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Realising the Value: Supporting Communities to Maximise People's Independence

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Realising the Value: Supporting Communities to Maximise People's Independence

  1. 1. Realising the Value: Supporting communities to maximise people’s independence Fiona Weir, February 2016
  2. 2. About us • Community Partnerships is part of Kirklees Council’s Adult Services’ Commissioning and Health Partnerships • Part-funded by the two Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) • Key areas of work are: - Community investment: £1.5M to 168 VCOs in 2014-15 and approx. £1.3M to 150 VCOs this year; - Development support; - Better in Kirklees: supporting people into community activity (‘social prescribing’); - User/carer involvement.
  3. 3. Overview Kirklees Council Community Partnerships supports hundreds of community-based projects each year, including many with a mental health and/or community arts focus - including music, singing, drama, craft, film-making and more. Our development and 'micro commissioning' approach aims to create a diverse and vibrant range of community 'prevention' activities in Kirklees, so people can get involved in activities they enjoy, that support their health and well-being, keep them independent, and reduce or prevent their need for support from statutory services. Community Partnerships manager Fiona Weir will lead a discussion about the range of activities on offer, the people who take part, and the potential benefits for individuals, community organisations and commissioners alike. Key figures (2014-15) • 168 groups funded • Further 115 supported but not funded • 42,846 hours of community-based activity • Over 12,000 people benefitted monthly and 6,245 weekly • 2170 volunteers giving 250,253 hours • 128 projects under £10k, 53 projects under £2k – hence ‘micro-commissioning’. • Av cost to us (commissioners/tax payers) £2.10ppph • Every pound we invest brings an additional £2.29 into Kirklees in cash or kind for community prevention activities
  4. 4. Overview Kirklees Council Community Partnerships supports hundreds of community-based projects each year, including many with a mental health and/or community arts focus - including music, singing, drama, craft, film-making and more. Our development and 'micro commissioning' approach aims to create a diverse and vibrant range of community 'prevention' activities in Kirklees, so people can get involved in activities they enjoy, that support their health and well-being, keep them independent, and reduce or prevent their need for support from statutory services. Community Partnerships manager Fiona Weir will lead a discussion about the range of activities on offer, the people who take part, and the potential benefits for individuals, community organisations and commissioners alike. Arts and Mental Health Around half of the projects we support address mental health needs, and many use creative arts: • 86 (51.2%) projects supporting people with mental health needs in 2014-15; • 36 projects using creative arts including music, dance, singing, painting, wood-turning; • Targeted ‘micro-commissioning’ – for example, we are about to invest in approx. 10 new projects supporting men’s mental health, after this was identified as a gap.
  5. 5. Overview Kirklees Council Community Partnerships supports hundreds of community-based projects each year, including many with a mental health and/or community arts focus - including music, singing, drama, craft, film-making and more. Our development and 'micro commissioning' approach aims to create a diverse and vibrant range of community 'prevention' activities in Kirklees, so people can get involved in activities they enjoy, that support their health and well-being, keep them independent, and reduce or prevent their need for support from statutory services. Community Partnerships manager Fiona Weir will lead a discussion about the range of activities on offer, the people who take part, and the potential benefits for individuals, community organisations and commissioners alike. Examples (2014-16) Music and singing: HOOT Creative Arts, Callaloo Carnival Arts, Xylosound Dance: Batley Rock ‘n’ Roll, DanceAbility, Startin Line Dancing Performing Arts: Curtain Up Players, Imagineer Film, photography, digital arts: Dewsbury Photographic Group, Kirklees Filmmakers Fine Arts and drawing: Oakwell Arts Group, TAP into Art Writing: Gujerati Writers’ Forum Craft: Birstall Wood Turners, Howlands Centre, Kirki Burtis, Support 2 Recovery Arts access: Culture Club, Side by Side Memory Project
  6. 6. Overview Kirklees Council Community Partnerships supports hundreds of community-based projects each year, including many with a mental health and/or community arts focus - including music, singing, drama, craft, film-making and more. Our development and 'micro commissioning' approach aims to create a diverse and vibrant range of community 'prevention' activities in Kirklees, so people can get involved in activities they enjoy, that support their health and well-being, keep them independent, and reduce or prevent their need for support from statutory services. Community Partnerships manager Fiona Weir will lead a discussion about the range of activities on offer, the people who take part, and the potential benefits for individuals, community organisations and commissioners alike. What type of mental health needs? • We don’t know formally… • We assumed previously that it was low-level prevention/ well-being only, but we now know that’s not so. • Community groups report people using their support: • When they can’t access statutory MH services • As a ‘step-down’ or exit route from secondary services • Some time after acute/crisis support, as a way of maintaining independence • To support the mental health of people with severe disabilities/long-term health conditions • Our social prescribing service gets formal referrals from community mental health teams.
  7. 7. Why do we do it? • In Kirklees, we know we can’t ‘do’ health and social care without communities. • Communities play an essential role in helping people to help themselves and each other – what we call ‘maximising independence’. • Clear existing evidence of the well-being benefits of creative arts activities.
