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									                  BEACONS DELIVERY PLAN 2003/06

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1     INTRODUCTION

1.1   Background
1.2   The wider context
1.3   Impact of the Commonwealth Games

2     THE BEACONS PROGRAMME

2.1   Geography and population
2.2   The programme areas
2.3   Management arrangements
2.4   Staffing
2.5   Financial management
2.6   Structure
2.7   The 10 year spend profile

3     COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

3.1   Information and Participation strategy
3.2   Equality and fairness
3.3   Tenants' and Residents’ Associations
3.4   Businesses

4     BASELINES

4.1   Progress against baselines
4.2   Targets, outcomes and the future

5     EVALUATION

5.1   National Evaluation
5.2   Local evaluation

6     PROPOSALS FOR ACTION

6.1   Community capacity and cohesion
      Project descriptions, performance targets and spend targets

6.2   Crime
      Project descriptions, performance targets and spend targets

6.3   Local Services
      Project descriptions, performance targets and spend targets

6.4   Education
      Project descriptions, performance targets and spend targets
6.5   Physical environment
      Project descriptions, performance targets and spend targets

6.6   Health and Well Being
      Project descriptions, performance targets and spend targets

6.7   Worklessness
      Project descriptions, performance targets and spend targets

6.8   Funding profile by project

7     FUNDING PROFILE 2003/04 to 2005/06

8     MAINSTREAMING

9     CONCLUSION AND THE FUTURE
                            EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

                                The Beacons Vision

Different generations will work together and use their skills and confidence to
take an active role in shaping and managing their future. The East Manchester
 Community will have respect for themselves, confidence in their neighbours
   and the ability to work closely with all agencies to realise their collective
dreams, ambitions and aspirations, securing prosperity and a decent quality of
                                      life’.

Since the original New Deal for Communities and Single Regeneration Budget
Delivery Plans were approved in 1999, significant progress has been secured that
has reversed the decline of the area and a large number of projects have been
developed and delivered to achieve the original outcomes and targets set. During the
first three years of the programme £10,047,518 SRB and £18,857,523 NDC has
been spent delivering over 140 projects within the programme themes of Crime,
Education, Health, Worklessness, the Physical Environment, Local Services and
Community Capacity and Cohesion. A number of these projects are continuing whilst
some have ended due to their time-limited nature or through successful
mainstreaming.

The next three years will be critical in building on this to create sustainable
communities and secure long lasting and fundamental change. This three year joint
Delivery Plan sets out proposals for the development and growth of the programme
within the strategic framework for the area over the next three years; reports back on
progress made to date; details planned activity; and sets targets for spend and
performance. We anticipate spending SRB and NDC resources totalling £28,809,175
in 2003 / 04; £5,949,342 in 2004 / 05; and £3,653,929 in 2005/06.

The next 12 months are going to be the most significant in the overall regeneration of
East Manchester - the hosting of the Commonwealth Games last summer was a key
milestone in the long-term regeneration of the area and legacy of the Games and the
continued development of retail, leisure and hotel facilities at Sportcity will ensure
this momentum is continued. However, it is the commencement of the new first
housing for sale and the transfer of the council housing stock to a new housing
company – Eastlands Homes – that will secure the fundamental transformation that
will ensure the long term and sustainable regeneration of East Manchester.
1      INTRODUCTION

1.1    Background

In 1998 East Manchester was identified as one of the most deprived areas of the
country. Both the scale and level of deprivation together with the complex and inter
related nature of the problems facing the area meant that a comprehensive and
integrated approach needed to be adopted in order to secure sustainable
regeneration. A wide range of initiatives are being targeted at East Manchester and
real progress has been made over the last three years. The Beacons for a Brighter
Future Partnership provides strategic direction and ensures a holistic approach that
maximises the impact of £77.6 million New Deal for Communities and Single
Regeneration Budget funding.

Whilst significant progress has been secured since the onset of the Beacons
Initiative that has reversed the decline of the area, the next three years are critical in
building on this to create sustainable communities and secure long lasting and
fundamental change.

1.2    The Wider Context

The Beacons initiative cannot hope to achieve such holistic and sustainable
regeneration alone and has helped to develop a unique approach on a scale
unprecedented in this country.

Working in tandem, a range of different regeneration initiatives are addressing the
issues facing the communities of East Manchester and are not only starting to see a
real upturn in the fortunes of the area but some of the most exciting and innovative
projects and programmes delivered.



       MAP OF THE NEM AREA

       New East Manchester Limited, an urban regeneration company, has
       responsibility for the wider East Manchester area of Beswick, Clayton,
       Openshaw, Miles Platting, Ancoats and parts of Newton Heath. The company
       has a strategic role for driving forward the long-term sustainable regeneration
       of the area. Its remit includes establishing a Regeneration Framework, which
       provides the comprehensive context for all activities and partners. The
       Framework sets out key principles to ensure successful social, physical and
       economic regeneration. Following its publication in March 2001, the wider
       area has been broken down into 15 neighbourhoods and detailed
       development plans are being worked up in 5 of them through intensive
       consultation. The most advanced of these covers the Beswick area and the
       formulation of a comprehensive neighbourhood plan will see the start of 550
       new houses, primarily for sale, early in 2003.
      MAP OF NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING PROCESS

      New East Manchester also take the lead on key major physical developments
      including Central Business Park, Openshaw Business Centre, Sportcity and
      the housing developments which are emerging from the neighbourhood
      planning process.

      The company is also responsible for managing a £54m ERDF programme
      running until Dec 2008.

      Finally and critically, New East Manchester seeks to secure the effective
      integration of the variety of regeneration initiatives being targeted at the area -
      an Education Action Zone, Sports Action Zone, Sure Start, On Track in
      addition to the NDC and SRB funded Beacons Initiative.

The Beacons Initiative has maintained its relationship with the Manchester Local
Strategic Partnership (LSP), specifically around the seven main and cross cutting
themes of the Community Strategy. Local activity links into city-wide development
structures where appropriate and often leads the way in piloting new ways of
working. The Public Service Agreement targets are linked into the Beacons joint
targets agreed by all members of the Public Agencies Forum. Indeed, the success
of the engagement of oval service providers through the Public Agencies Forum is
now being rolled out across the City.

1.3   The Impact of the Commonwealth Games

The seventeenth Commonwealth Games was the biggest ever and the
The Games has provided a significant economic legacy with both short and long
term employment opportunities for local people particularly at Asda Walmart and
significant trading benefits for local businesses.

Local people have participated through a range of opportunities - the Pre Volunteer
programme; sports festivals; parades; parties in local parks; involvement in the
Queens Baton Relay. One of the unforeseen legacies has been an improvement in
the physical look of the area and an increase in local pride. The Games secured a
number of environmental improvement schemes that were completed by projects
funded throughout the Beacons programme including an award-winning Britain in
Bloom scheme. The success of Britain in Bloom coupled with the improved
appearance of East Manchester has had a significant impact on the confidence of
the local community.
2      THE BEACONS PROGRAMME

2.1    The Geography and Population

The Beacons area comprises the three neighbourhoods of Beswick, Clayton and
Openshaw, bordered by Clayton Vale to the north a main railway line to the south,
the City boundary to the east and the City Centre to the west. The area is dissected
by two major arterial roads linking the City Centre to Ashton under Lyne and is also
crossed North to South by Manchester's main intermediate orbital road.

MAP OF THE BEACONS AREA

In the 2000 Mid Year Population Estimates the Beacons area had a population of
22,316. The area has experienced almost a 10% fall in its population since the 1991
census. According to the DTLR Index of Local Conditions 2000, Manchester is the
fourth most deprived Local Authority area in the country and the two wards that
cover the area are the 17th (Beswick and Clayton) and 22nd (Bradford) most
deprived.

2.2    The Programme Areas

The NDC and SRB Delivery Plans in September 1999 stated that the first three
years of the programme would concentrate on slowing the rate and beginning the
reverse of decline of the area. The Plans specified the se programme areas that
have formed the basis of activity since - Crime, Education, Health, Worklessness,
the Physical Environment, Local Services and Community Capacity and Cohesion.
Section 6 provides information on planned projects and activity for 2003/04 within
each of these programme areas.

2.3    Management Arrangements

From the outset, the Beacons Initiative has led the way in implementing integrated
programme management arrangements- the Initiative has one staff team, one set of
management arrangements and one Partnership Board and structure. A key
element of this integrated approach has been to unify where possible and practical
New Deal for Communities and Single Regeneration Budget funding streams. The
production of this single Delivery Plan is a demonstration of the effectiveness of this
approach. The former SRB 4 Eastlink programme is now fully integrated into the
Beacons Initiative with the additional monies allocated to projects within the
worklessness, crime, youth, local services and capacity building programmes.
There have been several joint staff appointments to work across programme and
geographical boundaries (business support, employment and training; social and
community initiatives; youth and crime; research and evaluation; and press and
public relations) and many projects are jointly funded. NEM, Beacons, EAZ and SAZ
are co-located in same building, reports on activity are shared on a regular basis
between the Beacons and NEM Boards. Joint project visits by both Boards have
been arranged and an implementation plan is being developed covering all the
initiatives.
Whilst these arrangements are complex and may not be ideal, they reflect an
innovative, appropriate and to date successful local approach to joining up activity
and provide a wide range of opportunities for local people to engage and participate
both in the programme and day to day activities.

2.4   Staffing

The staff team has evolved to reflect the priorities of the programme and takes on
the day to day responsibility of managing the programme, co-ordinating activity,
implementing project appraisal, maximising consultation, information provision and
local involvement. They also provide full support to the Board, Public Agencies
Forum, Task and Sub Groups and the Residents’ Forum. New staff over the past 12
months include a Skills for Life project worker, an Arts and Culture Officer and a
secondee from Nat West Bank who is taking forward the financial inclusion agenda.
Several areas of work - crime and youth for example have been expanded to include
activity within the wider East Manchester area, to ensure that the benefits of the
programme are rolled out and that there is greater co-ordination. Equally critical is
the strong partnership that has been forged with mainstream agencies as well as
other initiatives. The successful delivery of many elements of the programme is only
possible because of these links.

(TAKE IN STAFFING DIAGRAM)

2.5   Financial Management

Given the similarity of the range of problems and the degree of deprivation that
exists across Beswick, Openshaw and Clayton, we recognised at an early stage that
a consistent approach to regeneration would be required. A large number of
individual projects and programmes have been rolled out across the whole area,
although the intensity of approach differs to meet identified needs in different
geographical neighbourhoods. We have in place a simplified system that allows us to
deliver the programme on the ground and to monitor overall impact rather than the
impact of individual funding streams.

The Beacons Partnership Board have responsibility for approving the expenditure of
SRB and NDC funds, ensuring that spend is in accordance with the agreed Delivery /
Annual Plans, monitoring the use and effectiveness of the funding and ensuring that
complementary spend is committed to the programme. The Partnership provides
clear guidance to delivery agents concerning their responsibilities in terms of both
finance and outputs and specific contractual arrangements including service level
agreements are established where necessary.

Manchester City Council are the Accountable Body for the Programme, administer
payments, undertake financial monitoring and prepare and submit grant claims,
drawing on past experience of successful delivery of a variety of regeneration
programmes and initiatives encompassing UK and European
resources, including SRB initiatives in previous rounds. Management, financial and
monitoring systems have been the subject of various audits carried out by
independent consultants, GO and NWDA. These audits were conducted to assess
whether management systems conformed with funding agreements, the SRB
Challenge Fund Guidance Manual, NDC financial Guidelines and the Good Practice
in Management Systems Guide. The overall conclusion was that systems comply
fully with requirements.

The majority of projects within the Beacons Programme are implemented across
the area using a combination of SRB and NDC funding and therefore there are clear
benefits in developing comprehensive unified systems to manage the programme
effectively and efficiently. These systems continue to be developed in discussion
with Government Office and the North West Development Agency.
2.6    Structures

The structures within the programme have been reviewed annually with local
residents and partner organisations. There has been some change in emphasis to
reflect the development of the programme, however, structures in place at the
beginning of the initiative have remained broadly the same.

Membership on the Partnership Board have changed to ensure the composition
continues to reflect local priorities and elections take place annually through the
Residents’ Forum, Voluntary Sector Consortium and Public Agencies Forum.
Membership as at February, 2003 comprises: -

              Hedley Carter, Local Business representative;
             Irene Johnson, Education Action Zone Resident Representative;
             Superintendent Dave Thompson, Greater Manchester Police;
             Di McIntyre, Voluntary Sector Consortium;
             Steve Mycio, Deputy Chief Executive, Manchester City Council;
             Veronica Powell, New East Manchester Limited Resident
             Representative and Chair of the Board;
             Tim Presswood, New East Manchester Limited Resident
             Representative;
             Laura Roberts, Chief Executive, North Manchester Primary Health Care
             Trust;
             Sandra Black, Beswick Resident Representative;
             Linda Tomlinson, Job Centre Plus District Manager;
             Bill Booth, Clayton Resident Representative; and
             Elaine Wright, Openshaw Resident Representative.

