CHINBROOK ACTION RESIDENTS TEAM Big Local DRAFT Plan For Consultation July-August 2017 2017-19
CHINBROOK ACTION RESIDENTS TEAM BIG LOCAL PLAN 1. Introduction & Vision statement 2. Chinbrook Context 3. Partnership 4. Priority Areas o Priority 1 : Social Investment & Small Grants o Priority 2 : Health & Well-being o Priority 3 : Education, Training & Employment o Priority 4 : Community & Belonging o Priority 5 : Parks & Green Spaces o Priority 6 : Community Safety 5. Consulting the Community 6. Plan for Years 2 & 3 7. Appendices
Chinbrook Context Chinbrook is a suburb in south east London; it is located 14 km (8.7 mi) southeast of Charing Cross and is in the southeast corner of the London Borough of Lewisham on its boundary with the London Borough of Bromley. Chinbrook lies between Grove Park and Mottingham, approximately half a mile east of Grove Park centre and is generally considered part of Grove Park. The Chinbrook Big Local area consists of 1,615 properties; the majority of which are houses, the highest proportion of these houses are either social registered housing or owner occupied of a pre1930’s terraced cottage design. There are two main housing estates in the area. Grove Park Estate, to the southwest of the crossroads is a group of roads all with terraced houses, and some semi-detached houses between Marvels Lane and Chinbrook Meadows that was built by Lewisham council between 1926 and 1929. Chinbrook Estate, to the southeast of the crossroads is several small roads, has two high tower blocks plus many smaller terrace houses and flats and one community centre. It lies in the south east corner of the Grove Park ward but comes under SE9 not SE12 like most of Grove Park. It is surrounded by and has entrances on Marvels Lane, Dunkery Road, Grove Park Road and Mottingham Sports Ground. Chinbrook residents benefit from being sandwiched between two large parks, Mottingham Playing fields (known locally as ‘Foxes’) which borders the Mottingham Big Local area and Chinbrook Meadows. The two parks share the Quaggy stream flowing through them. Mottingham Playing field has a small children’s play area, caged basketball and football space and changing room facilities. It also has a stream which borders the woods that link to Elmstead Woods at the top of the neighbouring Chinbrook Meadows. The park has open access from a road that runs alongside it 24 hours a day. Chinbrook Meadows is one of Lewisham's public parks in the south of Chinbrook and Grove Park, the area was previously occupied by Chinbrook Farm, a dairy farm. The park was first formally opened to the public in 1929 and was then a children's play area of 8-acre (32,000 m2), on the edge of the recently built Grove Park Estate; London County Council purchased a further 23 acres (93,000 m2); and the larger area was opened to the public in June 1937. The majority of the park is maintained short grass with footpaths and lined with tall trees and bisected by the River Quaggy; the grass often has markings for football pitches, a cricket ground and other sports and is used by local schools for sports days. Chinbrook meadows also contains public toilets, public concrete tennis courts, and a football pitch and basketball court in one. The parks and woods are part of the green chain walk linking green spaces throughout London. There are a number of small green spaces dotted within the catchment area as well. Despite what would appear to be a wealth of green spaces in this part of London the parks have recently most regularly used by dog walkers, some families and those hiring pitches and courts. Both parks benefit from committed local groups and associations committed to the improvement, care and increased use of the parks. This has been addressed over the past year with successful ChART walking groups, nature clubs and free yoga sessions as well as a ChART presence at the local dog show. Chinbrook Meadows (which is the park most centrally within the Chinbrook Big 3|Page
Local area has â€˜Friends of Chinbrook Meadowsâ€™. They have been instrumental in gaining funding for major alterations to the park including the re-routing of the Quaggy River to create a meandering stream and planting of flora and fauna to attract wildlife. In addition they have successfully hosted a number of events which have increased take up and use of the park over the years. The name Chinbrook is derived from "Chin Brook" which was an alternative name for the Quaggy River at the turn of the twentieth century. Data from Local Insights (see summary below) shows that the Chinbrook population has slightly more young people and older people than the London average. This data also shows that Chinbrook has somewhat less ethnic diversity than average for London, with the Black African and Black Caribbean communities the largest ethnic minority group in the area. There is a higher than average number