National Influence

The Jericho Road is a two-way street. Part of our work is at national level, developing policy, organisations and programmes to make neighbourhood work easier for local communities.

Read more about our influencing work below…

CADO – Community Assets in Difficult Ownership

The CADO project has hit a nerve! The acronym stands for Community Assets in Difficult Ownership AND Campaign Against Delinquent Ownership. We’re working with 10 demonstrator projects – buildings that are precious to local communities but are stuck due to their ownership. We provide expert support, small grants and lots of mutual learning. We have developed a set of policy recommendations that would support communities and councils rescue buildings from the limbo of difficult ownership.

Read more on the project here or here 

Demeter – Partnerships across Sectors

Jess has always been interested in collaborating across sectors and what helps or hinders direct partnerships between community groups and private sector interests. Jericho Road coordinated a year-long Partnership Brokers pilot as part of the BRICK programme (run by Prince’s Regeneration Trust with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst scheme).

The Brokers Pilot worked with four projects to understand and support the successful development of private-community partnerships. These were Bognor Pier, Temple Works Leeds, Bradford Odeon, and Craneworks Bath.

Piers – the Nation’s Pride

Jess spent 9 years saving Hastings Pier, and has ended up knowing much more than she ever expected to about piers! She claims she is still no expert in any particular aspect but has an understanding ranging from the technical to the historical to the emotional. She has also worked with Bognor, Birnbeck, Colwyn Bay and South Parade piers.

Jericho Road manages The People’s Piers – UK-wide sharing network between communities seeking to take on ownership or management of their piers. Click here to learn more.

On the back of a good pun, the network won first prize in the Locality Peer to Peer Learning Competition and now provides small grants to help pier groups share their knowledge through visits.

To apply, download & fill out the the form below, and email it to: If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Click here to download the Pier To Pier Request form.

Self-renovating neighbourhoods

When local people take the initiative and turn their neighbourhood into an enterprise, they become entrepreneurs and contributors rather than ‘beneficiaries’ or victims of top-down regeneration. Jess has been thinking about this for a while and have now started a PhD with Prof Loretta Lees at Leicester University on ‘self-renovating neighbourhoods as an alternative to gentrification’. It’s exciting to be working with the Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust and with the Turner Prize-winning Granby Four Streets CLT.

Learn more about this by watching Jess’s six minute talk 

Organisation Workshop

The Organisation Workshop is a radical large-scale ‘capacitation’ approach: recruit a large group of ‘excluded’ people, give them the means of production (land, equipment, materials) and challenge them to self-organise. They will transform the land and themselves, both individually and collectively, creating new enterprises. After a decade-long struggle Marsh Farm Outreach in Luton were finally able to pilot the Organisation Workshop for the first time in the UK. Now we’re planning for an OW in Hastings.

Read more here