Building Resilience Programme

 

Over the last decade there has been an increase in the number of migrants settling to live and work in the NG20 area, placing pressures on most public services. Surgeries, schools, the housing market, public spaces were all feeling the impact.

In spring 2015, Shirebrook found itself in the news for negative reasons. Resentment at the growing number of migrant workers recruited by Sports Direct, and the pressures that put on the existing community, resulted in demonstrations that hit national headlines.

In response Bolsover Partnership formed Shirebrook Forward NG20. It was a partnership of a wide range of sectors and services, community groups and key statutory partners brought together to cover an extensive range of issues.

Professionals from the Police, Housing and Environmental Health, Education, Derbyshire County Council’s Public Health, Shirebrook Town Council, Derbyshire Fire Service and the largest local employer Sports Direct sat around the same table with representatives from local communities and voluntary groups.

The work being undertaken by the Partnership was recognised by Government resulting in a 2 day visit by colleagues from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in May of 2016 to see for themselves the challenges faced by the local communities in the NG20 area. As a result of this visit the Partnership were asked to submit an application for resources to the Controlling Migration Fund and this successfully levered in £1.26m to the area (the 4th highest award nationally!).

The successful bid entitled ‘Building Resilience” has seven strands across which the funds have been allocated:

  • Community resilience
  • Market Square Enlivenment
  • Migrant community access
  • Improve access and quality of private sector housing
  • Social Norms and UK Laws
  • Additional GP resources
  • Healthy Workforce Programme

A framework has been established for measuring and capturing social outcomes and the impact of the programme together with undertaking an interim and final evaluation to ensure the project stays on track. During October an Operational Group was established to bring together relevant strand leads to encourage closer working and to promote cross-cutting opportunities.

Everyone involved via the Shirebrook Forward NG20 group are committed to improving services for local people and are firmly behind the success of the project.

The Government (DCLG) have agreed to a visit to the area by a Minister Lord Nicholas Bourne, Parliamentary Under Secretary, who had officially launched the project on the 14 December 2017.

Exciting times!

Building Resilience Project Team.

BDC Partnership Manager – Pam Brown                       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       

Building Resilience Project Team contact details:

Piotr Danek, Project Manager, 07967837638                 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mariola Babinska, Project Development Officer             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sioned Dolan, Project Development Worker,                 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Based at Bolsover District Council Offices

The Arc

High Street

Clowne

Derbyshire

S43 4JY