Take Part did four reviews of organisations, the organisations were:
- The African Caribbean and Asian Forum
- Millgate Conservation Society
- Advocacy in Action
- South Normanton and Pinxton Development Project
The purpose of the Take Part review and evaluation was to enable the participating groups to review and evaluate their progress over the last year and to generate a report reflecting this. The report can be used by the group to contribute to its external evaluation. Take Part in the East Midlands was using the review to generate information about the skills and attributes of community organisers/active citizens.
The African Caribbean and Asian Forum
The African Caribbean and Asian Forum (ACAF) is a voluntary sector organisation that has served Nottingham’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities for over 25 years. The organisation currently works with a number of small community and voluntary sector groups. ACAF has delivered contracts with Nottingham City Primary Care Trust and Nottingham City Council in relation to, for example, health, public involvement, volunteering and adult social care.
Millgate Conservation Society
Millgate is an historic area of Newark with many listed buildings and is also a conservation area. In 1977 the street of Millgate was going to be partly demolished due to planned road widening, largely due to an increase in traffic. The outrage people felt at the time led to a pressure group being formed to protect the area as many residents felt strongly on this issue – Millgate Conservation Society was born. The group wanted to protect Millgate and lobbied to have a by-pass built around the town instead. Their goal was achieved and the group continued to manage conservation issues in the neighbourhood and advise residents on how to look after their listed buildings.
Advocacy in Action
Advocacy In Action (AIA) was set up in the 1980s in order to help disadvantaged members of the community and enable them to have a voice. The group supports them in difficult parts of their life – all four members of the group present at the interview have all struggled in life for various reasons at certain times. Advocacy in Action requested that we all share something about ourselves as this is the way they usually like to work.
South Normanton and Pinxton Development Project
South Normanton and Pinxton Development Project (SNAP DP) is based in South Normanton in Derbyshire and is in the area covered by the Bolsover District Council Local Authority. They were set up in 2003 and funded to run until 2013, with three key aims: to aid community development; to set up and run a number of youth projects, and; to improve the environment. The group is now turning its attention to the need for longer term funding and sustainability.