of lone parent households in the area. There are also higher than average (for London) numbers of people in the area claiming incapacity benefits and working age workless benefit claimants and in particular, 16-24 year olds receiving workless benefits. The number of people claiming Disability Living Allowance is approximately twice as high in Chinbrook as the London average and the difference has been increasing over the last ten years. Similarly, the numbers of working age people claiming DWP benefits is twice the London average and the number of Housing Benefit claimants is also much higher than the London average. The proportion of children living in poverty in Chinbrook is 31%, which is higher than both London and England. The number of people on mental health related benefits is almost twice as high as the London average. Approximately 10% of people in the area are providing unpaid care. A person is a provider of unpaid care if they give any help or support to another person because of long-term physical or mental health or disability, or problems related to old age. There are higher than average numbers of children in the area providing unpaid care and numbers of people providing more than fifty hours of unpaid care per week. The numbers of people in social housing are higher than London averages (approximately 33% in Chinbrook). Crime figures overall are lower than average compared to London. Approximately 19% of the population describe themselves as having a limiting longterm illness. Lifestyle behaviours are risk factors which play a major part in an individualâ€™s health outcomes and will have varying physical and psychological consequences. Chinbrook has lower numbers of people with healthy eating levels (consumption of five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day among adults) and higher numbers of people who are smokers and children who are obese than average. Almost one third (30%) of the working age population in Chinbrook have no qualifications, which is higher than average for London. There are higher percentages of people in Chinbrook who are economically inactive than average for London. The largest employment sectors in the area in which people are employed are health, social work, retail and education.
Chinbrook statistics from Local Insight
There are 4,235 people living in Chinbrook Estate Education & skills
Crime & safety
Health & wellbeing
31% of children are living in poverty in Chinbrook Estate compared with 24% across London
2% of households lack central heating in Chinbrook Estate compared with 3% across London
The overall crime rate is lower than the average across London
19% of people have a limiting long-term illness in Chinbrook Estate compared with 14% across London
Access & transport
Communities & environment
30% of people have no qualifications in Chinbrook Estate compared with 18% across London
34% people aged 16-74 are in full-time employment in Chinbrook Estate compared with 40% across London
42% of households have no car in Chinbrook Estate compared with 42% across London
The % of people 'satisfied with their neighbourhood' is lower than the average across London
Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI), www.ocsi.co.uk / 01273 810 270. ÂŠOCSI 2016.
Map of the Chinbrook Big Local Area
ChART Big Local Partnership The ChART partnership structure is our way to ensure that people locally have mechanisms to provide recommendations in good faith about how our local area can be improved and to agree that the vision/plan reflects what people locally think are important. This partnership (locally referred to as the Steering Group) was endorsed by Local Trust in December 2014 and have agreed terms of reference, code of conduct and policies such as conflicts of interest. The partnership’s role is a strategic one and includes planning activities, reviewing the vision and priorities, engaging with local residents, creating budgets and monitoring spending for the Big Local area. The partnership also work with a Local Trusted Organisation (LTO), currently Lewisham Disability Coalition; to employ staff, manage finances and deliver support to the partnership and their projects. Current partnership members are listed below. Members of ChART Big Local partnership in 2017 1. Lesley Palmer – Chair (resigned as Chair June 2017, chair role is temporarily vacant) 2. Anne Slater – resident and vice-chair 3. Jacqui Cook – resident and vice-chair 4. Karina Carew - resident 5. Georgina Butler – resident 6. Kath Webb - resident 7. Ed Dove – Marvels Lane Primary School and Children’s Centre 8. Patricia Okonkwo – L&Q Housing 9. Trevor Pybus – Community Connections 10. Colin Elliot – Local Councillor
