Building sustainable youth provision - a two day residential with housing managers

We're off! Back in Birmingham for a two day residential with housing managers from across the country, looking to build sustainable community based responses to young people.

We will be putting the case to the Board, developing a participation strategy, working up a bid and creating a neighbourhood action plan. Much of what we do will be posted here for sharing. Any questions or further thoughts use our twitter hashtag #ypfn or email me, Bill Badham at

Plus Dane's story of partnership work rebuilding an estate

Emma Sneyd shared stories of success, focusing on over eight years of partnership working on Bromley Farm in Congleton, Cheshire. There is more from Plus Dane and their neighbourhood investor approach at 


Emma’s presentation is accompanied by a booklet called Bromley farm: partnership working toolkit. You can contact Emma at



Community development national seminar outline

As part of the continuing support offered by the FPM team to the local YPFN partnerships, the second of three national seminars was held on Community Development. You can follow the action in pictures here:



The Objectives of the day were:

  1. Share good practice to date in community development toward building sustainable local partnerships for YPFN
  2. Explore and agree key principles and practices to ensure community engagement and ownership is at the heart of developing the business case
  3. Develop and agree to implement a further process of community development to build the local partnership for sustainable youth provision


The Outline of the day was:


Community mapping 


       Share practice

       Gain common understanding of community and networks


       Community mapping –

      Place own colour sticky dots to map people and places

      Add traffic light postits to reflect levels of influence

       Each comment and reflect on the action plan from last time and recent developments


Stories of success 


       Share and learn from practice

       Explore and understand key principles of community development


       Stories from the ‘hood: Bromley Farm

       Adding to the learning – partnership reflections

       Barriers and opportunities


Community development thinking 

Principles and practice: some key points


      Process and product

      Traps and pitfalls

      Community development – who for and by whom

      Measuring success


Circles of connection 


       Map the local context

       Explore and understanding influence and power


       Take own postits from earlier and then mark them on the circles of connection

       Who’s missing? Who do you need to move inward or outward and how will we do it?


Community development thinking 

Influence and power: some key points:

       Influence and Power

       Developing Groupwork – Life Space


Community Development Skills 


       Explore approaches to community development

       Agree actions to take forward through YPFN


       Map range of approaches and identify pattern

       Plan approaches to build on and introduce

       Explore merits and application of some approaches


Community development thinking 

Community development risks and opportunities

       Rights and citizenship

       Arnstein’s ladder - Remember the window cleaner

       The Matrix – thanks to Caitlin

       Outcomes Based Accountability


Next steps in community development

       Agree next steps using action plan tool


       Review and evaluation

       Thank yous and plans for next time





We held three national seminars in Leeds, London and Birmingham in March, involving about 60 social housing leaders with the three aims:

§  To explore learning from Young People Friendly Neighbourhoods for sustainable youth support in neighbourhoods and communities;

§  To consider organisational models for securing long term solutions and the role and place of housing associations and RSLs;

§  To determine the elements of strategic leadership required to build the case internally and the partnerships externally.


Housing leaders were keen to build momentum, including through a May residential for managers, sharing messages within government, promoting a community of practice through the National Housing Federation, collaborating with Chartered Institute of Housing on professional development and sharing learning more widely from the YPFN programme.


This is short report summarises findings from each event. Further information is available from and on Twitter at #ypfn. To keep in touch and for further information contact Bill Badham:


Community Activism in Torbay - a short summary of what we did over 2 days

As part of the national Young People Friendly Neighbourhoods programme, we have created a community activism resource to support local communities to indentify concerns and take action to achieve change.

The resource was written by Bill Badham, based on Act by Right ( Residents and workers from Torbay helped create the outline and trialled it in April 2012.

This short video describes this new Community Activism resource.

The video tells the story of the journey that residents and workers went on in exploring a simple 5 stage process:

  • Getting to know each other and representing others
  • Getting to know the community
  • Getting ready for action
  • Campaigning for change
  • Finding out what's changed.

The resource is being tweaked to draw on the learning from this first outing and will soon be available free for wider use.

Photos of the two day event are at