Working closely with Kirklees MBC, dba managed this award winning initiative using dba’s unique C.A.R.T. model of community engagement and ownership.
This initiative brought together members of the community from a multitude of backgrounds, circumstances and ages to become community researchers (and more) under the training and mentoring of dba, and to be a key influencer of evolving neighbourhood strategies. What was achieved and re-inforced by other C.A.R.T. initiatives around the country is that local networks are key to reaching all sections of the community.
Positive outcomes include support for rediscovered confidence, self worth and an ambition to do more. In addition to a stronger locally owned neighbourhood plans, the dba C.A.R.T. model attracted other organisations to retain the services of the Dewsbury C.A.R.T. researchers to support their business plans, helped service providers shape their local actions and create one of the first local area Compacts in the country.
This initiative was celebrated by a national award from Regeneration and Renewal as the best community empowerment initiative in the country with the potential to be replicated nationally.