In 2015, Ongo Communities inherited The Viking Centre, which had a very poor reputation for being an area rife with crime and anti-social behaviour.
Location: Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire
With a little support and a lot of determination, a small group of staff and the local community have challenged criminal behaviour through a Neighbourhood Watch, raised funds for CCTV coverage and worked with the Police to increase Police patrols. As a result, local people no longer tolerate dangerous criminal behaviour and are much more likely to report it.
The Viking Centre project has transformed the community, which is reflected in the proven social return on investment. For every £1 spent on the project, £14.19 is reinvested into the local community.