A new NCVO report challenges government to ensure all future devolution agreements include standards of engagement and plans for voluntary sector involvement.
All Community Engagement
You know that game where you have to pick the people, living or dead, you’d most like to have round a dinner table? Being a bit of an ideas geek, I have a similar thing about who I’d like to hear speak at my dream conference. I’m lucky that I occasionally get to hear some brilliant speakers from the world of charities and social enterprises.
Benchill is a distinct neighbourhood within East Wythenshawe, Manchester which approximately includes 1,400 individual homes. The area presents some challenges:
Following their recent consultation, Manchester City Council have launched the ten year Our Manchester strategy. Tens of thousands of people were involved in the consultation which looked at how to make Manchester into the place people would want to live, work, play and do business in 2025.
Neighbourhood profiles for the 12 One Team Localities across Manchester have been developed and published by Manchester City Council.
The main purpose of the profiles is to to support the development of out of hospital and urgent care services at a local level and to help the 12 integrated neighbourhood teams in Manchester (and other people delivering services at a local level) to determine their priorities, agree the outcomes they want to achieve and think through the ‘how, what and where’ of service delivery.
To date, two sets of profiles have been produced:
Macc’s purpose is to encourage, support and develop voluntary and community groups and individuals to have a real influence over the places and communities in which they live. So for that reason alone, we’re supporting the People’s Plan as a non-partisan, citizen-led movement bringing new and seldom-heard voices into the conversation about the future of Greater Manchester.
This Manchester City Council report marks the end of their Community Strategy approved in 2006. It details the 'period of transformational change' seen in the city over the last ten years. It also sets out a number of issues still to be resolved and states that some inequalities and challenges have been made worse by the impact of welfare reform and cuts to public services.
Devolution could be a unique opportunity for citizens and civil society to have a greater say about the future of Greater Manchester. The People’s Plan seeks to gather a wide and deep range of ideas and thoughts on what the future for all areas of Greater Manchester should be, exploring key issues such as the economy and jobs, health and social care, transport, housing, the environment, and how to build a citizen-led democracy.
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