‘Our Place’ project launched in Poplar to get people involved in local services
Communities Minister Stephen Williams was in London’s East End to launch a national programme for neighbourhood involvement in running services with local priorities.
The programme called ‘Our Place’, launched yesterday at St Paul’s Way Centre in Bow Common, is already being tested at 12 pilot areas including Poplar.
“We want communities to take more responsibility for the services in their neighbourhoods,” he said. “These pilot areas are seeing benefits of going back to local communities.”
A consortium led by the Locality network including local authorities, backed by £4.3 million Whitehall funding, aims to support 100 communities tackling issues at neighbourhood level.
It offers a chance for people to get involved in tackling problems that matter most in their areas.
You may also want to watch:
The Minister heard from volunteers in Poplar’s ‘Health Champions’ project, for example, which could save the NHS a potential £4 million over five years. It promotes healthy lifestyles and better treatment for those risking diabetes in the East End which has higher levels than the national average.
- 1 Luxury Canary Wharf flats going for lower rent set by the council
- 2 Driver, 18, wanted for driving wrong way through Blackwall Tunnel
- 3 Fines totalling £361k handed to East End landlords and agents
- 4 Isle of Dogs man who murdered teenager at Crossharbour DLR sentenced to 27 years
- 5 Liverpool Street to Shenfield line suspended as person hit by train
- 6 Barts Health NHS Trust reports one of lowest rates of vaccinated staff
- 7 Capacity at West Ham's London stadium to increase to 62,500
- 8 Man charged after triple stabbing on night bus in Mile End
- 9 Building new tower block starts on Limehouse Triangle 'wildlife site'
- 10 19 arrested and cash seized in East End dawn drug raids