The Public Agencies Forum has adopted a more strategic role and has developed
and monitors a rolling action plan of activity which is involving all local partners in
piloting new ways of delivering services so they are more appropriate and
responsive to local need. The action plan is currently being revised to include new
priority projects for the forthcoming year.

The Voluntary Sector Consortium is made up of voluntary and community groups
who are active in the area. The Consortium is represented on both the Board and the
Public Agencies Forum as well as participating in Task Group meetings as
appropriate.

The East Manchester Residents Forum continues to meet. Invitation to the Forum
is open to representatives of the 45 recognised Tenant and Resident Groups across
the area. The meetings examine progress made within the Task Groups and on the
programme generally, as well as receiving presentations from a wide variety of
organisations and initiatives that work in the area. There is the opportunity to raise
concerns about particular problems, challenge service delivery standards and
discuss how particular concerns can be addressed through the Programme. Beswick
resident, Barbara Taylor chairs the Forum. The three resident area representatives
on the Partnership Board and representatives on the Board of New East Manchester
Limited and the Education Action Zone are elected from the
Forum. The Forum will continue to meet and have scheduled meetings for the
forthcoming 12 months.

An indicator of the effectiveness of the engagement and involvement of the local
community is that at the outset of the Beacons Initiative in September, 1998 there
were 15 resident groups.

The six thematic Task Groups continue to develop and monitor delivery of projects.
Membership comprises a range of agencies with a particular interest in the
programme area and local people. The breadth of the programme has meant that a
range of sub groups are in existence to develop the detailed work necessary to bring
projects forward and give local people the opportunity to focus on their particular
areas of concern.

STRUCTURE DIAGRAM

The NDC office continues to provide a hub of activity and a base for the local
community to call in for information, to hold formal and informal meetings and work
with the staff team to deliver the programme. Specific space and administrative and
technological resources are provided for local residents. The co-location with the
Education and Sports Action Zones and New East Manchester Limited continues to
help us co-ordinate activity so that maximum benefits are available for the local
community.
3      COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


Community involvement and participation remains at the heart of the Beacons
Programme and is an integral part of all activity including the development, delivery
and evaluation of projects and programmes. Specific activity is in place to encourage
the full inclusion of the whole community and to provide information on and promote
the programme and the area.

3.1    Resident Involvement

The support and resourcing of existing and the development of new resident and
tenants groups is undertaken through the Resident Liaison Team within the Beacons
staff team. They are responsible for developing a comprehensive training
programme and provide an initial point of contact for residents who want information
about regeneration plans. The new offices for the various regeneration initiatives
have been designed to maximise residents’ accessibility. Specific space and
administrative and technological resources have been provided for local residents.

Whilst the 45 Tenant and Resident Groups and the umbrella East Manchester
Residents Forum provide the foundation for resident involvement, there is extensive
participation by local people in all elements of the initiative. All the thematic Task
Groups are open to residents and still continue to attract a healthy number of people
some four years after inception.

Residents are involved in many other specific projects. For example throughout the
Environment Programme there has been considerable success involving several
hundred residents concerning park improvements, alleygating, community projects,
clean ups and campaigns.

The Eastserve project has been a phenomenal success in consulting, informing and
engaging local people. Underpinning it, however are a residents' panel of 15 local
people who update information on the website and moderate discussion forums and
15 community champions who provide free advice of a more technical nature.


3.2    The Information and Participation Strategy

The Partnership has developed an action plan established to deliver the Information
and Participation Strategy, making sure that local people are involved and brought
together; informed about what is going on in their neighbourhoods; provided with
opportunities to influence activity; and establish exactly what their role is in bringing
lasting improvements to the area. Recent activities include the production of the
NDC video, which charts the progress of the initiative to date and includes footage of
the physical environment and interviews with local people and employees, which
highlight
activity and plans for the future. The video has been delivered to every household in
the area. One of the most important developments has been the establishment of the
48 page free weekly local newspaper – the Advertiser- which was launched on 22nd
March 2002. The paper has dedicated pages to the regeneration teams and district
pages to cover news at a very local level. There is a local office base in Beswick and
a range of related training and employment opportunities are available for local
people.

3.3    Equality and Fairness

Targeting hard to reach groups and those most excluded is a key challenge for the
programme. The partnership has agreed an Equality and Fairness Policy and Action
Plan to ensure that appropriate, sensitive and accessible services are provided to
everyone, whatever the circumstances; that projects are developed with this in mind;
that we work with local people to eradicate prejudice and discrimination; and to
provide training to raise awareness for both staff and residents.

The following statement of intent has been agreed by the Partnership Board, Public
Agencies Forum, Voluntary Sector Consortium, Task Groups and the Residents
Forum. ‘The Beacons Partnership recognises its responsibility to all individuals and
groups within the area. The Partnership will work to ensure all members of the
community are treated fairly and will not discriminate on the grounds of age, colour,
disability, and ethnic origin, gender, sexuality or on any other unjustifiable grounds
both in terms of employment practices or programme development and delivery. The
Partnership will work with local people and organisations to raise awareness of
inequality of opportunity and ensure that activities are developed that will positively
counter these effects and will work to create a non-threatening, supportive and
inclusive environment where all feel welcome and able to live, work and socialise.
The Partnership will seek to provide flexible and wide ranging opportunities to
encourage and facilitate full involvement both in the regeneration programme and
within day to day activities across the area’. The statement has been published and
widely circulated, supported by an equality ‘jargon buster’ that explains many of the
terms frequently used.

We have undertaken training on race equality issues with local residents and staff
and have met with specialists in this field who have provided advice on how we can
contact people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds to ensure that they can
play their part in deciding what happens across the area. We are looking how the
programme can best address the needs of excluded groups and are delivering
training on disability issues for local residents and front line staff. Future activity for
the Equality Sub Group will include developing a realistic baseline for the area,
continued training and a sub group of the Public Agencies Forum will examine the
monitoring of the policy by all agencies and initiatives in conjunction with existing
work on the monitoring of joint customer care standards.
The area has a small and diverse ethnic minority population. Through Wai Yin, the
city-wide Chinese Women’s Association and Tung Sing Housing        Association,
capacity building work with the Chinese and Vietnamese community has taken
place, much of it at the Grange Community Resource Centre. Several projects have
been undertaken through the Health and Well Being Forum to engage other hard to
reach groups, including the development of a local Women’s
network; an older persons advocacy project; and work with the deaf community.

The Public Agencies Forum has established a multi-agency sub group to consider
the development of appropriate and sensitive services for the growing numbers of
asylum seekers in the area. Early activity has focused on mapping provision and
requesting agencies to consider key priorities for a local action plan in the short,
medium and long term.

3.4   Businesses

Prior to the regeneration programme there were no formal structures in plan within
the area from which to formally elect a business representative onto the Partnership
Board. Membership of the Chambers of Commerce was low and few businesses
accessed mainstream business support services. In the interim, this place has been
taken by a local businessman who was active within the East Manchester
Community Forum and has an interest in local regeneration issues. The East
Manchester Business Advisers have been working with companies across the area
supporting them with issues around the regeneration programme, providing support
via regeneration funded projects such as Financial Assistance and providing the link
with mainstream providers. A Business Bulletin newsletter is produced on a quarterly
basis, which is circulated to over 400 local businesses promoting the regeneration
programme, specific business support projects and opportunities for involvement. In
addition, dedicated traders meetings have been held for retailers in Beswick /
Clayton and Openshaw. A Business Development Group (a Sub Group of the
Employment, Education and Training Task Group) has been established to co-
ordinate activity at programme level. The East Manchester Partnership, a private
sector led body, has been in existence for over ten years and is a forum to engage,
promote and facilitate discussion regeneration initiatives in the area and promotes
private sector involvement. The Partnership is currently being reviewed in order to
engage a larger number of local small and medium sized enterprises and it is
envisaged that the Partnership will elect the private sector representative for the
Beacons Board.
4     BASELINES

4.1   The Beacons baseline information established in 1999 has been updated and
      reviewed, assessing the progress made against the original targets. During
      June 2002 two resident surveys were completed each with 650 Beacons
      residents. One measured residents’ perceptions of the area, regeneration
      activity and local services; the second measured residents’ skill levels and
      their experiences of the labour market.

      The results of these surveys have been further supplemented by the NDC
      National Evaluation Survey undertaken by MORI in September, 2002. The
      latter has helped to fill some gaps in the existing baseline but does not allow a
      direct comparison with the beginning of the Beacons Programme in 1999.
      However, it does provide a useful comparator with the other 38 NDC areas.
      Some baseline information is no longer available in the original form sourced
      in 1999 and there remains a difficulty in securing some city wide and national
      information.

      The original baseline in the previous NDC Delivery Plan provided information
      solely on the NDC area. As the programme has become more unified, we
      have revisited and have reconfigured figures for the whole Beacons area,
      thereby providing a more appropriate comparison with the updated
      information.

      The full updated baseline is at Appendix 1 and the following section
      summarises some of the key changes.

      Key changes between 1999 and 2002 baselines

              Demographics
              Between 1999 and 2002 the total population of the Beacons area has
              fallen by 1304 to 20,977.

              There has also been a slight change in the age profile for the area -
              the proportion of the retirement age population has increased by 1.1
              percentage points, whilst the under 16 population has increased by
              1.6 percentage points. There are now less people of working age -
              56.1% compared to 58% in 1999.

              Economic Activity
              There has been a four percentage point increase in the economically
              active from 62% to 66%. There has been a nine percentage point
              growth to 54% in the proportion of economically active population who
              work full-time.

              Since 1999 unemployment1 has fallen: using the ILO measure by 7
              percentage points to 20%, while the claimant count measure shows a
              much smaller reduction of 1.3 percentage points to 10.2%. There
              have also been reductions in the youth unemployment rate (16-19
year olds) from 15.8% to 13.6% and the proportion of the
unemployed who are classified as long term unemployed has also
fallen from 29.8% to 24.6%.

 Income
In 1999, 53% of households had a net income less than £100 per
week this has fallen by 18 percentage points to 35%. The proportion
of households with incomes between £100 and £200 has increased
by 7 percentage points, those households with income between £200
and £300 has increased by 5 percentage points and those with
incomes in excess of £300 has increased by 12 percentage points to
23%. This compares with 26% of households across NDC areas
nationally who have an income greater than £300. These figures do
not take into account inflation.

The proportion of households able to save has fallen by three
percentage points to 26%. In 2002 83% of households with savings
had savings of less than £100. There has been a significant fall (23
percentage points) in the proportion of households in financial
difficulties to 26% and a slight increase (two percentage points) to
67% in the proportion of households that have access to a bank
account. This compares to 77% of households across NDC areas
nationally with bank accounts.

Housing Conditions
The turnover in social housing has increased by 2.2 percentage points
to 25.7%. During the same time period the housing void rate has
fallen from 16% to 12.2%; the private sector and RSLs had the most
significant reductions in voids (11.8 percentage points and nine
percentage points respectively), the council stock void rate has
remained around 12%.

Resident satisfaction with their home has increased from 75% to 82%
however this is still some way behind the NDC average of 90%.
However 75% of beacons residents rate their home in good condition
compared to 40% across all NDC areas, this represents a 22
percentage point increase between 1999 and 2002. In 1999, 40% of
residents were considering moving out of the area compared to 26%
in 2002.

There has been a significant reduction (27 percentage points) in the
proportion of owner occupiers who believe their home is worth less
than it was five years ago. Data from the land registry shows that the
average sale price of a house in the Beacons area has fallen between
1999 and 2002 by £1,065 to £17,850.

Since 1 April 2000 the Land Registry has included properties sold for
less than £10,000 in calculations for average house prices. This new
method of calculation provides a truer representation of the local
housing market and it is likely that some of the fall in house prices
between 1999 and 2002 can be attributed to an over inflated house
market reported in 1999. This would also explain why anecdotal
evidence suggests an increasing confidence in the local housing
market.

Education
Between 1999 and 2002 the percentage of school leavers gaining 5
GCSE passes grade A* to C has increased by two percentage points
to 26.7%. Over the same time period, school attendance rates in both
the primary and secondary sectors has increased by 2.7 percentage
points and 4.4 percentage points respectively to 92.7% in the primary
sector and 83.4% in the secondary sector.

