Your feedback needed (by Fri 5 Feb)! Help shape our Action Plan

As you may know, the Development Trust was one of 115 groups around the country selected for the ‘First Steps‘ programme. We’ve set up a Steering Group and four Working Groups to develop an Action Plan that will guide our work to deliver the community plan for Wards Corner over the next year and beyond. We’ve held two community events and several smaller meetings to develop the Action Plan across four main areas:

  1. Business Plan and Funding
  2. Feasibility Studies
  3. Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
  4. Governance

This work has produced a draft action plan, which we are now seeking broad feedback on. You can find out more by clicking on the links above. Please send your feedback to us at n15developmenttrust@gmail.com by Friday 5 February. And look out for details of our launch event for the final Action Plan on Thursday 25 February 7-9pm!

If you’d like to get involved in one of the four working groups and/or be added to our mailing list, please let us know by emailing n15developmenttrust@gmail.com.

 

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Your feedback needed! Help shape the ‘Business Plan and Funding’ strand of our Action Plan

The Business Plan and Funding Working Group seeks YOUR feedback on our draft action plan. Please drop us a line at n15developmenttrust@gmail.com by Friday 5 February to let us know what you think, especially about the priorities we have identified for 2016. Have we missed anything?  Got anything wrong?

Working Group 1) Business Plan and Funding

Our role is to make sure we have a good business plan and can secure funding to develop the Trust and deliver the community plan.

The Business Plan will set out the costs of restoring the Wards building, anticipated rental income from traders and groups using the restored and extended market space, anticipated management costs and funding/financing models. The starting point for the Working Group is the Business Plan already prepared by the Trust and WCC in 20xx for the purposes of the planning application. This plan now needs to be revisited to ensure it is fit for purpose and can be used to approach funders and Transport for London, the landowner.

Links with other Working Groups: The Business Plan will depend upon the cost estimates produced through other feasibility studies (Working Group 2) and decisions taken about whether to raise funds through membership of the Trust (Working Group 4). Developing a successful Business Plan will also involve building a good dialogue with Transport for London, who own the Wards building, one of the Trust’s key stakeholders (Working Group 3). Finally, the ability of the Business Plan and Funding group to raise funds to develop the Trust will be key to the progress all four Working Groups are able to make.

Our work so far: 10 people – including market traders and local business owners – participated in a small group discussion on Working Group 1 at the launch event of the First Steps project on 28 September. Eight people attended a follow-up meeting on 27 October, some of whom had been involved previously and others who were new to the work but had heard about it through our promotion of the First Steps programme. At this meeting, Abigail Stevenson, the architectural designer who worked on the community plan for Wards Corner, presented the Business Plan previously developed for the purposes of the planning application. The group’s discussions continued at the First Steps event on 2 November. So far, the group has focused its attention more on the Business Plan than on Funding, discussing:

  • Short and longer-term priorities
  • Options for spending the First Steps budget
  • Potential sources of expertise and assistance including local traders and businesses and those who have previously offered pro-bono help or experience
  • Building a list of contacts and stakeholders.

The Steering Group has decided to dedicate one day’s support from our Relationship Manager to supporting the development of this part of the Action Plan.

Priority actions for 2016:

  • Meet with Transport for London (TfL) in order to clarify their requirements for the Business Plan. Appoint 2-3 people as key contacts to continue to develop dialogue.
  • Estimate potential purchase price of a long-lease of the Wards building.
  • Confirm rental income and costs incurred by current and previous managers of Seven Sisters market by requesting records from Companies House.
  • Identify and contact individuals and organisations to seek assistance in developing the Business Plan.
  • Review and update the material previously prepared for the Business Plan, including by adding a ‘Social Value’ assessment to the Business Plan, testing projections against different scenarios using SWOT and PESTLE analysis, ensuring alignment with relevant Haringey Council policies and plans.
  • Prepare and finalise a professional looking and well designed Business Plan.
  • Identify funding priorities (e.g. more paid staff time; Business Plan; Feasibility Studies; purchase and refurbishment of Wards building).
  • Identify funding opportunities, including by contacting and building relationships with umbrella funding organisation and by exploring opportunities/requirements for social investment funding.
  • Seek help from experienced fundraisers and/or seek fundraising training.
  • Develop and finalise a fundraising strategy.
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Your feedback needed! Help shape the ‘Feasibility Studies’ strand of our Action Plan

The Feasibility Studies Working Group seeks YOUR feedback on our draft action plan. Please drop us a line at n15developmenttrust@gmail.com by Friday 5 February to let us know what you think, especially about the priorities we have identified for 2016. Have we missed anything?  Got anything wrong?

