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Brighton & Hove Take Part Pathfinder Final Evaluation Report March 2011

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Context Structure Working with local communities Delivery The projects Reflections Legacy

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Context

Brighton and Hove is a well-known seaside resort, often referred to as ‘London-by-the-sea’ with regard to its night clubs, shopping and café culture. Yet the city is characterised by pockets of severe deprivation, high unemployment and low educational attainment. It ranks among the top 25% of deprived local authorities in England, with 9% of its Super Output Areas (SOAs) falling within the top 10% according to the 2007 Indices of Deprivation. It has a population of 250,000, with a growing number of ethnic minority residents, estimated to be 9% of the population. In 2009 the Brighton and Hove Take Part Pathfinder (BHTPP) was launched. This was a two year project managed by a partnership of The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), Working Together Project (WTP) and Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC), with a budget of £190,000. The aim of the Pathfinder was to find effective and innovative ways to inspire residents to become more active within their communities, take up lay governance roles, learn how power decisions were made in their city, who made them, and most importantly, how they could get involved in that process. The rationale for the partnership was to bring partners together to create a programme of learning activities within a framework of sustainable community development. The WEA has a long track record of expertise in learning and social purpose education, WTP has a strong reputation for its community development training, which is itself based on partnership working in neighbourhoods to identify and respond to skills gaps and learning needs. BHCC had developed their community engagement framework and wanted to begin implementing the recommendations, which directly linked to the objectives of Take Part.

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The Project had the support of: • Stronger Communities Partnership • Equalities Coalition • Adult Learning Group • Community and Voluntary Sector Forum (CVSF) • Sussex University • Community University Partnership Programme, Brighton University • Federation of Disabled People • Trust for Developing Communities • Novas Scarman • Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP • Hangleton & Knoll Project.


Structure

The WEA was the accountable body, responsible for finance and quality. It worked closely with WTP who managed day to day delivery through the appointment of a 0.6 development worker. Project partners met regularly to supervise project delivery.

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Initially, BHTPP planned to deliver learning activities directly through the partnership. However, neighbourhood consultations carried out during the first few months of the Pathfinder quickly established that this approach was unpopular with local community organisations and neighbourhood workers as it was considered ‘top down’ without due consideration of different communities needs and resources, and without regard for projects already underway. To facilitate a more developmental approach that built on identified community needs BHTPP sought a wider forum of engagement from the voluntary and community sector. Representatives from the Stronger Community Partnership and local voluntary and community groups came forward to form an Advisory Group. The group established terms of reference and a protocol for self-management, which lasted through the lifetime of the project. Members met quarterly to provide expertise, ensure activities met local needs and strategically embed the work though links to decision-making fora such as the Brighton & Hove Learning Partnership.

In response to the Advisory Group’s request to have local training and activities delivered by local partners BHTPP developed a bursary system to provide grants of up to £5,000 to projects that could run activities which met the programmes six key objectives. Seven projects were funded in addition to the WTP’s accredited leadership programme, mentoring programme, range of short courses and taster sessions.

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Working with Local Communities BHTPP targeted geographically disadvantaged areas with low levels of engagement as well as communities of interest who were underrepresented in civic activism. The 2009 ESOL Strategy produced by BHCC indicated low level of uptake in voluntary and community activities amongst BME communities. A report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on ‘Routes and Barriers to Citizen Governance’, highlighted lack of confidence and knowledge as barriers to BME women engaging in active citizenship. Local consultation with community workers identified needs among communities who were often culturally isolated and faced access barriers such as language. It also highlighted a lack of understanding about what ‘citizenship’ meant and what local structures and processes were in place to empower residents. Furthermore, links with youth and community workers showed there were few opportunities for participation or learning about democratic processes in a ‘youthfriendly’ way.

