This Gap Analysis was conducted in order to identify key gaps in the existing NNS structure across
Birmingham, and which could be addressed by NNS Citywide. The research itself was comprised of
three distinct phases:

  • During Phase One, available data was used to identify potential target communities based
    on population and need;
  • During Phase Two interviews were conducted with stakeholders in order to refine and
    further identify potential target communities and the needs of relevant community assets;
  • During Phase Three, focus groups and interviews were held with citizens from target priority
    communities in order to better understand their needs.
    A large number of potential target groups were identified during Phase One, although the highest
    priority target groups, who both met the criteria for support and were rated as having the highest
    level of need, are listed below:
  • White Irish ethnicity
  • Black Caribbean ethnicity
  • Other Religion
  • Roma and Irish Traveller ethnicity
  • Any minority sexual orientation
  • Transgender gender identity
  • Specific disabilities (i.e. Learning Disabilities)
  • Specific carer subpopulations (i.e. unpaid carers with high caring responsibilities)
    Interviews with stakeholders during Phase Two highlighted what role and structure they felt NNS
    Citywide should have. Whilst providing grants to community assets was undoubtedly a fundamental
    part of that role, many interviewees highlighted that it was not only about providing grants, but also
    about having an effective structure through which small citywide organisations supporting dispersed
    communities can be linked in with other small organisations, broader strategy and some of the other
    types of support which locality-based community assets enjoy through the existing locality-based
    NNS structure. Another key issue highlighted by these interviews was that “
    1NNS Citywide” was a
    potentially misleading name as it led them to interpret it as addressing “citywide” issues such as
    Phase Three focussed on particular target communities, and as such most of the recommendations
    are relevant to specific communities, as opposed to being of general relevance to NNS Citywide.
    That said, community specific training for higher skilled employment and more awareness training
    for other NNS community assets were both suggestions made by multiple independent groups. For full report click here