Building Resilience Programme

The Building Resilience Programme is a £1.26 million initiative targeting Shirebrook and the wider NG20 area in Bolsover district, Derbyshire. It has been funded under the Ministry if Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) 'Controlling Migration Fund'. The Building Resilience Programme (BRP) had at it's core two aims for the locality; to improve community cohesion and integration, and to lessen the strain on public services.

BRP provided a wide range of partnership interventions running between September 2017 and 2019. It comprised nine strands of activity led by a range of public agencies, managed and supported with language and cultural knowledge by a dedicated Core Programme team. It was overseen by the Bolsover Partnership in conjunction with Shirebrook Forward NG20 Group, with Bolsover District Council (BDC) fulfilling the Accountable Body function. 


Phase 1 key interventions:

  • Language classes for Non-British residents and additional TA at Shirebrook Academy
  • New regular local volunteers and community events
  • Shirebrook Market Square shop front improvements (
  • Additional Customer Service Advisor at Shirebrook Contact Centre and drop-in sessions
  • Additional Environmental Health Officers and house inspections
  • Planting Scheme at Shirebrook Rainbow Park and additional bins in Shirebrook
  • New ANPR cameras for Shirebrook Safer Neighbourhood Team and road safety scheme
  • Additional nurse and multi-language speaking receptionist at Shires Health Care
  • Additional Healthy Workplace Advisor and lifestyle service offered to employees

Phase 1 Case Studies and Phase 1 Evaluation


In 2019 MHCLG had confirmed £207k from the controlling Migration Fund to deliver Phase 2 - Embedding Community Resilience Programme. Project seeking to address a wide range of issues and embed learning from Phase 1 CMF including housing, language barriers, integration and cohesion in the Shirebrook NG20 area is planned for 2019-2020. 

Phase 2 key interventions:

  • Funding Business Forum Coordinator post to facilitate a business forum for local business owners in Shirebrook (not only Market Square)
  • Improvement at Shirebrook Rainbow Park - new multi use gym area. In cooperation with Model Village Residents Association continuing park to reduce anti-social behaviour
  • Services Welcoming Pack to introduce new migrants to life in Bolsover district
  • 'I love Shirebrook' campaign to improve perception and pride of the area
  • Funding Landlord Forum Coordinator post to facilitate a landlord forum for landlords, letting agents, Neighbouring Local Authority, Fire Service, Police Service, Landlord Accreditation Providers, Trafficking and Immigration Services