How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

What problems are there in your neighbourhood and what barriers are stopping you and your local council improving them?


Before you submit an idea please read the problems we identified Could your idea help solve any of these or other problems in your neighbourhoods?
Remember the best ideas can win a slice of £115,000 in funding.
The problems are grouped into 7 main themes:

Theme 1: Anti-community behaviour
Theme 2: Investing in the future of our youth
Theme 3: Cost of living
Theme 4: Loss of the High Street
Theme 5: Know your citizens, know your council
Theme 6: Sense of community
Theme 7: The council ‘business model’

The Challenge closed at 12 noon on 28 March 2012

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

Submitted by (@morag.rose)

Community Map Power

GMCVO is the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation. We support voluntary and community groups across Greater Manchester, enabling them to improve their local neighbourhoods and the lives of the diverse communities living there. We want to work with mapping and communications experts Countryscape to develop a tool kit and training package that will enable groups to use maps to innovate, communicate and strengthen ...more »

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63 votes

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

Submitted by (@platformpeterborough)

Charting the Coldspot

‘Charting the Cold-spot’ will reinvigorate empty and underutilised shop and built environment assets within Peterborough City Centre Conservation area’s high street. In order to do this it will bring together two issues in Peterborough, empty shop units and lack of culture, night-time activity and lack of vibrancy found in Peterborough’s central commercial area. By using the synergies in these two issues a beneficial ...more »

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56 votes

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

Submitted by (@steve.clare)

The Place Station

The Place Station introduces owners of land and buildings across the UK to social and community entrepreneurs with ideas for transforming their local area - providing a web resource where people can: • Search for land and buildings • Add a Place they'd like to see owned and managed by the community • Add an Idea for transforming local services • Propose new uses for available land and buildings • Comment on and offer ...more »

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55 votes

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

Submitted by (@gailrebecca)

Show and Grow

To use OS Street View and OpenStreetMap data in an online web mapping application which allows people in the local community (elderly, busy families, young couples) to volunteer garden space (by tagging the location of the space to the online map) for growing fruit and vegetables for the community. The initiative could use well established groups such as brownies, scouts, youth centres for volunteers to grow and manage ...more »

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10 votes

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

Submitted by (@martin1)

Community Transport Share

Develop community transport in rural area using lift sharing and other available vehicles, particularly where there is a lack of established community transport. This is at a time when existing public transport is seriously threatened by the reduction in the bus operators fuel rebate and severe reductions in local authority bus subsidies. Fuel costs of cars are rising dramatically. So this is an opportune time to develop ...more »

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6 votes

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

Submitted by (@jsb000)

Wandelwelt: co-creating a vision for future neighbourhoods

Wandelwelt is a start-up organisation whose aim is to help communities develop a shared vision for the future of their neighbourhoods. Social problems exist in all communities but each community and neighbourhood is unique- a specific place with specific people facing their own challenges. Places, such as neighbourhoods are complex and often fragile systems, and as we know, one-size-fits all solutions don't work in these ...more »

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6 votes

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

Submitted by (@a.somerville)

SkillxShare - creating a generation of job makers

Research shows that 2/3 of people will be self-employed within the next generation. A job for life at a specific company will no longer be their reality. Enabling people to find others locally who share their interests and can work together on specific projects to gain income is the future. A mesh of people with differing skills and experience will meet virtually and then physically to do business and swap skills in ...more »

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5 votes

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

Submitted by (@dave001)

Block Wars - Improving Neighbourhoods Through Youth

The youth of today hold the key to urban regeneration and neighbourhood harmony. If they can play well together and learn to co-operate then whole areas will benefit as they realise there are alternatives to crime or anti-social behaviour. This concept develops a GIS based game where children compete and co-operate locally in order to play, whilst exploring their area.

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3 votes

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

Submitted by (@laura01)

Come To Your Senses: Mapping & Sharing a Sense of Place

We would like to run an online prototype website to test how we can display the data we collect during public mapping pop-up events that we organise. Initially we would like to add data to a website so that a project we start can be viewed and continued online. This map would use strong graphic representation of different types of experiential data: symbols and colours to mark emotions and sensory data but also support ...more »

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3 votes

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

Submitted by (@hannah.mackaychristie)

Where next

The project will pilot the use of community maps to facilitate person-centred planning with vulnerable, older and isolated people as a way to enable them to engage and integrate into their local community. The maps will be developed by using appropriate map technologies via web-hosted software with the option of a phone app. The person-centred planning process will generate personalised maps, which support and enable ...more »

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2 votes

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?

Submitted by (@regeneratetrustnickgardham)

Community Animation Mapping Strengths and Assets

Using a systematic process of listening that starts with a conversation exploring what people love about their communities and what they would like to see change or done differently, we will meet 600 people from identified neighbourhoods and we will unearth the latent strengths, skills and talents of local people and map these digitally using detailed Ordnance Survey maps. We will then support and enable the formation ...more »

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2 votes