Published on 01 January 2005
24 December 2004
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all the team at Pulse.
6 December 2004
Pulse has recently completed the facilitation of an Away Day for Merseyside Expanding Horizons (MEH), a voluntary sector organisation that promotes cross sector working with a focus on social inclusion that is also an SRB6 accountable body. Pulse designed and delivered the Away Day, entitled ‘Developing a New Future’, for both MEH staff and committee members.
The Away Day’s purpose was to assist the attendees in considering the core purpose of MEH and discussing activities that MEH could seek to deliver in the future, before developing an action plan for the next 12 months. Following the event a concise report was produced, helping MEH to develop future strategy based on the discussions held at the Away Day.
27 October 2004
Managing Director Chris Hart was delighted this week to be appointed as new Chairperson of the Anfield Breckfield Community Partnership. On his appointment Chris commented;“I am very excited by the challenges this role will present, including bringing a business focus to the Partnership, concentrating on Board development, securing funding, and developing a number of new social enterprises including Café Red, and Isla Gladstone textile collection.” Chris continued, “I am committed to upholding Pulse’s values, one of which is to be responsible to the communities in which we operate. I look forward to working with the community of Anfield and Breckfield.”
22 November 2004
Pulse has recently completed a commission for the Federation of Northumberland Development Trusts (FONDT), considering how they may be sustained in the longer term. The commission included consultation with a number of stakeholders and Development Trusts in the county to establish the local requirements in terms of working towards a position of financial sustainability.
The report included suggestions for joint working opportunities together with enhanced communication and networking, asset based development and public procurement. Findings were reported to FONDT members in a conference held in November 2004. Following the report, FONDT is currently seeking to employ a development worker.
8 November 2004
Pulse has been working with Taylor Young and AGD, to produce a Vision and Action Plan for the Blacon estate on the outskirts of Chester. Working closely with Blacon Community Trust and the local community, Pulse has identified a number of opportunities for social enterprise development and the potential for asset transfer, including the creation of managed workspace and other community facilities. In particular Pulse has advised on the development of a social enterprise zone, which would bring together a menu of support services to kick start the growth of local community businesses. The Final Vision and Action Plan was presented in November 2004.
29 October 2004
Pulse facilitated the launch of the prestigious new NBDT and St James Centre on 29 October 2004, which is planned to open in January 2005. The event was opened by new Chair of NBDT Cllr Harry Smith, and included key note speeches from Frank Field MP, and Deputy Mayoress Cllr Chrsitine Meaden. Key partners, including Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Council, Sure Start Birkenhead North, North Birkenhead Neighbourhood College, North Birkenhead Neighbourhood Forum, Wirral Healthy Communities, and Wirral Waterfront Initiative also gave presentations.
The event also showcased the new corporate identity for the Development Trust, which had been commissioned by Pulse, as illustrated below:
21 October 2004
Pulse is extremely pleased to announce that the East Preston Development Trust (EPDT) has formed following support and development work over 12 months.
Pulse has worked closely with the Trust to provide assistance in developing the Trust’s vision and initial project ideas, an initial feasibility study outlining viability, as well as securing funding of over £60,000 from the Tudor Trust. Pulse now look forward to continuing working with new Trust in terms of delivering a tailored Board Training programme, as well as an options appraisal into the potential development of a local property.
14 October 2004
Pulse is currently undertaking the rolling evaluation of PICT (Planning Inclusion of Clients through e-Training), a three-year Leonardo da Vinci funded European Project, for Knowsley Borough Council. PICT partners include a mix of Local Authorities, Universities, agencies and private consultancies from the UK, Hungary, Belgium and Greece.
Pulse presented the most recent Evaluation Report to partners at a transnational meeting in Budapest in October 2004. Five such transnational meetings have taken place to date, allowing partners to discuss progress, undertake site visits, and consider the ongoing evaluation report. The Project has developed a website, a number of newsletters and an information brochure in the different partners’ languages. Pulse is to issue the penultimate Evaluation Report in January 2005, with the final Report coinciding with the project’s conclusion in October 2005.
