Two Rivers Commits to Evidence-Based Community Investment
Published by Dawn Prentice for Dawn Prentice Communications in Communities and also in Care and Support, Education, Environment, Health, Housing
Two Rivers Housing Association has engaged Birmingham-based ‘thinktank’ the Human City Institute (HCI) to undertake research to inform its Community Investment Strategy. The Strategy, which runs from 2013 to 2018, is a significant part of Two Rivers’ Corporate Plan for the same period and is to be built on a newly assembled evidence base in partnership with HCI. An extensive range of information will be mapped to provide a firm foundation on which a new round of community investment, delivered by Two Rivers in concert with residents and communities, can be prioritised and delivered.
Garry King, Chief Executive of Two Rivers Housing said: “A major priority set out in our Corporate Plan for 2013 to 2018 was to engage residents in developing community plans and to assemble an evidence base to guide our Community Investment Strategy. For Two Rivers, community investment is holistic in character, seeking to deploy our resources, and those of partner organisations, to maximum effect and the benefit of residents. It is also about joining the dots between all our activities and services so that we can improve our value for money while enhancing the quality of community life in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.”
“So we have commissioned HCI to identify factors that influence community sustainability and successful neighbourhoods through an extensive mapping exercise covering external data, such as housing conditions and needs, employment, skills, training and worklessness, financial deprivation, crime and ASB, health and well-being, transport and infrastructure. These data will be assembled and mapped alongside our own information from resident satisfaction surveys, stock profiles, stock condition surveys and our tenancy database to provide an integrated evidence base to guide our Strategy. We will then prioritise community planning for our 22 geographical communities over the next five to ten years.”
Kevin Gulliver, Director of HCI said: “This is a challenging but very interesting and innovative research project commissioned by Two Rivers. We are about to start the project by gathering a range of internal and external datasets and then integrating such data across the main 22 communities where Two Rivers operates and provides community investment. A draft report will be produced before Christmas with a final document published in the New Year. ”