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					Mainstreaming Community
Regeneration in Dundee


Peter Allan
Community Planning Manager
Dundee Partnership and Dundee City Council
Mainstreaming Community Regeneration in Dundee


• National Principles
• Mainstreaming the Fairer Scotland Fund
  - Targeted activity
  - Funding communities
  - A project in detail
• Challenges ahead
Mainstreaming Community Regeneration in Dundee


Equal Communities in a Fairer Scotland
Principles
• Root causes – not symptoms
• Early intervention in vulnerable communities
• Effective joint-working including Voluntary and
  Private Sectors
• Improving employment and employability
• Community empowerment and influencing CPPs
Mainstreaming Community Regeneration in Dundee


Fairer Scotland Fund in Dundee

•   £8m per year till 2010/11
•   80+ projects
•   5 Community Regeneration Forums
•   Ring fence removed in April 2010
Mainstreaming Community Regeneration in Dundee


Community Regeneration Forums

• Five across city based on SIMD 15%
• Each with budget of £150,000 p.a.
• Only community members can vote
• Physical improvements, youth work and small
  grants
• Endorsed through Dundee City Council
Mainstreaming Community Regeneration in Dundee


Dundee Healthy Living Initiative
• Health improvement – targeted
• Whole lives – not just health
• Social opportunities crucial to mental well-
  being
• Exercise, healthy eating, taking classes,
  giving talks, leading walking groups etc
• Having a laugh
Mainstreaming Community Regeneration in Dundee


DHLI – lessons
• Innovative community engagement
• Creating connections and referrals
• Influencing mainstream service providers
• Influencing voluntary organisations
However …
• Assume responsibility for partners
• Connections go both ways
• Ticks the box
• Quality costs
Mainstreaming Community Regeneration in Dundee

So what happened?
• Evaluation of all FSF activity
• 58 projects continue - £5.4m (savings approx
  £1m)
• Maintained focus on SIMD areas
• Maintained funding commitment to community
  regeneration activity
• Council projects mainstreamed and “notionally
  ringfenced”
• Voluntary projects given 3 year funding
• 6 Community Regeneration Forums sharing
  £750,000
Mainstreaming Community Regeneration in Dundee


Challenges
• Right approach – rotten timing?
• Inequalities to get worse?
• Responding to statutory duties?
• Retreating to silos and finding savings in house?
• Employment and opportunities to reduce?
• Communities not engaged in big decisions?
Mainstreaming Community Regeneration in Dundee


A real test .....
Principles                           Challenges
• Root causes – not symptoms         • Inequalities to get worse?
• Early intervention in vulnerable   • Responding to crises?
   communities                       • Reverting to statutory duties?
• Effective joint-working            • Retreating to silos and finding
   including Voluntary and Private     savings in house?
   Sectors                           • Employment and opportunities
• Improving employment and             to reduce?
   employability                     • Communities not engaged in
• Community empowerment and            big decisions?
   influencing CPPs
Mainstreaming Community Regeneration in Dundee


Now more than ever …
• We need to learn and integrate lessons
• We need to consider financial solutions
  collectively
• Disadvantaged could fall much further behind
• People in deprived areas have the right to
  influence decisions which will seriously affect
  them

				
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