tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:/posts YPFN 2018-01-15T12:57:45Z Practical Participation tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/627348 2013-12-06T10:50:21Z 2018-01-15T12:57:45Z Circle Crew for Change Youth Mutual planning to deepen local impact

On 28 November 2013, the country's first Youth Mutual held its first planing away day. The full report is attached. The youth people and support staff reviewed the incredible progress in recent months from becoming formally constituted in March to the launch in August. The committee and other young members looked at how well it done against its stated objectives and agreed priority actions for the coming months. A rigorous and robust process and Board would  have been proud of!

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/606804 2013-10-07T08:32:16Z 2016-07-08T14:25:48Z A guide to community rights

DCLG have recently published 'You've got the power: quick and simple guide to community rights'


DCLG says:


'People around the country value and love the places they live in.  They want great local public services, to protect the things that make their neighbourhood special and to help their community grow and develop in the right way.  To help build the communities they aspire to, government has given legal powers and new opportunities to preserve what they like and change what they don't like about the city, town or village they live in.  Whether they want to stop the local shop closing, get more homes built, or improve local public services, this quick and simple guide will point you in the right direction.  It also gives just a few examples of the thousands of people, in hundreds of communities, who are already using their rights to make changes for the better where they live.


With over a thousand uses in their first year, it's clear that people value their new powers and are using the support available until March 2015. Your organisation and members can make use of and benefit from these new powers too - don't miss out, please share this message as widely as you can.'


More info here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/youve-got-the-power-a-quick-and-simple-guide-to-community-rights



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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/600480 2013-09-10T17:12:58Z 2016-07-08T05:02:14Z YPFN - 6 points for action

Young People Friendly Neighbourhoods was a successful national programme involving local communities in exploring local need and establishing long term solutions. In this summary, Kevin Ford outlines 6 points for action which arise from our learning:

·        Community led partnerships

·        A bedrock of community relationships

·        Commissioning by communities

·        Community investment over time

·        A community premium

·        One set of services

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/600477 2013-09-10T17:07:58Z 2016-07-08T09:25:58Z YPFN - our learning along the way


Over the 2 years of YPFN, the core team from FPM worked closely with the Groundwork areas to support local developments, build capacity and share expertise.


This summary of shared learning arises from monthly reports which reflected on progress and strengthened understanding of local circumstances, opportunities and difficulties in building community based long term youth provision.

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270820 2013-02-12T16:18:00Z 2018-01-15T09:35:08Z Housing associations' role in driving a community agenda

This great report brings Housing Associations into the mainstream of seeking solutions to imploding public services and investing in community development for the long term.







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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270831 2013-02-12T11:04:00Z 2018-01-15T09:35:19Z Coop councils resource: YPFN legacy and the way ahead?

This is a thorough and really useful overview and insight into how cooperative principles and organisational models are gaining ground and encouraging a rethink in how the public are true stakeholders in public services.


Perhaps a small part of the YPFN legacy has been to contribute to this movement and demonstrate practically how local communities can be supported honourably by the voluntary and community sector and by local authority staff to take ownership and leadership in shaping things to do and places to go for young people where they live.


The full press release and other exciting details are here: http://www.councils.coop/2013/01/16/co-operative-councils-set-out-policy-agenda/


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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270849 2013-02-05T17:22:41Z 2018-01-15T09:35:26Z Sustainability - what's in a word?

At the heart of YPFN is how to build sustainable youth provision through community led partnerships. This review of YPFN sustainability draws on a review of Groundwork plans for seven neighbourhoods and communities which did not develop new organisational models but did seek to build on existing partnerships or create new consortia.

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270853 2012-12-20T15:53:00Z 2018-01-15T09:35:57Z Documents from the YPFN Capacity Building Day held on 4th December 2012
The documents detailed below represent the key outcomes and note-taking of the capacity building day held in Birmingham on 4th December 2012 with participants from the six Phase 1 trusts exploring further sustainable options for delivering services with and for young people.


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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270857 2012-12-06T12:59:00Z 2018-01-15T09:35:43Z Developing community organisations

This blog reflects on helping develop community organisations, especially Youth Mutuals in Lambeth in London and Delves Lane, Durham. It sets the wider commissioning, policy and economic backdrop and ends with some key learning points drawn out from John Thurlbeck about what has helped make things work in Durham. There is a link to the draft Youth Mutual constitution. 

