COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Here at CHC we involve local residents in the planning and development of CHC services, as well as supporting them to take a lead role in the development of a community that is a place of pride, success, opportunity and inclusion for everybody. To enable us to become a community resource we had to make a number of changes. Encouraging the local community to come on board and begin to take the initiative was somewhat a daunting task but an essential first step. 


Today we have vulnerable people and local residents working, learning and socialising together in our IT training classes, job search sessions, choir, music and other leisure groups. The future direction of our work will be about supporting local residents to lead our community developments with the help of our services and expertise. CHC is not only a ‘Place of Change’ but a place for everyone in the community.


 

We have created Cricklewood Improvement Programme (CIP) a people led Community Regeneration Project to enable local people to take control of the future of our community, in partnership with public services and local businesses.
 
Cricklewood Broadway sits at the juncture of three boroughs i.e. Brent, Barnet and Camden. CIP is a single coordinating force in the area – led by CHC bringing together groups/agencies to discuss how we can best serve, as well as addressing problems such as antisocial behaviour, refuse, graffiti, street drinking and all those issues that create strife and discontentment.
 

 We all want a place of safety, of opportunity and of inclusion. CHC is delighted to lead on the creation of a Town Centre Management Project and look forward to a time when our community is exemplary as a result of the aspirations and needs of local people. http://www.cricklewoodcip.org/

CHC is one of only a small number of organisations across England chosen to take part in the national Community Organisers scheme. We currently host 2 Trainee Community Organisers.

 

Community Organisers is a government-funded scheme which aims to train 5,000 ‘Community Organisers’, individuals who will work in local communities around the country to bring people together, listen to ideas, build networks and support people to tackle the local issues which are important to them.

 

Trainee Community Organisers will learn how to motivate and organise people locally by using Listening Matters and subsequently other tools and approaches for animating, developing and catalysing and focusing community action.