Big LocalGood Practice in Action… Walkie Talkies™ GROUNDWORK KENT & MEDWAY
Walkie Talkies™ “Walkie Talkies™ Began in 2005 in Swanscombe Kent. A simple idea that works! Local people walking and talking to residents about things that matter to them.
Why we think it works• It’s truly local• People trust their Walkie Talkies™• It is independent and seen to be independent• It has good mechanisms to let information flow in both directions• Sustainable• Provides good value for money• Inclusive
Who is a WalkieTalkie™ Local people Local networks
How to do it…• Community development work• Local networks• Local people• Local partnerships• Training• Links to other Walkie Talkies to ™ share best practice and learning
What makes it work• The Quality of the project is only as good as our Contacts and the People we employ• Walkie Talkies are recruited directly from the local community• Have good local knowledge and social networks At Windmill Community Allotments• Are passionate about making a positive difference in their town
How we connect• Word of mouth• Via social hubs used by ordinary people• In school playgrounds, cafes, allotments, hairdressers, community centres, sheltered housing, coffee mornings, shopping centres, major local events, on the streets… anywhere people go• Providing accurate, useful and impartial information
The Tivoli CentreThe group were delightedto be asked their opinions about their town Working closely with the Seafront Design Team
What a Walkie Talkie™does..• Training to empower individuals to act as community advocates / get factual information from briefing sessions• Working day – the team go where and when they are needed (regular routes)• Feedback – via local steering groups / community forums• Uniform – wear a distinctive uniform with logo, easily identified, builds trust
Walkie Talkies and Big Local• Walkie Talkies were already working on Tree Estate when Big Local was announced.• Relationship with local people and agencies already established.• Trust was already there
What we have been doing..• Garden Party for Older Residents• Community Fun Days• Allotment Open days• Coffee mornings at the Community Centre• Regular visits to local groups, schools, childrens centre, shops• Face to face conversations• Attended summer fetes at local school and park.
Cont…• Working with our Youth Officer to engage the Young People.• Looking at recruiting Young people to be Walkie Talkies.• Regular meetings with Princes Community Forum.• Door to door consultations on Big Local• Always ready to listen
What we found…From 270 direct responses through face to face consultation and questionnairesPriorities identified by the community:• Youth; community activities; activities to engage young children and teenagers.• Community Safety; more police on the beat; cctv; tackle ASB; speeding cars/motorcycles; youths loitering.• Health and Wellbeing; exercise classes; job advice; life skills training• Environment; More planting to brighten area; better maintenance of alleyways/green areas; tidy up gardens /properties; better / more frequent bus service• Community “Hubs”; renovate Tree CC and develop a community centre for Phoenix
CONTACT DETAILS Groundwork Kent & Medway 48 Canterbury Street Gillingham ME7 5UN 01634 855166 email@example.com www.groundwork-km.org.uk