The Piece By Peace Community Hub and Garden
“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King
Luton As One
Working in partnership with Luton Borough Council, Luton Parks Department, Friends of Leagrave Park, and various local community groups, organisations and individuals, we are creating a legacy on Leagrave Park.
Leagrave Park is at the centre of three wards:- Leagrave, Marsh Farm and Sundon Park.
In the early 2010’s we approached LBC to take over the former Sundon Park Library to turn into a community hub. At this time, we conducted community surveys, feedback forms and community discussions. We also had a door-to-door leaflet drop of surveys.
Since partnering with LBC in September 2021, we again ‘called-out’ to the community; this project responds to community suggestions. However, only if we work together can we all make it happen. Luton As One – For Us, By Us & For All. #TheCommunityCan
Piece By Peace Community Hub and Garden Projects
- Community Festival
- Art & Culture Activities
- Conservation and Gardening
- The Other 33
- Community Garden
- The Colours of Mourning (A Narrative Psychology Bereavement Circle)Woman’s Listening Circle
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.”
George Bernard Shaw
Behind the Scenes
NINE RED Presents…(CIC) and the Piece by Peace managerial committee were born in Luton or have lived in Luton for over 40 years; as such, we have become part of the fabric of Luton’s Grassroots community. We immerse ourselves in the local community, attending meetings and functions held by various Trusts, Associations and community and voluntary groups within Luton and Bedfordshire.
In line with this, we have worked with: The University of Bedfordshire, Luton Culture, Luton Borough Council, The UKCCA, The Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership, The Emerald SARC, Senior & Carer’s clubs, after school and Saturday school clubs, Lea Manor High School, Barnfield South Academy, diverse arts organisations, youth lead projects, Carnival arts projects, NHS community development workers, Local Authority staff, funders and trusts, Local schools, various local community and cultural groups, artists and individuals.
Working in this way has enabled us to create a network delivering co-creative and collaborative projects; while simultaneously building up a profile of the needs and wants of residents. This network and style of work enables us to recognise and meet community needs more effectively.
With the Sundon Park Piece by Piece Project we are working in partnership with Luton Borough Council and Sundon Park Residents, including the Local Counsellors, Friends of Leagrave Park, LBC Parks Dept, and local community groups, trades and individuals.
We are also, working in partnership wit Dee Perkins, Chief Superintendent of Bedfordshire Police and Woman of Colour in Policing (WoCip) to deliver: A Womans’ Listening Circle and A Narrative Psychology Multi-media performance project, working with women engaging with police-led projects.
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Funding & Future
Piece By Peace Community Hub and Garden.
During the Financial Year October 2021 – September 2022 we received £18,250 in grant funding, contributed £27,375 from our own sources and received £110,975 in in-kind support from Tesco, Grosvenors Casino’s and other local businesses, volunteer time and donations. All totaled there has been an investment in excess of £156,000. Enabling the creation and running of this Piece By Peace Community Hub and Garden.
The Piece by Peace Project is a 3-5 year programme designed to create site-specific, temporary public art that will enliven Leagrave Park and the surrounding area and create a community hub with community ran and led activities. This project is specifically designed to benefit the North of Luton, where very little happens in terms of Art, Culture, Heritage and Well-being.
A North Luton project creates art and cultural experiences that can help improve health and well-being and can result in benefits that range from the physiological to the emotional. Piece by Peace provides space for local visual artists, sculptors, sound artists, performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, and others to exhibit in Leagrave Park, including pop-up art and performances.
Working in partnership with LBC, Parks. Dept., Cricket organisations, Football organisations, Friends of Leagrave Park and the local community. The intention is to build a fit-for-purpose, purpose built Community and Sports Centre on the site of the current pavilion, which will be community led.
The plan is to develop the community and use the garden to assist in generating the income to ensure that the community has the running costs and their share of building costs for the new integrated building.
Currently, it costs £13,050 per month to run the hub, garden and activities. As you can see from the figures outlined above, the majority of this cost is being met by the managerial committee, community volunteers and in-kind donations.
As the Piece By Peace Community Hub and Garden has already opened to the public and has been largely self-sustainable in running activities, there is no funding required at this stage. Although moving forward there is a possibility of a combined application to grant making trusts from multiple organisations across a variety of disciplines for the funding for a Combined Community and Sports building.