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Opening delivery to stakeholders enabled BHPTT to: • Meet identified need for provision and respond rapidly • Provide added value to existing activity to meet Take Part objectives • Work with harder-to-reach learners • Gain the trust of participants to get activities up and running quickly • Tap into local expertise to deliver the programme within already established skills sets (e.g. the community newsletter training) • Bring together learning providers, community groups, statutory agencies and BHCC to work on a set of common goals • Access expertise and networks from communities of interest. (see Appendix 1 – demographic data)


Delivery Delivery Over 8 hours

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No. of participants

2 accredited Community Leadership Programmes run over 12 weeks

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1 mentoring course run over 6 sessions with participants matched with community leaders for 12 months

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Bevendean & Queen’s Park and Craven Vale Newsletters

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Can Do Refugee Group

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Hangleton & Knoll Multi-Cultural Women’s Group

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BMECP/Refugee Action Your Voice

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Representing Your Group

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Delivery under 8 hours Why Vote?

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Why do Green Spaces Matter?

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Introduction to Community Leadership

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2 CUPP Staff Volunteering Workshops

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Putting the ‘E’ in Democracy

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Liberating Leadership

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Campaign for change in your neighbourhood

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DDA Training

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Strengthening Communities Review

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An Equal Future

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Equalities in Neighbourhoods

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Democratic Services workshops

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Neighbourhood Reps and Community Workers Conferences

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Your Space Event on Health & Well Being

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TP Celebration and Conference

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Democracy Day

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Hangleton Library – Parliamentary Outreach

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Coldean Library – Meeting the Speaker

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The Future of Mentoring

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65% of people who completed the programme have gone on to other activities including trustee roles, further training and setting up a community group

Community Leadership WTP’s Community Leadership Programme, accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN), is built on a model previously developed and delivered primarily to paid staff from the voluntary and community sector. Community development support increased interest in this type of training and for the two programmes funded by Take Part 90% of the participants were volunteers with leadership roles. The programme combined skills development including communication skills, running effective meetings, managing conflict, influencing and engaging others, with knowledge input around the role of the local authority and elected members. To help the community leaders embed their learning more effectively, two models of mentoring support were offered. For the first programme leaders and managers recruited from the public, private and voluntary sector completed a 6 week mentoring course before being carefully ‘matched’ with a community leader to provide mentoring support on a monthly basis for up to a year. The matching process involved leaders and mentors attending a specific session and being given the opportunity to express a preference for up to three people that they would prefer to partner with. The second programme used a peer mentoring model, with the community leaders participating in an action learning set to work on particular leadership challenges presented by members of the group.

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Outcomes • 18 people submitted portfolios for accreditation in ‘Developing Leadership Skills’ - 13 were accredited at Level 3 and 3 at Level 2 • 65% of people who completed the programme have gone on to other activities including trustee roles, further training and setting up a community group • 10 people specifically highlighted enhanced skills as a personal benefit of attending the course • 11 people mentioned improved confidence in their role as community leaders • 6 people improved their knowledge of the city and how it works • 60% of the mentors trained, plan to continue to volunteer in a mentoring role after their current relationship concludes. After participating in the programme: • 21% more learners ‘definitely agreed’ they felt a greater sense of belonging to their local area • 14% more ‘definitely agreed’ that people from different backgrounds get on well together in their local area • 26% more have attended a tenants’ or local residents’ group • 15% more have contacted an appropriate organisation, such as the council, to deal with a problem in their area.


Challenges

Impact

WTP’s Community Leadership Programme is open access with the option for accreditation at Levels 2 or 3. Participants for the Take Part funded courses were selected through an application process with the main criteria being that applicants needed to already be or be planning to be in a leadership role in a community setting. Participants’ qualifications ranged from none to Level 5 on each programme. Dealing with the range of skills and experience on the programmes presented some difficulties.

The Community Leadership programme has had clear personal benefits for the participants, which they agree will translate into the work they do in their community:

The first Community Leadership Programme was delivered during working hours, which was found to exclude some potential participants. This was addressed for the second programme, which was run on a Wednesday evening. However, there were additional costs to the programme for childcare and the actual number of teaching contact hours was reduced for the evening programme, meaning that the tutor had to focus more time on her own input permitting less time for the participants to practice and learn from each other.