Working Group 2) Feasibility Studies

Our role is to develop our understanding of the technical and financial feasibility of the Trust’s first project to deliver the community plan for Wards Corner.

Feasibility Studies are studies undertaken to test whether a proposed project is technically and financially feasible and generally include:

  • Assessments of building condition
  • Costs of refurbishment and green infrastructure
  • Business plan
  • Legal issues
  • Management development and project development.

Technical and professional skills and surveys will be needed in order to prepare this information for the community plan. The starting point for the Working Group is the information already prepared by the Trust and WCC for the purposes of the planning application. Developing this further will help us to secure funding, gain support from key stakeholders such as Haringey Council and Transport for London and to get ready to restore the Wards building.

Links with other Working Groups: There is a very strong interplay with the Business Plan (Working Group 1). For example, the Business Plan will be a key determinant of the feasibility of the community plan for the Wards building and, at the same time, the Business Plan will include costings for refurbishment work that will be produced through feasibility studies. The two documents have different roles, however: the Business Plan will be a living document that will continue to be developed and used once the Wards building has been restored, whereas the Feasibility Studies are used only prior to beginning restoration.

Our work so far: Small group discussions on Working Group 1 were held at the First Steps events on 28 September and 2 November. In light of these discussions, the Working Group met on 18 November to prepare material for the draft Action Plan. The Working Group includes the chair of the Trust, Carlos Burgos, who has professional expertise in engineering and management consultancy, community plan architectural designer and Steering Group member, Abigail Stevenson, and several volunteers with relevant skills and training in economics, engineering, planning and architecture. So far, the group had focused on reviewing, updating and developing the information already prepared for the planning application for the purposes of a first stage application to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise grant programme, due 10 December. Drafting this application has been useful in identifying what further work is needed, developing the group’s knowledge of the different elements within feasibility studies, and has informed the development of this draft Action Plan. The Steering Group has decided to dedicate one day of support from our Relationship Manager to reviewing the funding application and making recommendations for this draft Action Plan.

Priority actions for 2016:

  • December 2015: Prepare and submit first stage application to Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise grant programme.
  • If successful, prepare and submit second stage application to Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise grant programme.
  • Identify funding options and opportunities for preparing the Feasibility Studies.
  • Determine a schedule for preparing the Feasibility Studies i.e. in what order should the studies be done?
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Your feedback needed! Help shape the ‘Stakeholder Engagement and Comms’ strand of our Action Plan

The Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Working Group seeks YOUR feedback on our draft action plan. Please drop us a line at n15developmenttrust@gmail.com by Friday 5 February to let us know what you think, especially about the priorities we have identified for 2016. Have we missed anything?  Got anything wrong?

Working Group 3) Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

Our role is to identify and develop productive relationships with our key stakeholders (including beneficiary communities, landowners and local public agencies) and to develop the Trust’s wider outreach and communication work.

The role of the Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Working Group is to identify and progress the actions needed to communicate the activities of the Trust and to develop productive and supportive relationships with key external individuals and organisations. This includes communication and engagement with the Trust’s beneficiary communities – market traders, local businesses, local residents and those who use the town centre – as well as broader promotional and outreach work, both of which are essential to building support for and developing the Trust and ultimately delivering the community plan for the Wards building. Stakeholder engagement is an equally important element of the Working Group’s role, in particular building productive and supportive relationships with the current owner of the Wards building, Transport for London, Haringey Council, the Greater London Authority, local community and business groups and potential development partners and funders.

Links with other Working Groups: Effective communications and stakeholder engagement underpins all aspects of the Trust’s work. They will be essential in building strong community support for and involvement in the Trust and in developing our capacity and resources to deliver the community plan. Indeed, the Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Working Group is already playing an important role in actively promoting the Trust’s First Steps project, contributing to the ability of the Working Groups to progress their work and ensuring good and diverse community participation in events and meetings. As such, Working Group 3 underpins the activities of all other Working Groups.