  8. 8. Overview Kirklees Council Community Partnerships supports hundreds of community-based projects each year, including many with a mental health and/or community arts focus - including music, singing, drama, craft, film-making and more. Our development and 'micro commissioning' approach aims to create a diverse and vibrant range of community 'prevention' activities in Kirklees, so people can get involved in activities they enjoy, that support their health and well-being, keep them independent, and reduce or prevent their need for support from statutory services. Community Partnerships manager Fiona Weir will lead a discussion about the range of activities on offer, the people who take part, and the potential benefits for individuals, community organisations and commissioners alike. Why do we do it? (2) Prevention Keeping people active and involved in communities can prevent, delay or reduce their need for statutory services. Market development Supporting VCOs means they are better able to support people with H&SC needs in their communities, more sustainably. Best outcomes and impact: - Clear well-being benefits and really excellent value; - Direct impact – ‘care closer to home’; - People as assets - people are often the ‘experts in their own care’, many ‘give back’ even if they need support themselves, and many groups are user led.
  9. 9. Micro-commissioning to meet an identified need Eg 1: End of life community based activities Aim: to “develop new and/or innovative community-based activities for individuals who are approaching the end of their lives, and their families and informal carers”. Organisations invited to put forward ideas and apply for funding (up to £20k) We worked with the local hospice to co-commission 5 VCOs came forward and 3 are now delivering
  10. 10. Micro-commissioning to meet an identified need Eg 2: Men’s Mental Health Aim: to “develop new and/or innovative community-based activities the support men’s mental health”. Organisations invited to put forward ideas and apply 16 VCOs came forward and we anticipate 10 will be funded Enables support to be provided more quickly, while strategic plans are developed
  11. 11. Overview Kirklees Council Community Partnerships supports hundreds of community-based projects each year, including many with a mental health and/or community arts focus - including music, singing, drama, craft, film-making and more. Our development and 'micro commissioning' approach aims to create a diverse and vibrant range of community 'prevention' activities in Kirklees, so people can get involved in activities they enjoy, that support their health and well-being, keep them independent, and reduce or prevent their need for support from statutory services. Community Partnerships manager Fiona Weir will lead a discussion about the range of activities on offer, the people who take part, and the potential benefits for individuals, community organisations and commissioners alike. Any questions so far?
  12. 12. Overview Kirklees Council Community Partnerships supports hundreds of community-based projects each year, including many with a mental health and/or community arts focus - including music, singing, drama, craft, film-making and more. Our development and 'micro commissioning' approach aims to create a diverse and vibrant range of community 'prevention' activities in Kirklees, so people can get involved in activities they enjoy, that support their health and well-being, keep them independent, and reduce or prevent their need for support from statutory services. Community Partnerships manager Fiona Weir will lead a discussion about the range of activities on offer, the people who take part, and the potential benefits for individuals, community organisations and commissioners alike. Group discussion What do you think are the benefits and the challenges for community groups? What do you think are the benefits and the challenges for commissioners?
  13. 13. Overview Kirklees Council Community Partnerships supports hundreds of community-based projects each year, including many with a mental health and/or community arts focus - including music, singing, drama, craft, film-making and more. Our development and 'micro commissioning' approach aims to create a diverse and vibrant range of community 'prevention' activities in Kirklees, so people can get involved in activities they enjoy, that support their health and well-being, keep them independent, and reduce or prevent their need for support from statutory services. Community Partnerships manager Fiona Weir will lead a discussion about the range of activities on offer, the people who take part, and the potential benefits for individuals, community organisations and commissioners alike.
  14. 14. Some thoughts: benefits • Demonstrable positive outcomes • VCOs potentially offer better value, innovation, better engagement, alternative ways of delivering, different models • Swift responses to meet gaps and newly-identified needs while more strategic responses are planned • Part of a planned ‘whole system’ offer • Preferred by most, whenever possible.
  15. 15. Some thoughts: challenges • Unequal relationships between commissioners and community groups (perceptions and realities) • Statutory services are still agreeing their arrangements and formal processes… That can make VCS collaboration (currently?) more difficult. • Demonstrating the value of micro-commissioning – data complex and often second-hand • Budget constraints – is continued investment a priority? • ‘Losing control’ – statutory organisations don’t like it!
  16. 16. To find out more about our work Photos and storyboards from groups are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/comm unity-partnerships/ Visit http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/communitypartnerships
  17. 17. Contact Fiona Weir, Community Partnerships Manager, Community Partnerships, Civic Centre 1, 4th Floor, High Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2YU Tel: 01484 225142 Email: community.partnerships@kirklees.gov.uk Find us on Facebook: KirkleesCommunityPartnerships

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