Since 1999 the destination of school leavers has become more
positive. There has been a 14.2 percentage point increase to 84% of
school leavers taking up either employment, higher or further
education or other training opportunities once leaving school. Staying
on rates in FE and Higher Education (64.3%) has increased by 17.5
percentage points; this surpassed the City’s average of 60%. It is
likely that much of this growth is attributable to the Education
Maintenance Allowance (EMA). Manchester is a pilot area for the
scheme where school leavers can claim up to £30 per week while
learning. A national evaluation of EMA has found that it is having a
positive impact on the participation and retention of young people in
FE.

Health
Measuring health outcomes across a small area over a short period of
time is notoriously difficult. The standard mortality rate for all causes
for 0-74 year olds between 1998 and 2000 is 221 where the expected
rate for any area is 100. There has been slight reduction (0.6
percentage points) in the proportion of low weight births and the
conception rate for under 18 year olds has moved in the right direction
from 114.7 to 113.9 per 1000 births.

Recreation and Leisure
Resident satisfaction with the area has increased from 46% in 1999 to
59% in 2002. Now 52% of the residents believe the area is getting
better compared with only 17% in 1999. However a significant
minority 30% still believe the area is getting worse.

Compared to 1999, residents satisfaction with parks and green
spaces, children’s play facilities and sports and leisure facilities has
improved dramatically by 47 percentage points to 75%, 30 percentage
points to 38% and 40 percentage points to 50% respectively.

Crime
Between 1999 and 2002 the number of recorded burglary per 1000
households has fallen from 81.3 to 52.8. Residents perceptions about
crime has also improved - 55% of residents now feel unsafe walking
                 alone in the area after dark compared to 65% in 1999; and 26% of
                 residents feel the area is less safe than two years ago compared to
                 53% in 1999.

                 Shopping
                 There has been an improvement of resident satisfaction with access
                 to shops and other retail facilities across the locality. Access to local
                 shops has increased by two percentage points to 90%; chemists and
                 pharmacies has increased by four percentage points to 95%; Post
                 Offices has increased by four percentage points to 94%;
                 medium/large supermarkets has increased by 14 percentage points to
                 89%; and access to banks has increased by eight percentage points
                 to 69%.

                 Other commercial/ enterprise
                 Between 1999 and 2002 the number of SMEs in the area has
                 increased from 617 to 679 while employment in the neighbourhood
                 has increased by 3.5% to 11,115. A third of employment in the
                 Beacons area is attributable to the public sector which has now
                 replaced manufacturing as the largest sector for employment,
                 although manufacturing still accounts for 26% of total employment,
                 down from 29% in 1999. Employment in all other sectors remains the
                 same.

                 Transport
                 Car ownership in the Beacons area has increased by 10 percentage
                 points to 64%.

                 Community and ICT
                 There has been a substantial increase in the number of tenants and
                 resident associations actively participating in the Beacons programme
                 from 21 in 1999 to 45 in 2002. When asked about involvement in the
                 community between the 1999 and 2002 baseline surveys, residents
                 who feel involved in their community has increased by 21 percentage
                 points to 56%.

                 The proportion of residents with access to a PC in their home has
                 increased from 19% in 2000 to 43% in 2002. This compares
                 favourably to the UK average (41%) and the NDC average of 24%.

                 Environment
                 There has been a 40 percentage point increase to 52% in residents
                 who rated parks and green areas as very good/ good.
1
 The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes two unemployment rate measures. There is the
rate based on the claimant count, which includes all those who are unemployed and actually claiming
benefit in the form of Jobseekers Allowance; and the government's preferred International Labour
Organisation total, which includes people not eligible for benefit.
Claimants must be available to work, actively seeking work and able to work when the benefit is
claimed. But this measure omits people who are out of work but who are not claiming benefit.
The ILO total is based on a survey, so all those who are effectively unemployed, but do not claim the
highly specific Jobseekers Allowance can be included. This category covers the young unemployed
who are not always eligible to claim, married women who can't claim if their husband earns over a
certain amount, and those who claim sickness and disability benefits. In east Manchester the ILO
definition unemployment has been collected using the baseline survey and repeating the methodology
that the ONS use in the Labour Force Survey.
4.2   Targets, Outcomes and the future

The original NDC Delivery Plan set a series of outcomes and targets, by thematic
area, for the initiative to achieve over 3, 6, and 10 years.
The following table highlights progress against Year 3 targets and outcomes and
shows that in most areas, real progress has been made in achieving our goals.
Where we are failing to secure significant progress, we will be developing projects in
order to do so over the next three years.

However, the Partnership has recognised that some of the outcomes and targets set
in 1999 were unrealistic. Some would be extremely difficult to achieve without
spending a disproportionate amount of funding whilst others have been significantly
surpassed.

Accordingly, the opportunity has been taken to revise both upwards and downwards
some of the Year 6 and 10 targets and outcomes.

In addition to the outcome targets that were developed in the original NDC delivery
plan, joint targets have been developed and agreed by all regeneration initiatives
across the area in partnership with the Public Agencies Forum. When developing
these targets, linkages were made with Agencies floor targets, the Manchester PSA
and the NWDA Tier 2 targets.
5        EVALUATION

5.1      The National Evaluation

      During 2001-02, national evaluators were appointed by the Neighbourhood
      Renewal Unit to develop and deliver the evaluation programme across all 39
      NDC partnerships. Between September 2001 and January 2002 the scoping
      phase of the evaluation took place in two elements: - .

      Firstly, Manchester University undertook strategic consultations with
      partners and key officers and then produced a local partnership report.
      The report on the Beacons Partnership was very positive, identifying
      strengths across all aspects of the programme.

      Secondly, the NDC Delivery Plan was reviewed by five key thematic
      outcome areas or domains. These reviews assessed how the baseline
      information had been used to develop the Delivery Plan and projects
      in order for the national evaluators to develop a fuller understanding of
      the breadth of activity NDC Partnerships are undertaking. This has led
      to the development of a framework for a national annual evaluation
      report and the introduction of a common national baseline.

5.2      Local Evaluation Activity

      Local evaluation of activity has taken several forms. There have been a number
      of local project evaluations during the year including:-

                Environmental pilot clean-up teams;
                Communities that Care;
                Health Impact Assessment;
                Neighbour Nuisance Team;
                Connexions Trial;
                Complementary Education; and
                Asda Walmart Recruitment Process.

The results of these evaluations have been discussed within the relevant task groups
and are informing future activity and mainstreaming plans as well as being fed into
the wider assessment of the impact of the programme in line with the baseline
information.

A major task achieved has been the development of East Manchester joint targets.
These unique targets have been developed and adopted by local public agencies
and regeneration initiatives who all have a collective responsibility for meeting them.
The joint targets include 27 targets and 100 indicators across the six main themes of
the Beacons Programme and are regularly monitored by the Public Agencies Forum.

In addition work has been undertaken to establish a Peoples Panel of East
Manchester Residents, recruited through participation in the Residents
Surveys. The Panel will provide a way to collect information on the joint Customer
Care Standards; reduce the number of household surveys commissioned by the
Programme; increase the number of residents participating in the regeneration
process and to ensure that participation is more representative of the local
community; and measure the impact that regeneration activity has on the indigenous
East Manchester population.

The Partnership has started working with residents on an evaluation project entitled
Down Your Street. Three streets across Beswick, Clayton, and Openshaw have
been chosen to participate with residents getting involved in identifying indicators of
success as well as collecting and analysing data. Focus Groups have already been
held and will shortly be followed-up with personal interviews and further group
meetings to take the work forward.

5.3    Plans for Next Year

An Evaluation Framework has been developed that outlines the evaluation activity
that will be undertaken over the next three years. The People’s Panel will be fully
established and meeting regularly; Down Your Street activity will be developed and
support will be provided for local project evaluation. There will be ongoing review of
progress and performance towards meeting Joint Targets and work will be done with
Beacons Board and Task Groups to enable them to undertake evaluation activity on
key projects and programme areas. The work of the national NDC evaluation will
continue to be supported.
6       PROPOSALS FOR ACTION
Since the original Delivery Plan was approved, a significant number of projects have
been developed and delivered that are achieving the original outcomes and targets
set in that plan. A number of these projects are continuing whilst some have ended
due to their time-limited nature or through successful mainstreaming.

To ensure that all the original aims of the Beacons initiative are met, a robust
structure has been set in place to monitor and review progress, identify areas of
weakness or where further action is required and to develop projects to meet this
need. At the heart of this structure are the six thematic Task Groups outlined in
section 2.6. Each Task Group has been charged with the responsibility of developing
and reviewing a strategy to meet the objectives of that particular theme, agreeing
individual projects to deliver this strategy and reviewing and monitoring progress.
Armed with the updated baseline information and resident perception survey results,
each Task Group has identified what is required over the next three years. Particular
use has been and will continue to be made of the information provided by the
Neighbourhood Renewal Unit and the national Evaluation Team on good practice
and lessons learnt.

Overseeing the whole of this process is a Programme Management Team of key
NDC and NEM staff. Their role is provide a strategic overview of the Beacons
Programme, particularly in how it fits with the other regeneration initiatives, to ensure
that the overall programme proceeds at an appropriate pace and to ensure that
duplication and gaps are avoided. Ultimate responsibility for the programme rests
with the Beacons Partnership Board who, as well as signing off the Delivery Plan,
will continue to monitor its effective deployment.

The information within this section is split by programme area and includes a
description of each project, together with details of total project costs and the NDC
and SRB contributions for 2003 / 04. The tables at the end of each section within
Chapter 6 provide more detailed financial information, milestones and outputs to be
achieved for the duration of the project and the contribution the project will make to
the joint outcome targets.
6.1    COMMUNITY CAPACITY AND COHESION PROGRAMME

Capacity building is a key theme running through the original delivery plans
for Beacons for a Brighter Future with clear objectives aimed at strengthening
the voluntary and community sector, enabling the maximum involvement of
local residents in the regeneration process and providing resources and skills
to facilitate the development of self help activity and initiatives.
The programme is perhaps one of the most complex and comprehensive and
is essential if the area is to become sustainable in the longer term. Capacity
building activity takes place in a myriad of different ways from the direct
involvement of residents in the decision making processes, to encouraging
their involvement in planning new facilities such as community gardens,
parks, community centres and facilities, to promoting new activities to meet
the changing needs of residents. The ethos of the full involvement and
participation of the local community in all aspects of the Beacons programme
means that it has become an integral part of individual projects and as such
runs all the way through all elements of the programme. The programme has
evolved over the previous three years and this is reflected in some of the
discrete projects described below within the themes of capacity building, ICT,
arts and culture and financial inclusion.

East Manchester Consortium
East Manchester Voluntary Sector Consortium, comprises of representatives from
local voluntary, community, faith and residents groups, was formed at the beginning
of Beacons for a Brighter Future and has now consolidated its membership,
presence and approach within the regeneration programmes. The group has now
developed a work programme which will contribute to the overall capacity building
programme and will include the existing Voluntary Sector Training Project, which will
continue to develop and deliver training courses to local community, voluntary and
resident groups; the Small Grants Programme which will provide opportunities for
groups and residents to develop small scale activity to encourage participation and
involvement in the broader regeneration programme; and a Coordination and
Development Project which will ensure that the work of existing community and
voluntary groups is best meeting the needs of the community within a strategic
framework which will minimise duplication, will promote work with hard to reach
groups and will promote community and voluntary sector activity in the area.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£152,000              £100,000               £20,000


Capacity Building
The Capacity Building Project will continue to support the delivery of a range of
activities which will facilitate the involvement of local residents and groups in
regeneration activity. Previously support has been given to a number of
organisations including The Settlement who provide a range of services to local
community organisations and have produced a development plan to further explore
options for expanding and developing its work in the area, particularly in the light of
the development of new community facilities in Beswick; and Clayton Community
Association who are now established in their new home in the Wells Centre. The
priority for further work will be around specific pieces of work including the
coordination of holiday activities for children and young people and the continuation
with work across different programme areas, initiatives and with mainstream
organisations.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                     SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£80,000                £60,000                 £20,000


Family Learning Capacity Building
This project will continue to help families and carers to enable them to play a more
fulfilling role in supporting their children’s attainment and raising their own
educational achievement and aspirations. Specialist staff will work with parents,
children and schools to co-ordinate parent education courses that will improve their
educational attainment and counter low self esteem and expectations. Successful
initiatives include Parents Survival Courses and IT courses to help parents keep up
with their children on using computers at home.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                     SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£50,000                £40,000                 £10,000


The Grange
This project will provide interim support to enable the independent development of
the Grange Community Resource Centre, including the appointment of a
development manager who will establish systems, develop a business plan and
examine future models of management. This work will help both to consolidate and
develop the work of the Grange and enable it to play an increasingly strategic role in
service delivery in the Beswick area.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                     SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£267,368               £70,000                 £0


