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    Hi Everyone,

    Just to let you all know that the next live chat with the Community Ownership and Management of Assets will be here in this thread on Tuesday 9 February at 12.30pm.

    The topic of the chat will be ‘Equality & Diversity in Community Asset Transfer: engaging more diverse groups in your community’.

    You’ll need to be logged in to add comments, and you can change your password from the log in screen if needed. Any technical problems, please email the Just Act team communications@cdf.org.uk


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    Hi Gemma.

    NALC strongly encourages all parish Partnership Areas under COMA to take part in this exciting web chat on 9 February.


    Chris (NALC)

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    Hi Gemma and others on the chat. I’ve just posted this in the neighbourhood planning chat area, but this is even more appropriate. Contact me off-chat if its more appropriate.

    I’m based in Sheffield and we in the city need support on our neighbourhood planning/ACVs, Right to Buy and Right to Bid etc. Where can we go for practical help and advice? None of the South Yorkshire COMA bids were successful(I’m given to understand), but the need is still there – perhaps even more so in our hard pressed communities where the local authority is so desperate to sell land and community buildings. I have spoken to Locality in Sheffield, to the Civic Trust and am casting about for ideas.

    Whilst I’m based at Sharrow Community Forum I am also asking on behalf of several other groups in the City Region.

    – See more at: http://www.justact.org.uk/forums/topic/key-topics-for-neighbourhood-planning-champions-residential-live-chat-10-feb/#post-12308


    Hi Brian,

    Thanks for your question, to which unfortunately there is no easy answer. There are a few Yorkshire groups which are on the COMA programme, however they are busy finishing using their support through the programme and preparing their end of year reports as this programme is drawing to a close in March 2016. We do however have a Champions Network which many of the groups have on COMA have signed up to, and so we may be able to provide some support through this network. There’s more information found here.

    In terms of Neighbourhood Planning, all groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order will be eligible to apply for up to £8,000 in grant as part of our package of support in the period 2015-2018. This can be accessed to undertake a range of activities (as outlined in the grant guidance notes, which you can access by clicking here).

    Activities include: hiring consultants to help write project plans, helping to draft policies and other specialist activities, as well as other activities including printing costs and venue hire costs. The grant guidance also notes what activities are not eligible and also provides information on how to apply for grant support.

    Groups facing a range of complex issues are able to apply for further support from the programme. This support can come in two forms:
    • Technical support provided by AECOM – if a group are classed as complex there are a range of technical support packages that groups are able to apply for as and when they become needed. The packages of technical support include: undertaking a strategic environmental assessment, evidence base and policy review, and housing advice and assessment. Please see the grant guidance notes for the full list of technical support packages available.
    • Groups are also be eligible to apply for a further grant of up to £6,000 giving a total grant ceiling of £14,000 in the period 2015-2018

    Please see the grant guidance notes for criteria on whether or not a group can be considered complex. Groups need to meet one or more of the criteria. The criteria includes: if you are a Neighbourhood Forum (i.e. where there is no Town or Parish Council), if you are a Neighbourhood area with a highly diverse community, or if you are a Neighbourhood area which have a highly transient community. Please see the guidance note for the full list of criteria.

    In terms of advice –
    Locality also offers assistance through the MyCommunity advice line on 0300 020 1864 (Monday –Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm), where you can contact the neighbourhood planning team for neighbourhood planning specific questions as you go through the neighbourhood plan process. You can of course also talk to our team about ACVs and Right to Bid for advice.
    There is also, the neighbourhood planning area of the MyCommunity website (which you can access here and has a host of resources and toolkits available to help communities as they prepare neighbourhood plans. Some of the toolkits provide advice on how to undertake effective consultation, how to write plan policies, how to develop project plans and how to undertake housing needs assessments.

    There are also resources around Right to Bid and ACVs which are on the MyCommunity website (which you can access here)

    One of my colleagues will also give you a call separately to talk through your individual details offline, but hopefully this is helpful in the interim.

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    Hello, Amber from Our Place here

    This engagement tip is used by quite a few Our Place areas – http://www.justact.org.uk/2014/11/24/what-is-root-solution-listening-matters-rslm/



    Hi Everyone,

    Welcome to our live discussion about community assets and equality and diversity. Just to introduce myself, my name is Kobie and I currently work in the Community Assets programme at Locality.

    Feel free to type any questions/comments you might have, and let’s see where this discussion takes us.


    We have some resources available on the My Community and Locality websites.

    Yvonne Field, UBELE and Kunle Olulode, Voice4Change present a webinar on key equality issues & tips for engaging more culturally diverse groups in community asset transfer. To watch the webinar please follow this link


    There is also the ‘Place to Call Home Report’ (2015) which suggests that the Community Rights agenda is not as inclusive as it could be and that local authorities, community organisations and other key stakeholders need to proactively pursue more creative strategies to ensure less vocal or connected communities are able to access information and influence decisions about community assets.

    To read the report in more detail you can click here


    Hi all, Ed here from CDF. Kobie, could you tell us more about how people can be more inclusive when talking to the community about assets?



    Hi Ed,

    Good question – if you’re looking at saving or potentially transferring a community asset its really important to start consulting with the community. Door knocking is a really good way to speak to new people and let them know what’s going on, as well as holding community meetings, speaking to your local Councillors, local media etc. When the community are involved and engaged in saving an asset you can start to think about how to work together.

    OPM published a great guide to co-production which is found here


    There have been some very successful public campaigns to save assets such as Chestnuts which run a successful public campaign to save their community centre. Users of the centre joined together to campaign for the centre to stay open.


    Hi Everyone,

    Thank you very much for joining us in this live discussion. If you have any further questions, or comments please do post them on this forum and we will respond. It would be great to keep the conversation going and see more asset transfers happening across the country, with diverse groups in ownership/management.

    Please do also check out the resources above.


    Thanks for your answer Kobie!


    Thanks Ed!

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