@ the grange Blackpool
The Grange Park estate in Blackpool is one of the largest and most deprived social housing estates in the country where statistics for poor health, low attainment, isolation, crime, unemployment, self harm etc are some of the highest in the country.
The estate was built in 1948 and used to have a vibrant community with churches, social clubs, pubs, and 6 parades of shops. All that exists now is the former CLC building which has been turned into @ the grange community hub.
The hub is managed by Groundwork on behalf of Blackpool Council as a pilot for 2 years. It was a former training facility which had no relevance to the local community.
@ the grange houses a community farm run by Groundwork, a library, a community shop where points are issued in return for volunteering hours, (the points can then be used for food, clothes, furniture etc,) a community café, meeting rooms, a theatre space, the local pharmacy and a one stop convenience store.
In just 18 months @ the grange has become the hub of the community delivering regular events, activities, workshops, accredited courses and volunteering opportunities. In the first year we had over 10480 participants and 340 volunteers.
As a result of engaging with @ the grange the community are reporting;-
- Having better coping strategies and being able to manage better in a crisis, they have reduced their use of other crisis and emergency services.
- Have self-reported improvements in their overall mental health and wellbeing.
- Have have become less isolated, made new friendship networks have become more active and grown in confidence and self esteem.
- Many residents have completed accredited courses and feel more confident about learning
12 people have gone into permanent employment.
There has been a reduction of 61% of deliberate fires and a 32% in ASB.
There is now a sense of community and belonging on the estate. The residents have formed a friends group and are now being consulted by external partners on future estate developments.