Our Sense of Place Toolkit for the Northern Uplands, which provides guidance to community groups planning and delivering heritage based regeneration projects, was funded by three LEADER+ Groups. To ensure that it met the needs of the intended users, we arranged a programme of reciprocal visits for community representatives to learn from the experiences of existing project groups in Northumberland, the North Pennines and the Cumbria Fells and Dales LEADER+ areas.
The findings were used to structure the toolkit and to develop case studies to illustrate particular approaches, lessons, etc.
For a year we gave strategic development and marketing advice to Tees Valley Tourism’s events support programme (First for Festivals – now Tees Valley Events). At the beginning of the work we evaluated the project against its objectives by consulting the organisers of large events and stakeholders in the sub-region. We identified a number if weaknesses including poor business planning, lack of data, and lack of fundraising and marketing skills. We subsequently produced a series of guidance packs (including a standard evaluation method) and established a programme of networking meetings to address them.
Our financial review of the existing operation of Langold Country Park led to the development of a new framework and business plan to be taken forwards by a partnership of the public and voluntary sectors working with local people.