More than 130 people representing stakeholder organisations including Solihull Community Housing, Solihull Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, NHS, residents, local voluntary and community groups, Solihull councillors and parish councils came together for the first Locality Working engagement event on 28 September.
Photo (from left to right): Fiona Hughes, Chief Executive of SCH, Patricia Smith, Vice Chair of the SCH Board and Cllr Alison Rolf, Solihull Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships
Opening the event, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities & Partnerships, Cllr Alison Rolf talked about the opportunity to build effective partnerships between communities and public sector organisations.
Nick Page, Chief Executive of Solihull Council and chair of Solihull Together, spoke of the challenges facing the borough and the imperative to ‘create the conditions for communities to thrive’.
Fiona Hughes, Chief Executive of Solihull Community Housing and lead for Locality Working, explained that the important parts of locality working are:
• For key stakeholder agencies to work together on the ground to problem solve and tackle real issues to make a difference in localities. This will happen through the Locality Tasking Forums which have been set up
• To create a plan for each of the three locality areas in Solihull – north, east and west. The plans will capture data from partner organisations, agreed priorities, actions and outcome measures.
• The nomination of a locality lead for each area to keep things on track (north - Surjit Balu, SCH; east - Chief Insp Colin Barnes, WM Police; west - Caroline Naven, SMBC)
Delegates at the event were asked to share what they know about the three localities and consider locality profiles which have been created for each area before discussing potential priorities and what could be achieved by working together.
Feedback from delegates was positive:
“great turnout which demonstrated a real desire to get involved”
“important to tackle persistent problems differently. This is the right approach”
“very useful group work. Good to meet and discuss issues with a range of stakeholders”
The locality plans will be developed over the next six months and shared at the next Locality Working engagement event in May 2019. A separate workshop, led through NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, will be held in December 2018 to consider how best health sector colleagues engage with the initiative.
Presentations and locality profiles from the event are available here.