ChART Vision and Priorities The Chinbrook Action Residents Team (ChART – which is the Big Local partnership and decision-making body) developed a vision and priorities for the area in consultation with the community. Our vision for Chinbrook is a community: where residents feel proud, embrace and celebrate our diversity; where people respect each other, feel safe and cared for; have a sense of belonging and neighbourliness where people know each other and care for each other; taking a ‘cradle to grave’ approach with opportunities to grow and explore the world. ChART priorities: Priority 1: Health & Well-being Big Local Vision & Aspiration: A healthy and well community. A community with access to appropriate projects which positively improve individuals’ well-being both physical and mental. An engaged community who understands the wider impacts of lifestyle, economics, and environment on their own well-being. Priority 2: Education, Training & Employment Big Local Vision & Aspiration: To Inspire and activate local people to explore, learn and be creative and to have a base to bring people together; have a larger variety of businesses locally made by and for the people who live here; have a bigger variety of businesses locally that cover a wide range of goods and services. Priority 3: Social Investment & Small Grants Big Local Vision & Aspiration: A thriving and prosperous community, where young to old have access to reliable affordable finance and financial advice. A community where everybody has access to sound financial choices. Priority 4 : Community & Belonging Big Local Vision & Aspiration: A community that has a sense of belonging and neighbourliness where people know each other and care for each other. Priority 5 : Parks & Green Spaces Big Local Vision & Aspiration: Well used, vibrant spaces that the community takes pride in and uses to relax, learn and socialise. Priority 6 : Community Safety Big Local Vision & Aspiration: The community looks after each other, feels and is safe.
Consulting the Community ChART are committed to look at this funding opportunity from a ‘Cradle to Grave’ perspective to ensure that all sectors of the community have been considered in the development of our plan for 2017 and beyond. In the past year and a half, we have engaged local residents and organisational partners in reviewing our vision and priorities and developing activities and projects for the next two years of our plan. The community consultation has included:
A range of informal meetings and gatherings to bring people together; Monthly meetings of ChART which are open to the public; Social media engagement via Facebook, twitter and Instagram; Larger more formal events and Surveys.
Over the past 18 months ChART have been actively engaged with a wide range of individuals and groups, including the following:
Young people in the area seeking work Job seekers who are local residents Young families in the area Older residents Students and families at Marvels Lane Primary School and Children’s Centre Carers Lewisham Disability Coalition Job Centre Nature’s Gym Friends of Chinbrook Meadows L&Q Housing residents Eltham College and Gerald Moore Gallery staff and students Youth Service Volunteer Centre Lewisham Voluntary Action Lewisham Local ward councillors and Grove Park Assembly Grove Park Youth Club Building Preservation Trust World of Life Church Grove Park Neighbourhood Forum (for the elements of the draft Neighbourhood Plan that fall within the ChART area) Adult Education Lewisham
Staff, partnership members and volunteers have worked very hard this past year to engage new members and get ideas from local residents about future plans. Some examples of resident engagement are illustrated in the photos.
We have consulted the communities in the ChART Big Local Area to develop our priorities
Brilliant turn out and sharing of food and reminiscences for our Great Get Together in Memory of Jo Cox on the Grounds of Grove Park Youth Club
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Big Local Plan for years TWO and THREE Below we have detailed the activities and projects for each priority area as well as for infrastructure and partnership development. For each area, plans are described for year two (beginning September 2017) and year three (beginning September 2018) and once approved will include a budget for each heading accompanying the document.
Plan Priority: Health & Well-being ChART has employed a part time Health and Green Space Outreach worker, who began in June 2016 and she has made good progress in this area. The main activities for this priority relate to supporting carers of all ages, reducing isolation, increasing health & well-being and developing a nature project which supports local people to engage with nature (local green spaces including Chinbrook Meadows) with some focus around the health and well-being benefits of the activities. Some of these activities are run internally by ChART via staff, some involve volunteers and some are externally commissioned to others.