Participation in the Beacons Programme
The project is ensuring that the communities of Beswick, Openshaw and Clayton are
well informed, encouraged and resourced to participate fully in all elements of the
regeneration process. The Information Strategy has been updated as the
programme has developed to make sure local people are given a range of
opportunities to get involved and be informed about what is going on in their
neighbourhoods. The Equality and Information Sub Group meets monthly to ensure
that the activity detailed in a rolling action plan is taken forward. Specific activities for
2003 / 04 include further induction and equality training for all new staff and
residents; ensuring a constant flow of information in the dedicated pages of the
Advertiser; monitoring of the Equality and Fairness Policy; and a programme of
activity to ensure that the most excluded groups are given opportunities to participate
and benefit from activity.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£83,400               £40,000                £25,000


Eastserve
The Eastserve project includes the provision of a device and three months free
Internet access as well as the development of the Eastserve.com website, which
offers a range of information and services. The project aims to provide Internet
access to 4,500 homes in East Manchester. Already over 3,000 households have
applied, over 2,500 residents have attended the initial training programme and 2,500
devices have been delivered. The Eastserve website has seen greater involvement
of the community recently as more residents have been trained to create and upload
content directly. The Community Champions Programme and the Residents Panel
will recruit more volunteers to help with the running of the website and to coach new
users. Content is being developed with voluntary and community sector
organisations in East Manchester as well as mainstream service providers and
possibilities for creating content collectively with individual residents through the UK
Online centres is being explored. The project will continue to manage the on going
technical support for residents and the development of the website as well as
becoming increasingly involved in the roll out of the Broadband network.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£400,000              £130,000               £70,000


Eastserve Broadband Network
A broadband network has now been established in 17 schools, 9 UK On Line
Learning Centres and is being rolled out to homes in the Beacons area. The
connection is free and there are two affordable options for households, dependent
on usage. It is envisaged that during the course of the next twelve months over
2,000 households will have signed up to the Network.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£200,000              £35,000                £15,000


East Manchester UK Online
During 2003/2004 the 9 learning centres across the wider East Manchester area
will be providing a variety of innovative and creative accredited and non-accredited
training to local residents. This will not only include providing ICT courses but also
courses that require the use of ICT. Links will continue to be strengthened with
Eastserve in order to support the development of community based content and links
will also be strengthened with the Learning 4U programme. It is also proposed to
establish a volunteer programme to support the work of the centres. In order to
increase the job prospects of local residents work will be undertaken with local
employment initiatives on using ICT for job searches. Opportunities and services will
aim to include people who are usually excluded and will increase and contribute to
improving social inclusion in the area. The 2 key milestones over the next year will
be a sustainability strategy for the centres post December 2004 and supporting the
development of a community enterprise for technical support.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£54,472               £29,648                £14,824


Credit Union
This project will enable the continuation of East Manchester Credit Union’s ‘new
model’ of development, expanding its range of services to members and the
availability of those services through the provision of shop-front premises in Clayton
and Openshaw as well as the current shop premises in Beswick and by employing
staff. The level of business generated will, over the lifetime of the project, move the
Credit Union closer to sustainability.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£85,210               £17,021                £8,625


Financial Inclusion and Advice Project
The Financial Inclusion Group will continue to meet during the next year to manage
the implementation of this project to coordinate and improve advice provision within
the area. A key element of the project is to utilise the existing Citizens Advice
Bureau premises in Beswick as a "one stop advice shop" facility with numerous
agencies undertaking surgeries on a regular basis. A receptionist will be employed
and this, in conjunction with volunteers and support from partner agencies will
extend the opening hours and significantly increase residents’ access to advice and
information. Financial literacy programmes, compiled in conjunction with The Skills
for Life Co-ordinator, for adults and children will be developed; Finance Fairs will be
held when representatives will be available from mainstream financial institutions to
help promote the take up of home insurance and basic bank accounts; work will
continue with Job Centre Plus to promote the take up of bank accounts; and the
Financial Inclusion Manager will continue to be a member of the Loan Assessment
Panel of the Enterprise Fund designed to help fund businesses in disadvantaged
areas, ensuring East Manchester is represented.


TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£84,500               £41,665                £20,835
Arts and Culture Project
This jointly funded project with the North West Arts Board will support an Arts and
Culture Officer post and a work programme to maximise the opportunities for
engagement and development of activities targeting a wide range of local people.
This role will ensure that arts, heritage and culture are fully integrated into the
Beacons programme and that the area and its residents are supported in taking full
advantage of the opportunities that arts, heritage and culture have to offer in
economic, physical and social regeneration.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£63,464                £34,976                £17,488


Resident Liaison Project
This project is providing continued funding for the three strong Resident Liaison
Team and their work programme which includes supporting the development and
maintenance of the 45 local tenants and residents associations across the area;
encouraging and supporting new groups; and ensuring support for local people in
their participation within the programme. Activity will include working with the
Voluntary Sector Training project to develop a training programme aimed at new
groups and those wishing to take a more active role in developing projects. Resident
Groups will again be offered training to develop their own web page linked to
Eastserve and training in desktop publishing will be provided to help the production
of local newsletters. In addition a variety of visits, conferences and activities for local
groups will be arranged to increase skills and confidence and support will be
provided within the neighbourhood planning and stock transfer proposals.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£87,916                £58,611                £29,305


East Feast
The partnership will continue to support the East Feast 4 Fringe Festival - a
programme of community and arts activity managed by East Manchester Community
Forum in conjunction with local schools, community and youth venues across the
area.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£45,000                £15,000                £5,000


Evaluation
An Evaluation Framework has been developed outlining the evaluation activity
(detailed in Section 5) that will be undertaken over the remainder of the programme.
During the next 12 months we will fully establish the East Manchester Peoples
Panel; continue Down Your Street; provide support for local project evaluation; assist
the Board and Task Groups to participate in project scrutiny and support the national
NDC evaluation.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£33,211               £11,072               £5,536



East Manchester Newspaper
The Advertiser will continue to provide an independent vehicle for information
provision on what the regeneration programme is delivering throughout the area
through the individual district pages, giving local communities and groups a platform
to communicate events and activities in their specific areas. The editorial pages
devoted to the work of the regeneration programme will be continued. Schools will
be given the chance to write their own articles and edit a page. Over the next year,
the Advertiser will further develop its editorial by providing a schools notice board,
recruiting further community correspondents and forging links with Eastserve.com to
provide content to the local community electronically.


TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£164,000              £46,667               £23,333
6.2   CRIME PROGRAMME

Crime remains a key concern for local people but excellent progress in
tackling problems has been made with the development of existing projects
and the introduction of some new and innovative activity that is having a real
impact. There have been large reductions in recorded crime figures and
residents’ perceptions have also changed for the better. A residents survey
carried out in 2001 indicated that fear of crime was reducing, people felt the
area was improving and the police had significantly improved their service to
the area.

East Manchester Neighbourhood Wardens
East Manchester accommodates the largest Warden scheme in Manchester. The 16
member team started in late July 2001 and is proving popular with local residents
and agencies and effective at addressing issues around reporting of problems and
tackling low level anti social behaviour. The Wardens patrol Beswick, Clayton and
Openshaw by foot and cycle, 7 days per week and this will continue into 2003 / 04.

TOTAL PROJECT        NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£357,711             £193,395              £81,816


Community Safety Officer
The current Beacons Community Safety Co-ordinator now has strategic
responsibility for the New East Manchester area, therefore another post will be
established to support his work and to manage the delivery of the existing NDC
Community Safety programme on a day to day basis. This will be a fixed term
contract running for three years.

TOTAL PROJECT        NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£27,000              £18,000               £9,000


Community Safety Programme
This programme invites resident, community and voluntary groups to apply for small
grants, between £500 - £6000 to fund projects with a community safety slant.
Projects supported include upgrading security on community gardens, upgrading
street lighting and installing security lights on vulnerable residents homes. The
scheme will run until March 2005.

TOTAL PROJECT        NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£24,000              £16,000               £8,000


SHINE
The Safer Homes In East Manchester target hardening project will continue until
March 2004 with an extension of the elderly repairs service. Up to 40 local people
will have gained employment and training from this scheme utilising residents
recruited through the Intermediate Labour Market (ILM). This project deals with
privately owned, privately rented, Housing Association properties and Manchester
Housing tenants aged 60 and over. The project also responds to victims of burglary
across the area for all tenures.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£360,722               £158,818               £79,412


CCTV Monitoring and CCTV Eastserve
New East Manchester were successful in obtaining Home Office funding in 2001 to
extend the CCTV network including the building of a state of the art digital monitoring
station in Beswick. The system has been operational since July 2002, and GMP
have had a number of arrests as a direct result of the cameras, mainly around drug
dealing and street crime. Since the system was launched almost 100 local residents
have visited the monitoring station. Activity in 2003 will include provision of wireless
mobile CCTV coverage using the Eastserve network. This will drastically cut the
cost of deploying cameras and enable them to be used across East Manchester.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£280,551               £91,332                £39,667


High Volume Offenders
The E.M.B.R.A.C.E. (East Manchester Burglary, Robbery & Autocrime) project
is a partnership between GMP, Youth Offending Team, Probation Service and NDC
to target, visit, support and if necessary curtail the activities of the 40 most prolific
offenders in East Manchester. All offenders targeted will be visited up to four times
per week and offered support through job and training opportunities, and if required,
substance treatment. If they take this offer and stop offending all well and good - if
they continue offending they will be targeted and arrested. The list is fluid as
individuals either cease offending or are arrested through increased police attention.
It is planned that the scheme will be extended across the GMP sub divisional area
using mainstream funding in 2003.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£96,885                £0                     £24,244


Community Conferencing
Victim Support in partnership with NDC have recruited a part time co-ordinator to run
this project which brings together local people in an informal conference to discuss
problems and disputes. This involves victims of crime or nuisance meeting with the
perpetrators to discuss the problem and possible solutions and reparations, under
the guidance of trained facilitators from the local community. Some of the facilitators
are local residents or people who work in the area.
TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£34,000               £22,666                £11,334


Domestic Violence
A project will be delivered through a local steering group, including Sure Start staff,
midwives, health visitors, police and local residents. The group will have a
programme of work in place by early 2003. The scheme will provide support to
victims of domestic violence, awareness training to front staff and local residents as
well as work with local schools.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£50,000               £33,333                £16,667


Duke of Edinburgh Award
This project has secured a range of partnership funding to establish it a full time
project for three years and to enhance and develop the number of young people
accessing the programme and the range of partners it works with. These will include
the local youth clubs, East Manchester secondary schools, residents and tenants
groups, as well as the Youth Offending Team, Neighbourhood Wardens and Crime
and Disorder Team within New Deal for Communities.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£54,440               £6,488                 £3,243


Neighbour Nuisance Youth Officer
Youth nuisance has been highlighted in the latest Beacons residents survey as the
second highest priority, next to crime in general. The East Manchester Neighbour
Nuisance Team have worked closely in partnership with GMP and projects like
DISCUS in order to try and reduce the amount of reports relating to youth nuisance,
but have found that this type of work is time intensive and is often carried out at the
expense of their more usual work. A post of EMNNT Youth Nuisance Officer will be
created to work alongside the other nuisance officers but with an exclusive remit of
dealing with youth nuisance across East Manchester.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£25,000               £18,000                £7,000


East Manchester Neighbour Nuisance Team
The EMNNT has now been in place for 3 years and continues to help partner
agencies tackle and reduce neighbour nuisance and anti-social behaviour across all
tenures. The team is also involved in multi-agency work, Crime and Disorder
Partnerships and training and development for front line staff. Future proposals
include the transfer of the team to the new housing company, Eastlands Homes,
establishing posts of senior administration and finance officer and youth nuisance
officer, the publication of a training manual, a review of the landlord information pack
and training for residents.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£193,000              £70,000                £25,000


Environmental Works
This project will provide small scale environmental improvements to deal with local
crime or community safety issues in residential areas, such as joy riding. The
projects will be identified following local consultation and will enable an immediate
response to be made to problems impacting on particular neighbourhoods.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£25,000               £10,000                £5,000
6.3   LOCAL SERVICES PROGRAMME

Sports Action Zone Activity

The East Manchester Sports Action Zone is funded by Sport England through
the National Lottery. The geographical boundary of the Zone mirrors that of
the Beacons initiative and structures have been put in place to ensure its
activity is complementary to the Beacons programme – for example the SAZ
Manager and assistant are based in the NDC offices; the Manager is line
managed by the Principal Regeneration Officer; and many joint projects are
delivered.

