Principles met

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Throughout the Pandemic the ‘South Ribble Together Hub’ offered support to vulnerable residents. Several issues residents faced were highlighted as exacerbated and targeted contact with residents at risk was made. Data including those on council tax support, single occupant discount, assisted bins, and poor energy efficiency identified residents at elevated risk. A cohort of 198 residents completed assessments making an average of 1.18 referrals were made per resident. Outcome measures shown improved levels of wellbeing, loneliness, and activity, highlighting the benefits of proactive support.

A theme identified was loneliness and isolation created or increased by the pandemic. Residents remained anxious to socialise and felt nervous about attending established groups. When asked residents shown more interest in new, socially distanced groups to meet new people.

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