Rose Hill regeneration project shortlisted for UK award

Members of Rose Hill Junior Youth Club celebrate the news

Members of Rose Hill Junior Youth Club celebrate the news

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A PROJECT in Rose Hill that supports communty projects and events has been shortlisted for a top award.

The Rose Hill Regeneration project has been recognised for the impact it has made in community.

It was one of about 60 picked out of 180 entries for the regional shortlist of the National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Award.

The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 1.

The £430,000 project organises and funds community projects and events like Christmas and Eid parties, and monthly health bus clinic visits.

The five-year project was launched in 2011 with £60,000 from Oxford housing association GreenSquare and £370,000 from the Big Lottery fund.

Fran Gardner, who runs the scheme for GreenSquare, said: “We’re delighted.

“We are now almost two-and-a-half years into the project’s five-year planned programme so we are reaching the half-way mark.

“It is wonderful for Rose Hill.

“The project aims to empower all residents, of all ages, to instigate positive changes in their community, making Rose Hill a better place to live.

“We have really started to see true community spirit developing on the estate, and being shortlisted for this award is fantastic recognition of the hard work of the team and Rose Hill volunteers.”

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A health bus – a mobile clinic offering free check-ups with a nurse once a month in The Oval – is part of the project.

Before its arrival, the nearest health centre for residents was Donnington Health Centre in Henley Road.

A permanent health clinic is now proposed in Oxford City Council’s new £3m Rose Hill Community Centre, planned for Ashhurst Way.

The winners of the regional projects will go on the national shortlist – the winners of which will be announced at the national finals in London on June 12.

Federation chief executive David Orr “We’ve had some fantastic submissions for this year’s awards and the judges have had a tough job to do to select those shortlisted.

“Everyone involved with the Rose Hill Regeneration project should feel very proud indeed – it is no small feat to have made it this far.

“It’ll be all eyes now to see who goes through to the finals.”

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