Annual Conference 2011 Report
“Inspiring community action, opportunities for the South Pennines”
Almost 100 delegates gathered at the Ilkley Playhouse to hear about innovative ways of delivering projects and inspiring community action.
Delegates heard from Marsden-born poet Simon Armitage who spoke about how the Pennine landscape has inspired his work from the six Stanza Stones poems, written in collaboration with the Ilkley Literature Festival, to a new book based on his recent trek along the Pennine Way (due out in 2012).
Pauline Buchanan Black, Director General of The Tree Council, spoke about how her organisation is supporting community action for the local environment through the national network of Tree Wardens and the Big Tree Plant campaign. This was followed by Robin Tuddenham, Director for Safer and Stronger Communities at Calderdale MBC, who spoke about the evolving role of local government and new approaches to traditional issues.
Researcher Joost Beunderman introduced the NESTA Civic Compendium, a recent publication that he helped to compile. This is a collection of 25 case studies that demonstrate the work of groups who are taking forward the “civic economy” and how local leaders have found innovative ways of delivering services in their areas.
The compendium is available for download here
A series of workshops helped delegates to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to take forward their own ‘civil society’ projects.
The experience of the transfer of Hebden Bridge town hall from a local authority to a new community-run charity was described by Andrew Bibby of Hebden Bridge Community Association.
Andrew’s presentation can be downloaded here
To find out more about the Hebden Bridge Community Association please follow this link: http://www.hebdenbridgetownhall.org.uk
The localism agenda was explored by Ivan Annibal and Jessica Sellick of economic regeneration practitioners Rose Regeneration Ltd. Ivan’s “What’s New” presentation can be downloaded here
To find out more about Rose Regeneration please follow this link: http://roseregeneration.co.uk
Gavin Edwards of Pennine Prospects and local volunteer Mike Short presented a detailed case study of how volunteers have played a significant role in the development of an archaeology project as part of Pennine Prospects’ Watershed Landscape programme.
To find out more about the Watershed Landscape programme please follow this link: http://www.watershedlandscape.co.uk
A video showing how all sections of the community have taken part in projects in the Watershed Landscape can be viewed here