Published on 01 January 2006
19 December 2005
Building on the recommendations of a ‘Revenue Diversification and Asset Base Development’ study produced by Pulse Regeneration in 2004, Pulse has been commissioned by Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Forum. The commission is to develop two feasibility studies and a Business Plan for the creation of an accessible iconic building in Leeds that will provide a voluntary and community sector hub for the Yorkshire and the Humber Region. The commission also includes development of a new social enterprise that will manage the hub as an income generator, with a focus on office letting and conference provision, together with a range of services associated with the development of a voluntary and community sector hub.
Work will commence on identifying a site for the proposed 30,000 sq ft hub, assessing market demand to inform development of the social enterprise, and in developing partnerships to assist in taking the proposals forward. Initial feedback is to be presented to staff and Trustees of the Regional Forum, as well as representatives from VCS organisations from across the Region at an Away Day in February 2006, with an anticipated completion expected in May 2006.
21 November 2005
Charlestown/ Lower Kersal New Deal for Communities Partnership have awarded Pulse Regeneration a twelve month commission to deliver their Community Facilities Development Project. The aim of the Project is to deliver actions to maximise the existing services of five community facilities across the NDC area, enabling each to work towards longer-term sustainability. Action in relation to this cover five core areas:
2 November 2005
Pulse has been awarded a contract by South Yorkshire Open Forum (SYOF) to undertake a comprehensive Feasibility Study. South Yorkshire Open Forum started during 1998-99 in response to South Yorkshire being granted Objective 1 status, with SYOF being charged with enabling the sub-regional VCS to participate in the formulation and delivery of significant European funds; particularly to provide technical assistance to Priority 4 communities.
The Feasibility Study is to review the current situation of SYOF, its viability and funding constraints, paying particular attention to identifying opportunities for social enterprise and asset base development. The ultimate aim is to establsh the feasibility of generating secure income streams, assisting SYOF to work towards a position of long-term financial sustainability.
13 October 2005
The end of Project conference was held today in the Peter Jost Centre in LJMU. The conference was opened by Frank D’hondt, Vice Chair for ECTP. Speakers included representatives from the PICT Project, the Planning Portal, part of the ODPM and the Academy of Sustainable Communities, who all presented interesting and relevant information that provoked an interesting discussion. After lunch a series of workshops were held discussing the ICT tools and processes within the Project. Some sessions were interactive; feedback was then presented in the summing up session.
Delegates attended from all partner countries (UK, Greece, Hungary and Belgium) as well professional planners from several local authorities in the UK. Feedback from the conference was very good.
7 October 2005
The new Lauries Centre in Birkenhead was officially opened by Paul O’Grady . The event, opened by the Chair, Mike Parkinson, was held in the new conferencing and events space, with adjoining bar and social area. The food and hospitality within the Centre was excellent.
The event was a great success attracting local and regional press, and hosting one of the top entertainers in Britain today, who is originally from Birkenhead. Paul O’Grady said ‘I love Birkenhead … I had to come back to help open this new centre for old times sake, and because you have to have somewhere where people can all go and gather’.
30 September 2005
Pulse undertook a consultation event in Keighley to gain further support for the redevelopment of Central Hall. Voluntary and community groups from the area were invited to a presentation to explain the concept for the redevelopment of the former Methodist Chapel as a community facility offering offices, activity space, café bistro and multi-function space. The response was positive with several groups expressing the need for such a facility in the town centre.
12 September 2005
A Civic Reception was held this evening at Liverpool Town Hall to celebrate the launch of the Abdullah Quilliam Heritage Centre. Key speeches were made by a number of dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, the Leader of Liverpool City Council, the Lord Lieutenant, and the Sheriff of Merseyside.
Pulse developed the Business Plan for the Heritage Centre that is to be established in Liverpool on the site of the country's first independent Mosque, established over 100 years ago. The Centre is to provide a number of inter-faith activities, including the heritage Mosque, Lifelong Learning courses, exhibitions, and office space. Funding is currently being sought to progres the development.
15 June 2005
Pulse has recently completed the Business Plan for the new South Sefton Development Trust. The Trust has been formed as the forward strategy for the South Sefton SRB6 Partnership, which winds down in March 2007. The Business Plan is intended to be a working document, helping to develop a number of opportuntiies for developing social enterprises, for example a café within a purpose-built Investment Centre. In addition Pulse have been helping the Trust identify opportunities for promotion, and a first step in this has been securing the nationally acclaimed Antony Gormley 'Another Place' sculpture .
This includes a 100 life-sized sculptures to be situated on a two-mile stretch of beach from the mouth of the Mersey to the river Alt, which will remain in place until November 2006 as a precursor to Liverpool's Capital of Culture. The first statue was installed today.
23 May 2005
Pulse Regeneration warmly welcomes Cari Edwards to the Liverpool Office today. As Regeneration Consultant, Cari will be taking on a number of commissions across the country. Cari was formerly a Micro Business/Community Regeneration Adviser with ChamberLink in Manchester, following three years as Community Economic Development Officer for City and County of Swansea. Managing Director Chris Hart commented;
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Cari into the team, and look forward to working with Cari on a number of new and exciting projects.”
28 April 2005
Pulse is currently undertaking a Feasibility Study for a Café and Job Shop within Urban Exchange in Preston, a centre that provides access to a wide range of services for young people aged 11 to 25. The ultimate aim is to directly involve young people in the development of the Café and Job Shop, and encourage them to take ownership and responsiblity. Consultation has been undertaken to discuss the concept of the Café, including a survey and a focus group with a number of young people. The feedback helped ensure the proposal responded to the needs of local young people, many of whom expressed a desire to become involved in the Café's operation. The Café and Job Shop will be primarily for young people, and is aimed at promoting the services of the building and the partners within it.
8 March 2005
Pulse Managing Director, Chris Hart, was asked to present a session on social enterprises at a conference this week focusing on creating a Handyperson Service across the Wirral Borough. The conference was attended by a number of organisations from the voluntary, public and private sectors, as well as a number of beneficiaries of the existing five ward Handyperson Service.
At the end of the conference Chris was asked to join a panel, along with representatives from Age Concern Wirral and Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, and take questions from the attendees regarding the potential to develop the Handyperson Service Borough-wide, and what the key next steps would be.
The prestigious St James Centre in the North End of Birkenhead was officially launched today. Pulse developed the Business Plan and secured funding for the Centre, and provided a tailored training programme for the Board.
The event included celebrity guest speaker Patricia Routledge C.B.E., and included key note speaches from Cllr Harry Smith - Chair of North Birkenhead Development Trust, and Cllr Hilary Jones - Mayor of Wirral. The event was attended by the project's Partners and a large number of the local community, many of whom are already using the Centre's facilities following its opening earlier in the week.
"This is a very interesting project and I was glad I could come. It is a thrilling development and I had a wonderfully exciting morning. The building is very imaginative and colourful and will be an inspiration to the people who want to use the facilities"
Patricia Routledge, C.B.E.
7 February 2005
Pulse has been commissioned to develop a Business Plan for the Abdullah Quilliam Heritage Centre, which is to be established in Liverpool on the site of the country's first independent Mosque, established over 100 years ago. The Heritage Centre is to provide a number of inter-faith activities, including the heritage Mosque, Lifelong Learning courses, exhibitions, and office space.
The Business Plan is to be presented to the Leader and Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council, as well as the Bishop of Liverpool early next month.
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