The Zone has developed a strong partnership for the delivery of sports and
leisure opportunities across the area for all ages with many partners from the
statutory and voluntary sectors. Activity includes the Manchester Youth
Volunteering project; an education and training project developed with
Manchester Leisure; community sports development; a GP referral project
with North Manchester Primary Care Trust; Dads & Lads sessions delivered
with Sure Start; football activities for refugees and asylum seekers with
Refugee Support Network; sports activities with the Lifeline ‘Outlook’ project
working with adults who have drug and alcohol difficulties; and support for
local sports and leisure clubs such as Northside ABA boxing club, Eastlands
Angling Club and Beswick FC.

A major focus for the coming year is to maximise community access to the
new sports facilities at Sportcity. An East Manchester Sport, Leisure and Open
Space Strategy will be completed in early 2003 and will identify gaps in sports
and leisure facility provision and these will be addressed by this multi agency
approach.

NACRO Sports project
The project workers have established a number of winter evening five a side football
leagues for young people on a weekly basis at the new floodlit facilities at Medlock
Valley High School. The Sport Action Zone Manager is now proposing to develop the
project to include a future full time worker to work specifically with girls around a
range of sports.

TOTAL PROJECT        NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£75,000              £22,000               £8,000


Sports Action Zone Assistant
The SAZ assistant is now in post based at the NDC offices and has provided
assistance and support to the SAZ Manager and the range of projects being
delivered through the Zone.

TOTAL PROJECT        NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£22,566              £7,522                £3,760
Community Sports Development
The activities sports development worker has scheduled school holiday sports
camps at the new Sportcity facilities and is developing a range of after school
sessions across a number of sports to ensure the new facilities are available for
community use alongside the elite athlete usage. The training officer has scheduled
a range of sports coach education and training courses at Sportcity for the coming
year. This project is now based in the new tennis centre at Sportcity.

TOTAL PROJECT        NDC                  SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£86,810              £40,467              £32,343
6.4   EDUCATION PROGRAMME

The 2002 examination results give a clear indication of the progress made to
date. The impact of the additional support given to Primary Schools in the
Beacons area through the programme is demonstrated in the Key Stage 2
results, which are now above the Manchester average. The rate of
improvement in GCSE 5A*-Cs was twice that of Manchester’s, and eight times
the national rate, thus narrowing the achievement gap. The substantial
investment in ICT equipment and training through the e-Learning Foundation
project will support further gains in attainment. Attendance in both Primary
and Secondary schools has also improved. A substantial number of students
with poor attendance or behaviour records benefited from complementary
education initiatives and have progressed to Further Education, training or
employment. Parental involvement and learning has increased through
partnership initiatives around family learning.

Full Service Districts
Starting in 2003, the Education Action Zone will be piloting the development of Full
Service Districts – the local management of education support services. The project
will add value to the pilot through the development of additional educational support
provision to address issues relating to the needs of children and young people
including mental health, attendance, behaviour, children who do not have a school
place, asylum seekers and refugees’ disaffection and motivation. In addition, there
will be exploration of the potential of the Education Act 2002 for schools in the area
to form companies or federations as part of the exit strategy for the EAZ.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£400,000              £125,000              £25,000


Home School e Partnerships
In order to maximise the joint impact of the e-Learning Foundation and Wired-up
Communities projects, EAZ will develop opportunities for pupils to access learning
resources from home, school and community facilities. Working towards the
concept of anytime, anywhere learning the project will provide support in teacher
training and networking; technical support; curriculum resource development;
parental support; ICT leadership training for Headteachers; and information
management systems. The project will also develop the use of ICT as a tool for
inclusion in the engagement of children and young people who are not on school
rolls or who are poor attenders. Sustainability will be offered through the
establishment of a local e-Learning Foundation.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£325,760              £124,960              £25,000
14-19 Pathfinder
This EAZ project will support the 14-19 Pathfinder, but will also develop its’
underpinning principles through other Key Stages. Additional support will be given to
schools to develop Individual Learning Plans (in partnership with Connexions);
introduce new vocational and academic pathways; target and support
underachieving pupils; engage and support disaffected and off-roll students; improve
teaching; enhance cultural capital; and improve the transition between Key Stages.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£260,000              £75,000               £15,000


Community Facilities in Schools
This project will support the development of community facilities in schools to
facilitate parental involvement, family and lifelong learning, childcare, early years
provision and full service provision, including Health and Social Services. Schools be
prioritised according to an agreed set of criteria, including the willingness of the
schools to provide appropriate community access, the sustainability of provision in
the longer term and the existence of alternative facilities in the vicinity. Investment
will be demonstrably additional to mainstream capital funding.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£540,000              £445,000              £95,000


Student Pathways
Through this project students can accelerate or decelerate their learning, pursue a
wide variety of courses in pathways they can transfer between, select the most
appropriate providers for the most appropriate education and end at 19 with a
qualification which recognises everything they've achieved.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£0                    £0                    £0


Complementary Learning Programmes - Key Stage 4
This project will build on the existing complementary education programmes and in
addition to supporting disaffected school students will work with off roll students to
achieve their reintegration or re-engagement to learning. In partnership with the
Youth Service and voluntary sector providers, students will be offered a programme
of activities and learning including arts and sports-based projects, GCSEs, Careers
Guidance and Education, and work experience. The project will link to the 14-19
Pathfinder and the Individual Student Pathways project.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£370,800              £171,495              £0
New Primary School
Plans to develop a new state of the art purpose built primary school incorporating an
early years foundation centre and facilities for the broader Beswick community are
now well underway and it is envisaged that a start on site will be made in the spring
of 2003. The new school will replace the existing Ashbury and Bank Meadow
Schools and will be developed in line with the views of parents and the community
on a new site identified through the Beswick Neighbourhood Planning process that
took place in the spring of 2002.

The DfES have allocated £2.1 million for the school and Beacons funding along with
ERDF will contribute towards the community learning, sports and early years
facilities which will be developed in the building. In the first phase of development
210 primary school places and 30 nursery places will be created along with a range
of community facilities including an IT learning centre and training room, a crèche
and Sure Start base.

A second phase of further development envisaged to take place in 2006 will increase
the number of school and nursery places and will incorporate full time day care for
children as the population in the Beswick area grows.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£2,300,000            £150,000              £50,000


East Manchester Pyramid Clubs
The Pyramid clubs help children who are under confident and whose needs can
easily be overlooked. Children in year 3 are given an 'emotional health check' using
a simple check list. A group including the child's teacher and school nurse then
discuss each child’s needs. About 10 children attend a ten week activity club
specially designed to encourage children to have fun and boost their confidence,
self-esteem and communication skills. Each club is run by 3 trained volunteers who
encourage the children to make friends, talk and listen and help the children come
up with their own ideas for activities.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£25,000               £25,000               £0


Youth Street Work
This project is based within Manchester Youth Service and will provide detached
youth workers to cover the Beswick, Openshaw & Clayton areas. The workers will
respond directly to antisocial and nuisance behaviour and provide alternative
methods of working with hard to reach young people at risk. The team will provide a
four nights a week regular street work coverage usually between 7-10pm and will
develop positive relationships with young people; deliver issue based work on sexual
health and drugs and alcohol related work; challenge behaviour where it is anti social
and disorderly; and encourage young people to bring their concerns and issues to
the relevant authorities.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£90,000               £30,000                £60,000


Youth Capacity Building and Development
The Connexions trial was been the key piece of work leading into the new
Connexions youth support service which commenced in Manchester in September
2002. The trial demonstrated how new approaches can be applied and these
lessons are being incorporated into mainstream practice and provision especially in
regard to at risk youth and complementary education. Successful activities such as
go carting sessions have now been developed into an ESF funded project. Music
Stuff and Positive Moves have both developed innovative new projects aimed at
addressing aggressive behaviour and bullying and are now working in partnership
with local secondary schools and other youth providers.


TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£110,000              £30,000                £60,000

Junior Youth Pilot
Concerns have been raised regarding the number of children engaged in anti social
activities and identified in situations where they could be at risk. In response to these
concerns a pilot project will appoint a dedicated resource that will bring together the
various relevant agencies, identify gaps and meet them by partnership working;
expand and develop the provision offered by schools and voluntary organisations;
encourage capacity building and response from the local community to meet this
need; and ensure that training, support and general assistance is provided to assist
this process.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£40,000               £28,000                £12,000


DISCUS
DISCUS is a multi faceted project that provides a range of activities for young people
at risk. The project targets those deemed to be the most troubled and provides a
range of educational, sporting and social activities designed to alleviate problem
behaviour and encourages positive participation of young people in their
communities. Activities in 2003 / 04 will include a mentoring service; sporting options
with the Duke of Edinburgh and NACRO sports programmes; family support work;
centre based activities; complementary education options for those not in school;
and practical support for young people at risk.
TOTAL PROJECT   NDC   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£118,500        £0    £50,000
6.5   PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME

The Physical Environment Programme comprises two elements, the
Environment Programme and the Housing Programme.

The Environment Programme, working in partnership with organisations such
as Groundwork Manchester, is delivering a wide range of community led
improvements including new parks, play areas and community gardens. Over
the last year new projects such as Britain in Bloom and the Gardening
Competition have encouraged more residents to actively participate in
improving their neighborhoods. The residents survey undertaken in 2002
showed that there has been a considerable improvement in residents’
perceptions concerning the physical environment but a number of challenges
still exist. Therefore over the next three years it is intended to continue to build
upon the success to date.

Environmental Programme Management
The Environmental Programme Manager will continue to manage the delivery of the
environmental programme across the area. The aim is to ensure that the
programme is developed and implemented in a holistic and fully co-ordinated way to
ensure it meets local aims and objectives and links in and contributes to other
programme areas and the overall regeneration programme. There will be more
emphasis on revisiting previous projects to ensure that they are being fully
maintained as well as encouraging different groups to bring forward project ideas.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£41,000               £28,000               £13,000



Community Environment Programme (2 and 3)
This project, led by Groundwork Manchester will continue to develop projects
through a partnership with local residents, providing support and training so that
people can broaden their skills, experience and knowledge and ensure their
involvement in the development of small environmental projects that will directly
benefit their neighborhood. Groundwork community link workers will remain in post
to undertake this work.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£239,200              £100,000              £50,000


Community Projects 3
The project has already delivered a wide range of environmental schemes brought
forward through the Community Environment Programme including small
environmental improvements to upgrade vacant and derelict sites. During 2003-2004
the project will continue to work with residents groups to bring forward project ideas
and oversee their development into fully completed projects.
TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£555,000              £135,000              £45,000


Maintenance Programme and Organisation
This project to date has proved invaluable in providing funds to maintain a number of
sites that were improved through the Community Projects programme. The project
will continue to perform this role allowing officers the time to negotiate appropriate
maintenance regimes with Operational Services, Manchester Leisure and local
residents.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£15,000               £7,500                £2,500


Streetscape
The Streetscape project links the public realm to other environmental improvement
works across the area in an integrated way and tackles traffic calming and traffic
management issues and road safety problems. The initial pilot programme has
proven to be very successful and is now being extended for another year. The
project links to the Moving On scheme, which is working with Ravensbury and
Seymour Road primary schools, the staff, parents and pupils to develop safer routes
to school and raise awareness of environmental and road safety issues. One of the
key outputs of the project has been the production of an Integrated Transport Study,
which will assist the partnership in deciding which projects will be supported in 2003-
2005.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£250,000              £75,000               £25,000


Bradford Park and the Grange
Significant public consultations were conducted with local residents about the
refurbishment of Bradford Park. The Park is now complete and includes an under 5
play area, youth area, football pitches, multi use all weather court and landscaping.
Activity in the park has been developed in conjunction with the grounds of the
Grange Community Resource Centre, providing a comprehensive area of green
space within the neighbourhood. The next important task will be to work with local
residents and Manchester Leisure to form a friends of the park group.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£10,000               £10,000               £0
Openshaw Park
Similar public consultations have been conducted with local residents about the
refurbishment of Openshaw Park and extensive improvements have been
undertaken. Residents are now working with the Beacons Partnership and
Manchester Leisure to establish a friends group.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND
£55,000               £15,000               £0


Clayton Hall
Manchester Leisure will work with the Beacons Partnership to establish an
information centre at Clayton Hall that will show the history of the hall and be an
educational resource for local children as well as an attraction for families.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£95,000               £0                    £20,000


Improving Access to Community Buildings
The quality and quantity of publicly accessible buildings in the area are generally
poor. This hinders residents' access to services and constrains the development of
new services. This budget makes it possible to make the best use of existing
buildings in the area. It will allow significant and rapid improvements to be made to
the quality of and accessibility to buildings in the Beacons area that are used by the
public for various purposes, including repairs, security measures, improvements to
access and facilities.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£400,000              £80,000               £20,000


Community Alleygating Phase 2
The comprehensive phased programme of alleygating schemes across the area will
continue. The project, managed by Groundwork Manchester, includes full
consultation through the community planning process and delivers high quality
physical improvements that reduces the fear of crime and improves community
cohesion. During the next year there will be a continued emphasis on ensuring the
closed and gated alleyways are well maintained and clean. Furthermore, residents
will be encouraged to work together and seek additional funding to introduce
planters, hanging baskets etc. into the alleyways. Due to the success of the
programme in East Manchester other parts of the city are also seeking to carry out
such projects.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£239,000              £50,000               £25,000
Philips Park
This project has already upgraded facilities in the Park with the installation of a hard
standing sports surface and extension of the existing playground to complement
wider improvements being funded by other agencies. A long-term strategy has been
produced by consultants and a range of further improvements will be carried out in
the next couple of years including the creation of a new Environmental Zone which
will house the Community Farm, allotments, orchard and an educational facility.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£260,000              £70,000                £20,000

Community Recreation Facilities
This project will continue to work in close co-operation with the Sports Action Zone,
Groundwork Manchester and Manchester Leisure to deliver a number of key
upgrades to existing facilities and provide new ones in areas of need including
provision of play areas, improvements to school grounds and upgrading of football
pitches. Over the next two years there will be an emphasis on making more efficient
use of existing facilities as well as supporting improvements to Clayton Vale and the
Medlock Valley.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£250,000              £140,000               £60,000

The Housing Programme has made a great deal of progress. In line with the
principles outlined in the New East Manchester Regeneration Framework a number
of neighbourhoods have been brought forward for detailed Neighbourhood Planning
and in each of these there is a Resident Steering Group and an extensive
consultation process to maximise resident involvement. These Steering Groups have
been established to oversee the development of neighbourhood plans and the
resident consultation process.

