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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