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1 Broadwater Farm ‘To achieve what you have never achieved before and to do what you’ve never done’ Creativity and Participation to Promote Integration ‘Success Through Caring’ A model for Community Regeneration & Enterprise Development Clasford Stirling and Nigel Norie

2 Background: Broadwater Farm in 1981 Inner-city estate with 1062 accomodation units Poorly designed layout with ‘Walkways in the Sky’ Approximate population of % unemployment among men from 18 to 55 High % of refugee and asylum seeker families High youth crime rate No youth club or facilities of any kind No universal social facilities or childcare provision Predominantly white Residents Association control Policy of high police presence and stop and search Poor estate maintenance and repairs No representation for ethnic minorities

3 Triggers for Change: Oppressive police targeting of young black males Residents Association request for on-site police station Council offices too far away from the estate, so no access Poorly trained estate staff Son of Dolly Kiffin wrongfully arrested Action for Change: Young people occupied unused fish & chip shop Established the BWF Youth Association & BWFYA Co-op Started to cook and deliver meals on wheels to elderly Became organised and made a list of demands to council Ethnic leaders stood for office in Residents Association Blocked progress for new police station Lobbied on behalf of the whole community for facilities Planned, built and managed Enterprise Workshops Nursery opened and managed by community

4 How did change happen? Community Leaders identified - given responsibility and resources to represent. Local politicians shown to support the intiative Survey of residents needs compiled and listed in priority Skills Survey carried out of all residents by the RA Co-ops set up and given seed funding and contracts for work on the estate, assisted by council officers Targeted training given to young people to enable work Landscape and refurbishment work given to local co’s Companies ‘encouraged’ to take on local labour Building Co. set up by residents to build Enterprise Wkshp Business Plan training given to identified entrepreneurs Seed funding and premises given to start-up enterprises Partnership working between the local community and central and local government established

5 What are the benefits? Capacity building within all levels of the community Democratic process embedded into all decision making Transparency & openness between officers and residents Local economy stimulated by income of new workers Employment created via co-ops taking on contracts Employment created by newly established enterprises Community Cohesion strengthened by wide participation Faith groups encouraged to participate in community More open relationships with the police established Young people are given work skills and raised esteem Cycle of unemployment broken & families strengthened Single parents are supported back into work Model can be replicated and used elsewhere


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