What we have done


In July 2010, the Big Lottery Fund launched the £200million Big Local Programme. For the past 2½ years, firstly BEACH Partnership/BwD Healthy Living and then, Community & Business Partners have supported local residents within Shadsworth with Whitebirk to actively engage the local community to let them know about the programme, gather people’s views and ideas, talk to partners, and to recruit, set up and train a Partnership Board of local residents. The board has reviewed what everybody has said and the local evidence to produce this plan.

Developing the Community Plan

The Partnership Board held a planning day on Saturday 2nd February 2013, which was facilitated by BwD Healthy Living and BwD CVS. On the day, the Board reviewed all the views and suggestions that people had put forward at the engagement events, analysed information from the 2011 Census and other data, discussed what the shared vision and local priorities should be and agreed what actions should be pursued. At subsequent board meetings the Community Plan was developed. On 9th May 2013, a stakeholder session was held with agencies from the public and voluntary, community and faith sectors, who operate within the area, who contributed what they are either doing or planning to do in the area. The plan was finally agreed by the Board on 18th June 2013.

The Purpose of the Community Plan

The Community Plan would continue to adapt and change over the ten year period as the work of the Board and its partners evolve. The plan has several purposes, which
includes:-
• Raising the profile of local priorities
• Guiding the investment of the Big Local Programme
• Guiding the investment of partner organisations across the public, commercial and social economies
• Used as a lobbying tool to get partners to address issues of local concern
• Used as a way of attracting new funds and investment to the area

Strategic Objectives

Following the feedback from the engagement processes undertaken throughout the Getting People Involved, the Shadsworth with Whitebirk Partnership Board met in February 2013 and agreed the following six strategic objectives

• Objective 1: Building a Stronger Sense of Community
• Objective 2: Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
• Objective 3: Tackling Poverty and Support for Financial Management
• Objective 4: Building Pride in the Environment
• Objective 5: Education and Employment – developing skills and creating local job opportunities
• Objective 6: Helping local People to Live Healthier for Longer

The Shadsworth with Whitebirk Big Local Partnership Board aims to influence key public sector agencies such as the local authority, schools & colleges, NHS, police, probation service, Job Centre Plus, etc. to contribute their own resources and efforts to work towards the strategic objectives to achieve the shared vision. The Shadsworth with Whitebirk Big Local Partnership Board will work with local charities and social enterprises and local businesses to add value and fill gaps in provision.
There has been a different approach that has been undertaken by the Big Local Board. Over the first two years the Board actively sourced out organisations and commissioned them to deliver the work supporting to achieve the priorities. In Year three the Board made a conscious effort to try a different approach and designed and sent out tenders for any organisations wanting to carry out the work. This year the Board have approved tenders against the following;

• 1.1 Enabling people to be job ready
• 1.2 Develop strong links with local employers
• 1.3 Money Management & Debt Advice
• 1.4 Money Matters peer learning
• 2.2 Youth Forum
• 3.1 Environment

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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

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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