Principles met

  • We will explore ways for councils to act as a platform for helping the community to contribute to local outcomes, and to re-think the role of councillors as community connectors, brokers and leaders.
  • We will embrace innovation in how we work with local communities to drive positive change.
  • We will capture and ‘expand’ the experience and learning from individual projects and approaches in order to encourage broader application of co-operative principles within individual member Councils and across the Network.
  • We will support the development of a framework and criteria for social value, giving substance to the concept and supporting Councils with the tools to ensure better local social and economic outcomes.
  • In exploring new ways of meeting the priority needs of our communities we will encourage models, such as co-operatives and mutuals, which give greater influence and voice to staff and users. in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.

These activities are:

  • Join in competitive team sports
  • Play an instrument
  • Learn to swim
  • Visit the seaside and the countryside
  • Take part in drama and performing arts
  • Experience museums, galleries and heritage sites
  • Use a library
  • Learn to ride a bike
  • Take part in debating
  • Take part in camping trips and overnight residentials

Since adoption by the Cabinet in March 2022, the council has worked in partnership with many schools, external and community providers to promote 10 by 10.

As well as this, the council has increased access to a number of its own activities. For example, there has been increased support for disadvantaged children who are unable to swim to access swimming lessons. The council Music Service has also increased its capacity to provide music lessons, both for individual children and within schools. As part of their work, they introduced a ‘Telford Sings’ event last year that saw many children from across the borough come together to sing as one choir. The council Library Service worked with schools in promote reading over the summer holiday and many more children signed up and completed the 6-week summer reading challenging, which could be accessed at all libraries in the borough.

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