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Beginning Local Regeneration

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Are there changes happening in your town, parish or community? Perhaps the option of taking on assets or services from district, county or unitary councils, or other issues and opportunities - and you want to get more involved in managing the solutions?

This 60-minute introductory webinar talks about the journey towards improving a rural or urban place and looks at a number of key aspects:

  • What do we want to achieve in our local area?
  • How can we achieve it?
  • Whose help do we need along the way?

“Regeneration” is far more than new buildings or facilities of course, it’s also about the local economy and the local community.     Parish, town and community councils may be looking at local regeneration for a number of reasons:

  • A particular local issue that needs solving, be it economic, environmental or social
  • A particular project idea, such as a key building that needs a new use
  • Some windfall funding
  • A concern about the wider implications of any one local venture, such as a private developer coming in
  • A choice of options for local improvement but not sure where to begin

A focus on defining the local scene and putting a partnership team together to make changes is common to all these concerns, as well as the need for appropriate resources. Decision-making needs to be based on:

  • Local strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis)
  • Views and experience of the local community, including local businesses
  • Headline objectives jointly agreed by the regeneration programme partners
  • More detailed information leading to measurable outcomes
  • Appraisal of potential projects, with a view to long-term sustainability

The webinar covers all these topics and more, and engages participants through key questions like:

  • What are the natural strengths and weaknesses of your locality?
  • What local outcomes would you like to see?
  • Which potential partners and/or skills gaps have you already identified?

About the trainer:

Andrew Maliphant, B.A. (Hons), Dipl. Soc. Sci., CiLCA      

The webinar will be led by Andrew Maliphant, a qualified parish clerk and trainer who has over 25 years’ experience in delivering community-based local regeneration. (If you would like a more detailed webinar on a specific regeneration topic, please let us know).

Andrew has been the part-time parish clerk at Longhope, Gloucestershire since September 2012, and also carries out consultancy work under the banner of The Community Works. 

He has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and has over twenty-five years’ experience in regeneration programme and project management, in both rural and urban areas.  He has successfully led teams in community-based regeneration in market towns, city centre and the urban fringe, in all of which he developed and delivered partnership projects with community groups and outside organisations. 

Andrew describes what he does as “Helping People to Help Themselves”, with particular reference to improving the place where they live or work.

Since publishing his Local Regeneration Handbook (Sage Publications October 2017 – available from the SLCC bookshop) Andrew has continued to share and develop good practice through networking, published articles and training courses.  His people skills and varied work experience make him very comfortable working with new groups and individuals, and he is very happy to talk to any parish, town or community council – or other local group - about their plans and concerns for the future.

The cost is just £30 + VAT for SLCC members and £35 + VAT for non-members.

Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event and your invoice will be sent 5 days after the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.


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