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Exeter Community Strategy

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Diana Moore

on 4 July 2016

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Transcript of Exeter Community Strategy

Process
Grant from Exeter Board
2 facilitators appointed
1 steering group of 7
map community activity
link to other initiatives e.g. ICE, BME Forum, DCF, ECF
Publicity in 2 editions of Exeter Citizen and E&E
9 community meetings approx 400 hours - £5,200
Consultation on draft
Adopted by Exeter City Council & ECF
Communities across Exeter...
:
Background
Communities
involved in planning matters...
ECF
Council
agreed to commit to a Communtiy-led development strategy for allocation of Community Infrastructure Levy
Principles of community development
Programme 1:
Vision
Exeter is a city where communities lead development, helping create a city where everyone has access to the places and services which enable them to meet their needs, and lead fulfilling lives.
People & Place!
Community Planning

1. Communities better understand and explain their own needs

2. Community facilitator - a central resources to help communities,esp with greatest need, to prepare and produce plans and offer capacity building support and training.


Programme 2:

Supporting community action
1. Supporting community organising.

2. Supporting community initiatives.

Exeter
Community
Strategy

diverse, organised, self-help, including people, running local assets, events, services, advocates, connections, fun!
This is a way of strengthening civil society by reflecting the importance of the views and actions of communities, when making policy and delivering actions. It empowers local communities, by increasing the capacity of:
 people as active citizens, through their community groups, organisations and networks, and
 Institutions and agencies (public, private and non-governmental) to work in dialogue with citizens to shape and determine change in their communities1.
"... Community Strategy for the City which will strengthen communities to help:

*improve the quality of life and control assets,

*Identify programmes that will best address the development needs of new & existing communities

* Identify common themes & priorities that will help inform decision making about and with communities & inform the allocation of CIL funding.

* ...a process for the appropriate and fair allocation of the neighbourhood portion of the CIL City

* consider other investment needs and opportunities

* Help community groups to identify opportunities for community development and collaborative working for the delivery of local services and community assets

*To draft the community strategy, action and investment plan under the guidance of the steering group and forum."
Action Plan:
issues to tackle together
1. Enabling community development

2. Service design and delivery

3. Asset and facility ownership and transfer
Community-led development:

• establishes
strong communities
that control and use assets to
promote social justice
and help improve the
quality of community life
; and

• helps people to recognise and develop their ability and potential, and organise themselves to
respond to shared problems and needs
.


Approach to the strategy and investment
1. community-led throughout its life, changing with the city, people and communities within it.
2. increase the confidence & capacity of community organisations to develop within and beyond the strategy
3. complement other investment taking place across the city,
4. To stimulate joint commitment & organisations signing up to the principles to reflect in their own policy and practice.

Delivery
1. Transparent: criteria and panel members.
2. E
qual representation from:
• Community member[s] incl young people
• Exeter City Council Councillor regular panel member, ECC & DCC ward comment.
3. Application and approval process simple, and as fast as is reasonable.

Increasing scale and impact

Online fundraising

Investment Plan
feasibility of developing a long-term capital fund?
Programme 3:

Supporting community collaboration

1. support joint activity among community organisations, or between community organisations and local authorities or other agencies, and
2. be accessible to partners who have signed up to the principles of community-led development.


Making decisions:

Community recommended criteria:
1. The neighbourhood has great unmet need.
2. The location is particularly affected by development.
3. The project improves the environment and green spaces.
4. The project has strong community support.
5. The project helps particular groups of people, for example older or younger people.





Future
3 year review, ECF & Partners develop an action plan for 2019-2022.
1. A greater emphasis comparatively high cost initiatives,
2. Supporting community-led service delivery.

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