North Ormesby 2001 was founded in January 1998 by the then Vicar of North Ormesby, Tim Robinson. The organisation was intended to be a regeneration partnership participating in the bid for funding in SRB 4. It was registered as a Company at Companies House (No. 03648835) and the inaugural A.G.M. was held at the North Ormesby Community Centre on 4th November 1998.
Previously a series of Community Futures Workshops, led by One Voice Tees Valley, was used to consult widely with the local people. An ‘in depth’ survey was commissioned with experienced staff recruited specially, funded by a successful ESF bid. All of these pointed clearly to a need for Capacity Building, Up-skilling training, and the need to tackle the worklessness problem.
Partnerships were developed both inside and beyond, the SRB 4 partnership led by Middlesbrough Borough Council. M.B.C. contribution in kind included free office space in the North Ormesby Community Centre. A partnership with Teesside University proved particularly fruitful as they provided an I.T. training facility in the Centre and help with providing courses. ‘Shape’ Training Agency provided skills training and work experience.
Successful bids to the Lottery Community Fund matched with ERDF provided staff to run and maintain the project and to undertake major capacity building initiatives. On 5th January 2001, the organisation was registered with the Charity Commissioners as a Charity (No. 1083301).
In 2002 a Community Development Officer was recruited to move forward projects designed to develop community infrastructure (including the Young People’s Project on Henry Street field) and to use the built capacity through community engagement.
North Ormesby 2001 argued for the setting-up of Neighbourhood Management along the lines advocated by Policy Action Team 4’s report. Money to pilot this was built into SRB 5. However it was held back by MBC until other pilots could be introduced after NRF succeeded SRB and the impetus for an innovative path-finding project was delayed. North Ormesby 2001 continued its lead within the community during the re-development of housing in Trinity Crescent and the PCT led Health Village.
However, by 2006 it was clear to the Trustees that, as North Ormesby Neighbourhood Management was clearly being run down, that the organisation needed to become more accessible to the public, and be prepared to pickup many of the Neighbourhood Management functions. To this end; in 2006, North
Ormesby 2001 changed its name to North Ormesby Neighbourhood Development Trust Limited. We strengthened our ties with the Development Trust Association (DTA) and received assistance from the North East Regional DTA to help change the focus of the new Trust.
We moved on to the main shopping street, Kings Road and opened a new registered office, under the name of Info Point prepared to be an open-door drop in centre for the community. This was, from day one a great success. The Trust regularised it new title with Companies House and the Charity Commission on 6th July 2006.
The Trust centred its new activities around Community Enterprise – and in 2008 set up a Development Company, with all the shares owned by the Trust, as a trading arm. The constitution of this Company guaranteed trading surpluses to the Trust to continue to meet its charitable objectives.
These days the list of community projects grows. Info Point is the hub for all the community needs and requests, and the community shop thrives.