Civic Voice announces the launch of the Protect our Place website

Civic Voice - the national charity for the civic movement – today announces the launch of the English Heritage sponsored ‘Protect our Place’ website.

Protect our Place (www.protectourplace.org.uk) is a research project to understand the different types of current community action taking place across England to protect and promote local heritage.

The websites main feature is the interactive map for groups to upload their projects onto, and discover other work both locally and nationally. It will be searchable via theme or location, and is free to all community groups working to protect or promote the historic environment. We urge all heritage volunteers not only to use the map and connect with the wider heritage network, but also to discover all of the resources available to them on the site.

Sarah Spurrier, Project Manager said ‘the website being up and running is extremely exciting. It now means that there is a resource out there for all community groups not only to celebrate their own projects and inform people about what they do, but also for networking, for new volunteers, and professionals. The website marks a new phase for community interaction, and can only strengthen the great work which is already being undertaken throughout England.’

Steve Graham, Chief Executive said, ‘This is a really great project which will really help to support community action in the historic environment. By working with a variety of partners and community groups, we hope to ensure the website benefits everyone in the heritage movement.’

Notes for Editors

1. Civic Voice works to make the places where everyone lives more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive and speaks up for civic societies and local communities across England. We promote civic pride. Civic Voice is the new national charity for the civic movement and has a strong local presence. Civic Voice strongly believes everyone has the right to live somewhere they can be proud of and knows how people feel about places because Civic Voice feel the same way. Civic societies are the most numerous participants in the planning system. Since its launch in April 2010 Civic Voice has been joined by over 300 civic societies with more than 75,000 members. Further information is available at www.civicvoice.org.uk including how to join Civic Voice (£10 individuals) and contact details for local civic societies.

2. National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP)
As part of its National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP), English Heritage has committed to encouraging greater active engagement in the historic environment by more people. This is also reflected in Heritage Counts 2011, produced on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum, which focuses on the role of voluntary and community groups in historic environment protection and how they can be strengthened.
The NHPP includes specific recognition of “local empowerment” as a key element running throughout its operation and includes measure 5A4 Supporting local communities in protecting significant heritage assets among others intended to support local communities.

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Spurrier
(m) 07595 630017
(e) sarah.spurrier@civicvoice.org.uk

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