SDRN Case Studies

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Neighbourhoods Green

By SDRN on 14th February 2013


AIM: To develop and coordinate a national Neighbourhoods Green partnership project which champions good quality design, management and use of social housing green space; to establish local and regional housing/green space networks supported through Neighbourhoods Green to deliver practical green space initiatives; to build a robust evidence base from which to advocate the role of green space in place making.


AIM: This is not a discrete initiative but a system-wide approach with a number of elements, some of which are of project status but the aim being to mainstream i.e. embed sustainable development and environmental sustainability in all council business. The case study, written up in more detail by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), focuses especially on the Health and Social Care (HSC) directorate.

STATUS: Ongoing.

London 2012 Changing Places

By SDRN on 1st March 2012

LOCATION: East London.

AIM: Drawing inspiration from the Olympic Park’s regeneration, the Changing Places Programme was established to: (a) inspire surrounding communities to improve public spaces, such as parks, open spaces and watersides; (b) enable people to learn new interests and skills; and (c) to enable long-lasting improvements in the quality of the local environment beyond the period of the Olympic Games.

My Urban Green

By SDRN on 29th February 2012


AIM: To (re)connect urban communities with their environment through active involvement in shaping the future development, maintenance and management of local ‘Greener Living Spaces’, created by Marks and Spencer and Groundwork over the last three years.

Hill Holt Wood

By SDRN on 29th February 2012

LOCATION: 34-acre deciduous woodland situated on the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border.

AIM: To manage an environmentally sustainable community woodland, run a locally-valued and economically-viable social enterprise, share experiences and learning, and to be a responsible employer.

Earn Your Travel Back

By SDRN on 23rd February 2012


AIM: To encourage young people to respect and value their concessionary travel and to learn about the benefits of environmental volunteering and positive community participation.

The Good Gym

By SDRN on 17th February 2012

LOCATION: Tower Hamlets, East London.

AIM: To develop a new model of voluntary action by focusing on the positive experience of the volunteer, connecting people who are looking to get fit with physical tasks that need to be done and which benefit the community.