Local Conversation creates change in Longbenton

07 July 2015

More than 1,000 people from the Longbenton estate, North Tyneside, have started to have their say on how they want to improve their community.

Longbenton-based organisation Justice Prince has secured funding from People’s Health Trust – using money raised by HealthRespect through The Health Lottery.

Over the coming years, this investment will be worth over £300,000.

The funding has been awarded through the Trust’s Local Conversation programme which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their community.

The Local Conversation programme puts residents at the heart of community initiatives so that they take control of the design, development and delivery of local change.

Local residents have formed a steering group to identify common concerns, strengths and opportunities within their neighbourhood.

They have been working hard to talk to the wider community and organisations to get a feel for what people want to see in their neighbourhood.

A number of fun activities, including family fun days and quiz nights, have been organised as a way to get people together and talking more.

Karen Clark, CEO, of Justice Prince said: “Residents are already developing stronger connections with each other while helping to shape their Local Conversation. This is happening through chats in the streets and events at schools, pubs and local churches and we are excited about building on these going forward.

“Local people are at the heart of this process. The steering group has been very successful in including people who do not always get involved in community events such as young people, people with mental health issues and people with disabilities and we are hopeful that this will continue throughout the project.”

David Jones, Director of Grant Programmes for People’s Health Trust said: “A huge number of people have been involved in the engagement process so far and the whole community has got behind the development of the programme which is fantastic to see.

“Local people know what is best for them and it is clear from the enthusiasm that has been shown at the start of this project that residents are keen to create real and lasting change.

 

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