Our work so far: Small group discussions on Working Group 3 were held at the First Steps events on 28 September and 2 November. In addition, the Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Working Group has held regular weekly meetings at Seven Sisters Market since October, ensuring that new participants get to know the market and the traders and helping to build good links between the First Steps project and the market. So far, participation has included a mixture of local residents and traders and others who want to support the work of the Trust, including architecture students, media students and members of Latin Elephant. As well as developing this action plan, the Working Group has already begun to re-activate and develop the Trust’s main vehicles of communication – including the Twitter account, Facebook account and physical leafleting of the Wards Corner site (1000 flyers and 30 posters printed for each event) – and various individuals have taken on responsibility for these tasks. In addition, work continues through regular meetings of WCC and El Pueblito Paisa to communicate with market traders, local businesses and residents, keeping them up to date with the work of the Trust and the First Steps project. The Working Group has decided to use the £250 First Steps funding allocated to it to source, launch and manage a Trust noticeboard at Seven Sisters market. The noticeboard will improve communications between the Trust and market traders, who are busy, sometimes do not use email or social media and who speak many different languages.

Priority actions for 2016:

  • Dec/Jan: Use the £250 First Steps funding assigned to this Working Group to source, launch and manage a Trust noticeboard at Seven Sisters market.
  • Feb: Organise and promote a launch event for the First Steps Community Action Plan.
  • By May: Arrange visits to Seven Sisters market for the main candidates for London Mayor and the London Assembly and secure their endorsement where possible.
  • Produce and distribute a simple, short pamphlet outlining the history of the Wards Corner campaign and the aims and role of the Trust.
  • Produce and distribute the first Trust newsletter, and thereafter on a monthly basis.
  • Identify main stakeholders and how we need to work with them.
  • Establish regular Trust meetings with key officials at Transport for London and Haringey Council.
  • Start a campaign to encourage traders and customers to promote the market and area to others, by using common messages such as LovingTheSevenSisterAreaVibe, CatchTheVictoriaLineToLatinAmerica, etc.
  • Meet media targets for Year 1 of 500 Twitter followers, 250 Faceboook followers, 12 YouTube videos and 12 published media stories.
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Your feedback needed! Help shape the ‘Governance’ strand of our Action Plan

The Governance Working Group seeks YOUR feedback on our draft action plan. Please drop us a line at n15developmenttrust@gmail.com by Friday 5 February to let us know what you think, especially about the priorities we have identified for 2016. Have we missed anything?  Got anything wrong?

Working Group 4) Governance

Our role is to sense-check and further develop the existing legal structure of the Trust, in particular how it works in relation to funders and communities, and to identify and begin to put in place suitable executive and management structures for the Trust’s first project of delivering the community plan for Wards Corner.

This will include the aims and objectives of the Trust, the relationship between the Trust and its beneficiary communities, membership of the Trust, the role and appointment of Trustees, the role and organisation of the management group for the Trust’s first project and the governance implications of different financing models. The Governance Working Group will play an important role in identifying interim governance arrangements which can be put in place (including through the First Steps project) while the Trust readies itself to deliver its first project and a process of transition to permanent governance arrangements. Importantly, the Working Group provides an open and transparent mechanism through which the Trust’s beneficiary communities can participate in the process of shaping and developing the Trust and ensuring that the governance arrangements that are put in place will enable it to deliver its first project in keeping with its aims and objectives. The starting point for the Working Group is the governance arrangements already put in place when the Trust was created in 2008 and the proposals set out in the planning application for the community plan for the Wards building.

Links with other Working Groups: Appropriate and effective governance underpins all aspects of the Trust’s work and thus all Working Groups. Specific links include with Working Groups 1 and 2 on membership and financing options and mechanisms for ensuring the reinvestment of profits in line with the Trust’s aims in relation to its beneficiary communities and with Working Group 3 on clearly explaining existing governance arrangements with the local community and on ensuring community involvement and support for their development.

