Overview

The Challenge

How can Nudge celebrate positive changes in Stonehouse and make a difference?

Recognising the challenging problems

Creating positive change

Location:

Stonehouse, Plymouth

Date:

Present

Partners:

Real Ideas Organisation, Power to Change Places.

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The RIO solution 

Hannah Sloggett and Wendy Hart are passionate about celebrating the good stuff happening in Stonehouse in Plymouth. Despite it being one of the most disadvantaged areas in the UK, they have a determination to make a real difference to the area they call home.

They have co-founded Nudge. A grass-roots organisation which aims to tackle the issues of derelict properties, anti-social behaviour and a lack of quality, affordable housing. Sparking positive change without alienating existing residents. One step – or Nudge – at a time.

It’s starting on Union Street, the city’s former night-club hot spot. The clubbers have long moved on and Nudge is moving in. Previously Hannah and Wendy transformed a derelict WW2 bomb-site on the street into Union Corner, a social hub and gathering place. They also arrange the annual Union Street-street party.

Now the two former volunteers have given up their full-time jobs, and put their homes on the line to set up the community business Nudge. The first major project is to transform the derelict Clipper pub into a street market and social housing. As well as having space for micro-businesses to operate from, the Clipper will be a physical link between communities – the existing street and nearby multi-million pound regeneration projects.

From nothing they have raised £120,000 to buy the building and secured three-years’ of funding to employ three full-time staff.  The property will provide security and income for Nudge and they are looking at raising £200,000 from Community Share Offers so others can invest and share their journey.

If successful, the Clipper will be a blueprint for the regeneration of up to three other derelict buildings this year. Hannah and Wendy will also be offering a consultancy service to help other organisations get off the ground.

 Facts

  •  Transformed a derelict WW2 bomb-site into Union Corner, a social hub and gathering place
  • Arrange the annual Union Street-street party
  • Aim to transform the derelict Clipper pub into a street market and social housing
  • Raised 120,000 from scratch
  • Secured 3 years of funding to employ 3 members of staff
How The Project Was Received

You know that you can pick up the phone at any point. To have any sort of chat. There wouldn’t be something that I don’t think we couldn’t go to RIO with that we couldn’t expect a really good response to. I think that’s a really good benefit to have in your back pocket. Wendy Hart
I think generally RIO in the city with the social enterprise network, have created an environment where it’s slightly easier to get these things moving. The fact that they’re engaging with national funders, they’re pushing the council, city-wide raising the profile of what social enterprises are. I think we’ve benefitted from that.

Hannah Sloggett