framework

The Broomhall Forum recognises that the Community Development Framework is an
important part of the plan’s evaluation framework, as it will enable the Broomhall Forum
to measure the impact the implementation of the Neighbourhood Plan is having on
developing the strength and capacity of the Broomhall Community. Movement along the
Framework will be used as one of the Plan’s performance targets and will be stated in the
Measuring Progress section of the Plan

The Broomhall Community has never been assessed against the Community
Development Framework, and this piece of work will be carried out ASAP so that a
baseline measure can be established. The timescales and breakdown of tasks for this work
will be included in the Implementation Plan section. The Forum would like to work with
an impartial body on this process to ensure that the assessment is accurate and unbiased.

The Plan will also quantify in Aims and Objectives how the implementation of its Aims
and Objectives will facilitate the movement of the Broomhall Community along the
NB The Broomhall Forum requires information and guidance from Manor and Castle on
the Community Development Framework and assessment methods before these tasks can
be carried out.

Part 4. Vision and Mission Statement
Mission Statement
Aims and Objectives

Aim 1 Community Empowerment
    To empower local people, so they can play an informed and major role in the
      social, cultural and economic regeneration of the area, in order to obtain benefits
      for all sections of the diverse community.
    Develop more cultural understanding in Broomhall – valuing all cultures and
    Publicly develop and acknowledge pride in the community
    To encourage student participation in the community

Aim 2 Education and training
    To improve the formal educational attainment of children in Broomhall through
      community involvement.
    To ensure that education and learning support is culturally appropriate and meets
      the needs of the Broomhall Community.
    To develop and enhance existing adult learning opportunities
    To seek appropriate funding to sustain current and new initiatives. To ensure
      initiatives are discussed with all the community in the implementation and
      development of learning and educational provision.

Aim3 Employment
    To increase occupational and employment opportunities for all sections of the
    To reduce the unemployment rate
    To develop existing, and where necessary provide new, training programmes
      which will improve basic skills, accreditation and opportunities for local people to
      take on voluntary or paid employment.

Aim 4 Health and wellbeing
    To improve the actual and relative health status of people living in Broomhall
    To empower Broomhall’s population to be involved in decisions about their
      health care.
    To work in partnership with healthcare professionals/providers so that Health
      improvement Programmes reflect Broomhall’s needs.
    To support and encourage the development of projects that help to improve
      physical and mental health, e.g. befriending, healthy eating/cooking, exercise,
      health information, local health research etc.

      To alert health care planners/providers to the specific health issues and needs
       within Broomhall.
      To respond to consultation exercises undertaken by health care agencies.
      To increase awareness of health issues in Broomhall through health education,
       health information and health promotion activities.

Aim 5 Recreation sports and leisure
    To develop truly excellent sports and recreational facilities in the neighbourhood
Aim 6 Arts and culture
    To increase the number of people enjoying recreational arts activities.
   To support the employment of local artists and craftspeople

Aim 7 Families
    To create a safe and nurturing environment where families have the opportunity to
      bring up their children to fulfil their potential physically, emotionally,
      educationally and spiritually.
Aim 8 Local Facilities
    To improve access by disengaged and isolated members of the community to
      local facilities
    To increase the provision of decent and affordable community facilities

Aim 9 The elderly
    To ensure old age can be enjoyable. That elderly members of the community feel
      included, part of the decision making process and are able to participate in
      community activities in whatever ways they deem appropriate.
    To consult with elderly residents as to how best the community could serve their

Aim 10 Environment
    To tackle the problems which threaten the environment throughout Broomhall and
      create a better quality and safer neighborhood for the residents
    To improve and refurbish such play areas that exist in the neighbourhood
    Work with statutory bodies and local people/organisations, to explore the
      possibility of developing new areas for outdoor activities

Aim 11 Crime and Safety

   To make Broomhall a safer place in which to live, work and relax.
   To dispel negative images of Broomhall, e.g. Red Light Area.
   To sustain a balanced, caring community untarnished by crime or the fear of

Aim 12 Young people
   Through the development of detached work/projects improve the availability of
      youth workers to address young peoples issues
   To provide additional youth workers in Broomhall to draw alongside young
      people in Broomhall and respond to their aspirations and needs through detached
      activity and sport.
   To provide positive role models in a community where there are few present. This
      could usefully be achieved through the medium of sport amongst the young male
      Somalian/African Caribbean community within Broomhall.




Measuring Progress
Aim                            Baseline                        Target

Part 5 Activities and Projects

Summary of current and previous work
It is important to recognize the important role that current and previous community
provision will pay in the successful delivery of the plan, and that the plan is not simply
about creating new community provision.

