View Neighbourhood Management Achievement Award Winners 2004


Neighbourhood Management Achievement Award Winners 2004 2004

 This document is published for archival/historical purposes. It will not be updated. 

The awards recognise the achievement, dedication and hard work of individuals and groups in delivering the benefits of Neighbourhood Management to communities across the country. The awards are split into 12 categories – 5 personal achievement awards and 7 general achievement awards. The winner of each category each receive a cash prize of £1000.

Personal Achievement Awards 2004

The personal achievement award categories include: Resident, Service Provider, Elected Member, Neighbourhood Manager, and Young Person.

1. Resident

Winner – Jean Oliver

(Parkfield and Mill Lane Neighbourhood Management Partnership, Stockton-on-Tees)

Seventy-year-old Jean is always willing to challenge parts of service delivery that fail to meet local needs and expectations. She has given young people a powerful voice in their community and used her relations with the police to enable them to focus accurately on residents priorities and concerns.

Runner-up – Doreen Bolton

(Interlock, Basildon)

Doreen has worked to improve service provision in her area, where she chairs a local neighbourhood committee. She involves and informs residents, bringing their ideas to the forefront of improvements in community safety, the environment, health and education, and training.

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2. Service Provider

Winner – Sergeant Paul Hamilton

(Pathfinder Policing Team, North Benwell Neighbourhood Management, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

Since Paul’s team was established, local crime has fallen by 27%, several prolific offenders have been convicted and officers have become actively engaged in community events. Residents’ concerns about alcohol abuse, truancy and anti-social behaviour have been eased and home security has been improved.

Runner-up – Alan Fish and Les Gray

(Community Police Officers, Parkfield and Mill Lane Neighbourhood Management Partnership, Stockton-on-Tees)

Alan and Les have made a tremendous difference to residents quality of life. They have regained the trust of the the community in reducing crime, which has reduced vigilante behaviour that may have taken place in the past. They also attend resident group meetings and carry mobile phones to allow members of the community to contact them easily.

Runner-up – Tony Jenkins

(Skills for Life Community Tutor, Knutton Cross Heath Neighbourhood Management)

Tony has engaged people who never previously considered returning to learning, building a learning champions network of local people who encourage others to take part. He has done this by delivering a variety of opportunities to meet the needs and requests of local people.

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3. Elected Member

Winner – Councillor Jean Brown

(Noel Park Neighbourhood Initiative, London)

Jean has made a real difference by placing the concerns of the community at the forefront of council business. She played a key role in bringing the Sure Start programme to the neighbourhood and driving forward a capital programme that is now delivering a new community centre, play centre and nursery. 

Runner-up – Councillor Chris Coombs

(Parkfield and Mill Lane Neighbourhood Management Partnership, Stockton-on-Tees)

Chris has made a significant contribution to local regeneration and has tirelessly pursued quality of life improvements for local people through his various roles. He has used his role on the police authority to gain additional police activity in the Neighbourhood Management (NM) area.

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4. Neighbourhood Manager

Winner – Nick Mannion

(Knutton Cross Heath Neighbourhood Management, Newcastle-under-lyme)

Nicks achievements include: pioneering a new approach to engaging young people, extending the NM approach to housing market renewal, targeting additional funds at health and education at neighbourhood level and spreading NM principles to councils action plans. 

Runner-up – Sue Bickler

(Boscombe and Springbourne West Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder, Bournemouth)

The achievements of Sue’s team include: environmental improvements, a primary school nurture group providing hot school meals, tackling local problems of drugs and prostitution and creating a co-ordinated employment and activity scheme for people with mental illness. 

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5. Young Person

Winner – Andrew Vickers

(West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust)

Andrew’s involvement in the regeneration of his community has made him a role model for his peers. His achievements include: creating a permanent Youth and Community Centre, founding a football team and setting up a youth forum.  He was largely responsible for organising the first National Youth Conference.

Runner-up – Alim Camara

(Joining Up, Northumberland Park, London)

Alim is an inspirational role model for local young people and is a key driving force for positive change. He has worked vigorously to deliver community-based performance arts and social education projects, designed to tackle some of the root causes of crime and unemployment such as low self-esteem. 

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General Achievement Awards

The general achievement categories include the: Liveability Award, Cohesion and Diversity Award, Mainstreaming Award, Best Supporting Organisation, Innovation Award, Youth Award, and the Neighbourhood Management Partnership of the Year Award.

