Small group, big achiever

Photo:Voluntary & Community Sector Awards certificate, 2014

Voluntary & Community Sector Awards certificate, 2014

NLCA runner-up in Sector Stars awards 2014

At the end of 2014 the North Laine Community Association (NLCA) was nominated for a Sector Star Award in the category of ‘Small Group – Big Achiever’ in the 2014 Voluntary and Community Sector Star Awards Ceremony. 

What is this award?

'The Small Group – Big Achiever'  category is for small, mainly volunteer-led groups who might run on minimal funding but have been very active in, and have had a huge impact on, their community. On the awards night the NLCA just missed winning the gold award by a very small margin. It was, however, commended on the work that the Association does.

The NLCA's achievments

The following is from the description of work done by the NLCA:

"Without the work undertaken by the NLCA, North Laine would be a very different place today. The area still retains an important Victorian townscape which gives the area its character. Without its Victorian buildings we would not have the rows of quaint terraced houses and streets of small shops now so loved by residents and visitors alike. We have this townscape because local residents fought to protect the area from planning blight in the 1970s and 1980s and have continued to monitor planning applications in order to maintain the character of the conservation area.

"The main work of the Association is in:

a) working to improve the environment with particular regard to traffic, streetscape, parking, signage and street cleaning

b) monitoring planning applications to ensure the preservation, protection and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area

c) raising levels of understanding of the history, geography and architecture of the area

d) encouraging a civic pride and a sense of community in the area.

The NLCA continues to produce the outstanding community newsletter, the 'North Laine Runner', run entirely by volunteers and consisting of material sent in by the community. All households and traders in North Laine receive the 24-36 page bi-monthly 'Runner', which has become the voice of the local community..

"In the last two years alone the NLCA has

  • worked with the Council to increase the number of parking bays for residents in the area
  • campaigned successfully against a taxi rank in Frederick Place
  • put on a series of summer historical walks around the area
  • worked with Cityclean to ensure appropriate locations for communal bins
  • worked with the Council to introduce community composting
  • put on a number of highly successful comedy evenings and a quiz evening.
  • worked with residents to organise street parties


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 232, January/February 2015]



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