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The Vision

Neighbourhood Investment (NI) aspires to enrich lives and improve communities acting as a core element of the wider Community Investment programme.  We envisage realising communities that are vibrant and resilient – helping to develop neighbourhoods that people want to live in and are proud of.

The three central aims of NI are:

  • Improving priority neighbourhoods (people and places);
  • Building social capital (strengthening the sense of community and enhancing neighbourliness);
  • Engaging and providing access to residents for key service providers (identifying areas of need and opportunity for internal and external partners)

Key Themes

NI takes a streamlined approach to delivering its key aims. The central themes are:

  • Youth engagement:  providing opportunities for young people to get involved in positive activities, with a focus on sports, creative arts and community development all strengthened where appropriate by access to accredited training and volunteering streams. Enabling young people to positively influence relevant agendas at a national and local level (National/Community Ambassadors). Direct intervention is an additional approach available to address specific ASB/Community Safety issues;
  • Greener and healthier neighbourhoods: through our Cultiv8 programme and local regeneration initiatives, we will provide opportunities for residents to encourage food growing (allotments/kitchen gardens); enhance underused green/brown spaces; and access healthier lifestyles (outdoor gyms/natural play areas/sports spaces);
  • Empowering communities: providing access to direct funding to deliver projects designed and delivered at a neighbourhood level (Community Grants Programme/Bright Ideas Fund) and capacity building groups to ensure impact is sustained;
  • Community Assets: investing in community facilities (places and people) to ensure they are fit-for-purpose and able to act as Community Hubs for the benefit of wider communities.

For more information on our Community Grants Programme click here.

Last year the Neighbourhood Investment team :

  • ran hundreds of sports and arts programmes benefiting over 2,500 young people, reducing ASB and giving our young people a positive start in life
  • supported 10 residents to be Youth Ambassadors raising the profile of young people in the group
  • supported 50 community centres (assets) to be the focus of activities for their communities
  • supported 61 local community improvement projects with £200k of small grants
  • brightened up external areas with new allotments, sports areas and community gardens

Overall the team improved the equivalent of two football pitches worth of communal land and buildings

Contact us

For more information, please contact Matt Parsonage, Head of Neighbourhood Investment on 0300 100 0303, or email matthew.parsonage@affinitysutton.com

 

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