Local regeneration, and action on local issues, is fundamental to the sustainability of local communities. This is especially the case in the UK, with the Government focus on such approaches as Local Enterprise Partnerships and neighborhood development plans, and further devolution proposals in the pipeline. The Local Regeneration Handbook meets the needs today’s practicing “regeneration workers,” broadly including anyone from regeneration partnership or development project officers to housing association neighborhood officers, parish counselors, or other active local citizens, who all share a concern for the well-being of the community where they live or work, and a need to work with others for the best possible future for that community. Containing practical advice, templates, and real-life case studies for different stages in local regeneration, including fundraising, partnership development and project management, as well as support for personal development, and illustrations of key points by cartoonist Kipper Williams, this is an essential guide for anyone in local regeneration.
This book is about regenerating places where people live and work.
I say this at once to distinguish what I mean by regeneration from the many other meanings given to the word by various other professions, and that invariably crop up whenever I search ‘regeneration’ on the Internet!
Even having narrowed the definition so far, there is still a debate between people who come to regeneration with very differing perspectives and agendas, which I guess is healthy. My own definition of regeneration, rural as well as urban, is that it is change for the better – change that helps an area and its inhabitants to be better able to sustain themselves in future – and in broad terms this definition assumes that past solutions are no ...