Module Two Eqaulities And Coordinating Groups


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Module Two Eqaulities And Coordinating Groups

  1. 1. Lewisham Local Assemblies The role of co-ordinating groups and equalities
  2. 2. Agenda 6.00pm Welcome and objectives 6.10pm    Progress Report – Paul Jackson 6.15pm Feedback from questionnaire 6.25pm   Groups - Experience so far + co-ordinating group priorities 7.15pm   Report back from groups 7.30pm   Equalities – issues for assemblies 7.45pm Groups - Championing the needs of all 8.30pm Interactive feedback   8.40pm   Summary and next steps 9.00pm Close
  3. 3. Objectives of session <ul><li>Information on the Assembly programme </li></ul><ul><li>Share experience of initial groups </li></ul><ul><li>Identify challenges, barriers and develop ways to overcome them </li></ul><ul><li>Explore issues around priority setting </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure awareness of equalities issues and develop practical strategies for implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Inform Assemblies team about needs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Progress so far Paul Jackson Local Assemblies Programme Manager
  5. 5. Assemblies Purpose <ul><li>Coming together </li></ul><ul><li>Finding out </li></ul><ul><li>Discussing the issues </li></ul><ul><li>Setting priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Getting action </li></ul>
  6. 6. Where have we got to? <ul><li>1550 people attending (45 -180)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>27% Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic </li></ul><ul><li>Young, old, people with disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Issues – unique to the ward & borough-wide </li></ul><ul><li>Community now setting assembly agendas </li></ul>
  7. 7. Timetable Meeting Time frame Meeting to cover 1 March – July 08 <ul><li>1 st meeting likes, dislikes, solutions & who </li></ul><ul><li>Identify any quick wins for their area </li></ul><ul><li>Form 1st Coordinating Group </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce Locality Fund </li></ul>2 & 3 Sep – Dec 08 <ul><li>Round 2 / 3 Assembly meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Decide ward priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Start to develop actions </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas for Locality Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery and quick wins </li></ul><ul><li>Begin charter development </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent Coordinating Group </li></ul>
  8. 8. Emerging priorities Issue Freq Ass Environmental issues 26 17 Traffic, transport + parking 31 17 Crime, ASB & safety 20 16 Facilities for young 15 15 Local economy 15 12 Community cohesion 11 10
  9. 9. Resource materials and support <ul><li>Learning from each other </li></ul><ul><li>Resource materials available for all </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing support for participants </li></ul>
  10. 10. Questionnaire feedback
  11. 11. Main challenges <ul><li>Building a cohesive and confident group that is clear about its role and its goals </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting and involving local people in their neighbourhood, </li></ul><ul><li>Getting quick wins so that we can demonstrate to the community that assemblies can make a difference </li></ul>
  12. 12. What would assist you? <ul><li>Officers supporting the work of the group, minutes, logistics, follow-up activities </li></ul><ul><li>Being well-enough informed about what local people really think (statistics, data from consultations and resident surveys)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>A good understanding of how local authorities and other service providers work </li></ul>
  13. 13. Information <ul><li>A grasp of the basic ideas behind the working/effectiveness of the group. </li></ul><ul><li>Clarification as to how co-ordinating groups fit into the big picture. </li></ul><ul><li>A structure/hierarchical flowchart which depicts the roles within the Council. </li></ul>
  14. 14. What support you would find useful <ul><li>Would expect training in any specialist areas and support depending on the tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Good access to information and to relevant council officers and good responses from them. </li></ul><ul><li>Value on-going training, support and whatever else there is to ensure that I do the task justice. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Equal opportunities priorities <ul><li>Getting a representative panel of people in the assembly and co-ordinating groups – so advertising to all is key. </li></ul><ul><li>That the group actively seeks views from hard to access groups. </li></ul><ul><li>All members should respect one another, and aim for a good understanding of all different cultures </li></ul><ul><li>All interested parties/stakeholders invited to contribute on issues that concern the community and that this is reflected in the evaluation process </li></ul>
  16. 16. Why you got involved <ul><li>Maintain the area as a friendly and safe place for families and young people. I am a Mum who works part time from home and I enjoy the group work. I love my community and feel part of it - would be happy to help make it even better. </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps I was just p****d off with the lack of community and lack of care that most people seem to have for the area. </li></ul><ul><li>Am interested in my local community and an opportunity to share experiences and learning with other parties, with a view to influencing change and improving my knowledge. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Groups – how has it gone? <ul><li>Identify three things that have gone well and three things that might need attention to improve </li></ul>
  18. 18. Role of co-ordinating groups A LOCAL ASSEMBLY Place to: keep informed; meet others; discuss local issues; decide priorities for action / Locality Fund A COORDINATING GROUP Planning meetings
  19. 19. <ul><li>Plan and structure meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Advise on engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Promote assemblies </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to under represented groups </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure meetings are representative </li></ul><ul><li>Provide advice on relevance, accessibility and enjoyable </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure priorities reflect community aspirations </li></ul><ul><li>Provide information to assist in making priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Maximise impact </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure actions match priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with other networks </li></ul><ul><li>Consider assembly in relation to ward profile data </li></ul>Groups - Role of co-ordinating groups
  20. 20. Groups - priorities <ul><li>Involving people throughout the community </li></ul><ul><li>Turning words into action – dealing with priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Functioning effectively and keeping it on track </li></ul>
  21. 21. Report Back <ul><li>Involving people throughout the community </li></ul><ul><li>Turning words into action – dealing with priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Functioning effectively and keeping it on track </li></ul>
  22. 22. Ice breaker - equalities
  23. 23. Equalities <ul><li>What do we mean by it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it important? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do about it? </li></ul>
  24. 24. Our vision for Lewisham <ul><li>Lewisham - characterised by diversity. </li></ul><ul><li>34% of residents from Black and minority ethnic background. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 200 individual faith groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Genuine equality of opportunity means not excluding on basis of race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief or age. </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting diversity is respecting and valuing differences. </li></ul><ul><li>Our vision is: together, we will make Lewisham the best place in London to live, work and learn. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Championing the needs of all <ul><li>Mapping our neighbourhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting the challenge of differences within the community </li></ul><ul><li>The role of the co-ordinating group to ensure equal opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Practical ideas for making sure assemblies and co-ordinating groups are inclusive </li></ul>
  26. 26. Feedback <ul><li>Practical ideas for making sure assemblies and co-ordinating groups are inclusive </li></ul>
  27. 27. Your Needs <ul><li>Identify 3 things you would like support and training on </li></ul><ul><li>Identify 3 things that you think your co-ordinating group needs to work on to improve </li></ul>