Introduction to Neighbourhood Renewal

‘People and Place - a strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal’ led to 36 deprived areas across Northern Ireland being chosen to receive support. Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships have been key to creating local plans to improve everyday life for people in those areas.

What is Neighbourhood Renewal?

In June 2003, Government launched Neighbourhood Renewal - People and Place.  Neighbourhoods in the most deprived 10% of wards across Northern Ireland were identified using the Noble Multiple Deprivation Measure.  Following extensive consultation, this resulted in a total of 36 areas, and a population of approximately 280,000 (one person in 6 in Northern Ireland), being targeted for intervention. The areas include:

  • 15 in Belfast
  • 6 in the North West (including four in the city of Derry/Londonderry)
  • 15 in other towns and cities across Northern Ireland

Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships

Neighbourhood Partnerships have been established in each Neighbourhood Renewal Area as a vehicle for local planning and implementation. Each Neighbourhood Partnership should include representatives of key political, statutory, voluntary, community and private sector stakeholders. Together, they have developed long term visions and action plans designed to improve the quality of life for those living in the area.

Many of the Neighbourhood Renewal Area Annual Reports 2013/14 include details of the organisations that are represented on each of the 36 Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships.  

If you have any queries about the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships and their membership please contact the relevant office:

Who we currently fund 2015/16

A comprehensive list of the total funding awarded to each organisation through the Neighbourhood Renewal Investment fund can be found on the Neighbourhood Renewal Funded Organisations 2015/16 page.

Resources for Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships

Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships need an evidence base to help them review their action plans. They also need to access documents which set out the key principles for the delivery of Neighbourhood Renewal.  This is to ensure the effective use of public funds.  These can all be found on the Resources for Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships page.

Evaluation of Neighbourhood Renewal

In the original Neighbourhood Renewal  People and Place Strategy a commitment was given to carry out and publish an interim and final evaluation.  This Evaluation of Neighbourhood Renewal determined the extent to which the policy was meeting its objectives.  The delivery model, overall impact and the lessons learned from the Neighbourhood Renewal programme is important - particularly for the Councils as they take forward their plans and policies for tackling deprivation through Community Planning.

Contacts

If you have any queries please contact Neighbourhood Renewal Unit.

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