Trafford Neighbourhood Partnership by hcj


									                                     Trafford FAIRSHARE
Proposal for support for: Partington and Carrington Development Trust

AREA (Maximum score 3 points)
The neighbourhood of Partington, which has 3317 households can be defined by physical boundaries
including Manchester Ship Canal and the M60. The former ward boundary of Bucklow also defines the area.
Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) and European Regional Development Funding programmes have also
used the agreed boundaries of the Bucklow ward to define the neighbourhood eligible for the funding. The
isolation of the area also ensures that the neighbourhood can be clearly defined. Local residents identify
themselves as belonging to the neighbourhood of Partington.

VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY GROUPS (maximum score 10 points)
Please see attached table for a list of all the community and voluntary groups, the services they provide,
frequency of meetings and numbers of local people involved. As can be demonstrated by the table there is a
great deal of activity taking place in the voluntary and community sector. Previous to SRB funding being
available, there had been little community development in the area. However since 1999, the number of and
work achieved by the groups has increased significantly. The Community Development Foundation who have
supported the capacity building work have agreed that the involvement by local people has increased in line
with their targets and have identified our programme nationally as good practice. A four-stage process that
was agreed with the Community Development Foundation has been implemented in response to the needs of
the community who had previously felt excluded from the decision making process. This has included an audit
of groups with support for existing groups and development of new groups, networking the groups,
establishing a Development Trust with a Community Forum that forms the membership for the Trust and then
consolidating the Development Trust. The Development Trust’s membership, which is open to all residents in
the community, has now increased significantly to 125 local residents and the members meet regularly to
share ideas and discuss common issues. The Development Trust is a recognised network for the groups and
also runs the local newspaper.
The community and voluntary groups do reflect the different age groups and interests of the community. As
evident from the table, there are groups for young people and older people, tenant groups, cultural and
sporting activity groups and groups for people under stress.
In addition there are also a number of voluntary organisations in the neighbourhood that provide a myriad of
services for local people including the Children’s Society, Citizens Advice Bureau and Home Start.

DEPRIVATION INDICATORS (maximum score 5 points )
The Bucklow Ward in which Partington is the worst-off neighbourhood, is one of the most deprived areas
within Trafford and in the index of multiple deprivation falls within the top 5% deprived wards of the country.
The unemployment rate (4%) is higher than the Trafford average (2%) and there are 37% of households on
housing benefit or Council tax benefit compared with a Trafford average of 16%. 10% of the population is
identified as permanently sick or disabled which is twice the national average23.1% of the population have a
limiting long term illness (Trafford average is 17.7%) and the Standard Mortality Ratio is 140 (Trafford’s
average is 98).
In a quality of life survey undertaken to assess local residents’ dislikes about the area, 31 % of residents
identified a lack of leisure facilities and things to do, 14% poor transport links and 15% the built environment.
Due to the poor quality of life that local people experience, people are voting with their feet and are leaving the
area. Between the two census, 1991 and 2001, the population of Partington dropped by 15%. This level of
population loss is consistent with the most deprived parts of the region such as East Manchester which are the
subject of a major regeneration activity.

PREVIOUS INVESTMENT (maximum score 5 points)
Single Regeneration Budget funding £919,547
National Lottery New Opportunities Funding £964,000
European Regional Development Fund £250,000

WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL IT MAKE? (maximum score 10 points)
Following extensive consultation in the neighbourhood since 1999, the process of which has been identified by
the Community Development Foundation nationally as a model of good practice, the central vision of the
regeneration partnership is to enable local people both individually and in groups to achieve their aspirations.
There are a myriad of examples of how local people have been empowered and community confidence and
local people’s ability to influence the neighbourhood’s future increased. However, as recognised in the
Planning Inspectorate’s recent report on the Waste Management Facility, the regeneration of the
neighbourhood is now at a critical stage. Without maintenance of the activity and continued support for the
community structures, the investment in the area could be lost and community moral, which has been
painstakingly built, could plummet. The establishment of the Development Trust has involved a major
commitment by local people to engage in the regeneration agenda. The continued loss of population means
that the area is unattractive to the private sector to supply facilities and address transport needs which local
people have recognised as their key dislikes about the area. The lack of investment from the private sector
puts increasing emphasis on the voluntary sector and social enterprise to meet local needs.

