Growing Together Community Projects
The following are some, but not all, of the projects we've undertaken over the past three years or have planned to do over the next three:
Brookside Community Hub
We've recently signed a three year lease on the old barber's shop at Brookside Hall (Billing Brook Road shops) and are now turning it into a Community Hub for Lings and Lumbertubs. This will provide some of the services already available to our other estates through Blackthorn Community Centre and Family Centre. We'll be recruiting a 20 hour/week community worker to run it and to develop an exciting porogramme of events for the estates. You'll also be able to drop in for a cuppa and the share issues of concern or to book an appointment with one of the organisations that'll be running regular "surgeries" there.
Providing new opportunities for young people was very high up the list of priorities set by our consultation with the community. We have therefore funded five youth organisations to run new programmes for us.
Free 2 Talk run youth groups at both Blackthorn Community Centre for 8 - 11 year olds and the Brookside Hall for the 12+ age group. You can find out more on the Events page.
Change of Scene (now ou9t of business) created extra places each year on their programmes of adventurous activities for teenagers from the Growing Together area between 2013 and 2016.
Impact Now run arts and crafts based work and study support at Blackthorn Community Centre, Lodge Farm Community Centre and Brookside Hall. All activites take place on Saturday mornings. To find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org
43rd Northampton Scouts cover our estates. You can find out more about them at scouts.org.uk
Reelscape Community (now known as Screen Northants) have recently relocated to the town centre, but used to be based in the Weston Favell centre. They run film based activities for young people and you can contact them through email@example.com
We've also recently agreed to fund the youth work programme run by Emmanuel Church for two years.
We've built community play areas in the following places.
- the space between the games cage and the toddlers' play area near Rillwood Court in Lumbertubs (8 - 13 year olds)
- the green space by the bus stop on Birds Hill Road, between Ellfield Court and Hangerfield Court (3 - 8 year olds)
- Foxcovert Wood, in the clearing with the old climbing blocks (8 - 13 year olds)
- outside Blackthorn Community Centre (for toddlers)
- the green space off Goldings Road between Treetops and Osmund Drive.
We've also built two youth shelters, each with some outdoor gym equipment, at Blackthorn Recreation Ground (opposite Croft Meadow Court) and in Swanhaven Park, across the road from Cygnet lake.
Help for older people
We're funding Age UK (Help the Aged and Age Concern merged) to continue with their very successful Get Set Go groups and inter-group activities such as a Kurling League and a programme of visits to local sites of interest such as National Trust properties. The purpose of this is to help older local residents make new friends and live more fulfilling and independent lives. If you would like to discuss a place on these activites for yourself or a relative, then contact Philip Osborne of Age UK Northants on 075-1593-2884.
Our improvements to Swanhaven Park include:
- a youth shelter and some gym equipment on the opposite side of Billing Brook Road from Cygnet Lake
- a "trim trail" of gym equipment along the path by the east (road side) of the Lake
- dog training and exercise equipment in the area encircled by trees close to Lodge Farm (coming soon)
- interpretation boards to show what wildlife you can see on the Lake
- a bench around the big tree by the Billing Brook Road shops
We're now working closely with the Borough and County Councils, the Environment Agency, the Wildlife Trust and others to find a lasting solution to environmental problems besetting Kingfisher, Cygnet and Dragonfly Lakes.
We're delighted to have paid for Lings School's new Performance Zone and Environment Zone.