Three neighbourhoods within the Beacons area are currently undergoing this
process: -

   -   Beswick
   -   Toxteth Street
   -   Ashton New Road Corridor

Beswick is the most advanced of these and the steering group are heavily involved
in the redesign of the Beswick neighbourhood and the production of a
neighbourhood plan that will include the construction of a first phase of 550 houses
largely for sale and a new primary school. .

The Ashton New Road area has been declared as a Housing Neighbourhood
Renewal area giving commitment by Manchester City Council to focus attention on
this area for the next 10 years. Further Renewal Areas will follow and preparatory
work is underway to bring forward similar proposals for the Toxteth Street
neighbourhood.
The remaining neighbourhoods will be brought forward for the development o
neighbourhood plans over the next two to three years.

Following the announcement by the Government in the Comprehensive Spending
Review in July 2002, that proposes to give additional support to areas suffering from
poor housing demand, obsolescence and lack of choice, East Manchester is to be
included within a pathfinder partnership project between Manchester and Salford,
which will see additional resources targeted into the area over the next 10 years
through the Housing Market Renewal Fund.

An announcement by the Government is expected early in the new year outlining the
likely levels of resources to be made available to support and sustain the
communities of East Manchester.


Private Sector Housing Interventions
This project is being delivered to support the strategies being developed through the
neighbourhood planning process and will complement resources secured through
the Housing Market Renewal Fund. There are now two teams of officers in place
who will continue to oversee the implementation of a wide programme of private
sector housing interventions including a programme of enforcement against owners
of empty properties and problematic private landlords. The Bond Scheme which
provides support for voluntary improvements through the checking of landlords,
properties and prospective tenants in the private rented sector will continue to run in
partnership with Family Housing Association Ltd and the Clayton Void Pilot scheme
which manages the voids on behalf of Registered Social Landlords and the City
Council is ongoing. Following concerns raised by residents about poor conditions
and management all properties, which were known to house asylum seekers were
inspected. Any necessary statutory action required to address poor property
conditions or overcrowding were undertaken as a result. The final phase of the
environmental facelift scheme within the Delamere Park area is on site and will be
complete early 2003. Nine other such schemes have already been completed.
Home Repair Assistance Grants continue to be issued to elderly and vulnerable
residents to address urgent health and safety works.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£3,115,146            £430,000               £585,091


Demolitions
The programme of demolitions of individual empty and non-viable properties and
appropriate site treatments is continuing across the area. This is enabling
intervention at an early stage to prevent dereliction and to remove the cause of
criminal activity and environmental blight.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£965,000              £615,000               £50,000
Preparatory Works for Stock Transfer / Large and Small Scale Stock Transfers
East Manchester council tenants have given their overwhelming support to the
transfer of just under 3,000 council homes to a new housing company, Eastlands
Homes, in a ballot announced on 13th December, 2002. More than 2,500 tenants -
76 per cent - voted in the ballot and 90 per cent were in favour of the transfer, giving
a clear mandate for the transfer to go ahead.

The ballot followed a major consultation exercise with tenants lasting almost two
years. During this time a steering group made up of tenant and resident
representatives looked at all the housing investment options available, the favoured
option being the creation of a brand new social landlord which led to the
establishment of Eastlands Homes Partnership Limited - a partnership between the
community, tenants and the City Council. The Beacons funding will enable the
transfer to take place. Over the next five years, Eastlands Homes will deliver a major
improvements programme to the 2899 properties that are transferring. Improvements
will include UPVC double glazed windows; fitted kitchens, security doors, front
fencing and upstairs toilets where required. Subsequent improvements will include
bathrooms, rear and dividing fencing and heating systems.

A major benefit of the improvement programme and setting up Eastlands Homes
itself will be the opportunity to maximise employment and training benefits for the
local area. Eastlands Homes will work with the main building contractors, training
centres and existing New Deal employment and training projects to ensure that jobs
and training are accessible to local people. The company will also focus upon cross
tenure neighbourhood management by supporting the neighbour nuisance team and
the neighbourhood wardens.

The transfer is planned to go ahead in Summer 2003 and the improvement
programme will begin shortly afterwards.

An option appraisal has been carried out in order to determine a way forward for the
Higher Openshaw Small Scale Stock Transfer. The option being recommended is to
continue with the proposal to transfer all City Council homes at High Legh and Old
Lane to Mosscare with works being carried out in situ. Consultation will begin shortly
to revalidate the ballot and discuss how tenants and residents may be affected by
the works.



TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£27,695,729           £11,568,000            £9,032,000
6.6   HEALTH AND WELL BEING PROGRAMME

The health and well being programme has, in its first three years, made a
significant impact on risk factors associated with teenage pregnancy, drugs
and alcohol, low levels of physical activity, the well being of older people and
families and in supporting mental well being. Specific action will be taken to
address issues such as smoking and poor nutrition and working with
particularly vulnerable groups in the community, for example people from
minority ethnic communities especially asylum seekers and refugees.

Health and Well Being Officer
The Officer will continue to convene the Beacons Well Being Network and organise
events and activities to improve opportunities to discuss health issues locally among
residents and professionals. The North Manchester Primary Care NHS Trust’s
development of local delivery of services and partner and patient consultation will be
supported. Specific actions and projects will be developed supporting a variety of
healthy living related activities such as health road shows in schools and community
and day centres, World Mental Health Day, the Very Important Parents’ Day; and
health promotion activity such as articles in The Advertiser. The officer will take
responsibility for the development and co-ordination of projects within the health
programme detailed below.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£34,998               £23,082               £11,916


Family Support - Sure Start Roll Out
The Sure Start Beswick and Openshaw project has developed a range of services
for parents to be, and families with young children, building on the expertise of the
Clayton Sure Start scheme. Local parents are fully involved in the project and the
Family Support and Health Team will continue to support individual families. The
priorities during the coming year include exploring ways of engaging dads,
developing creative and accessible activities to promote language development,
increasing the support to parents through additional group work activity and
improving ante natal provision, particularly for teenagers. Another important element
of the project over the next year will be sharing good practice and evidence of what
is working as part of progressing the mainstreaming agenda with our current
partners.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£483,392              £322,262              £161,130


Olivia House Supported Housing Project
The activity generated by the East Manchester Teenage Pregnancy Strategy and
Action Plan was recently highlighted as a model of good practice by the Department
of Health and the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit. A key project within this will be the
development of a supported housing scheme in Clayton to provide a new build
mother and baby home for local young mothers. This will be linked to dispersed
accommodation in the area so that families can then move on into the community
whilst retaining a lower level of support. Funding for this scheme has been secured
from the Safer Communities Programme linked to the Housing Corporation. The
partnership involved in the scheme includes Sure Start, Social Services, the Youth
Offending Team and other agencies working with young people and the overall
scheme has been championed by several local residents. Additional funding from the
Beacons programme will help secure crèche facilities, a community training and
meeting room and a garden area, which will be shared with local groups and the
neighbourhood.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£1,200,000            £0                    £40,000

Adult Mental Health Inclusion
Having a Voice Ltd. successfully tendered to create a 12 month pilot project to
support those with common mental health problems through a range of activity such
as arts and leisure and learning and physical activity. The project will complement
the North Manchester PCT’s own new primary care mental health service. Mental
health awareness training sessions will continue to be delivered by professionals and
mental health service users to local employers and community groups. A variety of
mental health awareness raising activities will be promoted through Eastserve and
local events.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£31,340               £20,340               £11,000


Mental Health Support
This new 12-month young people’s mental health support project offers additional
therapeutic support to young people identified through the Connexions service.
Placed in a community-based statutory adolescent mental health team, it is
integrated in mainstream services but has a remit to create more accessible and
appropriate mental health support to young people most at risk of exclusion. This
pilot is intended to influence future mainstream delivery for young people at risk. It
complements a mental health programme in schools, developed in partnership with
Full Service Districts through the Education Action Zone cluster schools. The primary
objectives of this programme are to improve communication with child and
adolescent mental health services, to increase provision, to train staff on mental
health and to maximise the co-ordination of mental health support in schools.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£26,621               £17,897               £8,724


Healthy Living
2003/4 will be the first full year of operation of this three-year umbrella project
supporting healthy living through the Activity Bus project which transports people to
Manchester Aquatics Centre and other physical activity opportunities. The North
Manchester Activity Partnership, which introduces people with various medical
conditions to light but significant physical activity that will improve their health. The
Stepping Out walking project will increase community use of Clayton Vale; other
activities include the continuation of DARTS day trips for isolated older people; drug
and alcohol abuse preventative work; promotion of the well being of local minority
ethnic communities; youth agencies’ programmes of work and complementary
training on health issues.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£108,232               £65,400                £32,700


Older People’s Information and Advocacy Project
Older people's needs are a particularly important issue in the context of the massive
housing redevelopments taking place in the area. The Generation Project,
contracted through Manchester Care & Repair has appointed staff for three years to
support local older people with good quality information and individual and collective
advocacy on a wide range of well being needs but in particular to minimise risk and
maximise the opportunities for older people in East Manchester’s housing renewal
programme.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£60,000                £40,000                £20,000


Family Support Pilot
DISCUS will be delivering the second year of a two year family support pilot project.
It has successfully identified the most at risk families in the area, through a system of
referrals based on risk factors from a number of agencies in contact with families.
The project has been successful in gaining the confidence of most of these families
as a pre-requisite to tackling some of the multiple issues they face. Particular
emphasis will be placed on mainstreaming

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£92,000                £31,000                £16,000


Clayton Nursery
Vacant land adjacent to the Wells Centre, the home of Sure Start in Clayton has
been purchased in order to construct a new nursery to complement and enhance
existing provision in the area and provide a holistic approach to care of the under 5’s
in conjunction with Sure Start activity. The facility will provide 24 hour care 7 days a
week to ensure parents and carers can take full advantage of the new employment
opportunities emanating from the regeneration programme. This proposal forms a
key element of the Beacons Childcare strategy.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£591,816              £100,000               £50,000


Outlook Drug Project
This project is managed by Lifeline and is aimed at recovering drug misusers and
those that want to ‘move on’ to a more productive and meaningful lifestyle and offers
a combination of social and educational activities that draw on resources available in
the area. These activities are geared to lead into more structured employment
enhancing courses and all clients will be supported by their own individual action
plan. The main strands of activity for 2003 / 04 will include an audit of drug
prevention; education in schools; a series of training courses geared at improving
referral systems to drugs and alcohol services; material for Chinese parents; peer
group research; and publicity highlighting the dangers of alcohol misuse to young
people.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£90,000               £43,000                £22,000


Asylum Seeker and Refugee Project
Earlier this year a number of working groups were established through the East
Manchester Public Agencies Forum to improve multi agency working to tackle a
range of issues.

One of these working groups was established to deal with the range of problems
associated with the lack of support provision available to asylum seekers who have
been placed in private rented accommodation in the area. The local housing staff
have achieved their target to check all such accommodation to ensure that it is safe
and fit and there are a range of projects which are being developed to ensure asylum
seekers have access to appropriate health, educational and support services.

