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The Hangleton and Knoll Project

Welcome to the website of the Hangleton and Knoll Project

We are a Community Development charity based in the Hangleton and Knoll ward of Brighton and Hove in South East England. A part of the community since 1983 we are a project working for the community with the community and managed by the community. Right from the start local residents have shaped and developed the project to become what it is today; a model of good practice for how a community is able to develop and manage its own resources.


 2012 we won the Big Society award in recognition of our long experience and expertise in community development. Representatives from the Project, including our youth trustee Sophie visited Downing Street and were given the award by the Prime Minister. Locally our achievement was recognised by Mayor Bill Randall and a celebration event was held at the Mayors Parlour. The membership of our Multicultural women’s group hit 100 in the Summer and had risen to 120 members by year end – undertaking a trip to London with 160 people! In January we were pleased to publish our adult consultation of the area. From this work we started a new partnership with Amaze to support local Parent Carers together. In youth work the Lottery recognised our outstanding youth outcomes with a special Supporting Impact award that came with an additional years funding. In 2012 we brought together the results of all our consultations with the community, Trustees and staff to create and publish a 5 year strategic document.

2011 £50,000 fundraised by local young people to pay for an Astroturf court in the local Knoll park. The Youth Forum is one of the three youth projects nationally which worked with Stonewall on an anti bullying tool kit for schools. Young people’s consultation project consulted with 250 young people in the community. BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) womens’ group set up with over 60 BME women regularly meeting and taking part in activities. Recognised model of good practice (BHCC Adult Social Services) for working with older people to deliver community services to the local over 50’s population. This has resulted in 7 older peoples groups and the work is the only one of two funded community projects in the city recognised as excellent. Nicole Monney (née Vann) steps down from the position of CEO; Joanna Marindale appointed into CEO role.

2010 Hangleton & Knoll Project is nominated for ‘The Queens Award for Voluntary Services’ and is through to interview stage.

2009 Hangleton & Knoll Project Youth Team receives Award from the High Sheriff of Sussex in recognition of the great work delivered by them in Hangleton & Knoll. The Project beats the competition and is one of only 25 Charities nationally to be awarded Funding of £460,000 to deliver Youth Activities with a focus on Friday and Saturday Evenings.

2008 Rapid English Pilot project; Recruited a Senior Community Development worker; BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) participatory research project; Research for Employment & Learning Pilot project; Pavilion Patio built; Knoll park consultation; HaKIT is one of 5 winners of best UK Online Centre; Celebrate 25th year!

2007 Hangleton Park improvements including new benches and picnic tables; Youth shelter installed in Knoll Rec; developing a programme of activities for residents aged 50+ based upon consultation findings; 50+ Steering group forms; H&K Employment & Learning pilot; young people’s health initiatives; Portslade Community Project taken over by the Trust for Developing Communities; Neighbourhood Action Plan produced; young people’s homework club set up; Hangleton Park Arts Day; Hove Park School excluded unit established at Hangleton Community Centre; CLAIT (Computer Literacy and Information Technology) certificate ceremony for HaKIT learners; Hangleton Fun for Families community group started; Friends of Knoll Park group formed.

2006 Hangleton Park improvements door-knocking consultation; Received 3yr Children in Need funding for a youth participation worker; Received 3yr Big Lottery funding for a Senior Youth Worker with a health remit; Young people’s alcohol peer education project and DVD production; New IT room at Hangleton Community Centre opened by the mayor; Door knocking consultation takes place with residents aged 50+; Knoll Pavilion Café community group started. Nicole Vann appointed as manager of the Hangleton & Knoll Project.

2005 “Young people and alcohol” research project with Brighton University; Young people develop a self-harm information and risk reduction leaflet for young people, Community Safety Day held in Hangleton Park; Anti-bullying DVD project with young people; Start working in partnership with Hove Park School; Young people’s football project starts in partnership with B&H Albion FC.

2004 Hove Polyclinic Young People’s Sexual Health Drop-in was developed with young people and the Primary Care Trust.

2003 Neighbourhood Renewal Funding (NRF) provided resources to develop the young people’s resource room in Hangleton, to decorate the Pavilion Café, build an office at St. Helen’s and further developments to the IT training rooms.

2002 HaKIT re-opened at St. Richards Church and Community Centre; “Party in our Park” festival in Hangleton Park; “Opportunities” closed down due to lack of funding; Project offices moved; facilities for pregnancy testing set up; Sexual health leaflet produced with young women; trips with young people increased; Audio Active moved to new premises; video projects developed with young people; Audio Active performing at venues in City; Community Action became a constituted group; Traders Association began; “Portslade on the Map” Conference and Consultation.

2001 Staff handbook was produced; SRB5 community consultation was completed; Community Café in Hangleton opened;

2000 IT learning access centre set up as one of five pilot projects in the country and equipped with four computers. Over time this initiative evolved into our IT delivery department known as HaKIT; Circus Project Community group set up with support from the Project.

1999 “Opportunities” expanded to Whitehawk and Kemptown areas of Brighton; Improvements made to Knoll Recreation ground; Improvements to Grenadier shopping area; South Portslade office opened; Managed SRB5 scheme; Audio Active Youth Music Project started at Station Road.

1998 St. Richards Church & Community Centre extension opened; tree planting, traffic calming and park improvements continued. Hangleton Park improvements took place.

1997 Hangleton Community Centre Extension opened. Tree planting and traffic calming projects start.

1996 “Opportunities” Employment and Advice Centre opened at the Grenadier shopping parade.

1995 Project awarded funding from SRB2 and was the first community based project to receive this funding; number of staff increased; internal infrastructure altered. Public consultation with the community to write the Greening Plan; Grassroots Festival began.

1994 Bid for SRB2 (Single Regeneration Budget); Winner of the Times / Touche Ross ‘Community Enterprise Award’ for Community Services

1993 Portslade Community Project was launched with the support of the Hangleton and Knoll Project.

1992 Awarded a certificate from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of the completion of a project of long term benefit to the nation in The Royal Anniversary Trust Challenge

1991 Employed the first youth workers after local needs were not being met by any other provision. The detached youth work was funded for three years by Comic Relief.

1990 Hangleton Community Project became the Hangleton & Knoll Project. Knoll Community Association was launched and one of the aims of this group was to promote the development of a community centre for the Knoll. Public consultation took place for St. Richards.

1989 Knoll based community development workers were employed; local newsletter was launched.

1988 Hangleton based Community Development Workers were employed; Hangleton Community centre opened.

1987 The Hangleton Community Project carried out a social audit in the Knoll. Findings showed a considerable need for community building space. Work was undertaken to seek funding to develop the St. Richards church buildings for this purpose

1986 The feasibility study for a community centre in Hangleton was completed. ‘Be There’ community event took place, which attracted 12,000 people to Hangleton Park

1985 The Hangleton Community Association (HCA) was assisted by the Hangleton Community Project to achieve charitable status. The Project undertook a feasibility study for the development of a community centre for Hangleton. ‘Night of 100 Drums’ event took place which attracted 8,000 people to Hangleton Park.

1984 First Community Development worked employed by the Project

1983 Hangleton Community Project (later renamed Hangleton & Knoll Project) started with the support of PACT (People and Churches Together). One of the original aims was the development of a community association for Hangleton.