We secured funding from Barrow Cadbury for anUrban Forum were action researchconcerned that the project to take place government’s new in Dudley inCommunity Rights conjunction withwould not be taken Dudley CVS (an Urbanup equally between Forum member) different communities
Partners:• Urban Forum• Dudley CVS• Dudley Metropolitan Council Aims:• Dudley Community • To assess the perceptions Partnership of Dudley community groups with regard to Community Rights • To involve community groups in planning how they could be implemented locally • To build better relationships between theApproach: local authority and• Research plus community groups engagement• Co-design between community groups and Dudley council
We carried out surveys at events and an online survey amongst community groups in Dudley to test awareness of, and appetite for, Community Rights. We also asked about barriers to take up and support needs. Testing the appetite for Community Rights (August & September 2011)Seven focus groups were held to dig deeper into issues around services, assets and neighbourhood planning and to recruit people into the next Digging deeper stage of the project (September & October 2011)
In two ‘Community Kitchen’ workshops participants heard inspiring stories of community projects from across the world and learned about tools and techniques for asset led community development Getting some inspiration (November 2011) An ‘Our Society OurSolutions’ group was set up and met three times to generate proposals around assets and service delivery Coming up with based on what we had our own recipes learned from our research (November 2011 to January 2012)
The OSOS group’s proposals were framed within the concept of MASH – Managing Assets and Services Holistically. This was based around principals of collaborative working and using ALL assets more effectively M.A.S.H Members of OSOS and theproject steering group met with members of Dudley Council’sCorporate Board (including the Chief Executive) to discuss proposals and seek agreement for going forward Tasting session with decision makers (February 2012)
Testing the appetite: our survey How much do you feel you know about... 0 25 50 75 100 Right to Build Right to Challenge Right to BuyNeighbourhood Planning A great deal The basics Little or nothing Appetite was low. Perhaps due to gaps in knowledge. There was some curiosity and interest, as well as concerns and suggestions of what barriers might be.
Digging deeper: focus groups“I think the thing is, in Dudley you won’t have groups that have got “I’m just wonderingenough money to buy anything by whether there might be athemselves. And if the windows of way of saying, ‘Well, do weopportunity to buy are quite tight, have to go as far as a you’re not going to have enough challenge?’... how would the time to form the partnerships or council feel about working put in the bids to get funding to with us to bring that into enable you to do it. So they might the community, avoiding the be giving us a right, but it’s a right actual process of thethat is not practically workable for challenge and the tender?’” groups in Dudley.”
Getting some inspiration:workshops with Tessy Britton
Coming up with our own recipes:Our Society Our Solutions group
Checking back: follow up survey 0 25 50 75 100Right to Challenge Right to Bid Aware and am interested in using the opportunity Aware/heard of Not aware Awareness of community rights had increased over the 8 months, and appetite had increased. The ﬁnal survey reinforced the action research discussions - suggesting that there was a far greater appetite for involvement in service design, and for using buildings and land through a whole range of arrangements.
MASH Lab Launch event in AprilPiloting the restaurant with a tasting menu
We are creative:connecting many new andexisting resources and ideasto make entirely new things.We are collaborative:boosting the potential andsuccess of our work bycollective and collaborativeways of working.We are empowering:our approach to collaborationis uses the 5 CommunityEmpowerment Dimensions.We are learning:social learning, wholesystems, reﬂection andevaluation are beingembedded in our approach.
A moveable feast!We’re linking our MASHprompted approach andprojects to relatedactivity in Dudley whichis using asset based,whole system,empowering andcollaborative approaches.‣East Coseley Big Local‣Ageing Well‣Community-led asset based wellbeing projects (JNSA/JSAA)
Enabling collaborationIn September 2012 webought together peoplewho could take on rolesas enablers ofcollaboration.We now have enablerssupporting 6 collaborativeprojects working towardsour community wellbeingoutcomes. We’re busy MASHing!