A local action plan is near completion which has identified key overarching needs
relating to translation and interpretation services, and cross agency support services.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£30,000               £20,333                £9,667


Childcare
The Childcare Project will continue to increase the range of childcare provision
across the area and raise the quality of that provision. The project links to the Early
Years Development Childcare Partnership to develop and increase out of school
provision and holiday care. A Childminding Development Worker is recruiting and
training new childminders across the area. New day-care places through the
Neighbourhood Nursery fund will be developed and 4 new nurseries are planned.
Activity for the coming year will include the roll out of NVQ programmes in Childcare
and Education and Playwork. We will also develop a pre recruitment course for
residents interested in finding out more about childcare jobs and will link closely with
the training developed through Sure Start. There will be a campaign to attract more
local people into childcare jobs. The project will establish four information points
across the area to give parents good access to childcare information .To enhance
information we will develop a web page on Eastserve with links to other relevant
sites. Childminding activity will include the development of networks to ensure that
newly recruited Childminders are supported and sustained. The development of new
neighbourhood nursery provision will be a key element of work.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£245,237              £91,000                £45,502


Homestart 5+
Development of the Homestart programme which provides a voluntary befriending
and support service for local families has been extended to those with children in the
5 - 12 age bracket. The project provides practical support to parents and children
facing a variety of social difficulties and encourages social integration ad
empowerment through basic and non-threatening support mechanisms.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£72,000               £0                     £36,000
6.7    WORKLESSNESS PROGRAMME

To date a range of key projects have been developed and implemented which
remove the barriers that residents who wish to enter employment are facing.
The Employment Centre approach is being rolled out, a comprehensive
approach to Intermediate Labour Markets is in place and the Skills for Life
project is starting to impact upon literacy and numeracy levels in the area. In
addition, the major recruitment exercise undertaken for ASDA Walmart has
provided a blue print which has been utilised for Matalan and will be used to
support inward investment within the area. The commencement of the
innovative Social Employment Agency and Intensive Employment Support
projects will ensure that the worklessness theme is tackled in a
comprehensive way which reflects the needs of both residents and businesses
in the area.

Employment and Training General
There are a number of key activities that need to be undertaken in 2003 / 04 which
will unravel the issue of unemployment and build the skills required to deliver
regeneration. Firstly, there is the need to develop a greater understanding of the
issue of registered unemployment within the area. Whilst the regeneration
programme has begun the process of change and major new investments are in
place, the unemployment rate has not dropped significantly and a piece of action
research is required which will provide a better understanding of this issue and will
lead to practical actions to address it. This will be undertaken in conjunction with key
partners including Job Centre Plus. The second piece of work is the development of
a “Regeneration Apprenticeship” programme. This supports “The Learning Curve” –
the strategy produced by the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit which outlines the skills
required by residents, regeneration practitioners and front line staff in order to deliver
regeneration. The project will develop and deliver an appropriate model.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£230,000               £0                     £115,000


Local Labour into Construction
The Local Labour in Construction Manager has been working to link contractors with
vacancies to residents who wish to work in the construction industry. The major
opportunities that will be generated via major investment in the area including
Central Park and Sportcity along with the activity that will become available through
the stock transfer and housing construction programme will ensure that construction
related employment will be in demand for the next decade. In addition, there is a
clear need to address skills shortages in the sector. The East Manchester
Construction Group co-ordinates the work of the Manager and includes key private
sector partners, Job Centre Plus, Groundwork, ERP and MANCAT.

TOTAL PROJECT          NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£36,000                £24,000                £12,000
Employer Specific Support
This project has provided a flexible source of funding that has been targeted on pre
recruitment support for large scale recruitment opportunities, e.g. Asda -Walmart and
Matalan. The funding has enabled transport to be provided to and from the
recruitment and interview centres and provided marketing and job specific
information to sent to every household in the Beacons area. During the busiest
periods of the Asda recruitment, additional temporary staff were appointed along with
a Database Manager. An external evaluation is now taking place to establish the
local benefit secured through the Asda pre recruitment process and a good practice
guide is being developed to assist other regeneration areas to manage large scale
recruitments. A further three years funding will be sought to extend this project until
March 2006. The focus will be around Sector Specific Support rather than Employer
Specific, and will enable the recruitment opportunities around the Openshaw
Business Centre and Central Park and potential opportunities around the housing
stock transfer to be co- ordinated.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£70,000               £40,000               £20,000


East Manchester Employment Project
The Intermediate Labour Market model developed as part of the Government’s
Welfare to Work programme has been used extensively within the east Manchester
area. This has included opportunities for residents who have been unemployed for a
specific period of time entering employment with a sponsor employer (e.g. Joint
Openshaw Group, Groundwork, etc.) for a period of up to twelve months along with
vocational training and support with personal development. The existing model does
not allow young people aged 16 or 17 and adults aged over 25 who are economically
inactive, rather than registered unemployed, to benefit from this approach. This
project will provide opportunity for these groups to take this step towards
employment.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£467,685              £100,000              £32,948


Volunteering and Development Co-ordination
The Commonwealth Games Pre-Volunteer Programme (PVP) in east Manchester
was a great success with local residents participating in training and taking up
games-time volunteering opportunities. There is still a great desire on the part of
local people to continue to be involved in worthwhile activity that benefits the
community and enables the individual to learn new skills. Event Volunteering training
is a newly enhanced PVP course that will be continuing into 2003 and has
highlighted a gap in provision around the co-ordination of adult volunteers at a local
level. A feasibility study will be undertaken focusing on mapping local provision and
ascertaining where there may be scope to either build the capacity of an existing
organisation or whether a new project needs to be developed.
TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£86,437               £50,957               £25,480


East Manchester Vocational Learning Centre
The Vocational Learning Centre has been operational for 2 years, providing young
people in years 10 and 11 from local High Schools with construction skills. The
Centre has proved to be a great success, which is reflected in the number of year 11
pupils who left school in the summer and have progressed into work or further
education. Of the 45 leavers, 68% entered Further Education and a further 13% went
into employment.

124 young people currently attend the Centre which is funded via a combination of
contributions from the Schools, European and Beacons funding. The future of the
Centre is intrinsically linked to the 14 – 19 Pathfinder which will enable the needs
and aspirations of individual students of all abilities to be met, promote parity of
status between vocational and academic learning and drive forward a more
appropriate match between the 14 – 19 curriculum and the needs of business and
the labour market.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£438,000              £120,000              £30,000


Intensive Employment Support Project
This Intermediaries Project will employ advisors with a specialism in particular fields
in order to engage those facing the greatest barriers to securing and sustaining
employment. These are likely to include individuals with health issues, including drug
or alcohol misuse, single parent families or the very long-term unemployed who are
not in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance. This team will work with the appropriate
professional organisations - for example the Probation Service and local GP’s - to
support individuals onto the first rung of a learning or work centred programme. It is
anticipated that long-term support will be required to support the target client group
into employment and therefore targets have been set for the medium to long term. A
new element to the project will be the employment of a counsellor, who will provide
support to those in need, to assist in overcoming the barriers that prevent them being
able to move on with their lives. The team members will be based in the new Step
Ahead centre in Openshaw once refurbishment is complete.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£164,351              £61,848               £30,963
Step Ahead
The lease for the new centre in Openshaw has been extremely complex, however
the refurbishment works will commence in early January 2003 thus enabling the
project to start delivering from April 2003. Premises for the Clayton centre will be
agreed later in the year. Having a base in all 3 areas will allow for local support and
locally delivered activities to take place. The new centres will also provide
accommodation for other organisations such as The Credit Union, which will have a
base at the Openshaw Centre and the Job Centre Plus Action Team for Jobs will
also co-locate at both centres.

The Volunteer Advice & Guidance worker project has been successfully piloted in
east Manchester over the last 9 months. The 9 volunteers, all of whom are local
residents have been working alongside the Step Ahead Community Development
Worker. All have completed accredited training and are moving into relevant work
opportunities. The project has been an immense success and plans are underway to
interview for the next intake of volunteers. The Community Development Worker has
been inundated with requests from local people who now want to join the project.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£330,000              £100,000               £50,000


Skills for Life
Following the first year of the project, from April 2003 the project will be expanded to
include a volunteer project offering tailored basic skills and ESOL tuition in the home
or small community venues, in response to national and local research. A
youth/basic skills worker will be appointed to develop and support the newly trained
basic skills tutors from the youth services and coordinate their delivery of basic skills
to young people aged 13 to 19. A specialist in the design and delivery of both
embedded and discrete basic skills within the workplace will be appointed to work
with businesses in East Manchester. Outreach work will be undertaken to identify
and support small groups of learners in the community, contributing to building a
climate of lifelong learning in the area.

The Learning 4U prospectus which provides information on a broad range of
provision that is within one bus ride of the regeneration area will be updated with the
3 main colleges of further education and local training providers. Throughout the
prospectus there is information on how to access guidance and help in making
decisions through either, Step Ahead for adults or Connexions for young people.
The Learning 4U brand will be incorporated into the new learning centres across the
area.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                    SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£138,834              £47,760                £23,604
Supporting East Manchester Youth - Careerlines
The Careerlines Centre based at Crossley House continues to support young people
aged 16 to 18 to increase their skills and move into employment, education or
training. The project will be developed in 2003 / 04 by the roll out of the Connexions
model, the development of an Intermediate Labour Market programme for 16/17 year
olds and the designation of East Manchester as a 14-19 pathfinder.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND
£52,534               £19,340               £9,668


Social Employment Agency
Aspire Recruitment Partnership is a new social employment agency for East
Manchester. The Business Development Manager is currently working on registering
the business, developing the systems and procedures and designing marketing
information. Once established this recruitment agency will operate on commercial
yet ethical lines supporting temporary or permanent business recruitment needs of
local employers initially in the administrative and general manufacturing occupational
areas. In its first year of operation the agency will recruit 40 local residents on
permanent contracts with Aspire. During their employment they will work across a
number of local businesses providing temporary labour. Up-skilling training will be
an integral part of the agency and will take place during periods when employees are
not out on placement. It is anticipated that the rest of the team will be recruited in
January 2003. Premises have been secured and refurbishment was completed in
December, 2002.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£571,716              £57,879               £29,875


Business Security Measures
This project provides a free security audit, support with implementing the changes
suggested and access to an insurance counsellor to ensure that premiums are value
for money and that cover is appropriate. The project is proactively targeting those
businesses in areas where statistical analysis identifies a security problem. The
scheme is in demand and will continue to secure commercial buildings, prevent
further incidents of crime and help businesses save money and concentrate on
growth rather than worrying about security.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£156,000              £0                    £20,000


ICT Development Package
The package provides small companies with little or no ICT experience with support
with hardware, software and training. This package will continue to encourage the
uptake and development of ICT within the local business base.
TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£120,000              £0                    £15,000


Company Growth Package
This project provides support for environmental improvements to commercial
properties. Support is also available for business expansion which includes financial
assistance towards the purchase of new premises, internal refurbishment and new
plant and machinery as well as help towards rent, business rates, service charges
and insurance premiums. This package will continue to play a crucial role in future
years to encourage growth from indigenous businesses whilst helping to attract
companies into the area.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£770,000              £0                    £40,000


Purchasing Supply in the New Millennium
The project aims to encourage sustainable economic growth and wealth creation by
increasing the range of business opportunities open to all companies in the area
through improved purchasing and supply. The project will develop supply chains
and supply consortium which will increase the number of purchasing opportunities
which can be sourced locally; identify weaknesses in the purchasing and supply
processes of companies which can be addressed through a combination of general
and sector specific workshops / seminars and specialist service provision through
one to one advice; assist suppliers to tender for specific contracts as required;
organise a number of Meet The Buyer Events; identify areas for improvement by
bench marking performance against industry best practice and against similar
organisations using the Key Performance Measure Business Diagnostic and the UK
DTI Benchmark Index. This scheme will continue to address the issue of supply
chain forging sustainable and successful business-to-business relationships.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£40,000               £0                    £20,000

 Business Environment Association
Groundwork Manchester offer support to local companies with on-site advice,
environmental reviews, seminars and training to ensure that local companies comply
with appropriate legislation and that they maximise the competitive edge that
environmental good practice can bring. With further marketing of this scheme more
local businesses will be engaged in the future enabling them to increase productivity
and reduce waste leading to both financial and environmental rewards.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£89,158               £20,000               £10,000
Social Enterprise Development Network
A team has been established to support the development and delivery of sustainable
social enterprises. Social City Enterprise are developing a network which will include
voluntary organisations, residents groups/associations together with key
statutory/funding bodies who will direct the provision of support for the establishment
and sustainability of community and social enterprises. Support will be available for
business planning, accessing funding, legal issues, research and development and
property.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£228,318              £67,220               £33,608

Business Development General
The dedicated Business Advisers based at the Step Ahead office in Beswick provide
a focal point for both established companies and people wanting to set up in
business. Since June 2000 the Business Advisers have built solid working
relationships with the local small and medium sized business community, developing
awareness and confidence in both locally developed and mainstream business
support services. The Business Development Group ensures that all agencies that
are dealing with companies within the area operate in a co-ordinated and coherent
way. A Business survey will be undertaken in early 2003 to ascertain the views of
the business community and to develop and shape the business development
programme.

