Place Based Social Action Programme

Place Based Social Action Programme to help people get active in their communities!

Place Based Social Action (PBSA) is a seven year, £4.5million programme jointly funded by DCMS and The National Lottery Community Fund. It aims to create positive change in places through enabling citizens, civil society organisations, businesses, service providers and the local authority to work together to create a shared vision for the future of their place, and address local priorities through collective community action.

20 Partnerships were supported in Phase 1 to develop their community action plan.

10 Partnerships are being funded in Phase 2 (2019-21) to put their plans into action.

Further funding of £1.25m is available in Phase 3 (2022-24) to scale and sustain their work.

The funding announced in February 2019 will provide up to £240,000 to each of 10 partnerships, who will be supported over the next three years to put into their community plans into action.

The 10 Partnerships to receive funding are:

Onion Collective CIC, Watchet (West Somerset) - The project will address five main issues: tackling transport difficulties faced by people at risk of social isolation; increasing training and education opportunities; helping local people find a voice in local decision making; supporting young people and promoting existing opportunities and support to the community.

Safe Regeneration (Sefton) - The project will bring together local organisations to deliver volunteering and social action activities to help local people contribute to the regeneration of Bootle. Funding will also be used to tackle social isolation and enhance the role of public and private business in supporting community engagement.

North East Lincolnshire VCSE Alliance (North East Lincolnshire) - This project will promote community action to address local issues such as drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and slum landlords. It will work with local people to support neighbourliness, to increase well-being, reduce health inequalities and create a central community hub.

Halifax Opportunities Trust (Calderdale, Yorkshire and Humber) - This project seeks to bridge divides between West Central and North Halifax by bringing the two communities together through social action and connecting organisations in the two areas.

Community360 (Colchester, East) - The partnership is comprised of voluntary, statutory, housing, education and health partners who will support residents with dementia through a referral and support pathway to create a “dementia friendly borough”.

Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire (Coventry, West Midlands) - This project will focus on children and young people by creating a series of ongoing activities to help them and their families become more integrated into the local community.

Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership (Bristol, South West) - This project will focus on bringing diverse communities together through a friendship scheme for new residents, the improvement of green spaces alongside new build developments and enhancing local facilities.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Hartlepool, North East) - This project aims to use social action to create a range of solutions to local social and economic challenges and help people escape poverty. This project would enable the organisation to develop programmes to support, strengthen and better connect existing social action initiatives, as well as identify new initiatives and making it easier for people in Hartlepool to engage in social action.

Lincoln City FC Sport & Education Trust (Lincoln, East Midlands) - This project seeks to increase community cohesion through the delivery of activities such as a street art project, regular litter picks, the maintenance of green spaces and the Sincil riverbank, and the development of a timebank.

Volunteer Centre Hackney (Hackney, London) - This project will establish a new community hub in Hoxton West providing a safe space for people to meet, talk and share their experiences. Residents will be encouraged to develop their skills with a view to eventually running activities for themselves.