There has been a great deal of community activity in Broomhall over the past few years.
Some of it continues to operate to this day, and some no longer operates. Key examples
of this work include:


Unfortunately much of this provision has suffered from reductions in funding and
staffing, and morale is low. This plan aims to raise morale amongst these projects by
recognizing the valuable role that they play in the community and trying to improve
staffing and funding levels. It also aims to pinpoint whether any community initiatives
which have ceased to operate should be reinvigorated as part of the plan.

The Broomhall Community is currently receiving support from a number of community
facilities and services. These include:
     The Broomhall Centre
     The Family Service Unit
     The Stow Centre
     Hanover Methodist Church

St Andrew’s United Reformed Church
Upper Hanover St Sheffield S3 7RQ
This 150 year old church has a representative elected on to the Forum. Its building abuts
on the Cosmopolitan Development area. Inside it is well maintained and has capacity for
250-300 seated in the church itself and 100 seated in the attached hall. There are
additional smaller rooms, all of which are available for hire and are increasingly being
used by the community. Discussions are ongoing to rationalise Christian church
buildings in Broomhall, but St Andrew’s will remain. The church runs a Child Contact
Centre, contributes to the St Andrew’s St Silas’ Lunch Club (SASH) run at the adjacent
Hanover Methodist Church and a fortnightly Social afternoon for local elderly people.
The Jesus Army
The Jesus Army serve about 40,000 free meals a year which would include rounds of
sandwiches plus free drinks, to anyone who calls at the door of 16 Collegiate
crescent asking for something to eat, or drops in for lunch served once fortnightly after
the Sunday Morning meetings held in the Sheffield Institute for the Blind on Mappin
Street. Occasionally either of the two houses puts people up for the night.
     Base Zero
     Sheffield YMCA
The Citywide Learning Centre
The City Wide Learning Centre opened on the 19th of April 2004. Its core objective is to
support the delivery and development of education and training opportunities targeting
the large ethnic minority communities of Broomhall. The founders have determined to
amalgamate the wealth of knowledge they have gained from serving the basic housing,
health and social care needs of these communities to create a new vision of learning in
closer partnership with their client base. They aim to assist this community gain access to
employment and aid effective long-term integration into the wider British society.

      Hanover Medical Centre
      Costcutter

Broomhall is also receiving support from a number of community activities and Projects.
These include:
    Hanover Tenants Association
    Herb
    Homework Club
    Friends of Hanover Playground

Planned and current projects and activities to be funded as part of the plan
The plan represents a definition of need at a community level and it is important to
recognise that it will be delivered in a variety of ways;
 By directly commissioned projects
 By influencing the existing delivery of key partners
 By commissioning partners to deliver aspects of the plan

The Cosmopolitan Project
‘The Cosmopolitan Masterplan is a piece of consultation work that is being jointly
commissioned by Sheffield City Council and the Forum about a key piece of land in
Broomhall. The site is currently partially derelict and includes the poorly designed and
underutilised Hanover Playground and small patches of piecemeal development by
private landowners. The Masterplan will assess the feasibility of redeveloping the whole
site into a new community and commercial heart for the area that will include some
community facilities and improved green and play space.

Community Chest
The aim of the Community Chest Programme is to offer grants to enable existing
community groups to develop and new groups to start up in the Broomhall
neighbourhood, particularly if they relate to the priorities in the Neighbourhood Plan. It is
an essential part of enabling Broomhall to move up the levels of the Community
Development Framework.

St Silas Church

Part 6 Community Partnership Structure and Management

The Broomhall Neighbourhood Plan will continue to be developed and delivered through
the Broomhall Forum, which is the community decision making and consultation body
for the Broomhall Community. It is essential that the development and delivery of the
plan is accountable to the community for a number of reasons:

      The budget that the Forum has secured to deliver the plan is money specifically
       for the community, therefore the community has the right to direct how it is spent
      For the plan to be effective for the community it must be shaped by the
      The Broomhall Community will be strengthened and empowered by being
       involved in decision making processes that affect its own wellbeing.

Structure of the Partnership
The Broomhall Forum has a Management Committee which consists of Broomhall
community stakeholders. Stakeholders are individuals or organisations that have an
interest in the wellbeing of the Broomhall community; either because they are residents
themselves or are organisations that deliver services to the Broomhall community.
Broomhall is a highly diverse area containing a number of different BME communities,
and the Forum committee contains a number of ethnic minority representatives that
reflect this diversity. The Forum also has working links with a number of community
groups in Broomhall that consist of members of the wider Broomhall community.
It operates under a simple committee structure, and has a core group of voting members
and a number of non-voting advisors. Committee meetings are open to all, although only
the elected committee is entitled to vote. The Committee is elected annually at a publicly
advertised AGM.

