The West Belfast Partnership supports the regeneration of our local communities and we are proud to play a central role in supporting the work of the five Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships in West Belfast.

We host the West Belfast Neighbourhood Renewal Forum. The Forum brings together the Chairpersons and representatives from each Neighbourhood Partnership in west Belfast. The Forum also includes two members of the West Belfast Partnership and two seats are reserved for wider thematic interest groups in the west of the city.

The Forum provides practical support and assistance to those working on Neighbourhood Renewal in west Belfast and is a collective voice for West Belfast Neighbourhood Partnerships regarding issues of Neighbourhood Renewal and regeneration.

Neighbourhood Renewal is the Government’s policy to address urban regeneration and focuses on areas that fall within the worst 10 per cent in terms of multiple deprivation.  The Department for Social Development is the primary driver of the policy, but it seeks to involve the co-operation of all  government departments.

The two overarching goals for Neighbourhood Renewal are:

  • To ensure people in the most deprived neighbourhoods, access the best possible services, get opportunities for a better quality of life and have brighter prospects for themselves and their families.
  • To improve the environment and image of our most deprived neighbourhoods, helping them become attractive places to live and invest.

Government cuts are beginning to bite and the community sector are feeling the pinch. Improved service delivery, collaboration, efficiencies have been the buzz words for the past year.  

Neighbourhood Partnerships throughout west Belfast have re-examined their local community priorities and services to ensure they meet local need.  This has been painstaking work, especially in an economic climate where cuts are the order of the day and with impending local government reform.

The WBPB has worked to support the Neighbourhood Partnerships in this work and have lobbied politicians on the need to support essential investment in communities. The WBPB ensures that Neighbourhood Partnerships are represented on our Board.

Further Information

In People and Place: a Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal the Department of Social Development outlined a 7-10 year framework for regeneration and targets the worst 10% of electoral wards as measured by Noble Multiple Deprivation Measures and the worst 10% of Enumeration Districts.

There are five designated Neighbourhood Renewal areas in West Belfast:

  • Andersonstown
  • Lenadoon and Suffolk
  • Greater Falls
  • Upper Springfield
  • Colin

Goals for Neighbourhood Renewal:

  • To ensure that the people living in the most deprived neighbourhoods have access to the best possible services and to the opportunities which make for a better quality of life and prospects for themselves and their families.
  • To improve the environment and image of our most deprived neighbourhoods so that they become attractive places in which to live and invest.

There are four interlinking strategic objectives:

  • Community renewal: to develop confident communities that are enabled and committed to improving the quality of life in their area
  • Economic renewal: to develop economic activity in the most deprived neighbourhoods and connect them to the wider urban economy
  • Social renewal: to improve social conditions for the people who live in the most deprived neighbourhoods through better coordinated public services and the creation of safer environments
  • Physical renewal: to help creative attractive, safe, sustainable environments in the most deprived neighbourhoods

Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs)

A Neighbourhood Partnership (NP) is intended as a single body that brings together at a local (neighbourhood) level the different parts of the public sector as well as the private, business, community and voluntary sectors so that different initiatives and services support each other and work together.

Neighbourhood Partnerships were established to:

  • Maintain a clear focus on the needs of disadvantaged communities and give greater recognition to how public, private and community sector organisations are meeting their needs; Ensure that local regeneration takes place within the wider context of the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy so that the core services and core budgets of public bodies are working closely to close the gap between disadvantaged areas and other areas
  • Allow decision-making on local regeneration to be taken at the neighbourhood level within a Northern Ireland framework
  • Link up physical, social, community and economic regeneration more effectively and set local priorities
  • Enhance the focus and concentration on disadvantaged communities who most need assistance, targeting mainly at a geographic area but also recognising communities of interest.
  • To retain and harness the voluntary effort in community and local development.
Renewal Forum terms of reference

The purpose of this group is twofold.

  • In the first place it will provide practical support and assistance to those working on Neighbourhood Renewal in the west of the city.
    • To share information and engage in collective work re: technical assistance, the development of Vision Frameworks and local Neighbourhood Action Plans highlighting themes common to all areas.
    • To provide a forum for the Neighbourhood Partnerships to engage on strategic issues among themselves, and with other partners regarding Neighbourhood Renewal
    • To promote collaboration, cooperation and cohesion in terms of NR within West Belfast, across the city and beyond in order to share information, practice, etc.
  • Secondly, it will develop a collective voice for West Belfast on issues of Neighbourhood Renewal and regeneration.
    • To advocate and lobby
    • To collectively influence how policy is made and how need is determined
    • To engage with government departments and engage agencies who are not part of the Neighbourhood Renewal process
    • To monitor and evaluate the objectives of NP partners as detailed in NAPs and evaluate successes and highlight gaps

Status of group

The NR Forum will establish its own identity but the West Belfast Partnership will provide practical technical assistance, facilitation and assist the group in identifying priorities

Membership

The membership of the Neighbourhood Renewal Forum will be drawn from each of the Neighbourhood Partnerships. Two members from each NP will be members. The Forum will also include two members of the West Belfast Partnership Board. In addition, two seats are reserved for those representing wider remit/thematic interest groups.

All members will establish a chain of communication between the NR Forum and their Neighbourhood Partnership and respective communities.

Neighbourhood Renewal Forum members

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Geraldine McAteer, West Belfast Partnership (Chair)

Darragh Mc Adam, West Belfast Partnership Board

Gerry McConville, Falls Council

Annie Armstrong, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership

Rose Mary Stalker, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership

Sean Lennon, Lenadoon Neighbourhood Partnership

Tish Holland, Andersonstown Neighbourhood Partnership

Ciaran McCoey, Andersonstown Neighbourhood Partnership

Jackie Bunting, Glencolin Residents Association

Deirdre McVeigh, Upper Springfield Whiterock Neighbourhood Partnership

Donal McKinney, Upper Springfield Whiterock Neighbourhood Partnership

Danny Power, Greater Falls Neighbourhood Partnership

Jim Donnelly, Active Communities

Jim Girvan, Blackie River Community Group

Pauline Kersten, Conway Education


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