Case Study: Locality Working is working
Members of the Development Team at One Walsall each attend Locality Panel meetings in their area. At the West Walsall meeting in June 2018 a presentation about a new strategy called “10 Streets” was delivered. This strategy seeks to organise an effective multi-agency approach to various streets across Walsall which, according to cross referenced data from those agencies, generate a large volume of call-outs, interventions and other requests for support.
At the Panel meeting a couple of key streets in the locality were identified and discussed. Various proposals for addressing them were raised but the Development Officer from One Walsall felt these approaches lacked a certain amount of consideration for the people affected, and proposed a different strategy. He suggested taking a more holistic view as a neighbourhood and wanted to see a sustained piece of work with the community on Gough Street, Willenhall (one of the streets highlighted).
A local organisation was contacted and made aware of the opportunity and they were keen to help. They applied to the Police and Crime Commissioners’ Active Citizens Fund and were successful with an application for £5,000 to work with the residents on Gough Street for the next 12 months. The project will aim to build resilience and sense of community cohesion, by encouraging residents to be more pro-active in decision making about their neighbourhood. The project has the support of local police teams and the two main schools in the area – Barcroft and Poole Hayes Academy.
One of the many benefits from this approach will be the potential savings various agencies can achieve through:
- a reduction in the number of call-outs
- improved attendance at schools
- better/higher attainment at schools
- a stronger community/voluntary sector for the area
- healthier residents requiring fewer health interventions
- a reduction in levels of anti-social behaviour
- a reduction in the number anti-social behaviour contracts being issued.
Building on this, the One Walsall Development Officer is coordinating a few other local projects to provide/deliver a range of sessions to support families on Gough Street around:
- personal/family financial budgeting skills/advice
- cooking lessons (simple meals)
- healthy diet advice supported by opportunities to grow your own food
This is how the voluntary sector can come together to make a real long-lasting difference to the people within their communities.
The One Walsall Locality Forums are your opportunity to come together with other local voluntary groups, to share information on what is going on, and discuss opportunities for closer working, in order to maximise your impact within the community.
One Voice Locality Forums take place every quarter in each of the four localities of Walsall. Details of the next meeting in your area can be found in our fortnightly e-bulletin. You can sign up to the e-bulletin here.