The membership of the Committee consists of local residents and officers of
organizations who contribute to the welfare of the Broomhall community. The current
committee consists of 17 people, 14 of whom are local residents and 7 of whom are from

BME communities. Advisors include representatives from local churches, elected
members and community workers.

Although the Forum has a constitution it is not a legally constituted body. It therefore
operates under the umbrella of Sheffield YMCA, an organization that is based in
Broomhall. The YMCA acts as the Forum’s accountable body and host organization for
its staff.

A key development issue is for the Forum to become a legally constituted body with a set
of trustees. It also needs to adjust its core membership so that it represents additional
communities of interest i.e. local employers and young people. The detail of how these
improvements are going to be achieved is reflected in Aims and Objectives and
Implementation Plan.


Ongoing Consultation
Sheffield YMCA is the umbrella organisation for Broomhall Forum. This organisation
provides / will provide the following support:

              Employment hosting for the three Forum Posts
              Provision of Forum office space at less than actual cost
              Provision of Forum line management and accountable body support at less
               than actual cost

The following organisations are also linked to the Forum:

Sharrow Surestart
Sheffield City Council Area Panel
South Yorkshire Police
Broomhall Centre
Sheffield Futures/ Connexions
St Andrews Church
Broomhall Nursery
Hanover Methodist Church
Hanover Tenants Association

The nature of the links varies, and will be detailed in the Neighbourhood Plan. They do
however fall into the following main categories:

      Organisations delivering activities at the specific instigation of the Forum
      Organisations delivering activities in partnership with the Forum
      Organisations consulting with the Forum about improvements / developments to
       their service delivery

It is important to recognise that these partner organisations can act as delivery agents for
the actions in the Neighbourhood Plan.

All financial transactions will be carried out in accordance with the YMCA’s financial
procedures policy (copy available on request).

The overall responsibility for finances is the joint responsibility of the YMCA’s
Accountant and Company Secretary and the Broomhall Community Regeneration
Manager who meet monthly to monitor the Forum’s income and expenditure. Financial
returns will be submitted to Manor and Castle by the Broomhall Community
Regeneration Manager after consultation with the YMCA’s Accountant and Company
Secretary. The Broomhall Community Regeneration Manager is responsible for reporting
financial progress to the Broomhall Forum Management Committee after consultation
with the YMCA’s Accountant and Company Secretary.
Implementation Plan
Education and training

Action                                Timescales                       Funder                  Lead Pa
Education and training
    To extend out of school
       learning and support.
    To establish a local
       literacy and numeracy
    Use the students as a
       learning resource
    Increase learning
       opportunities for the over
    Co-ordinate Support and
       publicise the homework
    Establish intergenerational
       learning opportunities
    More classes for women
       and disabled

Aim / Objectives
Community Empowerment
Actions                               Timescales                       Funder                  Lead Pa

Aim / Objectives

    To liaise with local
       employers, and relevant
       employers’ forums to
       identify their requirements
       and potential to employ
       local people.
    To actively consult the
       community in establishing
       needs and delivering
    Set up local job agency
    Local jobs board in
    Help people with foreign
       qualifications to find

Health and wellbeing

      Outlets to buy healthy
      Food preparation skill
      Help housebound to
       exercise at home
      Self help groups for
       substance abusers
      Breakfast club
      Healthy recipe in
       Broomhall News
      Fresh fruit service
      Walking initiative in
       Broomhall News

Recreation sports and leisure

    To develop a creative
       relationship with both
       local universities in order
       to improve local residents
       access to sports facilities.

arts and culture
 To increase local people’s use
    of existing facilities and
 To lobby/apply for funding
    for capacity building and
    regeneration through the
    arts/carnival arts
 To raise the profile of
    Broomhall through publicity
    about our positive
    contributions to Sheffield


      Make links with the
       Sharrow Sure start
       Scheme, to make sure
       suitable provision is being
       made for under five’s in
       the area and that it is
       diverse and as inclusive as
      To make links with all
       voluntary and independent
       child care providers in the
       area to ensure that they are
       accessible to the local
      To look for ways of
       improving community
       play facilities.
      To lobby for improved
       sports and leisure
       facilities, which are
       available for the whole
      To seek ways of providing
       educational opportunities
       in the area for parents to
       develop new skills and
       gain basic qualifications
      More crèche provision
      Parenting courses
      Community activities for
       the whole family
       throughout the year