The Development Trust is the fulcrum by which assets developed within the neighbourhood can be retained in
community ownership, social enterprises developed and provides an open, accessible framework for local
residents to get involved in local decision making. Further, the Development Trust provides a locally
accountable structure, which will ensure that funding regimes, responses by various agencies and external
priorities can be joined up.
One of the 3 main priorities of the Development Trust which has been identified, through its membership
meetings of residents is the establishment of a local community resource centre. This will have the following
a) To provide a central base for the Development Trust to house the core team, facilities for its members and
     to produce the community newspaper and community portal as part of its marketing and communications
b) To provide access to meeting rooms, office facilities, information and guidance for existing and new
     community organisations in the area whose activities contribute to regeneration objectives
c) To support local people wanting to get a job or improve their skills by providing a menu of advice and
     support including information on local opportunities.
d) To provide local people and groups transport to access opportunities and to address local isolation
The resource centre will ensure the integration of a number of successful activities in the neighbourhood which
a) the development of Partington Choices as a successful job search facility, into a wider resource housing
     the regeneration team as well as a number of community groups
b) the capacity building programme which has supported the development of groups and provided training for
     local people to get involved in community work. This activity provides the fuel to power the trust.
c) a demand led transport co-operative currently which 1 in 7 local people are members.

The regeneration programme is due to end in March 2005 and it is extremely unlikely that there will be further
large scale funding for the neighbourhood. To continue the regeneration priorities and to ensure that the
impact of previous funding can be maximised, there is a need to attract mainstream funding. This cannot
happen without locally accountable structures. The Fairshares funding will enable the Development Trust to
attract both mainstream investment and develop the local structures. The Fairshares funding will be used as
outlined below.

a) Physical investment into the refurbishment of a building that could either be the existing health centre or the
community centre. £150,000 will lever in £35,000 Single Regeneration Budget and £250,000 capital funding
from TMBC). The outcomes of this will be a physical base with a range of office space, meeting rooms,
reception and interview rooms. This will house existing groups, Development Trust staff. Engage (a community
group) and the base for the publication of the Transmitter. Further the centre will provide support for
individuals obtaining training employment advice and will include Connexions, Information Advice and
Guidance, Trafford Business Venture, Job Centre plus and Third Sector Enterprises.
The existing facility that is being used for Choices is unsuitable for the purposes of a resource centre due to
high rental and unsuitability for conversion.
b) Administrator for Centre and a development worker for £150,000 for 4 years. These staff will support the
local groups usage of the centre and develop income generation activities..
c) Support for Partington and Carrington Transport Co-operative (PACT) which needs to develop a sustainable
forward strategy through the establishment of contracts and development of its management committee. For
the Transport Co-operative to be sustainable it requires the purchase of additional vehicles. Fairshares will
contribute to the purchase of two mini-buses of £50,000.

The total value of Fairshares funding requested is £350,000. The details of the Fairshares bid was approved
by the Development Trust Board at its meeting on Wednesday 10 March 2004.

Currently an evaluation is taking place of the regeneration programme. This is being compared with a baseline
evaluation and will also provide baseline information for the Fairshares funding. There will be a yearly review
of progress against objectives and a final evaluation at the end of the funding. This evaluation will involve
social audit methods and will address the impact of the programme on quality of life issues for the
neighbourhood. If funding is awarded, a full evaluation strategy will be drawn up.

