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Social enterprises and enterprising voluntary groups could play a vital role in delivering the government’s Green Deal policy to help householders invest in energy efficiency. Work led by Localise West Midlands, iSE and a number of neighbourhood groups in Birmingham and funded by Local Energy Assessment Fund shows how these groups could work as ‘neighbourhood gateways’ helping to seal the Green Deal with householders. Evaluation carried out by Chamberlain Forum suggests neighbourhood gateways have the potential to increase take-up of energy efficiency measures, create sustainable jobs in neighbourhoods and play an important part in reducing fuel poverty.
Neighbourhood Forums, Community First panels and other groups interested in setting up local websites in Birmingham are invited to take up support from Chamberlain Forum and Community Network 4 Birmingham. Any local group can set up, and get support to manage, a neighbourhood website for free as part of a project to extend local websites to cover 100 city neighbourhoods.
Chamberlain Forum’s 2011-12 programme focuses on Community Resilience and Self-Help.
Community First is the new £80m government-funded programme that will run for four years, until March 2015. Despite some quirks relating to where the new fund will be available, it might actually ‘do what it says on the tin’ and start, in a small way, the practice of putting communities in the driving seat.
What’s stopping stronger communities? Places where public services are done with citizens – and not to them? What are the missing rungs on the ladder of local coproduction? Theories of Community Strength is the result of a year long research project into the nuts and bolts of civil society undertaken by Chamberlain Forum and residents [...]