From January to June 2016, The Young Foundation worked with Power to Change and Social Enterprise UK in three very different Sheffield neighbourhoods, Manor, Upperthorpe and Heeley, to explore approaches to place-based investment in the city.
The Young Foundation has developed an approach to place-based transformation which emphasises the importance of connecting tangible action and innovation to deep insights into people’s lives, their challenges and aspirations, and the assets within communities. This approach connects strongly with Power to Change’s ambitions to foster better places through community businesses.
This programme in Sheffield involved the recruitment of a local team who carried out rapid engagement across the three communities in Sheffield. The engagement involved semi-structured interviews with local leader, community business people and stakeholders and used a variety of light-touch tools and techniques for gathering local people’s insights, and co-creating findings.
This culminated in three community events held in May, designed to reflect back to the communities themselves what we found from our engagement, and to use this as the basis for discussion about practical action, innovation and community business with the potential to transform these places for the better.
We supplemented this engagement with a mapping exercise to obtain an overview of the extent and nature of existing community business activity in Sheffield.
Click here to download our findings from this initial 6-month project.
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