3 October 2004
Pulse Managing Director Chris Hart was invited to present a workshop to YMCA delegates about “creating a sustainable organisation”. This included both staff and Trustees, and addressed a number of challenges facing the movement in terms of developing financial viability. A tailored presentation included discussion around a number of income generating ideas, and developing a more enterprising culture.
David Livingstone, YMCA North West Regional Development Officer commented, ”I really feel like this topic is one of great importance to people right now. I thought the workshop was excellent and from the evaluations I’ve received, so did the other delegates. Not surprisingly, Pulse appeared to scratch where they were itching.”
20 September 2004
Pulse recently facilitated a strategic planning event for the Anfield Breckfield Community Partnership at Burton Manor. This was the second such event facilitated over the course of a weekend, and built on the first event that had focused on development of an appropriate mission, aims and strategic objectives, consideration of the legal structure and went on to develop an action plan. This information fed into the Business Plan that is currently being developed by Pulse. This second event focused on prioritisation of project opportunities, Board skills assessment, and development of a comprehensive 12-month work programme for the Partnership.
16 September 2004
On 15 September 2004 Managing Director Chris Hart presented the findings from Pulse’s Promoting Older People’s Independence Network (POPIN) Evaluation Report to Wirral MBC’s Social Care & Health Select Committee. POPIN aims to help older people (aged over 60) to lead independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible and covers the five NRF wards of Bidston, Leasowe, Birkenehad, Tranmere, and Seacombe.
The Committee warmly received the Report findings and it was agreed to take the Report recommendations and next steps forward. Next steps included the formation of a focused POPIN Strategy Group to assist in clearly defining POPIN services in the future, creation of quantifiable objectives and evaluation systems, and development of a robust business case to secure long-term funding. In addition it was recommended that the feasibility of developing the Handyperson Scheme as a separate social enterprise be explored.
6 September 2004
Pulse has reached the end of a year long research project for Bristol City Council, researching asset transfer within the Bristol social economy sector. The purpose of the Report was to provide information to help Officers, as well as Bristol’s social economy partners, draw up a set of good practice guidelines to facilitate future asset transfers and similar property disposals. This will help the Council in achieving the broader social, environmental and economic objectives identified in Bristol’s Community Strategy and the Council’s corporate and best value performance plans. The Report was issued to Bristol City Council earlier this week and was warmly received by Officers.
4 August 2004
Pulse has started a 12 week bespoke capacity building training course for the new Board of the North Birkenhead Development Trust (NBDT). The Trust is to be established to oversee the development of the new St James Centre in the North End of Birkenhead, and to develop wider regeneration activities to benefit the local community. The 12 week course will cover such themes as; board director responsibilities, staff recruitment, financial responsibilities and legal requirements, legislation and obligations, and developing social enterprises. Pulse are also assisting with the provision of marketing support, development of a corporate identify, development of Business Plans for both a new nursery and a new community café, as well as a number of additional mentoring and hand holding support.
Margaret Hodge MP Visits New Wirral Centre
15 June 2004
Margaret Hodge, Minister of State for Children, visited the new St James Centre to meet representatives from the community and key partners involved in developing the St James Centre project. The Centre, currently under the final stages of construction, is to be run by a new Development Trust that is currently being established. Pulse has provided ongoing assistance to the St James Centre project, as well as to the development of the Trust including business planning, funding applications, Board training, and development support. The St James Centre is on target to be opened in January 2005.
3 May 2004
Pulse are pleased to announce that the Lauries Ltd, one of their ongoing clients, has now started on site with their landmark building on the corner of Claughton Road and Exmouth Street in Birkenhead, Wirral. The launch event held late last month was attended by a number of the project’s partners, including key note speeches from Wirral’s Mayor and Frank Field MP. The purpose-built Lauries Centre has been designed to meet a wide range of the local community’s social and economic needs, and will host a number of agencies that serve the needs of local people in Birkenhead and Tranmere. The Centre will also feature a conference space, social area and café, and is due for completion in May 2005.
