We will develop systems that enable citizens to be equal partners in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
We will support the active engagement of the full range of residents in decision making and priority setting.
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.
New models of meeting priority needs
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.
We will strengthen the co-operative partnership between citizens, communities, enterprises and Councils, based on a shared sense of responsibility for wellbeing and mutual benefit.
Walking the talk
As a membership organisation, we will make this statement of our principles operational by:
• Co-operation among members: Our members work together to help each other implement our values, sharing experiences and learning.
• Openness of membership: Full, Associate and Affiliate Membership is open to any qualifying Council, organisation or individual who shares our values and is committed to putting them into action.
• Co-production of the Network’s work: Members help shape the Network’s work programme and the content of events and written products.
• Action-focused: The network is a vehicle for helping councils translate co-operative values and principles into policy and practice.
•Membership-based: The network is majority funded by modest membership subscriptions from its member Councils, Associates and Affiliates.
•Non-party-political: Members share the belief that working co-operatively within and across communities holds the key to tackling today’s challenges.
The South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance is a partnership of local groups and organisations aiming to improve the quality of life for people living with Dementia, and their carers. Enabling residents’ to become ‘Dementia Friends’ and develop a deeper understanding of life with Dementia and how they can help support those living with Dementia.
A priority of the DAA is encouraging involvement in the Dementia Charter, an independent Charter created by the DAA and unique to South Ribble. The charter comprises a variety of organisations including businesses, schools, VCFS and public bodies with 20 certified members. The Charter aims to encourage organisational involvement in becoming Dementia friendly, ensuring those with Dementia feel understood, valued, and able to contribute.
For further information contact:
Community Development Officer
South Ribble Borough Council