Community development in action
Port Sunlight is more than just a beautiful tourist destination with a fascinating history. It’s also home to a thriving community with a real passion for its neighbourhood. However, we are not content to rest on our laurels, so are very pleased that the Arts Council of England (ACE) has agreed to fund a new project aimed at improving our residents’ lives while preserving the special heritage and unique character of Port Sunlight.
Port Sunlight Village Trust has been awarded £170,000 through ACE’s Museum Resilience Fund programme to expand the scope of our work in the village community, and to help set our strategic direction over the next five years. In practice this means that in consultation with our residents we will be developing several new facilities and initiatives including:
• a residents’ hub to provide community, meeting and office space,
• a community volunteering programme,
• a residents’ website, and
• a new business model and strategic plan.
This is a really innovative project that puts our museum, and the culture and history it represents, right at the heart of our community. It will ensure that our shared future activities are purposeful, people-focused and prosperous.
Looking further afield, we want to make meaningful links with other neighbourhoods around the country through a new national network of planned communities. There will also be a feasibility study to inform a funding application for a piece of academic research exploring the contemporary social life of planned communities. It is all exciting stuff.
Our project was featured in national media coverage of the funding announcement, and you will be hearing a lot more about it when the real work begins in October 2016. More information will be featured in future editions of the village Gazette, on this website, and at the quarterly residents consultation group meetings. In the meantime, check out the ACE blog.
If you would like to get involved in the project please contact Katherine Lynch, Heritage Manager, on 0151 644 4816 or by email.