Bradford Moor PASS

A Neighbourhood Challenge Project

February 2012 Blog

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What’s happened this month?

We have been building on all of our work with the individual award winners and providing them with the support necessary to get their projects off the ground. The type of support that we have been able to provide includes introducing award winners to local stakeholders and service providers who may be able to help them to deliver their projects through use of a venue, providing resources or helping to identify client and target groups. In addition to the networking opportunities, we have provided award winners with support around legal structures, marketing, book keeping and financial recording as well as help in using social media. In addition to the ongoing support, we also ran an awards day which was an opportunity for the award winners to meet and interact with each other, with other people involved in the programme such as panel members, mentors and other volunteers as well as to receive their certificates acknowledging their successful application to the PASS Catalyst Challenge Awards Programme.

What have you learnt this month?

The power and value of networking has been highlighted to us this month particularly through the awards day event that we ran. We realised that the award winners made some really valuable connections through this event and the feedback suggested that it was hugely popular way of getting people to meet and interact. Several of the award winners found overlaps and connections in their projects and this produced a number of opportunities for joined up working. This enables us to increase and maximise the impact of the overall programme and makes the chances of the projects succeeding even stronger.

What has been challenging this month?

The challenge for this month and the remainder of the programme is for us to provide as much support and assistance to the award winners as we are able to. We feel that we have a personal connection and stake in the individual award winners and their projects and we are as proud and happy with their successes as they are themselves. Therefore we are extending every opportunity and bit of support that we are able to towards the award winners in order for them to succeed and therefore benefit the wider community in the process.

What are you proud of this month?

We are proud of the way the awards day event ran and the positive feedback that we received from this event. Also we are extremely proud of how some of the award winners and projects are developing and of the social impact that they are beginning to have on the community. We feel that we are reaching a position whereby the programme will leave a strong and positive legacy within the Bradford Moor community.

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January 2012 Blog

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What’s happened this month?

Having made all of our awards and allocated the full awards pot, we have turned our thoughts towards supporting the successful social and community entrepreneurs. Initially this means making sure we provide the financial support in good time and this is then followed up with providing ongoing developmental support. As with everything some of the award winners require more support than others and it is also a balancing act between providing support and encouragement and allowing enough scope for the individual award winners to make their own decisions and to allow their creative powers to flourish. Our job for now and for the remainder of the programme is to recognise that the social and community entrepreneurs are at the beginning of their very own journeys and to provide as much or as little support as is required for them to be able to successfully continue on this journey. In short, we have chased up paperwork, completed due process with respect to making the awards and initiated the process of discussing support plans with the award winners.

What have you learnt this month?

As mentioned we are learning that providing support means different things to different people and that calibrating levels of support is a skill in itself. Recognising and adapting support needs to different individuals is something that we need to be aware of and approach with a flexible and open minded mindset. However we are also learning that this role is tremendously exciting as it allows us to be a part of the entrepreneurial process and gives us an insight into how ambitious, enterprising and passionate our award winners are about their project ideas.

What has been challenging this month?

This month the challenge has been to continue the momentum from last month which culminated in making the final set of awards. The administration and process elements of the programme took over and whilst this slows down things a little bit, it nevertheless remains important to ensure that the relevant documentation is obtained and recorded. A further challenge has been the sudden and unexpected loss of power to our office in the cabin. At present we are still exploring the reasons behind this and are trying to address the issue. This is not simply an issue of paying the bill but rather a reflection on a strange and archaic agreement made with the Local Authority a few years ago. We are currently working around this but hope to resolve the issue shortly.

What are you proud of this month?

To continue from last month, we are proud that we have managed to identify, assess and support so many worthwhile ideas and so many entrepreneurial individuals from our area. We are very pleased with the quality of both individuals and ideas and have high expectations in a large percentage of the projects being sustainable and continuing well into the future.

PASS Assessment Panel

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February 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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December 2011 Blog

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What’s happened this month?

The deadline for round 3 for applications passed on the 2nd December 2011. We received 14 eligible applications. All the applicants were interviewed and the panel meeting was held on the 16th December 2011. The panel had some incredibly difficult decisions to make as the aggregate request for funding was more than double the available amount of what was left in the budget. The panel meeting was a fascinating if lengthy discussion. All of the applications were taken seriously and for the first time in the whole programme a balancing act was required. This was to ensure that all the projects which the panel felt needed to be funded were done so but they had to do this with the finite and limited funding pot that was remaining. Creative solutions were suggested and the eventual outcomes were that seven projects were funded and seven were rejected. There were some tough decisions and the panel felt that they had really been stretched during the meeting.