“New skills, confidence, changed the way I deal with people and situations - it helped me to reflect on my own style of leadership and ask myself whether different styles of techniques might work better. I now feel I have a more comprehensive “tool kit” upon which to draw if I am struggling” “A wonderfully valuable opportunity to stop and take stock of my own skills as a leader within my community, which has in turn increased my confidence and reduced my stress making me more effective as a community leader to those around me” “Clearer about what Leadership is and isn’t - has helped me reassess my own leadership position” “Helped plan better meetings and agenda as trustee” “Learned new skills - managing volunteers - gained confidence, learned new tips and found contacts to implement new action plan for my local group”

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Case Study Gary As a gay man who is HIV positive I have always recognised myself as being part of this community and I have actively engaged in discussions around key issues such as health care. For 10 years I was a volunteer with Open Door and more recently I have worked with other volunteers to set up and run Lunch Positive, a weekly lunch club for people with HIV in Brighton and Hove. Isolation can be a big issue for people with HIV and volunteering has always been a very significant way for me and others to get involved. It is a therapeutic activity, it builds my social network and I get to use some of the skills I previously used in employment. In the main I have not been someone who has been politically active. I have voted and taken this seriously and followed the news with interest, but I have never really felt that I could have much influence on what is happening. It is striking to me how many of us don’t have an understanding of how local democracy works or confidence in making contact with decision makers. Participating in the Community Leadership Programme has made a big difference. The course was a good opportunity to learn more about community work, the workings of local democracy and how to have an influence. For me there were lots of insights: getting to know more about organisations, how they work, developing links with other organisations and understanding the bigger picture of community and voluntary work locally. It has also been useful getting to know more about the structure of council, the roles of councillors and officers and how they communicate with each other.

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I now keep a watchful eye on what is coming up and am ready to proactively focus on issues that have a relevance to our work at Lunch Positive. I feel more encouraged to discuss issues with my peers and consider how we, as volunteers can make a difference. I am also aware of some of the organisational barriers to volunteers getting involved. I am mindful about how we encourage volunteers at Lunch Positive. I am aware of the need to do this in ways that are well managed and that we don’t set up unrealistic expectations. We make sure to regularly share information around strategic and organisational plans and we encourage volunteers to participate in the development of the service. It is very inspiring to witness others living with HIV getting involved and the personal development, growth and satisfaction that they gain. I also feel more confident to engage in recent discussions around the development of Community Service Agreements for the delivery of local health services It is important for us to be active in our communities. There are very few decisions that are made that don’t affect us either directly or indirectly in some form or another and if not now then at some point in our lives.


Case Study Kelly I have always been someone who was aware of challenging issues in my neighbourhood and I did get involved in the development of after school clubs at my children’s school. Yet, before moving to Brighton just over a year ago my main focus was bringing up my children and my job. In Brighton I started volunteering with a charity of complementary therapists and I really enjoyed organising some local events. Participating in the Working Together Project Community Leadership course last year opened my eyes to how many people want to make things happen. It was really encouraging to meet other people involved in community action. For me personally it supported a process of change. It opened up possibilities of getting involved in ways that I had not previously considered. The course improved my confidence to stand up and be counted knowing that there are others who are willing to come together to make positive changes in our communities. I was encouraged to start looking for work in the community and voluntary sector and recently I started work as a community fundraiser in a hospital. As a community fundraiser I relish the opportunity to develop ideas and plans for diverse groups of people to come together. It is wonderful to create opportunities that overcome the reluctance that many of us have to getting involved. The Community Leadership Programme helped me appreciate where people are coming from and to find innovative ways for people to come together around common interests.