The level of new business start-ups amongst residents of the area is below regional
and national averages. In addition, many of the businesses established are not
sustainable after the first year of trading. The new business support package is
designed to address this issue and provide on going support and advice. This
scheme will continue to promote an entrepreneurial culture going forward providing
support and encouragement for newly created and fledgling companies in the area.

TOTAL PROJECT         NDC                   SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£126,000              £0                    £84,000


East Manchester Property Database
The database provides information on all the commercial land and property that is
available for rent or sale in the New East Manchester area. It provides the
opportunity to run searches for property in the area over the Internet. This allows
potential inward investors and companies within the area wishing to relocate with up
to date information on the facilities available within the area. The database can be
accessed via the New East Manchester website and the MIDAS website. Activity
around relocating and inward investment enquiries will continue to be nurtured and
encouraged by this scheme.
TOTAL PROJECT   NDC        SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£24,560         £0         £12,280

Programme Management

TOTAL PROJECT   NDC        SRB
SPEND 2003/04
£700,000        £500,000   £200,000
8      MAINSTREAMING
The New Deal for Communities goal of challenging and changing public services,
making them more responsive to local need and bending mainstream resources
continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing the Partnership.

The Partnership established a Public Agencies Forum (PAF) ‘to take the lead in ensuring
that all services are relevant and accountable to local people; developing good
practice, best value and joined up service delivery through organisational and cultural
change; and ensuring the effective targeting of mainstream resources’ . Membership of
the Forum extends to all public agencies working in the area and local residents are
represented by the Board members.

Early activity developed and delivered through the Forum has included an Inter
Agency Training Project, which will be running again in 2003; establishment of a
local recruitment and selection policy and pilot pre recruitment project; production of
a Rough Guide to Services for use by front line staff; the development and
monitoring of joint Customer Care and Quality Control Standards; establishment of
the People’s Panel; and the development and agreement of joint targets for six
thematic areas which all agencies have signed up to.

After some eighteen months of operation it was agreed that a cross section of
partner organisations should review and evaluate the work of the Forum, starting
from two basic presumptions - that the main problems for local people in the area
must be identified and their views on how these issues should be tackled must be
taken into account. The review agreed that whilst much of the work had been both
innovative and challenging, the agenda and momentum of the group had been led in
the main by the NDC Team and there had been insufficient challenging of the way
many services are provided other than in a few exceptions.

The review led to the establishment of an action plan based around six key themes
with the Forum taking a more strategic view and keeping an overview of progress.
Sub Groups drawn from the Action Plan were established with agencies other than
NDC taking the lead wherever possible and pilot projects have been developed,
testing out new approaches to working.

Details of activity within each project area are given below:-

     Family Support including action on drug and alcohol misusing parents:
     The project has allowed examination of how statutory services are not
     currently meeting need, identified gaps in provision and highlighted
     where links need to be made. The project will inform not only provision in the
     Beacons area but also city-wide. The project is time limited and will end in
     March 2004 and an evaluation framework is in place to inform future activity.

     Improved support and development of appropriate and sensitive services
     for asylum seekers This sub group has a wide membership and is adopting a
     pragmatic and practical response to the needs of asylum seekers and
     refugees. Links have been made with city-wide activity and agencies are now
     examining priorities and key actions that can be developed locally. The project
is not time limited and there will be a range of ongoing issues that will require a
focused response from all partners. Key projects will be identified and brought
forward and some overarching work and support mechanisms will be put in
place. Resources need to be identified to meet gaps.

Monitoring of service standards ensuring quality of customer service and
customer communication The Residents Baseline Survey focused on general
public agency service delivery and the People’s Panel will be used to assess
provision in a more informed way initially examining housing, the environment
and crime. The PAF will have ownership of this aspect of Panel activity which
will be used to challenge and test services in a best value context. Members
will examine the findings and consider how to respond and agencies will have
regular opportunity to nominate residents to sit on the Panel. Each Sub Group
is considering how they can best use the Panel to assess activity. The Sub
Group will have completed its work by March, 2003.

Ensuring the accurate recording of open space ownership and
maintenance responsibilities, improving the co-ordination of street scene
services and refuse collection and developing a single point of contact
Information gathered from a site survey in two pilot areas in Beswick and Lower
Openshaw has been included on a Geographical Information System and now
shows grounds maintenance information which is 80% accurate. Work will
continue to identify outstanding gaps in ownership. A project has now been
approved by the Beacons Board to extend activity across East Manchester
through the creation of two temporary posts which will provide a dedicated staff
resource for six months to collect the necessary up-to-date information and
translate this onto the GIS. This will show which areas are in Council or private
ownership and through Public Service Agreement Target 10 (Improving the
quality of public spaces in neighbourhood areas) specific action will be
considered where areas of land are not presently maintained and new
methods of working can be tested. The project should be completed by the
summer of 2003.

Youth Welfare and tackling youth nuisance The remit of the group reflects the
Connexions programme and is focusing on tackling the youth crime agenda and
making links with wider activity. Progress has been made on information sharing
protocols with both the Connexions Partnership and the Youth Service. Future
activity will include how enforcement and support agencies can work together;
improving links with voluntary sector providers; examining training opportunities;
exploring the potential for parents to get involved; and examining the provision of
facilities. The Sub Group will set timescales for completion of each element of
activity.

Developing a co-ordinated approach to employment related provision
The progress made within joint working across employment related provision
has required flexibility from partners and has provided some innovative activity
to be developed. The achievements of Job Centre Plus in its pilot year have
been especially helpful in delivering new ways of working and there is a
willingness to continue to consider a different approach to mainstream
provision. The role of the BA secondees has been particularly useful in meeting
     an identified gap in provision, is promoting strong partnership working and has
     been extended until 2006. The work of this group has now come to an end with
     a sufficiently robust relationship between key providers taking future activity
     forward.

The PAF is now considering what additional activity should be brought forward to
develop the action plan and work programme.

In addition to the work of the PAF, there are a range of other examples which show
the benefits of mainstreaming resulting in better local services. These include
Operation Excalibur, the additional Policing project. NDC funding was provided for
eighteen months to provide for additional policing testing out new approaches using
overtime and rest day working. Levels of high profile policing were increased with
teams of officers patrolling on foot and on horseback at times and locations identified
by local residents as priorities. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and many
problems of anti social behaviour and youth nuisance were addressed. The police
also worked in partnership with Education Welfare Officers on successful truancy
sweeps; and a cycle unit was funded which proved popular with both police and
residents - high profile cycle patrols are now utilised as a matter of course across the
area and were used to great effect during the Commonwealth Games. Rolling
roadblocks were piloted, proved extremely effective and have been continued.
Undoubtedly Excalibur has led to far better relationships between GMP, Council staff
and local residents and has succeeded as an enabling tool that has cemented good
working relationships and effective community safety partnerships and many of the
new methods of working developed through Excalibur have been introduced in day
to day policing activities. Further development of the crime and community safety
programme would not have been so successful but for Excalibur. The project also
made GMP more accountable as officers had to attend meetings to justify their
spend and actions - this still happens. The prolific offenders project, EMBRACE, is
similarly being mainstreamed into day to day police activities as well as being rolled
out elsewhere in the city.

The Step Ahead Preparation for Work project provides another example of how
NDC funding has piloted a new way of working between a range of partners that is
having very real benefits for local people and is influencing mainstream funding and
activity. One of the projects biggest successes has been management of the
recruitment process for the Asda Walmart store. Job Centre Plus have now
realigned their mainstream budget to replace the NDC funding from March, 2003
building activity into mainstream provision. Satellite provision has subsequently
been developed based at the Wells Centre in Clayton on a sessional basis. A further
satellite will be operational shortly in Openshaw in former bank premises, which will
involve the co-location of a range of partners including a collection point for the
Credit Union.

Many of the projects funded through the Beacons Programme and delivered through
the EAZ have been successfully transferred to school budgets including classroom
assistants and other support staff. Discussions are ongoing looking at mainstreaming
elements of the Sure Start programme and the Family Support Project will be
integrated into Social Services activities.
The successful stock transfer of council housing will provide a unique opportunity to
ensure that the investment placed by the Beacons Partnership will be protected and
sustained. As well as attracting significant levels of private investment over the long
term to improve and maintain the stock and manage it at a higher standard, it also
provides the opportunity to integrate other existing Beacons funded projects
including neighbourhood wardens and the cross tenure neighbour nuisance team,

A key requirement for all projects remains to develop robust forward plans to ensure
that impact is maintained and is sustainable without creating future funding
difficulties that cannot be met.

One of the most successful examples of other mainstreaming activity has been the ability
to second key staff from other agencies and organisations to work with the
NDC Team. We have already had secondments from the Police (developing
Operation Excalibur) and Job Centre Plus who have brought their expertise to different
aspects of the programme and promoted the regeneration initiative within their own
organisations. Nat West Bank have recently seconded a member of staff to take forward the
financial inclusion agenda in the area.

The City Council’s approach to delivering services at ward level has fed into this
process well. The Council is working to make services more efficient, effective and
locally accountable and Departments’ are being challenged to examine how effective
local provision is, how it relates to local demand and has set targets and performance
indicators to measure progress. In East Manchester we have used this process as
another tool within the regeneration initiative, ensuring Council services sign up to
the joint targets we have set; and testing out new approaches to working with other
Departments and agencies - for example there have been three cross tenure neighbourhood
focused environmental pilot teams working across the area. These teams complement
mainstream activity in local neighbourhoods by carrying out a range of tasks including
gardening; landscaping; rubbish removal; securing empty properties; and graffiti removal.
The projects are providing training and work experience for the long-term unemployed,
giving them an opportunity to develop new skills, gain a work record, references, training and
qualifications.

As activity to date have shown, there is much to be gained from all sides by testing
our new approaches to delivery and providing services that address local need more
directly, are responsive and provide good value for money.
9 CONCLUSION AND THE FUTURE
The next 12 months in particular are going to be significant in the overall
regeneration of East Manchester. The hosting of the Commonwealth Games in the
summer of 2002 was a key milestone in the long-term regeneration of the area. The
legacy of the Games and the continued development of retail, leisure and hotel
facilities at Sportcity, the extension of the Metrolink system through the Sportcity site
and the commencement of the first new housing for sale will be key activities that will
influence the development of the Beacons Programme.

The launch of a Regeneration Framework for East Manchester by New East
Manchester Limited has provided a set of principles that all regeneration initiatives
and partners will work within. The development of the 15 neighbourhood plans at a
very local level are now the focus on intensive consultation which will result in
individual plans being developed for each neighbourhood. The Beacons Team are
playing a leading role in this process, ensuring that the programme fully
complements it, particularly with regard to improved neighbourhood management.
Three of the first neighbourhood plans being developed are in the Beacons area and
new housing, primarily for sale, will commence on site early in 2003. The impact this
will have on the area cannot be underestimated and real progress in achieving
successful, sustainable regeneration will be secured through this activity. Similarly,
the transfer of council housing stock in the summer to Eastlands Homes will ensure
that the next 12 months are critical in the achievement of the overall ten-year
delivery plan.

The Beacons Initiative will make far-reaching and permanent changes in the
relationship between residents and service providers. Consideration of the forward
strategy is an integral part of the programme throughout the project development
and delivery processes and will enable the development of a formal strategy from
year 6 of the programme. The comprehensive capacity building programme will
leave behind a legacy of a community that feels empowered to carry on the process
and trained members of the community will be in place to transfer their skills on to
others. The activity funded through the programme will have strengthened the
economic base, increased employment levels, directly engaged the local community
in the management of facilities and brought greater levels of stability to the
community.

Key to the forward strategy is the participation and engagement of the whole range
of mainstream service providers to be more effective and responsive and to continue
to develop the work started by the regeneration programme. The Public Agencies
Forum is key to this engagement and the range of activity and projects undertaken
will ensure that partner organisations take responsibility for and participate in new
ways of working and improved service delivery that is more relevant to local people.

Work is being done to build the capacity of the local community to be equal partners
in neighbourhood management and in the developing integrated neighbourhood
management services. The Initiative will ensure a co-ordinated planning process for
spending mainstream funding and future investment at a local and strategic level.
This three year Delivery Plan sets out our aims, objectives and targets within the
strategic framework for the area. The Plan has been developed to reflect the
changes that have taken place since 1999 and will enable the programme to
continue to deliver real change in the area.

								
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