Renaisi has managed the EC1 New Deal for Communities Programme since 2001. An essential element of this has been the development and implementation of a comprehensive community consultation strategy.
The programme has faced a challenging time due to some difficult elements within the community and the consultation strategy has been extremely important in empowering local people to take ownership of the regenerative process. This year marks the 3rd Annual EC1 Summer Festival. This large scale community fete attracts over 4,000 people each year and is the programme’s exemplar consultation event. Although Renaisi organise the event and produce the publicity materials, it is still very much a community led event. The community are involved in every step of the process, from a community led steering group deciding on the design and scope of the event, to deciding on the types of activities and how the publicity should look and feel. Local schools are included, with school children working with local artists to develop the branding through competitions.