Hibbert Community Regeneration Agency Limited was established in 1995 as a result of community demand. It is based in the heart of one of the most deprived wards in Britain. Top 5% most deprived (Govt indices of multiple deprivation). The Hibbert Agency works predominantly with BME and multi ethnic communities.
The Management Board consists of local people from different backgrounds who represent different local groups and local people who have various skills to offer in the development of the centre. This multi cultural mix at Board level has been maintained to this day.
The centre has targeted many different groups to work with since its inception: youth, elderly, Asian women and local tenants. The centre has provided formal and non formal training courses, youth work, trips, outreach work, luncheon clubs, residentials, organised arts exhibitions, open days, produced community films, developed community gardens and made many partners in the process.
The aims of Hibbert Community Regeneration Agency are to:
Engage and empower people from BME / migrant communities and provide them with the confidence, knowledge and skills to be able to access services, become active in the community and move into education, training or employment;
To empower local communities culturally, socially, academically, physically, environmentally and to help them engage in public life.
Support young people who are at risk of disengaging from education, employment or training and those who are engaged in anti-social behaviour to engage in positive activities which lead to positive progressions;
Improve community cohesion between different communities;
Support the development and capacity of local organisations who work with people from BME / migrant communities.
We deliver our aims by:
Undertaking outreach activities within our target communities to determine need and then develop strategies and action plans to fulfill those needs. Then comprehensively evaluate and feedback the success of those projects/strategies to relevant bodies;
Delivering a range of activities designed to secure engagement, build confidence and self-esteem and raise aspirations, including arts activities, classes, community gardening, cookery / healthy eating / ‘eating on a budget’ classes;
Organising and facilitating coffee mornings and other events designed to support people to socialise and feel less excluded (including the elderly), learn / practice their English skills informally; and undertake taster sessions;
Delivering workshops and one-to-one advice and guidance to support people from BME / migrant communities to understand their rights and responsibilities; to access public services; to access welfare advice; to open a bank account; and budget their money effectively;
Providing a range of UK Online courses from our ICT suite to support people to increase their literacy, numeracy, life and employability skills; Enhancing ICT skills by running basic ICT / ECDL courses and drop-in sessions;
Undertaking outreach and commissioned research to engage and help social welfare agencies better understand the needs of these communities living in deprived areas;
Operating a range of outreach, engagement and prevention activities with young people who are engaged in gang and knife crime;
Supporting people who are, or who are at risk of becoming involved in crime and substance misuse with counselling, guidance, life skills, training, employability skills and volunteering opportunities;
Providing mentoring and support people to participate in local decision-making / leadership activities;
Providing mentoring, support and capacity building to grass-roots organisations wishing to work with BME / migrant communities;
Working with key statutory agencies at a strategic level, to help them to deliver their services in a way that makes them accessible to people from BME / migrant communities;
Hibbert is an umbrella infrastructure organisation for many smaller local community groups that it helps capacity build by providing them with a base, stationary, fundraising skills, administration, networking, accounting and monitoring to help them become better delivery partners in the work that we do.
As stated; Hibbert Community Regeneration Agency Limited was established in 1995 as a result of community demand. It is based in the heart of one of the most deprived wards in Britain. Top 5% most deprived (Govt indices of multiple deprivation). The Hibbert Agency works predominantly with BME and multi ethnic communities.We have networked and possess working partnerships with many social welfare agencies across the UK and would be willing to the knowledge, experience and skills base that we have gathered over the last 20 years.
We have extensive experience of carrying out many successfull projects for agencies such as: Home Office, The Electoral Commission, European Regional Development Fund, Big Lottery, HMRC, Comic Relief and various other fundersincluding trusts.
Our hands on experience would be shared with other similar organisations in the UK and we would promote working in Europe more and hopefully encourage more UK groups to join the partner database.
Hibbert Community Regeneration Agency feels that we would benefit greatly from joining the ALF Network and hope that we would be able to contribute to your already successful work.
We wish to expand our networks in Europe and the Mediterranean countries. Also to use and share our skills and experiences with those communities.
We share the laudable values of the ALF network and would help promote it better in the communities/networks that we operate in.