Involving your community in the future


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  • Why could this be?
  • If you don’t get involved when asked your opinion it will be very difficult to complain!!!!
  • Lottery are hot on seeing project beneficiaries involved in the planning, developing and delivery of a project….this is great way to show that you have involved them fully.
  • Lottery are hot on seeing project beneficiaries involved in the planning, developing and delivery of a project….this is great way to show that you have involved them fully.
  • Refer to “Hemsby What was Your Say for £10,000” Document for examples
  • Refer to hand out of a table with the breakdown of above meanings…. Get them to pinpoint where they think CLP and PB sits within these definitions…..suggest that both fit within the last three on the table and would depend on the individual project.
  • Hand out the practical tips for involving the community and if time ask if anyone has any gems they’d like to share.
  • Involving your community in the future

    1. 1. Involving your Community in the Future……  Should you and how could you?
    2. 2. …Stats…………. • 2009 Department for Community and Local Government Citizenship survey identified that 39% of people felt they could influence local area, this has decreased from 44% in 2001. • April 2009 saw the introduction of the Duty to Involve which expects statutory and best value organisations to consult with their beneficiaries.
    3. 3. Should you involve yourCommunity in the future? Do any of us like being told what we like? Does anyone complain about a service which isn’t quite right for you? How do you feel when decisions are made without your involvement?
    4. 4. Examples of ConsultationsCommunity Led Plan (Parish Plan)• Can be the impetus for change in a community and drive residents to improve their surroundings.• It identifies issues affecting communities - Social, Economic and Environmental.
    5. 5. Examples of Consultations Participatory Budgeting • Where a District Council allocates funds to a Parish Council for the community to design and decide exactly how the funding is spent.
    6. 6. What do these both have incommon? • Creates a sense of “Community” • Strengthens a community • A chance for local involvement not just lip service – influence, change, democratic, delivering • You are doing it yourselves • Gathering evidence for future funding opportunities • Has to be totally inclusive • Requires determination
    7. 7. Outcomes of consultations • Community led plans create an “Action Plan” of tasks needing to be carried out in order to meet the needs of the local community. • Have often been used as the starting point of Participatory Budgeting. • Create a higher quality service with greater buy in and satisfaction from the community • Have often been used for leveraging in substantial funding to fund things like;
    8. 8. Outcomes of consultations Participatory Budgeting • Provides funding to a handful of community led organisations chosen and supported by their local community. Eg: Hemsby were given £10,000 by GYBC. Have Your Say for £10k
    9. 9. Task 1 – 15 mins Consider thefollowing statement…… “Isn’t it better to crack on with the job in hand and not involve the community….you’d get the job done quicker surely?!” Work in groups and produce a list of ‘pros and cons’ for involving your community.
    10. 10. 5 mins…Feed Back to Group
    11. 11. How can you involve yourcommunity? • Involving  -  means working directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered. This might include workshops. • Collaborating - means partnering with the public in each aspect of the decision, including the development of alternatives and the identification of the preferred solution. This might include citizen advisory committees or participatory decision- making. • Empowering to take the decision - means placing final decision-making in the hands of the people. This might include citizen juries, ballots or delegated decisions.
    12. 12. How can you involve yourcommunity? • Who has taken part in a community consultation? • The Great British Birdwatch (RSPB)? • The Census? • How involved did it make you feel? • Did you feel able to influence decisions? • Is it therefore about being involved or being able to influence a decision?
    13. 13. Task 2….15 mins Consider thefollowing…. “People don’t get involved even when we try to consult with them”Work in groups and consider:-• What might stop community members getting involved in a consultation?• What will help community members get involved in a consultation?
    14. 14. 5 mins…Feed Back to Group
    15. 15. Practical tips for involving yourcommunity…… • Some practical tips for getting your community involved…… • You may have others you’d like to share?