In 2013 Rebecca Hatchett, S.I.D.E Projects Director, supported Vital Regeneration to successfully tender for the Neighbourhood Renewal Community Engagement Service (CES) contract, under Westminster City Council’s (WCC) Neighbourhood Renewal Programme.
The aim of the project was to creatively engage and consult communities in the renewal process of their local area (Westminster).
After supporting the Charity to successfully secure the tender, S.I.D.E Projects was contracted to develop and deliver some of the consultation sessions, workshops, community events and exhibitions. Below is a case study of just one of the engagement activities we ran:
The YEMI Mural Project
As a way of creatively engaging younger people in their Neighbourhood Renewal Programme we designed a mural project. Delivering a series of creative workshops and consultation activities. The young people explored the concept of civic pride, and related this back to their local area changing. They considered employment, housing and green issues, alongside experts; such as water shortages, biodiversity and a proposed Green Spine running through their community.
Together they then went on to create the YEMI mural and a short film; capturing the improvements they wanted to see in their local neighbourhoods.
The the mural and film were then showcased in the local community in April 2013, and the mural was exhibited outside the local Library to raise awareness and promote the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme.
Church Street residents backed the first phase of the regeneration proposals in May 2013 (by 87%) – This positive vote was just the start of a 15-20 year vision, known as the Futures Plan, that will improve the neighbourhood’s streets, parks, green spaces, community facilities and market. It will see more affordable, energy efficient homes and boost employment opportunities.