Focusing resources and encouraging initiative in Patchway, Staple Hill, Kingswood, Cadbury Heath, Yate and Dodington to support organisations and local people to work in partnership.
All residents should have the same opportunities to enjoy a good quality of life and achieve. Every community has assets – skills and talents of local people, services, activities, buildings, and open spaces etc. which benefit the community and could be further developed. The areas that we are working in are strong and vibrant. By pooling ideas and resources such as time, money and skills, much more can be achieved if we work together. We can all have a role to play in the community to make a difference. As well as mobilising our existing resources, working together helps to bring in external resources too.
The council and its partners including the police, health authorities, housing, fire service and voluntary agencies have made a commitment to work with voluntary agencies and community groups to make a difference in these areas.
Local people know their area. Each of the priority neighbourhood areas has a community lead group that brings together the local organisations and service providers. An action plan has been drawn up in each area. Each action plan will be different according to what are the local priorities. These are around employment, training, education, crime and safety, and health and well being.
The role of the priority neighbourhoods team within the council is to help coordinate the approach such as:
- supporting the community lead groups in their running and in any new project
- linking with departments and agencies to maximise the potential of their involvement
- gathering information on services and new initiatives both national and local to inform our work