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Practical tools to deal with challenging situations

Mentoring A mentoring course supported the Community Leadership Programme. This is a standard model of learning that WTP has been using since it started delivering leadership training four years ago. Independent evaluations have shown it be a very effective way of supporting learners as they take up leadership roles within the community. Everyone spoke about the value of the support they received from their mentors and a high proportion of community leaders said they had grown in confidence and were much more able to perform tasks well, demonstrate leadership and take more initiative. Several people felt more secure and confident in their roles at work / volunteering, and said they had more insight and understanding of how the organisation / system worked. Training for mentors ran in tandem with the Community Leadership Programme. Mentors were brought together with community leader learners midway through the course then supported into effective partnerships through a subsequent matching event. The mentors and mentees work together for 12 months, meeting once a month for approximately one hour. Mentors met for reflective learning sessions to share practice and support each other four times during the year.

Outcomes Mentees reported that the experience was extremely Mentees reported that the experience was extremely helpful. They appreciated the opportunity to have space to reflect on their work and development.

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Outcomes include: • Increased confidence • Improved leadership abilities • Feeling more secure and confident in their volunteering roles • Greater insight and understanding of the voluntary sector • Greater recognition of their own skills, qualities and experience • Greater confidence in their ability to make decisions • Practical tools to deal with challenging situations • Ability to think more strategically • Improved communication skills.


Mentors, who were drawn from the voluntary, private and statutory sectors, reported a high rate of satisfaction in participating in the process. Most felt they had a better understanding of the voluntary and community sector as result of the process. The mentor-mentee relationship also provided an opportunity for skills development, with many reporting improved interpersonal skills. Overall the programme seemed to provide a very cost effective way to offer skills development and support. Both mentors and mentees reported the value of the networking that the programme provides, which leads to employment opportunities, further funding for groups and a host of incidental opportunities that otherwise may not have been realised.

Impact To continue delivering this type of mentoring support requires training and infrastructure. As a result of BHTPP, members of the voluntary sector and graduates from the Community Leadership Programmes are meeting to explore ways this work may be taken forward.

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Case Study of a Mentor Clare is a Children’s Advocate in the Fostering and Adoption Team within Social Services and she regularly works with complex, difficult family situations. Her role is to help the children involved get what they want and need and this can often be a painful process, but a rewarding one when she feels that she and the child(ren) have managed to secure what the child wants or they are protected from abusive situations. Clare saw the mentoring course advertised on the Council website and felt attracted to it as she wanted to access some training to refresh her skills and gain a wider perspective of what was going on in the community. She felt that supporting community leaders was a very valuable aim of the programme and the time commitment was one that she could fulfil. She described the training group as a valuable and enjoyable experience. She felt it was skilfully facilitated, with the trainer utilising the knowledge and experience that each participant brought with them to develop the group’s understanding of the practice of mentoring. She said she was a little daunted at first as many of the participants had already worked professionally in a mentoring/coaching role, whereas she felt she was coming to learn something new. She said: “As the course went on, I realised that I had many of the skills needed for mentoring from other professional roles and life experience and I felt that the role of “walking alongside” is one that, temperamentally, suits me well. The training was

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very helpful in exploring and defining specifically what made the mentoring relationship different from other enabling relationships such as counselling, befriending, advice giving. The clear guidelines established during the training were helpful when I started the mentoring relationship. I finished the training with a sense of confidence that I could take on the mentor role and looking forward to this experience.” Clare thoroughly enjoyed the matching event and felt that the exercises to enable people to mingle and interact together were well thought through and there was a lively positive atmosphere. She realised that she wanted the relationship with the community leader to be one where she felt a rapport with the person so it would not feel too much like an uphill struggle, as she regularly experiences this in paid work. She felt very fortunate in being paired with a community leader who really interested her and felt an immediate warmth and rapport with Sandra. Once she learnt about Sandra’s work she had a great deal of respect for it and thought Sandra’s passion and commitment was inspiring which reconnected her with her own values around community activism. She learnt that Sandra is involved in a very complex web of activities with a number of organisations with differing aims and focus. Six months in, Clare was still discovering other organisations Sandra was involved with. She had to accept that she was not able to “simplify” or “knock into shape” what Sandra was doing, but had to learn to work with difference. In doing so, she developed her mentoring practice to enable Sandra to clarify her own thinking and course of actions. Clare feels she learnt a lot by being able to engage with this kind of involvedness and was able to truly support Sandra in her choices, without becoming controlling or dominating.


