What we have done

 

The engagement and research carried out is intended to be used as a foundation for developing interventions that address the issues and priorities that reflect the needs of the community, and how residents would like to see the area and the lives of the people improved now and in the future.  It also suggests recommendations to ensure that local residents remain involved for the longer term and are in the driving seat of change.

The engagement plan can also play a crucial role in influencing the local council and service providers by providing evidence of the type of things that people want in their communities and what they see as important. It can also be used as a basis for developing a longer term vision, developed by the community describing the sort of place it would wish to be and look like in the future.

BwD Healthy Living with the support of the Big Local Partnership carried out the engagement throughout June and July 2018 the breakdown follows;

Male

Female

Not Disclosed

 

220

377

 

 

5-15

16-24

25-34

34-44

44-55

55+

Not disclosed

200

120

54

107

71

45

 

Total people engaged with = 597

June

 

Activity

Area

Engagement/Fun Day

Talk to general community and carry out focus group

Whitebirk Fun Day

Engagement/Fun Day

Talk to general community and carry out focus group

Romney Walk shindig

Shops/walk the streets

Pitch up outside shops & walk streets to carry out questionnaires

Romney Walk

Shadsworth

Whitebirk

Shadsworth Children’s Centre

Carry out questionnaires with users

Shadsworth

July

Engagement/Fun Day

Talk to general community and carry out questionnaires

Accrington Rd Community Centre

Engagement/Fun Day

Talk to general community and carry out questionnaires

Big Local Fun Day

Youth Groups

Carry out questionnaires with young people attending youth groups

Accrington Rd Community Centre

Focus Groups

Work with Teachers and school council to speak to pupils

Shadsworth Juniors

Intack Primary School

St Anthonys

 Below is a summary of the responses from local pepople;

What makes you happy living in your area and why?

Overall, the majority of the residents consulted commented that they were happy and content living in the ward. They also mentioned that they were proud of coming from the area as many of their family and friends also came from the area.  There was positive mentioning around the local schools and teachers.  Many of the young people felt as safe as they could be and mentioned they knew the area which was a positive.  Other people commented that when in doubt the community would support one another. On a positive note many commented that the youth clubs run by Big Local were a success and had been pleasantly surprised.  Many people commented on the potential of green spaces in the ward and in and around the schools specifically.  Again, there was a percentage of people spoken to who felt that there were no positive elements to living in the ward and that they were very disheartened with living here.

What don’t you like about where you live?

When we spoke to the majority of people whether young people or adults it was easier for them to give examples of what they didn’t like about living in the ward instead of focussing on the positives.  One of the main issues that is affecting people from all ages is the general state of the community and the amount of litter and rubbish that is being left on the floor.  Fly tipping is also on the increase and people are not happy about it. The general state of green spaces including parks was also mentioned heavily with the latter state of wear being mentioned more with the young people.  Some people mentioned that there is a heavy influence of drug use and alcohol abuse in the area, they also mentioned service users from Shadsworth House being a menace.  The general state of the roads was also an area of concern especially with young children trying to ride their bikes, they felt that it was difficult with the amount of pot holes and uneven surfacing of the road.  Some of the residents mentioned that racism was on the increase and that there were more and more incidents occurring around them.  Dog fouling, anti-social behaviour from young people were the other main negative points about the ward.

Projects and Priorities

We gave the residents the opportunity to give their opinions regarding what they felt were the major priorities that needed to be tackled and what specific projects did they want to see happening. Their main priorities identified are to develop youth provision and youth projects and adding to what there is at present. When speaking to parents and young people they felt that working with schools to design after school youth clubs at the schools would really be beneficial.  Many people also spoke about developing green spaces and environment projects within the ward.   Social Isolation and tackling depression has been mentioned by many.  It is a growing problem with all ages and people have started to speak about it and have asked for help. Intack school have identified several single mothers who they fear are at risk.  Many of the young people, boys and girls have spoken about starting football teams and other activities such as:

  • Sports
  • Dancing
  • Drama
  • Photography
  • Bike repairing
  • Baking
  • Gardening
  • Inter school science fairs
  • Gaming

With the changes coming in as universal credit is being rolled out, many people have expressed their fears around money management and being debt aware.    Many mentioned whether there was a possibility of having a new centre for the community.

Other priorities that parents mentioned was the need for support for families on low income during the holiday period.  Many parents commented that it was becoming more and more difficult to feed their children during the holidays and finding enough for them to do which would be affordable.

Finally, one of the underlying themes throughout the consultation was the need for more community cohesion and it was felt that more was needed to be done to overcome the invisible boundaries that make up Shadsworth with Whitebirk.

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Bangor Street Community Centre, Norwich Street, Blackburn, BB1 6NZ


info@bwdhealthyliving.co.uk


01254 292650

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If you would like to enquire more information please fill in our contact form.

Bangor Street Community Centre, Norwich Street, Blackburn, BB1 6NZ

info@bwdhealthyliving.co.uk

01254 292650