6. Liveability Award

Winner – Safe and Clean Streets Programme

(Stanley Green Corridor Neighbourhood Partnership, Durham)

A team of environmental caretakers has been established, Police Community Support Officers are working to improve relations with residents and a ‘fire-busters’ scheme has organised clear-up events for fire hazards. Results include a 50% reduction in secondary fires and the removal of 30 tonnes of rubbish on one day. 

Runner-up – Blacon Car Clear Plus

(Blacon Neighbourhood Management, Chester)

The scheme planned to remove abandoned vehicles from the Blacon Estate within 30 minutes, instead of the previous system of issuing a 7-day removal notice. As a result, some 80 abandoned vehicles have already been removed and deliberate car fires have fallen by 35%.

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7. Cohesion & Diversion Award

Winner – Approach to Community Cohesion

(Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council)

The programme began with the appointment of a Community Cohesion Officer, whose post will be mainstreamed by the local authority. Innovations include a Black Minority Ethnic community warden team, a myth-busting information campaign, and a diversity calendar for front line council staff.

Runner-up – International Party

(Changes in Common Neighbourhood Management, Woolwich)

Some 700 people attended an event to celebrate local diversity and unite the community. With the co-operation of local traders the
event developed into a street party that linked with the opening of the local Neighbourhood Management shop and an exhibition of local photographs and videos. There is now demand for this to be an annual event.

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8. Mainstreaming Award

Winner – Step Ahead

(Hattersley Neighbourhood Partnership, Hyde)

The Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder and Jobcentre Plus worked together to establish a local one-stop advice shop, with a special focus on hard-to-reach and disadvantaged groups. The service has attracted over 1,000 customer visits in its first year, helping 64 to access benefits, 169 to enrol on training courses and 28 to find employment. 

Runner-up – Waste Management Strategy

(Poulton Neighbourhood Management)

The new waste management plan to reduce fly-tipping has helped to increase property values and improved residents’ perceptions of their neighbourhood. The scheme works by addressing local priorities through improved use and targeting of existing resources.

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9. Best Supporting Organisation

Winner – Strategic Housing Services

(Lancaster City Council)

Through partnership working and power-sharing, the council has achieved considerable progress in increasing house prices, improving local perceptions of quality of life and reducing the amount of unfit housing stock. This has creating an environment that almost 90% of local people now want to stay in.

Runner-up – Laying the foundations Project

(Kendray Initiative, Barnsley)

Local residents have designed, implemented and managed a Community House. This one-stop-shop offers information, referral and support on a wide range of issues, including education and training, welfare, debts, housing, victim support, domestic violence, drugs and alcohol. 

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10. Innovation Award

Winner – Educating Programme

(Stanley Green Corridor Neighbourhood Management Partnership, Durham)

This programme created an education group to provide co-ordinated support across all age groups, in order to raise aspirations, improve results and improve adult literacy and numeracy. Improvements are already being seen in GCSE grades and Key Stage 3. 

Runner-up – Well Blacon

(Blacon Neighbourhood Management, Chester)

The ‘Well Blacon’ group is made up of local volunteers and delivers free complementary therapies to improve the health and well-being of local residents. 75 people attended the taster day and local patients are now referred to ‘Well Blacon’ on a regular basis.

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11. Youth Award

Winner – Youth Participation Project

(Kendray Initiative, Barnsley)

The project has given young people a powerful voice within their neighbourhood and generated energetic community activity owned and led by youngsters. More than 60% of youngsters aged 10-18 have engaged with the project.

Runner-up – Hattersley Youth Xplosion

(Hattersley Neighbourhood Partnership, Hyde)

This multi-agency project was created to give local young people a voice by involving them actively in the decision making process. It employs creative arts, sports and music events, including a community radio project, to engage youngsters, especially those who have traditionally been excluded.

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12. Neighbourhood Management Partnership of the Year Award

Winner – Parkfield and Mill Lane Neighbourhood Management, Stockton-on-Tees

The area has been transformed since the Neighbourhood Management Partnership (NMP) was established in 2001, with houses that were previously for sale being taken off the market. This achieved a 31% reduction in domestic burglary, high standards of street-cleansing, increased property values and the influx of £7 million regeneration funding.

Runner-up – Joining Up Northumberland Park Neighbourhood Management, London

The NMP board is committed to community engagement and has increased peoples involvement in regeneration. Achievements include a one-stop Neighbourhood Resource Centre where residents can access learn direct, job centre and Sure Start services under one roof.

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Last update: Thursday, August 28, 2008

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