Supporting Carers We know in Chinbrook that there are a high number of unpaid carers and local experience tells us that this group do not get enough support. Activity 1: (year two) scoping and feasibility to address the needs of Carers Chinbrook which would include development of a more detailed plan for year three related to supporting local carers in the ChART area. Delivery: a report detailing the possible options for supporting carers in Chinbrook (including a possible Hub) and a detailed plan for year three. Activity 2: (years two and three) Supporting a Young Carers Club at Marvels Lane Primary School. This includes partnership working with the school to support young people at the school who have caring responsibilities at home. It may include after school support, signposting and trips and activities for the carers. Delivery: Financial support to MLPS and staff involvement with school. Activity 3: (year two) Developing links with local GP surgeries to connect with local carers and signpost them to resources both locally and wider. Delivery: Staff to deliver this outreach and report back to partnership for review. Activity 4: (year two) Investment in activities to support carers to care for themselves (e.g. pamper sessions, â€œmen in shedsâ€?)
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Befriending Activity 1: (year two) Develop a local befriending project in partnership with other organisations.
Health and Well-being Activity 1: (year two) Provide free / low cost exercise opportunities in the Chinbrook Area â€“ taking place outdoors during spring/summer/ early autumn. As well as actual classes, e.g. yoga, ChART wants to train local residents on the use of the outdoor gym in Chinbrook Meadows. Trainers will run sessions at no cost to residents which will get less active people using the equipment and increase health and well-being. Delivery: External trainers
Free mixed ability yoga in the meadows (and once in the tunnel due to rain) over summer of 2017 has been well received
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Plan Priority: Education, Training & Employment ChART wish to address lack of aspirations, particularly for young people in Chinbrook. We recognise that our role is not to re-produce available services but to address local need. In May of 2016 ChART employed a part time worker to focus on Education, Training and Employment who has been working with residents and partner organisations to maximise access to opportunities for local people. The challenges are many related to addressing education and training needs but the need is high especially among young people. Our approach to increasing education and training programmes needs to have multiple layers, varied approaches and flexible delivery. The past 18 months has seen the development of a jobs club, homework support and employment support, all of which form the key activities for this priority area going forward. However, when we appointed a new Local Trusted Organisation to support us from April 2017 part of the suggested activity was how the Big Local money might be matched by other investment in the ChART area. Currently we are also researching how best ChART can act as a catalyst for investment in jobs and support for local small and medium enterprises, and are considering what funds there are from organisations such as the Greater London Authority and social investment opportunities linked to Local Trust. Our steering group are particularly interested in creative enterprises and “green jobs”. We have also been partnering with Gerald Moore Gallery, which is part of Eltham College, to provide arts education and activities. Activity 1: (ongoing) Jobs club Delivery: We will review how best to support ChART residents to develop job search skills. Activity 2: (ongoing) Homework support will include provision for both younger children and those 11 and older. Some of this support may be externally commissioned and some will include partnership with Marvels Lane Primary School (MLPS). Activity 3: (ongoing) Employment support will include one to one advice for local job seekers, CV support, signposting to additional resources and training. Development of an information resource guide for local job seekers will be finalised in Year Two. Activity 4: (year two and three) Arts project with a specialist partner to be externally commissioned. We will work with MLPS to offer children free art sessions at the gallery which are linked to the curriculum. This project aims to help local young people develop skills and confidence and to think creatively and increase their aspirations. Delivery: Three sessions at the school and three at Gerald Moore Gallery in 2017. After School Art Club in Spring and Summer term 2018 for years 3-6. Sessions would run Thursday afternoons, from 4.00pm – 5.30pm. There will be space for 12-15 children. If an interest in the after school class develops, we will run 13 | P a g e
a project in 2018 which brings together the history of the Chinbrook area – ‘Chinbrook Voices’. The children and adults will meet up on Sunday afternoons from 2pm – 4.30pm. The mix of adults and children will be decided in collaboration with Marvels Lane School and the other local community groups, such as the Tuesday OAP Club, the Word of Life Church and any other community groups with an interest in preserving the memories of Chinbrook. Activity 5: Coding Club - We will commission or identify funding to deliver a coding club to support skills which are likely to be in high demand in the future economy.
