Lincoln City Foundation were proud to host the first Place Based Social Action Gathering at the LNER Stadium across the 12thand 13th February 2020.
Place Based Social Action (PBSA) is a joint £4.5m programme between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund using National Lottery funding. The funding aims to create positive change by enabling people, communities, local non-statutory organisations and the statutory sector to work collaboratively to create a shared vision for the future of their place and address local priorities through social action.
The Foundation’s Community Organising team are lead organisation for the PBSA programme in the Sincil Bank area of Lincoln; which brings together the Foundation, City of Lincoln Council, Maze Matters, University of Lincoln, Voluntary Centre Services and Investors in Lincoln to form the Sincil Bank Community Partnership. The partnership aims to work alongside the community to support local residents to reach their full potential, facilitating both community and personal change.
The Sincil Bank neighbourhood is one of only 10 places in the whole of England to be awarded the PBSA funding and this gathering brought together representatives from all 10 communities to share learning, connect projects and celebrate achievements made so far.
As part of the two-day programme, the Sincil Bank Community Partnership were given the opportunity to share with attendees some of the community projects and initiatives which have happened in the Sincil Bank area so far. These included a tour of community artwork in the area, a visit to the Community Hub, a walk along the Sincil Bank River to discuss environmental projects, and hearing from progress of Sincil Community Land Trust.
Joanna Okrasa, PBSA Project Manager at Lincoln City Foundation said: ‘It was an honour to welcome the national PBSA programme team to Sincil Bank area and showcase the ongoing projects, which put local people at the heart of social action. The gathering was a great opportunity to share good practice and look at challenges we face locally with the wider PBSA network.’
The PBSA project will continue in the Sincil Bank area for the next five years, supporting resident led activity. If you are interested in becoming involved in the project or would like to find out more about Community Organising please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org