A FLAGSHIP development project for CHP has been highlighted in a national report by The PlaceShapers Group.
The PlaceShapers Group - a national body supporting housing associations working towards greater community cohesion - recently launched the report ‘Localism that works’ at an event at the House of Commons with the Right Honourable MP Greg Clark, Minister for Decentralisation and Cities.
Due to be officially launched in May 2012, CHP’sParkside Court clinic and Community Hub, which cost £8 million to regenerate, was featured in the report as it will offer local people the opportunity to enhance their employment skills through training courses such as IT, numeracy and literacy.
Working with the Mid-Essex Primary Care Trust and the Chelmsford Local Strategic Partnership, the Community Hub will provide a mobile crèche facility, meeting rooms, information and advice, a learning zone, an IT suite and a fully equipped training kitchen.
It will also be utilised by voluntary groups and agencies – such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, JobCentre Plus, Women’s Aid, Relate, Essex Police and Chelmsford Borough Council – to tackle disadvantage and discrimination, promote a healthy lifestyle and improve community well-being and spirit.
In his introduction at the launch, Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge and Minister for Decentralisation and Cities, said: "This report is a vivid illustration of how PlaceShapers engage with the future of their estates and communities. Across the country they have helped people return to work, reduce crime, create jobs and transform local neighbourhoods. These case studies are a testament to what local initiative and local innovation can do for local communities. This is decentralisation that works - people taking control of their lives."
Martin Dean, CHP Chairman, commented: “This is really good news for the association to see that our initiative has received a national commendation. I am so pleased at yet another example being highlighted of CHP working hard to support local communities.”