We work in small neighbourhoods and housing estates to improve the wellbeing of families and communities and increase the employment rate in these communities.
Our community animators engage with people by door knocking and home visits. Through an open ended listening process people are supported to identify where they would like to make a change in their own lives and in their community.
We take a people first approach to help gain trust. With those who are not working a personal plan is developed towards improving health and economic activity. Others are supported into voluntary or community activity.
Once trust has been built up we use a case management approach and work with local partner agencies as part of a neighbourhood multi-disciplinary team.
Community work is undertaken to tackle environmental and social problems that contribute to stress, ill-health and low morale in the neighbourhood. This is part of our holistic approach.
Tackling confidence and health barriers means getting the welcome right – by creating an environment that is friendly and safe. At each Community Renewal Centre the door is always open and people can drop in more informally for a chat and a cup of tea.
Community Renewal has developed a detailed database record of all the contacts made, people’s views, their desires and barriers. We keep “stories” – narratives of individual histories and progress. This is also giving us an overall picture of the assets of the community. This information is then distilled into a vision for the Community.
We work alongside and in partnership with funders and commissioners, public bodies and organisations appointed to deliver public services to encourage the embedding of a community development approach to addressing social issues.