ChART’s Jobs, Education & Family Skills Event
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Plan Priority: Community & Belonging This priority area includes outreach work and events which bring together the community to foster inclusion, appreciation of diversity and cohesion. Activity 1: (years two and three) Trips for older people in Chinbrook. Delivery: Four trips per year in partnership with the Tuesday Club to be open to any Chinbrook resident fifty or older in order to reduce isolation and foster community belonging. Activity 2: (ongoing) A series of local events to engage with Chinbrook residents, to inform them about ChART and to foster good relations between people and different communities. This will include supporting and engaging with the Chinbrook Dog Show which takes place each summer in Chinbrook Meadows and an annual Big Lunch event as well as quarterly (?) play street events. Activity 3: We will continue to mark the history of Chinbrook and talents of local residents with a series of events including a Fun Palace in October 2017. Activity 4: Develop a â€˜play streetsâ€™ project for children as well as safe opportunities for older people to be out and about in the area outside their self-imposed curfew, the community taking back their own space.
Bert, one of the Chinbrook seniors, on the ChART trip to Eastbourne
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Plan Priority: Parks & Green Spaces The first year of the plan a Health & Green Space Outreach worker was employed to organise local people and organisations and develop both individual projects and build a programme of delivery for activity on and in the park and open spaces locally. The first year has tried a variety of projects and partnerships including working with Friends of Chinbrook Meadows, Thames21 on restoration plans for the Quaggy and work with Nature’s Gym to involve local residents. The learning from the first 18 months has led to a new focus on a Nature Club, local environmental education, investment in equipment and training and a healthy walks scheme. Activity 1: (years two and three) A monthly nature club for children and families in Chinbrook. This project is based on feedback from our consultation event and small surveys carried out at local events, it seems the community wants more activities for children. Delivery: Develop a base of 15-20 children attending each event by the end of year three. Delivery will be commissioned externally to a local provider and will involve local volunteers to support and take part in both organisation and facilitation. Staff to engage with local community and drive families’ interest by working with schools, allotments and local groups. Activity 2: (years two and three) Nature’s Gym to run in Chinbrook Meadows and engage with local people in order to increase health, well-being and green spaces engagement. Delivery: Nature’s Gym will develop in partnership with Lewisham Conservation Team and Friends of Chinbrook Meadows. Activity 3: (years two and three) Environmental education project to educate, involve and signpost local residents to local natural resources. This strand involves working with partner Thames21 – but also the Chinbrook Allotments and the opportunities their grounds offer (despite just outside the ChART area). Delivery: External providers.
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Activity 4: (years two and three) Healthy Walks scheme to be developed.
The ChART Family Nature Club is teaching local children about the park ecosystem. At the July session we found leeches, shrimp, mayfly larva, blood worms, water snails, pond skaters, fish and even a newt
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Plan Priority: Social Investment & Small Grants The first 18 months of the plan employed a Financial Inclusion worker to develop a clear understanding of the particular needs of the wider community related to financial inclusion. This area of work struggled to get going and see progress and ChART have learned from these challenges. The new focus going forward will be on delivering a small grants process to local groups, supporting young people to save, scoping the need for financial and debt advice locally. We plan to work more closely with local organisations such as Citizens Advice Lewisham, Christians against Poverty, Whitefoot and Downham Community Food Plus Project and the Credit Union to signpost residents to what is available locally and encourage services funded through other sources to develop a Chinbrook base. Activity 1: (ongoing) Small grants project will provide small grants (up to ÂŁ1000 for local groups and/or individuals with project ideas) locally to build local resources and cohesion. The resident panel will be supported to run a rolling or quarterly grants panel to support local initiatives which fit in with the ChART priorities and outcomes. Delivery: Staff support, volunteers and LTO support. Activity 2: (years two and three) Savings Club with MLPS Delivery: To be confirmed Activity 3: (year two) Scope out the need for financial and food poverty advice and one to one support. Delivery: Commissioned externally.
