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Council's support for communities

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Progress report on how the county council is supporting communities

A progress report on how the county council is supporting communities will be considered next week (March 10).


We’ve made a great start in developing ways to help communities to help themselves.  I’ve always believed that communities know what’s best to tackle their problems and to make the most of their opportunities and I want the council to support them to do this.


The council’s ruling cabinet will consider progress with its communities strategy, which was launched in 2014.

Examples of successes over the last three years include:

• Transferring control of up to 35 smaller libraries to community groups;
• Launching local area co-ordinators, which signpost vulnerable people to advice and support;
• Shire grants providing funding for communities and voluntary groups;
• A campaign to highlight what communities can do to support vulnerable people and families;
• Grants to start and grow social enterprises.

The strategy has four priorities:

• Helping communities to support themselves, individuals and families;
• Supporting communities to work with public services and deliver better outcomes for people;
• Helping the voluntary and community sector to be an effective provider;
• The council should be outward focussed, transparent and open to new ways of working.

The progress report also outlines the council’s plans for a series of engagement and consultation events from June so they can gather people’s views about how the council should continue to support communities.

Cabinet will consider the report when it meets at 11am on Friday, 10 March. The meeting will be webcast, live, at and a recording available from the following day.

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