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NANM Newswire 3 February 2015: More information about the next NANM event, neighbourhood news and interesting snippets from the web
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Tuesday 3 February 2015


New Year, new event and a new look site.

First of all, a belated Happy New Year. We hope that 2015 has got off to a good start for you. Here at NANM we are intrigued to see what the year will bring. Whatever else, the forthcoming election is going to ensure that neighbourhoods, local decision making and devolution remain hot topics of discussion for the next few months.

With this in mind the next NANM share and learn event is on Devolution: single or double?  Who is it for? In short, anyone who is interested in neighbourhoods and devolution. The event is free to attend, although we are asking for a voluntary contribution towards catering and logistics (the guide is £10). Read more below.

Finally, as is traditional at New Year we've had a bit of a tidy up at NANM, including giving our web site a new look. We aren't finished with the changes on the site, but hopefully you will already find that it is easier to navigate. Our next focus is improving the flow of new content. If you have news to share or would like to suggest a guest post (written by you or invited from another organisation) please do let us know.

The rest of this Newswire is the usual mix of links to articles about neighbourhood management and community-led action.

Ben, Paul and Sarah
The NANM team
info@neighbourhoodmanagement.net

NANM event


Devolution: single or double?

12 March 2015, Barnsley
 
Sparked by the renewed calls for increased regional devolution following the Scottish referendum, this event is being organised as a space for the NANM network  to discuss what greater devolution might mean for neighbourhoods. Will it reinvigorate arguments for 'double-devolution' and neighbourhood power? Or could it end up diverting attention away from community empowerment?
 
We will hear from the leader of Barnsley Council, whose strategy towards community engagement positions it at the heart of the devolution debate. We will also hear from a range of other contributors, each of whom are champions for devolution in different ways. Plus, throughout the day, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and share experience with other colleagues.

Find out more, and book your place, on our Eventbrite page.
If you have problems booking online, you can also book by emailing Paul Ducker on info@neighbourhoodmanagement.net. We will email you back to confirm you place.

Neighbourhoods in the news

Community which saved Acle pub is branching out to open village shop

The White Horse at Upton won a £4,000 grant from a new community service support scheme organised by Pub is the Hub. The cash will be used to convert an old barn next to the pub into a community shop, cementing the White Horse's reputation for being the beating heart of the Broads village. [From original article in EDP24, 16 December 2014]

Big Local partnership supports traders to set up action group

Business people, shopkeepers, hoteliers and independent traders in Eastbourne's Devonshire West are getting together to form a new group to tackle issues that affect their area. The local Big Local partnership, Devonshire West Big Local, is providing initial funding to help the group get established. [From original article in Eastbourne Herald, 24 January 2015]

Residents in Liverpool take control of their neglected streets

After 30 years of neglect and failed regeneration plans, the few remaining residents of the Granby Four Streets (in Toxteth, Liverpool) have taken the future of their neighbourhood into their own hands: they’ve established a community land trust, taken ownership of the derelict properties from the council, and will have the first 10 homes refurbished by March. [From original article in The Guardian, 27 November 2014]

Other interesting snippets...

 

£150 million awarded to Power to Change

On 22 January 2015 the Big Lottery Fund awarded £150 million to a new community grantmaking foundation to help individuals transform their neighbourhoods. [Source: Civil Society.co.uk]
 

New measures announced to make it easier to set up new town and parish councils

On 8 January 2015 Communities Minister Stephen Williams set out new measures to make it easier for local people to set up a town or parish council. [Source: DCLG on GOV.UK]


Social landlords - a new force for job creation?

Housing Associations and other social landlords are increasingly focused on helping residents into work. In a recent survey two thirds of housing associations said they already provided employment and skills support to tenants, or were planning to introduce such services. [Source: Nesta]
 

New rural public transport company provides lifeline in Northumberland

Bus driver Steve Hurst set up Spirit Buses having spotted a 'gap that's long needed filling'. Launching his own bus company to link up the villages in the Coquetdale valley in Northumberland was a lifelong ambition. [Source: The Guardian]
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