Tell us about yourself, your partnership, and what you want to achieve

This topic contains 14 replies, has 9 voices, and was last updated by  Dave Ahlquist 4 months, 3 weeks ago.

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  • #2918

    Jenny Steele
    Keymaster

    Use this topic thread to introduce yourself, your partnership, and what you’re hoping to achieve with the Place Based Social Action programme.

  • #2928

    Brian
    Participant

    Hi

    Just thought I would start this off and test this system and then realise I should have posted under this thread! Sorry Jenny.

    My name is Brian Bracher and I am the Head of Volunteering and Social Action at Portsmouth City Council. I am also the Coordinator for the Portsmouth Together Partnership. Our Partnership has been in place since 2014 and was created as a result of Portsmouth being part of the ‘Cities of Service’ programme, funded by the Cabinet Office and managed by NESTA. For the past two years we have been funded by the City Council. Initially a strategic only group, Portsmouth Together now also provides a volunteering Information Centre for the City as Portsmouth had no funded Volunteer Centre.

    We saw the PBSA programme as the natural next step for the Partnership. Portsmouth Together is not currently a formally constituted partnership and so the Lead organisation for this bid is Citizens Advice Portsmouth (CAP) as they currently chair the Partnership.

    Tomorrow (Thursday 10th May) we have our first facilitated training event, ‘Leadership in Social Action’. We are being supported by Jane Dodson our Relationship Manager from Locality. We have over 60 attendees so looking forward to a really full day. As our is a city wide project one of our key aims of the day is to agree a local definition for ‘social action’ that we can work to. We have already found that peoples view of what social action means to them can be quite different, with some local community representatives not having heard the term before.

    One of the real benefits of the Cities of Service Programme was the mutual networks, and friendships, we developed between the 7 locations. We would share both what worked, our challenges and frustrations! Hopefully that can also happen within the PBSA programme.

    My work contact number is 02392 841280 and my emails is brian.bracher@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

    Brian

  • #2930

    Alice Carter
    Participant

    Hello, my name is Alice and I am a Community Organiser employed by Lincoln City Football Club Sport and Education Trust. My work is focused on the Sincil Bank area of Lincoln, supporting local residents to drive changes in their community. We have a strong network of partners across the city who are committed to working with Sincil Bank residents to enhance their community. Our partnership includes the City of Lincoln Council, the University of Lincoln, Voluntary Centre Services, Investors in Lincoln and the Maze Matters local resident group. Similar to Brian; we saw the PBSA as a natural step for our collaborative work and through the programme we really want to work with local people to find community solutions to problems that matter to them. My contact details are alice.carter@lcfcset.co.uk

  • #2933

    Mick McGrath
    Participant

    Hi,
    I’m Mick and I am the relationship manager support for the wonderful Sincil Bank group in Lincoln. I’ve been really impressed with the dynamism and commitment to place based social action from the partnership and their humble approach – no assumptions, to working with people and wanting to help the community get things done. The partnership is diverse and I look forward to supporting you in any way I can.

  • #2934

    Richard Sorton
    Participant

    Hi, I’m Richard Sorton from the Hartlepool Action Lab, a collection of local people, organisations, businesses and ideas that have come together in the town to discover, create and drive solutions to poverty in the town. I work for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, who help act as a catalyst to join the dots together. HAL was created in 2016 and you can find out more about us at https://www.hartlepoolactionlab.org/ and contact us at hartlepoolactionlab@gmail.com

  • #2935

    debbiec
    Participant

    Hi,

    My name is Debbie Chitty and I am a Community Development Officer employed by Southern Domestic Abuse Service, in Havant, Hants.

    Through the PBSA programme we aim to train local people (Wecock Farm & Leigh Park) to become ‘Ask Me’ Ambassadors to break the silence about domestic abuse, raise awareness of the barriers facing victims and survivors, and respond respectfully to disclosures of abuse including referring to specialist information and support.

    I look forward to the support I can offer and gain from the forum.

    My contact details are: 02392008329 My email: debbie.chitty@southerndas.org

  • #3632

    Richard Sorton
    Participant

    How are / have your partnership events gone? In Hartlepool, we are using the session to widen the scope of the work, hopefully by drawing in new members of the public into joining the Action Lab movement ….https://www.hartlepoolactionlab.org/socialactionevent/

    Richard
    Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    • #4231

      Jenny Steele
      Keymaster

      Hey Richard,

      Would you be able to tell us a little more about the Action Lab Movement? It would be great to know how you’re planning to draw in new members and if you have any challenges perhaps we could help with a few ideas, collective brain power! 🙂

      Jenny

  • #4811

    Richard Sorton
    Participant

    Hi Jenny ad all

    Movement perhaps gives the impression of sweeping momentum with huge numbers of people, though the reality is more rooted in the day to day challenges of engaging people in communities. The Action Lab has used a process of community research through trained local volunteers to surface issues, and then facilitated events to bring together local people, organisations, agencies and businesses to identify potential solutions focused on solving poverty in the town. We then ask each other to offer the time and commitment through shared social action to put the solutions into practice. The ‘movement’ is our way of talking about something that brings people together purposefully to talk about and take action around poverty. Our partnership event is an attempt to draw more people into the work and join up and connect the Action Lab to other complementary activity in the town. To date, the biggest headache for this event is balancing reach and cost – social media and our networks are useful, and we are using local radio and press adverts to promote, but we naively thought billboard advertising would be good, only to discover they are scarily expensive. So, any wisdom from others about engaging the wider public on a town wide basis would be very welcome!