John highlights key success factors behind the Delves Lane community partnership in Durham,

developing a Youth Mutual called Circle Crew for Change. These included:

§  (se ncluded below at highlightsourhoods activity adn no standing still adn s Lane in Durham to reflect upon the reasons for theThe value of key internal leadership

§  The presence and involvement of young people from the very first

§  The engagement of committed partners, including the local authority

§  The engagement with the wider community

§  Business planning owned by a core partnership

§  Developing and then holding onto the vision

§  Maintaining perspective in turbulent internal and external environments.




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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270869 2012-11-30T10:47:42Z 2018-01-15T09:35:46Z A model constitution

This document outlines the agreed constitution for a new youth mutual known as Circle Crew for Change Limited. It is a community benefit society solely for young people aged 13 - 25 years, based in Delves Lane, Consett, County Durham.The mutual has a majority membership on the Management Committee of young people and young adults. It was developed through support from local young people, staff of Groundwork North East and FPM, and local key stakeholders, as part of the DfE's Young People Friendly Neighbourhoods national pilot.

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270880 2012-11-28T10:14:00Z 2018-01-15T09:36:09Z Lambeth's story of Young Lambeth Cooperative

These two reports tell part of the story of the development of the Young Lambeth Cooperative. They offer an insight into the process of working with young people and other key stakeholders to create a youth mutual to orchestrate a range of services for children and young people in the Borough.

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270887 2012-10-30T16:45:00Z 2018-01-15T09:35:46Z consortium working

Here is an excellent resource to thinking about and developing consortia approaches to addressing issues and running services.

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270900 2012-10-30T09:11:00Z 2018-01-15T09:35:49Z models of community ownership find their feet

Community ownership models are beginning to find their feet and offer a way forward from out-dated regeneration schemes. This article published in NewStart by Tom Archer and Rob Rowlands offers some hope and pointers to the way ahead.


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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270911 2012-10-09T10:40:00Z 2018-01-15T09:36:00Z The Place Shapers Northern Forum: CEOs consider key drivers to develop young people friendly neighbourhoods

The Place Shapers Northern Forum meeting in July 2012 involved 28 Chief Executives from small and medium sized housing associations. They explored strategic leadership based on learning from the YPFN programme and considering four imperatives as in the picture on the right. (On the left is the summary from housing managers with greater range of views, less top marks but a lower overall score of 3.64.) The CEOs rated their overall performance as 4.17 out of 5 and the 4 criteria as:

§  Buy in from the Board: 4.07

§  Participation strategy: 4.54

§  Partnership commitment to local action: 4

§  Neighbourhood plans: 3.86.






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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270915 2012-10-09T10:37:00Z 2018-01-15T09:36:01Z Where there is no vision the people perish

Over 18 months the Young People Friendly Neighbourhood programme has been working with 20 local communities to develop sustainable youth provision at a time when many local authority youth services are shrinking by as much as 60%. FPM has been supporting this local capacity building, including through a number of seminars on business planning, community development and organisational development. The July seminar focusing on organisational development interestingly went right back to a full exploration of purpose and vision to help make sure local developments put the function of what they wished to achieve before jumping to plucking an organisational model or form off the shelf.


Below are some of the key points and concepts to arise.


1.     Function: focusing on vision

The group of community activists, council elected members, housing and Groundwork staff returned to the central theme of vision (function), demonstrating that this needs reviewing and refreshing in order to guide the partnership effectively to agreement about what organisational form best suits this. Reflections included:

§  All partnerships are in very different places. No one model or form fits all.

§  Organisational change has the tendency to overcomplicate, leading to cumbersome constitutions unfit for purpose that collapse under their own weight. The organisation becomes labour intensive and takes focus away from it being simply a vehicle (not a structure) to achieve the community ends.

§  The objective is to find the vehicle that allows people to come together in the simplest way to face the challenges.

§  This poses a significant challenge for some organisations which may be tempted to retreat from collaboration in order to increase the chances of individual successful tendering. The greater opportunity is to see community based partnerships as something they can and should contribute to through, for example, offering a credible hub and spokes model: local presence, credible infrastructure and national player.

