Chance to improve Hartlepool through community action in £4.5m project

Hartlepool Action Lab members
Hartlepool Action Lab members

Everyone who cares about Hartlepool is invited to help shape a new plan to address social issues affecting their communities.

Hartlepool Action Lab – a network of people and organisations – is hosting a Social Action Event at the National Museum of the Royal Navy on Saturday to kickstart the new initiative.

Community groups, individuals, and businesses are being encouraged to attend and share ideas for a poverty-free Hartlepool that can shape a Social Action Plan.

Hartlepool is one of only 20 places in the country to be part of the first stage of a £4.5m Place Based Social Action programme between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Big Lottery Fund.

It aims to enable communities to come together to create a shared vision for the future of their town, and address local priorities through social action.

Hartlepool Action Lab says it is keen to bring as many people together to map what is happening and support people to get involved in collaborative action.

Jonathan Gibson, community development officer, said: “We hope members of the public, community groups, organisations and businesses will attend, share their ideas for a poverty-free future for Hartlepool and start to help us put together a ‘social action plan’ for Hartlepool – as part of the Big Lottery and DCMS’ Place Based Social Action Programme.

“The event will be an opportunity for Hartlepool people to come together, discuss and get involved in some of the great things happening locally to address rising levels of poverty in Hartlepool – as the Mail reported last week.”

Saturday’s event takes place from 9.30am to 1pm.