Clare gained much from the reflective learning groups, particularly in regards to her own practice and in relation to how other people work. She became more aware of some of her own behaviour patterns and her tendency to “keep on wanting to give”. She tightened her boundaries around these both professionally and personally which made her more aware of how she presents herself to her peers and negotiates with them. The mentoring made Clare feel a part of a network of people who are trying to work towards change and support one another, particularly in these times when community groups and public services are being threatened. She saw it as an assertion of the value of people, respecting one another’s differences and helping each other rather than denoting people as unworthy of care and support. She felt affirmed by the training and supervision and stimulated by her experience of mentoring with Sandra. “I feel that I am still walking through the same countryside but I have stood up a bit taller and looked at the view from a new perspective.”

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Workshops

WTP delivered 5 short workshops: • Putting the ‘E’ in Democracy • Why Vote? • Why do Green Spaces Matter? • Liberating leadership • Campaign for Change in your Neighbourhood. While the workshops responded to local demand and were well-attended for the most part, feedback suggests that covering these topics in a three-hour session was not effective in terms of developing skills and knowledge. The greatest gains participants recorded were in improved confidence. Below is a table of participants’ feedback at the end of the workshops: Same Ok

Good

Very Good

Feel able to participate/influence

16%

56%

21%

16%

Feel more confident

16%

35%

37%

11%

Improved Skills

29%

46%

13%

10%

Greater Knowledge

24%

49%

16%

8%

In hindsight we would consider running the above as short courses, (9 hours) and include more situational learning to provide an opportunity for participants to work on ‘real’ issues. Following the feedback, we have piloted a model of providing one-off support for participants attending the ‘Campaign for Change in your Neighbourhood’ workshop. This is designed to enable them to access one to one support with the trainer as they put their campaigning ideas into practice. 14


The Projects

Hangleton & Knoll Multi-Cultural Women’s Group Hangleton & Knoll is in north-west Hove. It is one of the city’s most deprived wards according to the 2007 Indices of Deprivation, with health inequality, lower than average incomes and higher than average unemployment. The Hangleton and Knoll Multi-Cultural Women’s Group was originally established in 2008. Funding from BHTPP enabled the group to meet with the support of a worker to pursue civic learning and engage more residents in the community. Now numbering over 50 women, the group has learnt a range of community development skills, which has enabled them to apply for funding to sustain their activities. They have also hosted a range of social and health activities for local women including exercise classes, health walks, sewing classes and swimming. Peer learning via networking with community groups in other neighbourhoods has enabled them to learn about city structures and play a part in local decision making forums.

Outcomes • Setting up of bank account and financial monitoring systems • Attendance at the main meeting by the local library staff and the police officer responsible for community engagement for Sussex • Engagement with new members from local primary schools

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• Provision of health walks, swimming, exercise and embroidery classes • Organisation of a volunteer leader schedule • Representation at public meetings by committee members • Nine new committee members elected at AGM (40 attended in total) • Writing a Financial and Equal Opportunities Policy • Hosting a Multi-Cultural Festival Event with the local MP and mayor in attendance • Writing a successful funding bid for £200 to continue women-only swimming sessions • Designated group representative attends Community Action Meetings and takes forward any issues raised by group members • Sourcing additional training for first aid and food hygiene courses • Meeting with members of the Moulsecoomb Bangladeshi Women’s Group where they made contact and exchanged information, • Meeting the High Sheriff and inviting her to meet the group in Hangleton and Knoll • Activities including embroidery, swimming, yoga and health walks have been organised until March 2011, with funding secured • The group have applied to the Coop Community Fund for £2000 to pay for a Community Development Worker to continue supporting them • One member of the group is participating in an active citizenship programme (Novas Scarman) including a visit to South Africa in March 2011.