    • #6981

      Jenny Steele
      Keymaster

      Hi Richard,

      That sounds fascinating. And you’re challenge is quite interesting in reaching people. Would you find a topic thread on marketing/advertising/PR useful do you think?

      From my own experience I would recommend taking a look into advertising on Facebook. You can target very small pockets of areas, types of people and ages etc, and you control it so you can easily see what’s working, what’s not, and focus your spend on what ad is really working for you.

      Jenny

  • #6608

    Hello, just about to have a conference call with our Locality Manager, Paul Hassan. Somehow I seem to have missed engaging with this forum before but am here now. We held our first big event for Age Friendly Banbury on the 20th June and are still making sense of all the feedback and ideas collected. It was a hot and busy day with around 100 people. There is an overwhelming sense that something really good could take off here but I think the biggest challenge will somehow be on keeping it focussed on the long term so we can really measure and understand what is being achieved.

    FYI Age Friendly Banbury is using its starting point as World Health Organisation Framework of what makes a place good to grow old whilst also looking at how social action more broadly can create better connections across communities to address loneliness and isolation. We are particularly interested in learning about the role and power of food in all this, so any experience of community kitchens, public living rooms, food surplus cafes etc would be welcomed.

    Likewise as Banbury is a small town ~47k population surrounded by a number of small rural villages it is anticipated a variety of community transport schemes could make a huge difference. We are currently conducting a survey of local needs and would be happy to share results when collated.

    Jayne Woodley
    Oxfordshire Community Foundation http://www.oxfordshire.org

    Jayne@oxfordshire.org
    07775 625942

  • #6609

    Hello, just about to have a conference call with our Locality Manager, Paul Hassan. Somehow I seem to have missed engaging with this forum before but am here now. We held our first big event for Age Friendly Banbury on the 20th June and are still making sense of all the feedback and ideas collected. It was a hot and busy day with around 100 people. There is an overwhelming sense that something really good could take off here but I think the biggest challenge will somehow be on keeping it focussed on the long term so we can really measure and understand what is being achieved.

    FYI Age Friendly Banbury is using its starting point as World Health Organisation Framework of what makes a place good to grow old whilst also looking at how social action more broadly can create better connections across communities to address loneliness and isolation. We are particularly interested in learning about the role and power of food in all this, so any experience of community kitchens, public living rooms, food surplus cafes etc would be welcomed.

    Likewise as Banbury is a small town ~47k population surrounded by a number of small rural villages it is anticipated a variety of community transport schemes could make a huge difference. We are currently conducting a survey of local needs and would be happy to share results when collated.

    Jayne Woodley
    Oxfordshire Community Foundation http://www.oxfordshire.org

    Jayne@oxfordshire.org
    07775 625942

    • #6980

      Jenny Steele
      Keymaster

      Hi Jayne,

      That sounds fantastic!

      You mentioned that you think your biggest challenge will be focusing on the long term, so that you can really measure and understand what is being achieved. Would impact measurement be a useful thread to have on the forum do you think?

      What in particular are you interested in with community kitchens, public living rooms, food surplus cafes? Is it something you’re thinking of setting up? I know of a new surplus cafe in Berwick Upon Tweed, if you google ‘Northern Soul Kitchen’ you’ll find their website.

      Jenny

  • #6985

    emilygracescurrah
    Participant

    Hi,

    I’m Emily Scurrah, I’m the relationship manager for Bootle and Islington and I work at the New Economics Foundation. I’ve been incredibly impressed so far at the way in which both groups have worked creatively and meaningfully to involve as many members of the community as possible in their work, and the energy and dedication they give to their work. Really looking forward to supporting the groups to continue to develop and pursue their ambitious visions!

    Emily

  • #7013

    Dave Ahlquist
    Participant

    Hi,
    I’m Dave I’m one of the Relationship Managers for Locality. I’m leading a webinar for the PBSA Programme on Time Credits/ Time Banking in a couple of weeks time. I’d love to hear from any any partnerships who are already using Time Banks even in a a small way, or thinking about it as part of their plan. I want to focuss on real life stories, challenges and successes. Please let me know either via the forum or by email: David.Ahlquist@locality.org.uk
    Thanks all.

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