Following the launch event ‘Transforming Place’ A neighbourhood strategy for Birmingham, which took place at BVSC, Digbeth in July; a series of events have been taking place across each district giving residents and organisations the opportunity to contribute to shaping the strategy.
We have spoken to hundreds of people at nine neighbourhood engagement events. Including one event specifically dedicated to the future leaders and influencers of the city, which captured the views and thoughts of over 30 young people aged between 10 and 19 years old.
At each event we have been focusing on a number of key questions to develop a framework for the city, whilst taking into account the financial constraints many organisations are working in.
Some of the questions have created some lively discussions and responses:
1. What are the benefits of neighbourhood working?
- Enables agencies to work better with each other
- Enable a feeling of ownership and more sustainable solutions.
- Working can be open and inclusive
- Enables mixing and moves away from silo based thinking
- A better way of planning and coordinating what needs to be done in an area
2. What are the risks of neighbourhood working?
- Organisations can be reluctant to share information
- Potential risk; some groups might feel “done deals” or disconnected from the “done deals”
- Clash of values and motivations with no easy way of resolving them
- Emerging groups are guided into a process/sucked in, before you know it you’re jumping hurdles and eventually give up
3. How do we reduce the barriers for ‘good ideas’ from the neighbourhood to flourish and take place?
- Reduce bureaucracy
- Organisations need to be looking and supporting the good ideas, they could be done and save money in the long run and individuals feel valued and have taken ownership
- Develop trust and relationships, which will help build networks so that individuals can connect with the right people to get the good idea going
If you are interested in taking part there are still two more events to take place, to book email: email@example.com
10am until 12.30 Thursday 29th August, Hawkesley Community Centre, 51 Edgewood Road, B38 9RN
An additional date for Perry Barr district
1.00pm until 3.30pm Thursday 5th August Denis Howell Suite, Alexander Stadium
There are still a number of ways you can contribute to the strategy.
Here on our blog: http://www.fairbrum.wordpress.com
In writing to:
Jackie Mould/Ifor Jones
Giving Hope Changing Lives
PO Box 16253
Telephone the Challenge Unit on 0121 675 3499