Facts and Figures
- The Aylesbury Estate is home to approximately 7,500 residents, of whom approximately 68% are from Black and Minority Ethnic Groups, compared to 48% across the Borough (2001 Census).
- 11% of residents are over 60 years of age (compared with 14% across Southwark).
- In 2001, 38% of the Aylesbury residents were aged less than 19 years of age (compared with a Borough average of 24%).
- Originally built as a local authority estate, the area consists of 2,758 dwellings, with 17% now in private hands through right to buy. Only 2% of these dwellings are houses.
- In 1999, 17% of Aylesbury schoolchildren achieved 5 or more GCSEs at Grades A*-C; with year on year improvement that figure is now 63%, just below the national average.
- Despite the disadvantages faced by Aylesbury schoolchildren they achieve more GCSEs at Grades A*-C than their contemporaries throughout the borough.
- At Key Stage 2, where there has been a similar improvement across all subjects particularly in Science Key Stage 2, Level 4 and above, and in the core subjects of English and Maths there has been a rise from 56% and 50% respectively to 77% and 78% at KS2 level 4 and above.
- Within the four local schools there are 26 different languages spoken in addition to English.
- The NDC has provided funding for fourteen extra Learning Support Workers in local schools.
- The NDC has provided over 70 after-school places for local children.
- The NDC has investing over £5 million in local children's health and wellbeing.
- In 2001 there were only eight childminding places for under two year olds on the estate. Today there are 50 such places available to local children.
- The NDC has committed £1.9M towards the construction of a Community Learning Centre opening in 2009.
Crime and Community Safety
- Fear of crime (the number of people feeling unsafe walking around the area after dark) has been reduced significantly, down from 68% in 2002 to 29% in 2008.
- Ipsos MORI survey 2008: 47% of respondents believe that the activities of the NDC have improved the areas as a place to live (an increase of 26% since 2002).
- The Aylesbury has 45% lower recorded crime levels than in Southwark as whole.
- Burglary is significantly lower in Aylesbury than the rest of the Borough (8.1 per 1000 pop compared to 16.91 per 1000 pop). Levels of robbery and violence against the person are also lower in the Aylesbury than Southwark, while sexual offences are half the Borough average.
- The NDC's trailblazing Aylesbury Activate Programme has been highlighted as a model of good practice, it provides young people at risk of offending with the support, guidance and the opportunity to undertake positive activities they need to avoid offending and to fulfil their true potential in education, training and employment.
- The new Community Reasurance Project, part funded by the NDC, provides the Aylesbury Estate with a dedicated team of 5 Community Wardens, 7 Police Officers, and a range of other officers including Anti-Social Behaviour Officers, Tenancy Enforcement Officers and Community Support Officers.
- Aylesbury is in the third most deprived ward in Southwark, which itself is the eighth most deprived borough in England.
- The success of our training and employment programmes has seen a fall in the percentage of unemployed people from 16% to 11% over the programme's lifetime.
- The NDC has helped over 500 residents gain workbased employment skills.
- Through NDC employment and training projects over 300 residents now have higher paid jobs.
- We have helped 215 unemployed residents into employment.
- We have created 88 jobs for local people.
- 340 residents have gained computer skills through our information and computer technology access courses
- Through our help, 15 people have been able to start their own businesses
- In 2002 less than half of all residents said their health was improving, today through a variety of NDC health initiatives over half of all residents say that they feel healthier.
- Residents who feel that their health has been good over the last year as increased from 45% in 2002, to 55% in 2008.
- Since its inception in May 2003 the Aylesbury Healthly Living Network has engaged 5998 residents in healthy living activities (3945 were from the BME community).
- 650 residents aged 65 and over have had their health improved through participation in weekly health activities.
- Access to GPs/Family Doctors is also rated by residents as being relatively easy to obtain, with 39% stating it is very easy: the national average is 38%.
- Through NDC support and investment the number of residents involved in local and voluntary organisations has almost doubled.
- In 2008 43% of residents felt part of the local community, compared to 31% in 2002.
- Three community resource centres have been established.
- The NDC has supported over 68 projects that directly benefit minority communities.
- Over 5,000 people have taken advantage of the community based facilities provided by the NDC in the last year.