Our work so far: Small group discussions on Working Group 4 were held at the First Steps events on 28 September and 2 November. In addition, the Governance Working Group has held a dedicated meeting to develop the proposals within this draft Action Plan. So far, participation has included local residents, businesses and community organisations. Taking the view that expert input and facilitation is needed in order to further develop this draft Action Plan, the Steering Group has decided to dedicate one day of support from our Relationship Manager to organising and facilitating two technical workshops during December and January and securing technical and expert input.

Priority actions for 2016:

  • December/January: Hold two technical workshops (organised by our Relationship Manager) to ‘sense check’ the Trust’s existing governance arrangements in relation to its first project and to learn about and consider the options available for developing these further.
  • Produce a ‘plain English’ summary of the existing governance arrangements for the Trust to ensure good knowledge and understanding amongst those involved in developing the Trust and the wider community.
  • Develop written policies for the role and appointment of Trustees.
  • Develop written policies for membership of the Trust.
  • Develop written principles and policies for Trust decision-making
  • Develop, agree and put in place a proposal for interim governance arrangements for the Trust’s first project, and for later transition to more permanent arrangements.

 

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Development Trust holds two Governance Workshops, 20 Jan and 3 Feb

One of the four priority areas the Development Trust has been working on through its ‘First Steps‘ project is Governance, and a working group has been set up to progress this (reps are Mital Patel and Jenny Imhoff, with additional support from Ricardo Johnson).

One of the group’s first actions is to hold two technical workshops to ‘sense check’ the existing governance arrangements for the trust and to consider how to develop this. These workshops are being organised for the Trust by Alice Wilcock (Director, Community Development Foundation) and facilitated by CDF Associate, Kate Swade (Development Manager, Shared Assets).

The two governance workshops are being held on Wednesday 20 January and Wednesday 3 February from 7-9pm in the upstairs room at the Garden House restaurant, 410 High Road, London N17 9JB. All are welcome to attend. Please email n15developmenttrust@gmail.com to reserve a place and to be sent relevant documents ahead of the workshops.

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Moving towards an action plan: our second First Steps event

The Steering Group meet to review the second First Steps event at Tottenham Chances on 2 November, attended by around 25 people.

The Steering Group met on 13 November at the Garden House restaurant to review the second First Steps event and work on a draft action plan. Photo Credit: Nuk, Steering Group member.

By Steering Group and Wards Corner Community Coalition member, Shirley Hanazawa

As a member of the Trust’s First Steps Steering Group, I was very pleased to be able to attend the second First Steps event on Monday, 2 November at Tottenham Chances.

The aim of the event was to further develop our First Steps Action Plan, which will guide the Trust’s ongoing work to deliver the community plan for Wards Corner, which received planning permission from Haringey Council in April 2014.

There were about 25 people in attendance. We were also privileged to have UCL students – who are volunteering with the Trust on the First Steps project – as note-takers of the group discussions. The enthusiasm and commitment of the people attending was inspiring and empowering.

The majority of the meeting was spent in small group discussions reviewing and further developing the four priority areas for our First Steps Action Plan: 1) Business Plan and Funding; 2) Feasibility Studies; 3) Stakeholder Engagement & Communications; and 4) Governance. Since the last First Steps event on 28 September, the working group reps had held meetings with other local people who had volunteered to join the groups in order to begin developing material for our First Steps Action Plan. The reps shared their initial thoughts at the second public event, generating lively discussions amongst those present. Discussions were progressing so well that we diverted from the intended programme in order to allow them maximum time. Alice Wilcock, the Director of Community Development Foundation, and our ‘relationship manager’ for the First Steps project, played an important role by rotating amongst the groups in order to make contributions to various discussions.

I participated in the discussions on the Business Plan and Funding Working Group. The group was engaged & enthusiastic, generating lots of good ideas and discussion. We emerged at the end with a basic agreement about which action points should be prioritised – a major achievement given the complexity and breadth of this group’s remit!

All in all a very inspiring event.

The Steering Group met on 13 November to review the event and to prepare the first draft of our First Steps Action Plan, due on 23 November. After that, we will be preparing more Working Group meetings and activities and consulting further on our draft Action Plan. To get involved, email n15developmenttrust@gmail.com to join one or several of the Working Groups or to be added to the Trust’s email list.

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