estate is beginning to nurture a newsense of confidence in the area, as morethan 1,400 deck access flats are replacedor improved, a new park is created andthe local centre is redeveloped.
CommIT – Community ICT Solutions,Lancaster University
Volunteer students have helped a widerange of voluntary organisations andindividuals, including young offendersand people with mental healthproblems, improve their informationand communications technology skills.This has enabled voluntary groups tobecome more efficient and individualsto become more employable.
Music for Life,Liverpool
One of Britain’s top orchestras has joined forces with local schools anda regeneration agency to providemusical opportunities in one of themost disadvantaged parts of Liverpool.The project is enriching the schoolcurriculum and proving that music canplay a genuine role in regenerating acommunity.
Stats and Maps,Rochdale
A groundbreaking internet-basedinformation system allows statutoryagencies, community groups and thepublic to get detailed data about theborough of Rochdale. Information thatwould previously have taken professionalresearchers hours to produce can beaccessed by anyone in minutes.
Stockport BME Children’sProject
Seven different minority ethniccommunities have come together, withhelp from Stockport’s Children’s Fund,
Build on evidence but be ready to reinvent:the most successful projects learn from whathas gone before, but are sensitive to context.Knowledge and expertise must be adapted tomeet the unique challenges of places and people.
We learn by listening: the programmehighlighted the importance of thoroughpreparation, listening to those who have beeninvolved in similar projects and to the concernsand aspirations of local people.
We learn by doing: meeting and overcomingexpected and unexpected challenges enablespractitioners to learn what works and whatdoesn’t. Flexibility and pragmatism are vital tosuccess.
We learn by daring: the most effectiveprojects don’t stick to the obvious. They ventureinto the unknown and set themselves challengesthat are beyond the call of duty.
We learn by valuing: overcoming conflictsand building relationships of trust and respectenables partnerships to work effectively.
We learn by reflecting: evaluation is anessential learning process, especially when usedto adjust priorities and practice during a project.
We learn by owning: when participants feel apersonal responsibility for a project, it generatesan energy and will to succeed that turnsobstacles into opportunities.
Sharing the learning is important: while someprojects put systems in place at an early stage toshare what has been learned, others appear toapproach this as an afterthought. Learning may belost unless specific provision is made.
The Egan principles need an underpinningethos: the most effective and convincing projectsdon’t just supply the elements of a sustainablecommunity. They reveal an ethos that marriesenergy and values to vital professional skills. Asuccessful project is more than just a job.
Key points from the Exemplar Learning Programme 2007