Sneinton Alchemy (Nottingham)

Sneinton Alchemy is a community interest company (CIC) run by a local resident Board, that works for the benefit of the community of Sneinton, East Nottingham, to improve the neighbourhood and support local enterprise. It was established in 2007 and began working with community organisers in 2012.

Sneinton Alchemy has hosted and employed five community organisers who have listened to several thousands of residents, activated hundreds of volunteers and supported/facilitated the set-up of over 50 community groups. The community organising process mobilised 55 locals to form Nottingham City’s first Neighbourhood Forum, which was formed to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Sneinton and to promote and improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the area. More recently 67 residents were mobilised to form the DOSH (development of the Old School Hall) working group established to save the Old School Hall building in Sneinton, which is now registered as an asset of community value.

Sneinton Alechemy  already have experience of successfully training and supporting 16 learners to gain accreditation in the Foundations of Community Organising. The focus of Sneinton Alchemy’s Social Action Hub will continue to be the Sneinton neighbourhood but there is an intention to spread community organising into other areas of Nottingham by training local volunteers and leaders from other estates and wards, as well as council and other frontline public sector workers.