§  Affirming the vision, consolidating the partnership and building membership are a continual process, not a once off event. In Torbay for example this has been supported through a number of community events and in Durham through a young people newsletter.

§  The established involvement of key stakeholders, especially the intended beneficiaries – in this case young people – can inspire creative solutions and momentum to develop quickly once the foundations are sure. In one area, in Delves Lane in Durham, there was a step change during one meeting, setting up a constitutional commission to agree the parameters of the emerging new organisation.

§  Vision and credibility needs to be based on the integrity of the future, not the activity of the past.

§  The first sustainability challenge is sustaining that shared vision.


2.     Vision and empowerment

A vision for an autonomous, community led organisation may be in tension with local authority and funders learnt behaviour. “No one taught local authorities to let go. Elected members may be able to give a broad picture and talk of handing over power, but it is the officers who do the do. And it is not in their training to let go. All their training is to take control, run stuff and do things to communities.” (Cliff Mills). Yet empowerment means someone has to let go and there has to be a rebalancing of power, authority and accountability. The additional challenge is that this process needs to happen at a time of significant change, cuts and the withdrawal of local and national state.


3.     Vision and timing

This programme is not a two year programme from start to finish, but an initial timeframe to set out the scene, identify the players, develop the vision, build the partnerships and create the conceptual scene about the future possibilities. DfE funding was in order to encourage innovation, try things out and explore options, within the context of community involvement in decision making.


4.     Vision shared

At this stage of the programme, a number of the partnerships are revisiting and reviewing the initial vision and reflecting on whether it is fit for purpose, who owns it and who is committed to see its implementation. Some of the risks being identified in the partnerships are summarised below:

§  Silos: organisations are still working to their own agendas on their own terms.

§  Tidal: shared commitment comes and goes and proves hard to establish and built on. There is a need to deepen ownership and strengthen range and commitment of key stakeholders.

§  Convoys: there is almost too much going on and too many diverse opportunities. Communication is about telling others where one’s own ship is heading, unaware that the effect resembles a convoy of ships sailing off in parallel lines and not converging.

§  Short term pragmatism: there is a risk that the vision espoused is based on short term organisational business planning, not longer term agreed community goals and thus will wither as soon as funding for activity ends.

§  Constant gardening: a vision requires care to grow and put down roots and this forms the essential process of building collaborative and cooperative effort for long term sustainable community benefit.


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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270917 2012-10-08T15:57:00Z 2018-01-15T09:36:04Z Building the strategic case - London housing seminar

At the second of the three national housing seminars, Cllr Richard Kemp, CBE, outlined key factors in building a culture and organisational imperative for housing associations being active players in building young people friendly neighbourhoods.


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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270926 2012-09-28T07:36:00Z 2018-01-15T09:35:59Z Community activism training resource

As part of the YPFN programme, we have developed a community activism training resource which can be used all at once or in bits as best suits your needs.

Community Activism is a resource for children, young people and adults to use locally to help strengthen community action to help make where we live a better place. It is based on Act by Right which you can also get for free at www.actbyright.org.uk.

Community Activism helps those of us involved in our neighbourhoods to think about the part we play and the values, knowledge and skills to help us work well together and make change happen where we live.

The journey has five suggested places to visit, but lots of opportunity to change the itinerary, do more in some areas and less in others or go to other places not mentioned in this short resource guide.

The journey

1. We start by getting to know each other and representing others.

2. Venturing out, we look around and get to know our community.

3. Landing in new territory, we get ready for action.

4. We then branch out a bit further, discovering new knowledge and skills as we explore how to help make change happen and campaign for change.

5. And all good journeys need a chance to look back, share our experiences, find out what’s changed and what we plan to do next.




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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270929 2012-06-15T14:46:00Z 2013-10-08T16:19:01Z Housing Providers take the lead in supporting sustainable youth provision

The housing providers YPFN event at the end of May showed the strength of passion and depth of experience among many housing providers to promote and lead on young people friendly neighbourhoods. This site has many of the resources and materials used under the capacity building section.