5 April 2004
Pulse Regeneration warmly welcomes Sarah Lewis this week to the Liverpool Office. As Assistant Regeneration Consultant, Sarah will be supporting the team to progress of a number of ongoing commissions across the country. Sarah was formerly a Research Assistant with John Moores University, following completion of an Mphil. Managing Director Chris Hart commented; “I look forward to welcoming our newest arrival into the team, and working with Sarah on a number of exciting projects.”
1 April 2004
Pulse Regeneration is pleased to announce that it is three years old today. Pulse is pleased to be based in Liverpool, with an expanding client base covering most of the country, and even into Europe. With an increasing team, with further expansions planned, the next year promises to be another good one. Managing Director, Chris Hart commented, "I would like to thank all those who have supported us to date, including our staff, associates and partners and most importantrly of all, our clients”.
27 March 2004
Managing Director Chris Hart recently attended the Big Cat Tour to South Africa between Saturday 27 March and Sunday 4 April 2004. The tour began in Johannesburg and ended in Cape Town, visiting ten innovative social enterprises along the way.
The visits included The Clean Shop, which works with students, parents and teachers and cleans, installs and commissions sanitation programmes in public schools in townships where there has been a legacy of poor sanitation. Started in 1996 employing six people, it now employs 290 full time staff. The Clean Shop has a number of large contracts with mining companies, and also has a shop selling cleaning materials.
The Tour visited the CIDA City Campus, established in 2000 and is the first virtually free higher education institution in South Africa, having reinvented traditional models of higher education; for example students run the campus and administration offices themselves, gaining valuable hands-on experience. CIDA provides fully accredited practical four-year Bachelor of Business Administration qualifications, and every student receives a scholarship and comes from a disadvantaged background.
The Tour also visited Men on the Side of the Road, which builds roadside shelters for job-seekers and provides them with the tools and skills required to increase their employment prospects in fields such as gardeners, painters, plasterers, and carpenters. Over 500 key sites have been identified across South Africa where men await prospective employment, housing up to 50,000 job seekers per day. Development of a tool-repair scheme and night school for the job-seekers is the next challenge for Men on the Side of the Road, which has been in operation for just over two years.
During his time in South Africa, Chris was both moved and impressed by what has been achieved, and on his arrival back to Liverpool commented; The enthusiasm, dedication and creativity of local people in developing new social enterprises is inspiring, however there is still a massive hill to climb in South Africa to help remedy the issues local people are facing.”
9 March 2004
Pulse, with associates Urban Strategy Associates, facilitated a workshop for social economy organisations in Bristol as part of its asset transfer research work. The purpose of the workshop was to gain a greater understanding of the key issues facing the social economy and to receive feedback regarding the requirements for asset transfer in the future. The asset transfer research report is due to be completed in Autumn 2004.
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5 February 2004
After more than three years development, the Lauries Centre in Birkenhead received planning permission on 5 February 2004. Developed by a committee of committed local residents, the Centre is intended to offer a wide range of quality services to people in Birkenhead and Tranmere, as well as develop much wider regeneration for the area. Pulse are delighted to see that the enormous effort put into this £3m flagship scheme by the committee (to be funded by ERDF and SRB, and Sure Start Birkenhead Central) has paid off, and that the efforts of local people to improve the quality of life in Birkenhead will now become a reality.
26 January 2004
Pulse has been awarded a contract to assist the further development of the Lauries Project in Birkenhead. Focusing on capacity-building, mentoring support and marketing activity, the contract will provide advanced skills and knowledge to the communty representatives involved in this flagship regeneration project for the centre of Birkenhead, due to open January 2005. Pulse previously helped the Lauries develop their marketing and brand, including their recently-launched website.
23 January 2004
The Wysemove Centre in Preston opened its doors on 23 January 2004. Developed by the Preston YMCA, the Centre aims to support young homeless people and recently re-housed, aged 16-25 years in Preston. Pulse asssisted the development of the scheme by producing a Business Plan in support of successful applications for ERDF and Single Regeneration Budget funding and a further successful application to the Learning & Skills Council. Pulse is delighted to see this important project open, and wishes everyone at Wysemove well in its work with young people in Preston.
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