June 2nd 17:00 to 18:00 [GMT (London) Time]
JOY OF THE PEOPLE, ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, USA
Joy of the People was one of 12 organizations to take on older City of St. Paul-owned neighborhood recreation centers several years ago. Ted Kroeten, Founder and Director, outlines the innovative ‘express yourself’ soccer program that draws kids of all income ranges from across the city – fees are charged but these cover bursaries for poorer kids.
TYBURN COMMUNITY LIBRARY/CASTLE VALE SWIMMING POOL, BIRMINGHAM, UK
Like many UK local authorities, Birmingham City Council, has had to make substantial spending cuts. The city’s Castle Vale area has recently seen both the library and swimming pools adopted by social enterprises to keep them open – both ‘firsts’ in the city. A local social enterprise, the Castle Vale Tenants and Residents Alliance, has adopted the library and plays a key role in the non-profit established to manage the pool. Judy Tullett, Head of Enterprise and Development at the Alliance, will reflect on lessons from the two transfers and the business plans being put in place to sustain (and improve) the two assets.
About The New Barn-Raising
The New Barn-Raising is an initiative to encourage the exchange of international best practice around sustaining community and civic assets such as parks, recreation centers, libraries, neighborhood stores, senior centers, museums and theaters. These are places and spaces characterized by a high degree of accessibility, popularity and sense of belonging to 'the people'.
The term New Barn-Raising refers to how different groups (business, citizens, foundations, non-profits groups, politicians, social entrepreneurs, social investors, taxpayers and unions) can all pull together to support assets.