Here you can also find the pictures from the event, showing some of the content participants produced:  http://tinyurl.com/c8bqbwa


And the first photo shows a self-assessment of what is already in place across many housing providers and the second shows what those taking part felt about the 2 days. More to follow…

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270936 2012-06-07T16:05:00Z 2018-01-15T09:36:03Z Timing is everything: reviewing form and function in Reading

Annette Goldband from FPM reflects on recent developments in Reading, exploring emerging models of community ownership. Reference is made to the right to challenge. Details are attached.

The Reading Steering group had a very productive day with Cliff Mills from Mutuo/Cobbetts. He outlined the history and principles of the co-op movement and explained a range of organisational structures in detail, drawing on real examples to illustrate the advantages and limitations of each. Throughout this process he was checking details about the local situation which served to a) help him contextualise his support to the group and b) helped the group identify the key decisions they now needed to make.


The steering group were already working on their business plan and issues arising from this were able to be addressed and clarified; as indeed, issues from the business plan were able to begin to clarify organisational structure choices facing the group.


The steering group has since met to explore further a number of key issues emerging:


1. Nature of partnership and relationship with local authority youth development service

As part of the business plan, Groundwork staff were to meet all YPFN partners individually to discuss what they want and need from their involvement in the project and what they are prepared to bring to the table. Whilst these conversations had occurred early in the process, the steering group recognised that this needed to be an ongoing exploration, repeated at several stages, with growing trust and clearer vision allowing for more frank negotiations.


As the context continues to change for all partners, it is also important to keep reviewing each partner’s position. In relation to the local authority partnership, the Reading YPFN group need to clarify what the local authority’s position is on allowing the local community to take over responsibility for youth provision in the area. If so, they need to appreciate that this will not necessarily be in the old model of subcontracting; if a mutual is established, the local authority will have a valid and relevant voice but not control of the organisation; if a Multi-Stakeholder Mutual, the local authority may be represented but will not have the majority stake, which is likely to be with residents as the principle intended beneficiaries.


Cliff Mills also helped the group understand the Right to Challenge and how this can be used, NOT to create an antagonistic relationship with local authority services, but to negotiate better use of local offers and local authority resources. For example, this might communicate itself as “We do have the right to challenge, but rather than take this up, we would like to reach an agreement about appropriate areas of responsibility and local accountability.”


The Reading group have had involvement from paid staff of the youth development service and very strong involvement from politicians. The group began to articulate the difference in perspectives of these two constituencies. The delicacies of the politics involved here are fully recognised and appreciated by the group, who now see that some of this must be articulated and addressed for the YPFN project to proceed.


2. Form and function

The local community are in the process of developing a formalised Community Association. It is possible they will explore the option of becoming a Mutual. The Reading YPFN group began to explore the pros and cons of the youth provision being part of this organisational structure or having their own. Their aspirations regarding development of the community organisation will now be checked out formally, as part of the business planning model (see below) and the pros and cons will be put to the YPFN steering group’s meeting.


3. Wider Involvement

It was agreed that a phase 2 action plan for the involvement of young people (and adult community members) was needed. Whilst progress had been made, it was now a priority for young people’s views to be a formal part of the decision making. To this end, it was decided that the current membership of the youth project would be consulted early next week, in order that they were able to be involved in this stage of the decision making process.


4. Business plan

Two members of the YPFN group had attended the workshop on Business planning. GW (Thames Valley) is currently in the process of a wider business planning process and has decided to link the YPFN business planning with its own. This will ensure some continued support from GW post March 2013, as well as serve some joint objectives. To this end, GW staff have taken on the operational development of the business plan and will be negotiating their process for this with the YPFN steering group. The process involves interviewing all partners on their aspirations for the YPFN as well as for their own organisation.


Some key points of learning

The group found the day both stimulating and enlightening. Early exploration of different organisational structures was first undertaken in an Options appraisal in November and December 2011 in order to decide what organisational form might best suit the emerging function of sustainable youth provision in the area. The group nonetheless valued returning to this theme when the whole picture was clearer and progress more sharply defined, having an external facilitator with detailed legal knowledge. It felt to some as if they were hearing the information for the first time. A good example of the maxim that “every idea has their time”.  


