NANM Newswire 31 July 2014: What we learnt from the 'Seven stories of localism' event and the usual mix of neighbourhood news and snippets from across the web.
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Thursday 31 July 2014

What we learnt from the ‘Seven stories of localism’ event.

Quite a lot, really. First of all that there are people quietly getting on and experimenting with localism and co-production in a variety of settings and communities around the country, with impressive results. Secondly, that there is a real appetite to learn from each other’s experience, and fortunately a matching willingness to share that experience. Finally, that doing so can be quite a lot of fun!
You can read more about the event and the research that fed in to it on the NANM web site. There are also a number of resources used on the day that, even if you couldn’t attend the event itself, you may find useful. Plus John P. Houghton (@metlines) has also written an article for the current issue of New Start Magazine inspired by one of the stories told at the event (about a social enterprise that is cutting grass and creating opportunities in Stewkley Parish).
The rest of this Newswire is the usual mix of stories about neighbourhood action, things happening at a city or town level as well as stories that are tangential but interesting.
We hope you enjoy this Newswire. Do let us know if you have news or opinions to share. We are really keen to start publishing more news and opinion on the NANM web site, so if you have a story to tell please do get in touch.

Ben, Paul and Sarah
The NANM team

Neighbourhoods in the news

Yorkshire Street receives Community Pride nominations

A thriving high street which hosted a vibrant Tour de France celebration has become the centre of two Community Pride nominations: the Traders’ Association has been nominated for the Service with a Smile award, which recognises outstanding customer care, and the Association’s chairman, Johnny Hayes, has been put forward for the Person of the Year award. Read more here.

Image: Allan Harris

Web miscellany

New publication - Income Generation for Public Libraries: A practical guide

Locality has been working with Arts Council England to explore existing good practice and assess the potential to further enable income generation to support and enhance as well as to improve the overall resilience and sustainability of library services. Read more and download the publication.

BIG Lottery Funding to help areas prepare for European Funding

BIG announced in June that it was putting up £260m of BIG National Lottery funding into the European Social Fund, which will be matched by a similar figure from Europe, to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. BIG’s programme development fund, which opened to applications on 21 July 2014 is available to one lead voluntary organisation from each Local Enterprise Partnership area. Read more here.

Neighbourhub – Real time data dashboard

When Places for People couldn't find a data management system to help them understand neighbourhood performance and enable them to focus investment where it was needed they decided to create one themselves. They worked with the performance management and data warehousing solutions provider Visualmetrics to create Neighbourhub. Read more here.

Festivals and the politics of participation

It is summer time, and this one is for the festival-goers amongst us, past and present, for whom festival life has provided glimpses of a better way. Read more on The Conversation web site.

Community building and the library of Muyinga

The first library of Muyinga is part of a future inclusive school for deaf children in Burundi. We’ve included it in this list because it is a great story of a participatory approach that brought people together from across a community. See a short video about the construction process here and read more about the project here.
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