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Project information

Our Village, Their Future

Rather than work on just one problem affecting Aveley, we want to try to address the whole spectrum of development. Using our centre as a base we want to go out and help people solve their problems where they live . We want to help them achieve what they want and not tell them what they can have.

February 2011 - December 2016

Charity information: Aveley Village Community Forum

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  • Need


    Aveley is a village that is facing massive changes following major housing development schemes.It is already somewhat fragmented and suffers from major deprivation, especially around skills, employment and education levels. Levels of self esteem are low and a lack of local services leaves the village feeling isolated. In 2009 only 24% of school leavers had Maths and English GCSEs reducing employability. Bad transport links mean it is difficult to access needed services and support.


    The Lottery grant has enabled us to open our Youth & Community centre, which is the only youth provision in the village, where we can offer training and provide services and support locally. However there are many people, of all ages, who are unlikely to just come into the centre. We will employ staff to go out into the village and work with people rioght on their door step. We will find out what they want and not decide for them what we will do and then find ways of making it happen.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase the skills and abilities of residents


    » We will provide training and developmental events and projects in areas such as numeracy, literacy, IT and work skills inc First Aid Food Handling etc

    What success will look like

    Success will be 750 training days delivered and attended in next 3 years

    Aim 2

    Improve social, education and work related skills and abilities of young people in particular


    » Using in house qualified youth workers we will build longterm trust with young people, discover their aspirations and work to achieve them
    » We will increase the provision for youth work from 30 hours per week to full time coverage

    What success will look like

    Success will be 500 young people involved in youth related training and projects in next 3 years

    Aim 3

    Assist villagers to take more control over their lives and have a say in their future


    » We will provide information and advice and bring in services to our centre, provide community skills training and act as advocates if needed

    What success will look like

    Success will be 2000 visitors to the centre for advice help or training in next 3 years

    Aim 4

    Develop healthier life styles by improving use of outdoor environment and life skills


    » We will demonstrate use of open spaces and encourage participation andshow what changes a person can make and help them develop the skills to do this

    What success will look like

    Success will be 500 villagers attend outdoor events and healthy living training events in next 3 years

  • Impact


    The village will becomke a stronger and more integrated community Every activity we undertake will be carefully monitored and evaluated. We will monitor the number of people involved in each activity, the number of people who successfully complete courses or gain qualifications. We will look at the number of new volunteers, those that start work or return to further or higher education and those that take part in additional activities (such as joining clubs or groups).


    The main risk is the long term sustainability of the project especially with regards to funding staff. However we are working with our local council, PCT and Thames Gateway in a long term plan to build a new centre that will include either a health centre or an enterprise centre that will generate the income needed to continue operations. The new centre will cost £4.3m and we alraedy have £1.3m in place with a potentional £2m from the council


    We have regular monthly trustee meetings where a Project Update is given and questions can be asked. Project ideas are presented and discussed. Regular assessments of activities are undertaken and changes made if needed

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £290,367

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      Amount Heading Description
      £52,000 Youth Apprentices two apprentices to be trained as youth support workers and expand centre cover
      £98,800 Community DEvelopment Worker To develop projects away from the centre
      £45,000 Youth Worker To move a Youth Support Worker into Full time after completeion of training
      £31,500 Youth Support Worker Additional P/T woker to expand centre cover
      £63,067 General running costs Towards running costs and management of project
  • Background


    Aveley is a village of around 9000 people situated in a triangle formed on 2 sides by the A13 and M25 Most of the area is in the worst 10% most deprived areas in the country. Housing development will see masive growth and is causing resentment. 340 houses are already approved with a further 1800 planned in the next 8 years. There is little local employment and low skill levels means travel costs are hard to meet and higher paying jobs cannot be taken. There are very few support services locally


    The project will benefit the social, physical, educational and employment aspects of the village. Better qualfications will mean people can take better paid jobs and will be able to afford higher travel costs. With local people providing the services tailored to the community, a feeling of belonging will develop as the "Them and Us" becomes just us. People will be able to take more control over what happens and not what is "done" to them and feel better able to face the future better

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are local people facing local challenges. We know the problems because we live with them day to day. We see and know the people who are struggling to cope. We can provide continuity and long term support in a way the hit and run short term projects cannot. Statutory groups tend to hit a single problem or symptom. We can address all the symptoms and work to cure the disease. We can see changes and can adapt quickly to them.

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    The Trustees

    It is impossible to name just 1. the 15 people who run the Forum have been committed for over 10 years to bring this project about

There must be a better way

Paul Hamlyn