At the time of the Options Paper, a required external timeframe was at odds with what the group could see emerging in tangible form which they could digest and assimilate for real rather than in the abstract. If sustainability of provision (not organisation) is our goal, these processes need to be revisited when they are needed, especially if we have had to undertake them at earlier points because they have been required!


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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270940 2012-06-07T15:23:00Z 2013-10-08T16:19:01Z Chief executive sets out the choice for housing providers

In this honest and powerful critique, a housing chief executive lays down the challenge: stand up for communities, young people and social justice, or sell out and go the way of the Banks.


The biggest challenge in the coming years is our response to young people. I am not sure if housing associations really understand this challenge and if they are ready to take it on. It depends how far they want to go to unearth the real community issues in their neighbourhoods. The defence of “it’s not our responsibility” is weak. If the housing association movement doesn’t recognise their responsibility then we face a difficult future. They will be complicit in creating the new ghettos in our cities. They could of course avoid the whole issue as they have done up to now through stealth selective allocation policies (eg. Not allowing enough nomination to be available to the local authorities to assist people at the bottom of the social ladder).  


We need to ask, “Are housing associations the future of social housing? Are they going to lead the challenge to provide affordable social housing to those in real need and partake in addressing deprivation and disadvantage in a partnership with other key agencies? From my standpoint the housing associations are gathering a technocracy workforce of ….yes, technocrats. As much as I believe this group has a role to play in terms of business management, I equally believe they are rapidly moving away from real social responsibility.


Remembering key “Left” social reformers I think it’s time “they put down their iPads” and started thinking about the growing social issues in our communities. Taking “social” out of housing is leading to a complete alienation of large numbers of our community. We need a serious debate in shaping housing associations of the future and for them to do some serious sole searching about what their purpose is. We must renew our commitment to Public Service and renew our oath as Public Servants. This is the only way we will understand our communities and their needs. The longer we leave it the stronger the hold by Deprivation. There may come a time when we cannot reverse what we have allowed to happen.                                   


I think housing associations are going down the route of mutual building societies – they followed the hunger of becoming banks and look where this has ended up.   

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270946 2012-05-30T10:59:00Z 2018-01-15T09:36:04Z Involving young people: a range of approaches

The housing event has been exploring a range of approaches to children and young people's participation and how an effective engagement strategy will blend many of these together. Some of our thinking is put together in this short briefing which may be of use. 

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270947 2012-05-29T08:39:00Z 2018-01-15T09:36:07Z 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 bill@practicalparticipation.co.uk

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270948 2012-05-22T15:07:51Z 2018-01-15T09:36:38Z Changing policy and funding picture affecting young people

A few slides highlighting the rapidly changing policy and funding context affecting young people and the provision of youth work.

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270950 2012-05-19T00:11:10Z 2018-01-15T09:36:10Z NCB report on the impact of cuts on children's charities

This reports from the NCB give a powerful overview of the impact of cuts on voluntary sector organisaitons primarily working with children and young people. You can find out more here: http://www.ncb.org.uk/news/cuts-leave-charities-fearing-closure-within-a-year-says-ncb-report

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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270837 2012-05-10T08:52:00Z 2018-01-15T09:35:31Z 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 http://www.neighbourhoodinvestor.com/. 


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



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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270852 2012-05-09T18:26:00Z 2018-01-15T09:35:41Z community development thinking

Here are three short papers that summarise some important aspects of community development, developed by Annette Goldband:

·         History

·         Principles

·         Pitfalls


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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270866 2012-05-09T17:20:00Z 2013-10-08T16:18:59Z 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




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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270877 2012-04-29T17:03:00Z 2018-01-15T09:35:42Z The latest edition of the Daily Delve

In this edition some exciting news and updates on young people’s involvement in building toward a youth or community mutual to best establish and maintain youth provision in the area.


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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270890 2012-04-27T09:21:00Z 2018-01-15T09:35:47Z Housing

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 www.ypfn.posterous.com and on Twitter at #ypfn. To keep in touch and for further information contact Bill Badham: bill@practicalparticipation.co.uk


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tag:ypfn.posthaven.com,2013:Post/270898 2012-04-24T12:56:00Z 2013-10-08T16:19:00Z 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 (www.actbyright.org.uk). 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 

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