Some excellent ideas emerged including:

A project working with young people and using hip hop as a mechanism to engage interest and deliver training around confidence building, skills enhancement and offering potential opportunities in the music recording industry

A project involving a package of skills training and work experience in industrial garment manufacturing for local women. This will help to both provide skills and experience in a new field and increase employment prospects

A leadership training programme aimed at a targeted group of young people. The programme aims at identifying and providing personal development and leadership training to young people who are already active in social issues in order to create future leaders within the community

A project encouraging parents to participate more actively in the development of their children. The project is targeting young people who are at risk of being excluded from school and will deliver martial arts based workshops involving both young people and parents in order to help them work together and reduce the risk of exclusion

A project working with new immigrant and migrant communities in order to help them to access more mainstream services. The project will target Polish and other Eastern European communities and provide resources, advice, workshops and services

A project aimed at improving pre-school literacy by encouraging parents to read to their children. This includes illiterate parents who can do this through the provision of specially recorded audio books. The project is seeking to establish a small library and ultimately provide a chargeable service

A project aiming to utilise existing resources in the community that are currently underused. The project will target schools in particular as they are only used until 3pm on weekdays and often not at all in holidays. The project will take advantage of these natural resources by opening them up to the community and thereby benefiting both the school and the community

What have you learnt this month?

We have learned that it can be tough to say no especially when there are a lot of viable options presented to us. If we had any notions of sailing through the grant allocation process then we quickly discovered that such thoughts were no more than an illusion.

What has been challenging this month?

The biggest challenge was to make sure that the financial resources (awards pot) were allocated to the best projects and ideas. This was challenging as there were plenty of proposals put to us and the panel had to be selective and fair in their decision making processes. Also this was the first time in the programme that we had faced this particular challenge.

What are you proud of this month?

We are proud of the way the award making process has been conducted and the way in which the panel has handled the challenges and obstacles that are inherent in any grant making scheme. We have successfully awarded the full awards pot of £50,000 to a total of 15 entrepreneurial individuals with potentially effective and impactful project ideas.

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January 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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November 2011 Blog

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What’s happened this month?

We have been back in outreach mode. We are working towards identifying individuals with great ideas and working with them to develop those ideas and submit applications to our final round of funding. We are making a huge push at this as it represents the final chance for people with good project ideas to put them forward for funding under the PASS Catalyst Challenge Awards Programme. As part of the outreach we have done even more of the things that we had done earlier in the programme such as talking to individuals about the programme, contacting local stakeholders such as community centres and schools, digital and printed marketing and even a radio interview on the local radio station.

We have had a great deal of interest in the programme and have been very busy in supporting people to develop and work up their ideas in order to submit them to the panel. We have also unfortunately had a number of people who made enquiries about the funding and support available but who were ineligible for a number of reasons.

What have you learnt this month?

We have learned that we are getting our message out into the community effectively. This has been evidenced by the fact that we have had a lot of enquiries about the programme and in the end resulted in double the number of applications received for this final round than in the previous rounds. This has taught us that if you stick to your guns long enough then the community will respond to your message.

What has been challenging this month?

It has been challenging to turn people away at the first hurdle – even when it was clear that their project ideas were ineligible for the Neighbourhood Challenge Programme. In the current climate, there are very few options available for some people who are looking to set up their own businesses and projects and while we would love to support everybody that comes forward, we do have to adhere to our own guidelines and criteria.

What are you proud of this month?

We are proud of having attracted a number of quality project ideas to be considered by the panel in the final funding round. This confirms our belief that there is inherent social capital in areas such as BD3 and that the entrepreneurial spirit is still alive despite the challenging economic times. Our success in being able to attract people with good project ideas is a combination of this being the final round of funding under this programme and also the fact that the programme has been around for a while now and the message has percolated through and reached different elements of the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Zoo Cafe is one of the social enterprises being support by PASS

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January 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

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PASS October 2011 Blog

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What’s happened this month?

The delivery of the programme is in full swing. We ran the second round (out of a planned three rounds) of applications in October. We received seven eligible applications from which the panel funded four, rejected two and deferred one. The funded projects included:

A positive parenting project that aims to provide support and resources to parents who are struggling with difficult children who may have behavioural issues.

A service that provides free immigration advice to the local community by a qualified and experienced immigration professional.

A mobile crèche service that aims to work with schools and other local agencies to provide a supplementary service to enable other activities and events to run more effectively.

A project aimed at working with older people to combat social isolation and provide development, networking and social opportunities.

What have you learnt this month?

We have learnt that the processes and systems that we have adopted to deliver the programme are strong and robust. Although these had been carefully designed with the support, input and experience of our partner UnLtd, it is only when they are put into practice in our neighbourhood and community that we can test whether they are effective. We are in the delivery phase of the programme at the moment and are learning that it is effective and working well.

What has been challenging this month?

The challenges include both identifying innovative and exciting new project ideas as well as supporting existing award winners in progressing their projects. In addition there is the challenge of keeping up with the existing and additional documentation that is generated as we go through the delivery of the project.

What are you proud of this month?

We are proud of having successfully run another panel event with dynamic and committed involvement from community members. We feel that this element of the programme is going really well and that serious and healthy discussions are being held about the project ideas on the table and that generally good decisions are being made.

