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Introduction and Background

As a part of the Single Regeneration Budget Programme_2 (SRB2) for Walsall,a Neighbourhood Resource Centre (NRC) known as Moxley Peoples Centre was built in the Moxley area. In 1999, the centre became known a Moxley People's Centre Charity (The People's Centre), a Company limited by Guarantee with charitable status. A Board, made up predominantly of local volunteers, oversees management and administration of the centre.

Moxley falls within the Darlaston Local Neighbourhood Partnership (LNP). LNPs are cross sector partnerships between the Council, and partner agencies from the statutory, business, and voluntary and community sectors. They aim to address deprivation at a neighbourhood level by identifying key issues with local people and implementing solutions through a neighbourhood plan.

Darlaston LNP has 17 small neighbourhoods. Of these, according to the ‘national ‘Index of Multiple Deprivation’ 2004, 15 (some 88%) class as considerably deprived against nationally recognized indicators. Further, the three neighbourhoods that make up Moxley fall within the top 15%” most deprived areas nationally.

The People's Centre is now well established within the local community and is a focus for community involvement in local economic, social and environmental regeneration activities. This is in line with the principles of Walsall MBC, the Walsall Borough Strategic Partnership (WBSP) and other key stakeholders who stress the importance of community engagement in the decision making process and in providing local solutions to local issues.

The centre provides a range of activities and services to the local community including social, education and training and is a hub for the provision of advice and guidance and information exchange.

Strategic Context

1. Facts about the area

As stated, Moxley has three neighbourhoods that fall within Darlaston LNP. Demographically, the LNP area is characterized by above the borough average for people aged up to 44 years and well above average for young people in the 5-15 year age ‘bracket. its is predominantlywhite and hasbelow the borough average of owner-occupiers. There are high levels of unemployment, low incomes and above average dependency on benefits. The incidence of car ownership is lower than average.

Levels of educational attainment are low, crime and anti-social behaviour is an issue, particularly in relation to young offenders.

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