As part of a series of events and activities relating to Birmingham City Council’s consultation with residents on Housing regeneration plans in Lozells, Aspire & Succeed were commissioned to support engagement with young and older people from the area in February 2009.

A combination of street outreach work, flyer distribution by Holte Secondary School and a text message campaign with the incentive of a gift voucher secured participation of 40 young people to a very engaging afternoon of workshops.

Also innovatively, we organised an older people’s road show, where Aspire & Succeed arranged presentations and discussions with older people from different ethnic backgrounds by visiting them in their places of interests.

Both sets of events allowed for over 240 people in the area to be directly reached and ‘have their say’ in a way they would not have participated in if they were only sent a postal survey or invited to a public meeting.

Aspire & Succeed team members as active residents themselves extended their support to other Vision Lozells activities voluntarily – eg tours, residents meetings, publicity et al.

In November 2009, the programme won the prestigious UK Housing Award for its best practice consultation and we are extremely proud and honoured to have had the opportunity to be involved.