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
Fun in the community