Rich Regeneration was engaged by Birmingham City Council to develop practical tools for measuring the social value and impact of transferring under-used land and property to the third sector. The project involved piloting the tools using two 'live' transfer projects in Birmingham and facilitating a national local authority action learning set focusing on the tool. The tools have been integrated into Birmingham's Protocol for Community Asset Transfer.
Rich Regeneration was engaged by the Department of Communities and Local Government to research and draft a guide to managing risks in asset transfer. The guide covers arrange of possible risks and mitigation measures and is based on regional consultation events with local authorities and third sector representatives.
Rich Regeneration worked with consultants Renaisi on carrying out a review of community premises in the London Borough of Islington with a view to maximising community benefit and providing sustainable and suitable premises for the third sector in the borough.
The project involved carrying out consultation with the occupiers of community buildings in Islington and testing various future options including establishing a strategic trust to manage community assets in the long-term. The chosen solution will provide third sector occupiers with greater security and maximise community benefit for the people of Islington.
Rich Regeneration is part of a team led by Business in the Community taking forward the Under-served Markets Project which aims to use retail investment to regenerate deprived areas. Rich Regeneration co-researched and wrote the 'How to guide published in September 2007 focusing on the part that the planning system could play in channelling investment to deprived areas and in ensuring that regeneration benefits followed.
The focus of the project is now on trying to influence emerging national planning policy ontown centres to ensure it continues to enable retail-led regeneration projects to come forward.
To view the guide go to http://www.bitc.org.uk/resources/publications/usm_guide.html
Rich Regeneration has been commissioned by the Improvement and Development Agency for local government to research and write two 'how to' guides on tackling worklessness', one on worklessness among social housing tenants and the other on employment of older workers. This follows two guides produced for the Agency earlier in 2009 on working with the third sector and unlocking assets to tackle worklessness
The how to guides draw on best practice around the country and offer local authorities and local partner organisations a step by step approach to improving their performance in tackling worklessness among in these two important areas and are due to be published in Spring 2010.
RIch Regeneration completed an evaluation of the West London Working Provider Confederation on behalf of the City Strategy Pathfinder, West London Partnership. The evaluation assessed the usefulness and impact of confederation events and e-bulletins and made recommentations for the future sustainability of the network.
We recently completed a partnership feasibility study for the Grove Park Community Group on its Creative Ringway site, in Lewisham, South East London. The project involved building a partnership of local organisations that could help the group realise its vision for the site and developing a methodology to assess the social, economic and environmental contribution that each organisation could make to the aims of the project. we are now helping the Group in its negotiations with the Council.
Rich Regeneration were engaged to research and draft two guides on tackling worklessness, one focused on the role of the third sector, and one on unlocking community assets. The guides are aimed at practitioners in local authorities and have been published on the IDeA knowledge website.
The how to guides draw on best practice around the country and offer local authorities a step by step approach to improving their performance in tackling worklessness through working with the third sector and unlocking the potential of community assets.
We were commissioned by an IT recycling social enterprise using funding from the Asset Transfer Unit to support its proposal to take over the running of libraries threatened with closure in Lewisham. The proposal was to establish mixed use community hubs including UK Online and IT training, pre-employment projects, a community radio station and cafe. Our role was to write the business case for the transfer resulting in the enterprise successfully taking over three of the buildings. We are now advising on governance and on securing capital and revenue funding to refurbish the buildings and take the project forward in a sustainable way.
We were engaged by the Local Government Group to deliver a series of workshops for officials, elected members and other stakeholders in Luton BC and RB Kingston Upon Thames on establishing good places to grow old through better use of community assets and improved ways of working. The workshops built on earlier work carried out in Havering and cover ways to improve partnership working and how to utilise physical and non-physical assets more effectively. The outcome of the workshops will be a practical action plan to deliver the desired improvements.