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During the first year Beach Partnership Ltd (BPL) worked in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living (HL) who had good working connections with the local people and the other partner agencies delivering from Shadsworth and Whitebirk, but more importantly they had vast experience of carrying out public consultation work. Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living recruited ten local volunteers to act as researchers. All ten volunteers were trained in participatory research methods, drawing heavily on the approach of Participatory Appraisal.

This approach was used for the following reasons:
a) All Participatory Appraisal methods allow residents themselves to set the agenda rather than responding to an agenda set by others which is often the case with a questionnaire
b) Residents are approached where they live or where they go (e.g. talking to parents and carers outside the school) rather than expecting people to come to public meetings. This goes some way to ensuring a diverse group is reached.
c) Local researchers lead the activity meaning that the skills developed stay in the local community The Local researchers often become motivated to take action themselves. It can also lead to a more effective consultation as local people may feel more comfortable talking to fellow residents and researchers may have better ideas of where consultation activities should take place.

Utilising the research completed in the first phase, local residents were recruited and invited to sit on the Big Local Partnership which were supported by four co-opted members (representatives of local organisations) who support the partnership in making decisions as well as one of the local ward councillors. The Shadsworth with Whitebirk Big Local Partnership used the research and then carried out more extensive research to formulate and action plan for Years 1 and 2 which was carried out with the support of the Local Trusted Organisation (LTO), Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living as well as the LTO for small grants which was Blackburn with Darwen CVS.

As part of the research carried out by Healthy Living, an action plan has been produced and agreed by the partnership for Years 3, 4 and 5. The action plan will be reviewed again after the end of the year to see if it still is relevant. Year 3 commenced October 2015.

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


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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