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ONE Haverhill lined up to spread its message nationally

Tuesday, 11th March 2014.

ONE Haverhill yesterday joined communities minister Stephen Williams MP and representatives from local government and community organisations across the UK to launch the Our Place Community Champions Network.

Haverhill was chosen by the Government as one of just 12 areas in the UK to pilot a new way of giving local communities more say in the way budgets are spent.

The Haverhill Community Budget Plan was launched in June last year with projects to improve opportunities for young people and the physical environment in the town.

The national pilot was successful and now, renamed Our Place, a network of ambitious and inspirational leaders will be the voice and Champions for the Our Place project.

Chairman of ONE Haverhill Board Sarah Howard and project manager Mark Parker attended the Our Place event at the Local Government Association’s headquarters in London yesterday.

The event celebrated the successful launch of the programme, took delegates through the Our Place building blocks and shared the experiences and learning from Our Place pioneers including ONE Haverhill.

Members of ONE Haverhill were invited last year to become ambassadors for the project, helping other communities by sharing insights.

Sarah said: “It was great to meet so many other communities from across the UK who want to do what we have done here in Haverhill.

"The community budget allowed us to look at two issues in our town as a community and bring organisations together to find solutions.

"Working on a small and very local scale we have been able together as a partnership to kick off initiatives that would not have been possible or would have taken longer if we were not working together as a team under ONE Haverhill.”

Representatives from Locality, which is running the Our Place project, will visit Haverhill later this month to discuss how ONE Haverhill can share the learning from the community budget project with other communities.

Sarah added: “Communities minister Stephen Williams showcased examples from what Haverhill and other pilots have achieved by truly working together at a very local level.

"He particularly mentioned the youth project and our recent success in employing a youth skills manager to work with young people, colleges and businesses to create 15 new apprenticeships in the town and our campaign to find even more.”

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