What we have done


Initially Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living were tasked with gathering and collating information to help form the foundation to source the funding made available from the People’s Health Trust. It was suggested that research be carried out with local people to help shape the plan that was going to be submitted to the People’s Health Trust.
The plan was developed using two distinct elements of engagement to ensure that an upstream approach was applied throughout the whole process. Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living utilised their existing networks and experience whilst also tapping into to skills, knowledge and expertise of residents through the developing of our Local Conversations researcher’s programme. In total there was 400 interviews carried out through questionnaires, this included door to door, school playgrounds, bus stops, shops, library, as well as through Facebook.
• 265 questionnaires completed by researchers
• 135 questionnaires completed by Healthy Living
• Total 400 questionnaires

Local Conversations Researchers


10 residents were recruited onto the programme and carried out a total of 400 interviews using a questionnaire throughout the target area, this included door to door, school playgrounds, bus stops, shops, library, as well as through Facebook.

Engagement


To begin with the Local Conversations researchers carried out face to face questionnaires within their own social network and surrounding areas, Healthy Living staff carried out a widespread engagement programme to reach even a wider audience and to ensure all sections of the Local Conversations had an opportunity to contribute.

Healthy Living and the researchers carried out the engagement within Highercroft by utilising the resources within the area.

Phase 2 Recruitment of the Panel


Having already analysed the data that formed the action plan, it was decided that when trying to recruit residents for the Panel it would make sense to try and target individuals that would help us tackle the issues raised in the Action Plan. It was decided that this would help shape the how the action plan from phase one would evolve into the action plan for phase 2. The plan would still be owned by the local people sitting on the panel representing Highercroft and more importantly those panel methods would have an insight in how to tackle certain issues, more importantly knowing what actually works and what doesn’t. Initially we have recruited 14 local people who are interested in helping take action plan forward by forming the Panel.

Ensure Local Involvement


The Panel members have given a substantial amount of time to attend meetings and away days to help understand and move forward to establish the Local Conversation programme in Highercroft. They have shown a commitment to continue to attend and support the work done by the People’s Health Trust funding in Highercroft. They are adamant to show that the whole process in transparent and fair and feel that the engagement work completed throughout Phase 1 be the foundation to move forward, but not be the end. The have agreed when and wherever possible to continue to gauge local peoples thoughts and opinions through continuous consultation, whether through activities or events to help shape some of the future work to be carried out by the Panel. Events will play a big part in informing large sections of the Local Conversations in how the Panel is carrying out the action plan and reaffirming that they are continuing to consult with other local people and have them involved. They have also shown the desire to form Task groups around the themes in the action plan. This will give more local people the opportunity to get involved and have their say in how issues are tackled. These Task groups will feed into the main Panel. Another way the Panel are ensuring local involvement is to recruit a part time Local Conversations Development Assistant to aid the Panel to achieve everything in the action plan. Finally to ensure local involvement the Panel will ensure that all projects will have a local volunteering element embedded into it.

Launch Event


The panel members supported by Healthy Living staff organised a Launch Day to encourage more local people to get involved, it was also used to carry out more consultations to inform the panel members and People’s Health Trust that the priorities were still the same. It was a good opportunity to ask local people what other activities and projects would they like to see start in the area. Over 350 people attended the Launch Event which saw the small grant scheme issue the first cheques to all the successful grant applicants.

 

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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