Planning for Real in Europe

We are moving into the final six months of our two-year European Leonardo (LLP) Planning for Real project.

PFR Leonardo logoOur partners in France, Italy, Turkey and Poland are currently testing the Planning for Real methodology by running real-life projects in different contexts with their local communities. The updates we have received so far are very positive and we look forward to hearing more about how our partners are getting on.

If you would like to find out more you can visit the project website – http://planning4real.eu

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Successful community consultation event in Turkey

On Saturday 7 March our Turkish colleagues at Denizli Metropolitan Municipality ran a Planning for Real community consultation event, part of their real-life project in our two year European funded Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project. The number of local residents participating exceeded the organisers’ expectations and the Planning for Real materials used were well received.

People living in Sarayköy District have put forward their ideas and will decide together how to develop an under used picnic/park area of around 60 acres.

The Mayor of Sarayköy Municipality Ahmet Necati Özbaş said: ”We have provided the first meeting of a different project with the people of the district. This project aims to involve actively people in the works that will be done in the district. With the stand opened today in Saraykoy City Hall Square we want to inform citizens about our project and to learn people opinions, their requests and demands referring to services that have to be done. We want to realize a project with the support and participation of the people. I would like to thank our Mayor of Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Osman Zolan for all his support from the beginning. Hopefully we will implement a successful project for Sarayköy District and Denizli. ”

We look forward to more updates as this exciting project progresses. More information is available on the Denizli Metropolitan Municipality (English language) website.

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Holiday Kitchen evaluation report is published

During 2014 the Planning for Real Unit worked alongside partners from the Accord Group, Family Action and Birmingham City University to explore the social impact of Holiday Kitchen, a project which offers ‘Holiday learning, food and play for families who need it most’.

For many vulnerable and low income families, school holidays mean the disappearance of Free School Meals, regular social contact and play opportunities. This can result in financial, emotional, nutritional, safeguarding, educational and/or social challenges that have longer-term impacts.

Based on a simple formula of Holiday learning, food and play for families who need it most, Holiday Kitchen, pioneered by the Accord Group, works to address these holiday challenges in the target neighbourhoods.

In the Summer of 2014, Holiday Kitchen worked with local and national partners to co-deliver 2,300 activity days and meals to almost 300 participants across 11 sites in Birmingham, Sandwell and North Solihull.

The evaluation team explored the social impact of Holiday Kitchen in relation to its core objectives:

  • Improved social inclusion and aspiration
  • Improved family nutrition and well-being
  • Reduced financial and emotional strain.

The Planning for Real Unit took the lead in designing bespoke evaluation tools and materials to use with the children and families who attended the Holiday Kitchen. The Planning for Real ethos is that techniques should be highly visual, tactile, participatory and community-led and this approach underpinned the design of the evaluation activities.

The Planning for Real Unit also carried out a ‘light-touch’ SROI analysis of one of the delivery venues in order to explore how investment has been returned upon in a specific section.

The conclusions of the evaluation indicate that Holiday Kitchen is an extremely effective programme for meeting the needs of low-income children and families during holiday periods and, relationally, in addressing the Child Poverty agenda laid out in the 2010 Child Poverty Act.

Based on the evaluation feedback from children, parents, staff and volunteers, key recommendations are made for supporting the expansion of Holiday Kitchen activities.

You can find out more about the Holiday Kitchen on the Accord Group website.

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