Photos to follow…

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November 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

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PASS September 2011 Blog

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What have we been up to?

We have had our busiest month in the programme to date in terms of delivery. The application deadline for the first round of Catalyst Challenge Awards was on the 2nd September 2011. We received 7 applications for this round of funding. We also finalised the recruitment of the assessment panel and this is composed of one PASS Director, one representative from our partner UnLtd and three community representatives who were recruited through an open process. We had a panel training session on 7th September. All the eligible applicants for awards were interviewed and the Assessment Panel met on the 16th September to discuss the applications. A vigorous and healthy discussion followed and this resulted in 4 applications being funded and 2 being rejected with 1 having withdrawn. The successfully funded projects include:

A catering unit that will provide local young people with opportunities for training, work experience and an accredited qualification

A networking website aimed at providing business support and advice for local people wanting to set up businesses or social enterprises. This has a very local feel and will include details of relevant local events as well

A project aimed at providing opportunities for people with learning difficulties and other disabilities including social events and the opportunity to meet and interact with others who may suffer from similar issues and to develop bonds and friendships

 A project looking to develop a more innovative approach to providing social care for elderly people suffering from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This includes forming an agency with specially trained staff and bidding through tenders to the local PCT.

We have also delivered an awards day/networking event which not only celebrated the success of the award winners but also provided an opportunity for mentors/panel members/ambassadors and other volunteers on the programme to interact and network. This was a very successful event and one which we hope to run again further down the line.

What’s gone well and why

The whole process went well this time. September provided a real opportunity to test out whether the model that we had adopted was going to work and overall it went really well. The panel were recruited, trained and met to assess and make funding decisions. The mentors started to become involved in the programme and all the different elements of the programme came together at a networking event that received very positive feedback. Most importantly we have funded what we feel are several excellent people with projects that have real potential to make a genuine and sustainable impact.

Challenges?

The challenges in September have mainly been administration and process. We have had such a lot going on that it has been challenging to stay on top of things and to make sure that all outstanding documentation and paperwork etc has been maintained and is up to date. This is an aspect that will become ever more important as the programme develops given that we are making live funding decisions and making financial awards to successful applicants.

Community involvement?

There has been real community involvement at all levels this month ranging from members of the community advertising and promoting the programme (through ambassadors) to members of the community making applications for funding to members of the community making funding decisions (panel members) to members of the community offering to provide support and development advice to successful award winners (mentors). Therefore September has allowed the programme to demonstrate community involvement in a fundamental and diverse way.

Surprises

We have been surprised at the level of commitment being offered by members of the community towards the programme. We always felt confident that when we reached the crux of the delivery phase of the programme we would be able to recruit and involve lots of local people but it remains gratifying and pleasantly surprising when that comes to fruition and becomes a reality.

Images from the September networking event

Images from the September networking

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Images from the September networking event

Images from the September networking event

 
 
Images from the September networking event

Images from the September networking event

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October 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

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August 2011 Blog

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What have we been up to?
We have been busy with recruiting and finalising our Assessment Panels and also with publicising the programme and encouraging applications for project awards. We have also begun the process of recruiting mentors who will work with and support our eventual award winners. We have a deadline for the first round of funding which is the 2nd of September and we are keen for as many innovative and enterprising project ideas to come forward as possible. We have also finalised the recruitment of the Assessment Panels who will make the decisions about which applications receive funding and which do not. These are composed largely of community members and therefore the programme will effectively be a case of the local community deciding what ideas will work best within their local neighbourhood. We feel that this sends out a powerful message of community engagement and empowerment and are extremely optimistic that this will be an effective approach.
What’s gone well and why
Our ambassadors have done a great job of getting the message out about the programme. They have also been really clear about what this programme is about and importantly what it is not about. As a result we are hopeful that the types of projects and ideas coming forward will be innovative and entrepreneurial in nature.
Challenges?
The challenges have been in both attracting applications for project ideas and also in ensuring that the project ideas that come forward are eligible for funding from our programme. This has meant that there has been dialogue with potential applicants and often detailed discussion about general eligibility and criteria. This type of pre-application support is to pre-empt a raft of ineligible applications and provides a filtering mechanism.
Community involvement?
There has been significant community involvement as there have been volunteers recruited to sit on both the decision making assessment panel and the advisory panel. In addition the programme ambassadors have been heavily publicising the programme locally and encouraging applications from community members with project ideas. Finally there has been engagement with community members who have project ideas and want to discuss them with us prior to formally submitting an application form or want to refine and develop their idea after discussion.
Surprises
We had been anticipating a number of applications around ineligible project ideas as our previous discussions with the community had led to people thinking that the funding available was for traditional economic development type projects. However we have not received any applications from people wanting to renovate their back garden or wanting their windows replacing. This was a pleasant surprise and was due partly to the excellent work of the ambassadors and partly to the pre-application support process which has acted as a filtering mechanism.

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September 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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