We're working with the local church to plan anti-poverty & young peopleâ€™s initiatives
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Plan Priority: Community Safety Community Safety is a high priority but ChART have wanted to ensure it was not duplicating work that covered the ChART area under the auspices of the Grove Park Safer Lewisham Panel. We have had initial discussions with the police Safer Neighbourhood Team and have prioritised in the first instance activities to promote a more cohesive community. Moving forward, ChART want to have more engagement with the local Police to recruit a member of the local Safer Neighbourhood Panel as a link into the Partnership and ensure Chinbrook residents are engaged with the SNT. Some of the actions which may be implemented as part of the ongoing plan include working with the local SNT but could also include:
Intergenerational activities to break down barriers and improve trust and transference of skills and knowledge. Education programme for parents on drugs, alcohol and services. Raising awareness and provide practical tools and tips for parents for recognising signs of substance misuse so that young people can be helped; Partnership development and projects with the local chemist who may be offering methadone prescriptions to provide information in their prescription bags on locally available support services; Partnership development with the local off licence, and corner stores to tackle the purchase of alcohol by under age children and the solicitation of purchases on their behalf by adults. Action to support survivors of domestic abuse to identify local services Support to parents and carers about the risks of gangs and knife crime
Community clean up – local people were worried that the Youth Club grounds being in a mess encouraged fly tipping and anti-social behaviour across the estate. They came out in force to help ChART and the Building Preservation Trust clear and tidy the grounds.
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Infrastructure and Partnership Development The first 18 months of the plan saw ChART employ three part time workers, open an office space at WG Grace Community Centre, develop and launch a website www.chartbiglocal.org.uk, develop a logo, leaflets and newsletters and a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The steering group have agreed that we will consider relocating the office to the Grove Park Youth Club, if this is reopened, as the WG Grace Community Centre does not currently meet all our organisational needs. The focus for the next two years of the plan will continue to be on communications, having enough staff to support the plan, training and development and support of the partnership. Activity 1: (year two and three) Develop and implement a communications plan for ChART which includes regular newsletters, flyers, website, and social media outreach (Grow ChART project). We will also consider noticeboards and other â€œvisualsâ€? in the ChART area as this approach has worked well in other Big Local Areas. Delivery: A mix of staff delivery and external providers, such as for support of website and flyer design. Activity 2: (training) In addition to taking advantage of the training and development opportunities with Local Trust, ChART has identified other training needs for staff, volunteers and the partnership. This includes first aid training, social media and ICT training. Delivery: Externally provided by various training providers, as locally based as possible. Activity 3: (years two and three) Project management, staff and partnership support delivered by the LTO. This will include a representative from the LTO to attend all partnership meetings, take minutes and provide papers to members as well as developing and keeping a database of partnership members and residents who are interested in ChART. This will also include staff management, recruitment as needed and project management for the plan. Project management will include support for commissioning and tendering external delivery of projects and the small grants process. Delivery: The LTO, Lewisham Disability Coalition, will deliver this with specific funding as in the budget.
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Have your say? What do you think of our draft plan? Please email comments by 5pm on 21 August 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org Or feed in via our online consultation by 5pm on 21 August 2017 by clicking here Or come and speak to us at one of the summer community events (see facebook page or website for details).
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Consultation draft plan - deadline for comments 5pm on 21 August 2017