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Hangleton and Knoll Project


Neighbourhoods : Hangleton and Knoll Project

latest update: 8 September 2015

We are a Community Development charity based in the Hangleton and Knoll ward of Brighton and Hove. 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.

Our website provides an overview of the Project’s aims, our history, some examples of our current activities in the community and contact details should you wish to get in touch with us.

About Us
Mission statement : The Hangleton and Knoll Project exists to work in partnerships with residents to access and develop opportunities and resources and to facilitate positive change as identified by the residents of our communities.

The broad aims of the charity

  • To assist and support existing community groups and to work with local residents to set up new groups as they are required by the community.
  • To act as a facilitator for external services wishing to provide services to the community residents
  • To promote and support the development of community buildings, parks and open spaces.
  • To encourage the participation of local residents in all forms of voluntary activity, education and employment which may improve the quality of life in Hangleton and Knoll.

What makes the Project so special?

  • Our Trustees have many years of knowledge and experience and a passion for the local community. In fact the Chair & Vice Chair have been involved with the project since it first began and, along with the majority of the trustees, are themselves members of the community.
  • There is now a strong Community Infrastructure in Hangleton & Knoll that has developed with the support of the project.
  • There have been many, many Community Groups (too numerous to name) that have been established over the years with the support of the Project. Many of these are still going strong and benefiting the wider community today in a variety of different ways.
  • We employ staff members who are themselves local residents who were initially supported as community activists & volunteers within the community.
  • Our origins and development from within the community means we are uniquely positioned to effectively bring together a wide range of activities; including community development work, detached and project-based youth work, and the provision of IT training, to improve the quality of life for our area’s residents.
  • We are privileged to have a high level of resident involvement in all the Project’s activities
  • We are innovative, flexible and always willing to try new approaches for the benefit of the wider community.
  • Still going strong after 32 years, the Hangleton and Knoll Project provides a model of good practice for how a community is able to effectively develop and manage its own resources.

Community development
The community development workers support local residents to come together, develop the skills knowledge and experience necessary to take collective action, and to make positive change in response to issues identified by the community.

What do Hangleton and Knoll Project Community Development Workers do?

The community development workers are based in the two local community centres and are a great point of contact for anybody new to the area or wishing to get more involved in local community activities.

We perform many different roles, including:

  • Making contact and building relationships with residents,
  • Helping residents identify their issues and priorities,
  • Supporting residents who have a common interest to get together,
  • Supporting new and existing groups to work towards their independence,
  • Supporting the development of local decision making forums,
  • Building and maintaining partnerships with statutory and voluntary organisations across the city, to better meet the needs of our community,
  • Using our knowledge of city wide community activities to link groups and organisations into wider networks, helping them to be more effective through collaborative work.,
  • Supporting the management bodies of the Community Centres,
  • Resident consultations to ensure that and local inititives are supported by the wider community,
  • Encouraging residents to develop a sense of ownership of their area,
  • Encouraging and providing opportunities for residents to develop skills,
  • Assisting residents to create new local resources,
  • Supporting residents to organise events and activities,
  • Signposting residents to relevant agencies and services,

What are the benefits of Community development?

  • Increases the capability and skills of individuals.
  • Increases the skills base of the community as a whole;
  • Develops support networks and eases isolation.
  • Improves community resources.
  • Increases community cohesion, by providing opportunities for people from different sections of the community to come together and work towards common goals.
  • Improves community resources.

Hangleton and Knoll Project
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We are a project working for the community with the community and managed by the community

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For more information about our achievements over the last year, you can download our annual report.

If you want to read about some of the Project’s successes from it’s 25th anniversary year, you can download our Project Achievements Document.

To get involved, just pop in, get in touch by phone or email or send Clair Johnson or Clare Hopkins a message on Facebook

Neighbourhoods: see also

Clifton Montpelier Powis
Cornerstone Community Centre
Hanover Community Association
London Road Local Action Team
North Laine Community Association
Round Hill Society