The community resource facility will be highly visible in Partington and the contribution of Fairshares will be
badged and promoted. The Community Resource Facility will be part of a network of community facilities in the
town centre which are expected to be under the umbrella of the Community Development Trust and will
include the Healthy Living Centre and the Sure Start building and form part of the Health Park. The concept of
the Health Park is innovative and is expected to achieve regional recognition. The PACT transport co-
operative is one of a few examples of successful community enterprises in Trafford. The Health Park fits into
the strategy of regenerating Partington Town Centre of which the establishment of high quality integrated
community facilities is a requisite to stimulate future investment into the shopping facilities.

Sustainability of the community resource centre is essential. Sustainability will be achieved by the following:
a) refurbishment of a community building will mean that only overheads and the long term cost of the
   receptionist after 4 years need to be covered. This will be achieved by charging occupants of the building
   and attracting external users in the building through conferencing, etc. Establishing the community
   resource centre as part of the Health Park overseen by the development trust will mean that support and
   marketing will be in place to attract external income.
b) The work of the development worker for 4 years will have a fixed life to build up the capacity of the
   membership of the Development Trust and local organisations to develop themselves and provide local
   services. The Development Worker will give mentoring, training and organisational support. After 4 years
   many of these groups will be expected to be sustainable and the Development Trust will be fully engrained
   in the community.
c) The community resource centre will be home to a range of mainstream organisations providing information
   and guidance, job search and training support for individuals. These services need to be co-ordinated to
   create a menu of support for individuals in a single location but as they are funded from the mainstream
   this needs little additional revenue commitment.
d) The Transport co-operative is moving towards becoming sustainable but will loose a significant proportion
   of its grant funding after March 2005. The co-operative is currently in discussion with organisations for
   contracts but requires additional vehicles to secure work.
e) The Community Development Trust has access to a wider range of funds that are not available to the
   statutory sector and therefore should be in a better position to attract future funding resources.
Partington Community and Voluntary Groups

Name of Group         Services offered                No. of local Frequency of
                                                      people       meetings
Engage                Community group                 40           Weekly
                      providing services for older

Escape                Youth facilities and training   20          Weekly

Carrington Youth      Youth activities for            35          Weekly
project               Carrington young people

Screamin Wheels       Youth activities and            110         Weekly
                      training for Partington
                      young people

Positive Partington   Community group that            119         Monthly
                      work to raise the profile of
                      Partington and it’s people.

Partington Football   Two senior teams/four         112           Twice Weekly
Clubs                 junior teams participating in
                      competitive leagues

Quick sticks          Social activities for people    10          Monthly
                      under stress

Allotments group      Growing vegetables for          10          Weekly
                      people under stress

Food group            Social activities around        15          Weekly
                      food for people under

PACT                  Transport services for local    10          Monthly

Partington and        Locally owned organisation      130         Monthly
Carrington            to develop local services
Development Trust     and community enterprises

Writers Group (Pen    Writing activities for older    18          Weekly
and Ink)              people

Fleet Football Club   Football tournaments            45          Weekly

PAAWS                 Animal welfare for local        13          Weekly

Happy Eaters           Healthy eating advice and     20   Twice Weekly
                       fitness for over 50s

Montell Carrington     Rugby for young people        40   Weekly
RUFC                   and adults

Walkers Group          An health & social walking    20   monthly

Crazy cross            Community group               12   weekly
stitchers              providing both a social and
                       creative activity.

Partington Crown       Promoting active sport and    60   Twice Weekly
Green Bowling Club     social recreation

Table Tennis Club      Promoting health and          8    Twice Weekly
                       social well being.

Partington (Gen dai)   Improving fitness, respect    48   Twice Weekly
Karate Club            and self esteem

Rainbows, Brownies     Enabling girls and women      40   Weekly
& Guides               to become active members
                       of the community

Scouts, Cubs &         To promote mental,            50   Weekly
Beavers                physical development

Partington Dance       To further the interest in    50   Weekly
School                 dancing, social interaction
                       & the development of
                       physical health

Partington Festival    To help promote               10   monthly
Committee              community social

Partington Amateur     A provision for physical      38   Three times a
Boxing Club            fitness & training                 week

Community              To promote the interests of   10   Three times a
Association            tenants & residents.               week

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