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Neighbourhood

transformation

The Caistor Road estate in Barton has seen huge changes

over the last five years, with more than £40,000 of

investment from us and partner agencies.

Before work began in 2014, low employment levels, antisocial

behaviour and people leaving their homes were the

biggest issues facing the estate.

In a bid to make positive changes, we revamped The Viking

Resource Centre, a community hub in the heart of the

estate. Other services were also introduced, including free

education and training, activities for young people, clean up

days and campaigns to improve health and wellbeing.

Addaction, Tesco, Sanctuary Housing, the Police and Crime

Commissioner and the National Lottery Awards for All

initiative have all been huge supporters, backing the project

with involvement and funding.

Partnership work with Humberside Police has played a huge

part too, with better relationships within the community and

an increase in reported anti-social behaviour.

This has helped towards an almost 50 percent reduction of

empty homes from 2016-2019, as more people stay in their

homes and move to the neighbourhood.

To help maintain the area, we have a dedicated Centre

Manager and two Community Investment Assistants - they

both live locally and started out as volunteers.

Sarah Staves, one of the Community Investment Assistants,

said: "I have lived on the estate for fifteen years and it's

almost unrecognisable from where it was.

"Not only has Ongo changed my life by giving me training

and employment, they've changed the lives of my children,

and so many families that live here can say the same.

"We are now a stronger, more resilient community, and I am

proud to call it my home."

To find out more about our community

projects, go to ongo.co.uk/communities

Neighbourhood celebration

Working together

Fun in the community

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