Place Category: Communities
Tamar View Community Complex Ltd. came into being due to an announcement by the MoD to vacate and dispose of its surplus stock of Married Quarters on the Barne Barton Estate in Oct 99.
A small number of local residents grouped together with a view to put together a plan to purchase the complex and retain the facilities for the local community; the vision of this group, who went on to become the founding trustees, is to provide a quality family services for the local community whilst at the same time remaining a viable enterprise.
Since those early days the centre has gone from strength to strength, we now own four large building on the estate. We have established links with and are working in partnership with Plymouth City Council, Southwest Regional Development Agency, Plymouth NHS Trust, Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, Plymouth Local Strategic Partnership, Neighbourhood Renewal Team, Devon and Cornwall Housing Association, William Sutton Homes, Sovereign Housing, Sanctuary Housing, Ward Councillors, Plymouth and South-West Co-operative and many others to ensure that we get the best for our community.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Tamar-View-Community-Complex.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Providing support to the local community
We run a very successful Youth Club for our young people - this is accessed by over 300 young people. We employ 4 youth workers and provide support to the young people by way of mentoring, advice, and social action projects, which are led on by the young people on the estate.
We encourage our young people to volunteer with other organisations both on and off the estate - using the HACT Value Calculator, during the period Apr-Jun 2016, the value of this volunteering is £26,039. Our provision is delivered through 9 different activities and outcomes have included:
- 13 young volunteers
- 1 young person completing Level 2 certificate in Youth Work Practice
- 12 young people helped into employment or training
- 17 young people engaged in training opportunities
- marked drop in Anti Social Behaviour on the estate
Through development of land owned by the organisation, we continue to improve the infrastructure within our estate. Our latest development is the creation of a Doctors Surgery, Pharmacy and Pre-school Nursery - we have so far committed approx. £200K and the project has planning permission and the site has been cleared. The development, which is estimated to cost in the region of £2.4M, when completed, will provide 35 new employment opportunities, much needed facilities on the estate and will contribute to the improvement of health.
We also run a number of keep fit classes both paid for and free, which are accessed by approx. 18-25 persons per session, who are showing a marked improvement in mental health as well as other health benefits.
We are also taking the lead on a Neighbourhood Plan for the area with the community; this is the first plan of its kind in Plymouth and has resulted in a number of positive changes on our estate. For example, two large pieces of land have been brought back into use, one as a formal playing pitch, which has resulted in the setting up of local youth football teams, accessed by over 60 under 11 year olds.
More recently, we have established an ability football team to provide for children on the SEN register at the local Primary Schools. These young people would not otherwise be able to have access to any form of formal sports.
We provide a number of volunteering opportunities for the adults in such things as football coaching, organising fun days, fundraising, street cleaning, and helping out at our work club, where we have supported approx. 80 people to access training or employment in the past year. One couple we helped had between them been out of work for over 35 years - both have now been working with the same employer respectively for over 2 years.
We also provide self-help groups, such as our Monday Mencap Club and a Stroke Activities Group - these groups have, with our support, been active for over 16 years.
2) Measures of support provided
The below shows how many people access our services:
- Youth Club over 300 individuals
- Mencap Club over 80 individuals
- Stroke Group over 10 individuals
- Work Club over 300 individuals
- Community Social provision over 500 individuals
- Fundays over 200 individuals at each event
- Consultation Events over 150 families at each event
- Football Clubs over 100 individual children and 30 adults
- Volunteers over 30 individuals
Tamar View does not keep records as we do not receive any public funding and prefer to work to non targeted activities which support the needs of our communities. We identify the needs through 2 big consultation events, which are well attended by local residents who give us feedback on our activities and how we can improve our provision and also any new activities or services that are needed.
Most of our activities are provided free of charge and our income is generated through the active management of our resources and our community business.
All of our activities are designed to help individuals to aspire to better to give our residents positive opportunities and experiences; make positive changes for themselves and their community and to be part of something special that will lay the foundation to allow them to grow into the individual they dream of being. Save for the normal operating costs of the organisation, all of our income is reinvested in supporting our community.
3) Social outcomes for beneficiaries
We have a young lady (22) who throughout her secondary education was told that she would amount to nothing and would be a parent before she was 18. Through the support of our youth workers this person is now in her 2nd year at Plymouth University on a Teaching Degree.
One of the Young People on our football mentoring and development programme is now signed by Chelsea FC's Development Academy.
We have a number of people who are now in Employment through our Work Club programme which is supported by local housing associations.
As an organisation we have, through our developments and investment in our buildings, been responsible for the creation of over 40 jobs locally.
We have an adult Football team which has the first female manager in the Plymouth & West Devon League.