    Develop a meeting room
      /place on the Broomspring
    Develop a common
      booking system for rooms
      in Broomhall
    Develop a central outdoor
      area – village green – well
    Improve local shops
    Renovate Sunnybank and
      develop an effective
      management committee
    Sport facilities that are
    Support the Broomhall
      Centre – maximise use
      and spend some money on
      refurbishment appoint
      another worker
    Talk to the YMCA about
      the facilities required at St

The elderly
    Ensure that older people
       are aware of such
       initiatives as the Healthy
       Living Network for
       Sharrow and other
    Older people seen as a
       community asset
    Recreational facilities
    What about disabled
    Increase activities such as
       bingo, IT, over fifties
    Co-ordinate facilities and
    Survey of facilities and
    Intergenerational
    Older people’s congress
    A plan for all green spaces
       and action to make them
       more attractive, safer and
       more used and maintained
    Better lighting
    Education re waste -
       reduce, reuse, recycle -
       provide jobs and facilities
       to make this happen
    Promote real alternatives
       to car travel – not just
       restricted parking
    More recycling – let’s co-
    develop “adopt a road”
       policies to maintain the
    Action on the subway
    Project on litter and waste
       recycling – build on use of
       bins etc
    Street pride
    Support development of
       HERB and Lynwood
    Implement Homezone on
       Travis Place

Crime and Safety
    To obtain up-to-date
       information on actual and
       unreported crime
    To liaise with the police
       on a continuing
       programme of crime
    To highlight the dangers
       of drug abuse.
    To reduce “danger areas”,
       such as subways and badly
       lit street, and encourage
       home-zones and safe-play
    To monitor crime levels
       and involve the
           community in dealing
           with solutions.
          To publicise the positive
           aspects of Broomhall.

Young people

          More Sports opportunities
           and activities
          Youth Forum about youth
          Play areas – football and
           basket ball

           Connections
           More activities for young
            people – links with youth
           Driving lessons
           Bursary scheme
           Football project
           Counselling and
            information for young
           Identify youth work


          Lobby the council for a
           significant proportion of
           social housing in new
          Affordable housing
          Contribute to the UDP and
           communicate what the
           areas need are
          To oppose planning
           schemes for more multi-
           occupation rather than
           family accommodation.

   More cycling and walking
    of short distances
     Parking accessible for
      public spaces
     Monitor new parking and
      traffic schemes
     Improve local bus service
      – Nipper bus
     Better transport links
     Parking places for the
      Broomhall Centre
     Support the Nipper bus
     Support cycling
     Disabled parking bays


     A visible well known
      policing team
     More activities for young
      people to reduce crime
     Continuity of policing –
      someone who knows the
      are – police rep on the
     Improve lighting
     Prune shrubs and trees
     Better facilities for young
     Make students aware of
      their vulnerability
     Support for substance
      abuse issues
     Neighbourhood watch
     Personal alarms
     Self defense classes

Risk Assessment

Risk                            Consequence                      Minimisation

Part 7. Linkages with other priorities /strategies
Effective linkages between the Broomhall Neighbourhood Plan and the strategies of other
agencies are important because they form the basis of partnership working and facilitate
the leverage of additional resources and funding in to deliver the aims and objectives of
the plan. It is also important to set the plan into strategic context to ensure that there is no
duplication of resources and that appropriate agencies are fulfilling their responsibility to
the community. However, these linkages must be demonstrated by tangible measurable
activity and not be just purely academic. The Broomhall Neighbourhood Plan links to the
following strategies:

Crime and Community Safety
Sheffield City Council Area Action Plan
Sharrow Sure Start

Part 8. Monitoring, Review and Evaluation
The Forum will monitor the progress of the plan via a monitoring sub-group drawn form
the membership of the Forum. This sub-group will receive performance reports from the
Forum staff team compiled from data collected at project level.
Part 9. Sustainability / Forward Strategy
The long term aim of the Forum is to become financially self-sustaining, and this issue
will be picked up via the development of a funding sustainability strategy. The Forum is
keen to play a role in developing local enterprises and supporting them in becoming self-
sustaining, but needs to make an informed assessment as to whether this is possible given
the relatively modest size of the forum and the socio-economic context and size of its
geographical area. The Forum is also starting to do some early work on the development
and delivery of a strategy to support the economy at a very localized community level i.e.
community shops, pubs etc.


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