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Challenges The major challenge of working with a large group was the time it took to work with interpreters, to hold meetings and facilitate decision-making within the timescales set by BHTPP.

Impact • Increased confidence in group members through the empowerment process • Facilitating friendships and support networks for group members reduced isolation and increased community cohesion • Raised profile of minority groups • Promotion of equality in all mainstream community activity • Celebrating diversity and culture.

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Celebrating diversity and culture


Case Study Hoda Before moving to Brighton I trained and worked in data processing and business economics in Morocco. The transition to live in Brighton was quite a challenge. I felt lonely and isolated at home caring for my twins and husband. It was a great relief when I was invited to a coffee morning for women at Hangleton Community Centre in 2007. It was an opportunity to meet with others who had the same experience. Since that time I have become more actively involved in a local group for women and I have participated in a range of activities including computer classes, yoga and swimming. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to help with organising local events. My participation in a ten week event management course has been really helpful. I have also trained as a volunteer health walk leader and regularly lead a local health walk. I was recently elected as co-chair of our organisation. I feel a greater sense of self respect and feel more responsible with people relying on me and coming to me for information or advice. This active involvement in community organisations and activities has been very important for me. I am engaged and connected. It has improved my self confidence and I am now part of a network of friends and I can ask for help when I need to. There are now more opportunities for me to be actively involved in decision making and influencing how things develop.

The barriers I faced to getting involved were a lack of information about what was available and finding the courage to go to a meeting by myself. I hope to work towards information being more readily available and finding ways to support people to get involved when they feel unsure about doing so.

It is really important to be active in our communities‌ it changes our lives.

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All learners reported feeling more confident about getting involved with local decisionmaking, volunteering and community activities.

Your Voice

Outcomes

This is a partnership BMECP and The Friends Centre, providers of adult education. Your Voice was an 18hour course consisting of nine two-hour sessions. It was primarily a conversation course for participants with English as a second language. Themes were selected in consultation with the participants and covered:

• 7 participants said that they would continue with more training • 8 said that they would become volunteers • 8 said that they would become involved in a community group • 11 said that they would be more active in local issues.

• The UK Parliamentary System • The system of local government in Brighton and Hove • Having influence and a voice within local government • Human rights law in the UK • Active citizenship and getting involved with the community • The education system in the UK and becoming a school governor Participants were from the BME community with ages from 25 to 69. Nine were male and ten female from a range of different countries of origin: Sudan, Ethiopia, Iran, Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Japan. Most had originally arrived in the UK as refugees or asylum seekers, some quite well settled in the UK, others still settling.

All learners reported feeling more confident about getting involved with local decision-making, volunteering and community activities.

Challenges The level of English language needed to participate in the course proved a barrier with a minimum of Entry Level 2. As few of the learners carried a British or Commonwealth passport few could actually participate in voting. Therefore, a range of other ways to influence political and power systems had to be explored. There were sensitivities on certain issues of human rights and domestic and international freedoms that varied with participant’s cultural background, gender and religious belief.

Impact Several participants were already actively volunteering within their communities. Learning through Your Voice has enabled them to cascade information on local democracy, voting, schools and services.

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Case Study Elias I am involved with a few community organisations including The Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) and The Migrant English Project. I am also Chair of The Oromo Community in Brighton and Hove I participated in the Your Voice course offered by BMECP. It was very interesting and helpful. We learnt more about active citizenship, using our voice and exploring ways we can more actively participate in our communities. We also learnt more about how local and national government works in the UK. As part of this course we had a trip to Westminster. It was useful to get to understand how decisions are made and how we can influence these decisions at the local and national level.

Now, I have a better understanding of where to go and what to do to address issues or problems. Prior to the course I relied more on the expertise of other organisations to find out what was needed. As a result of the Your Voice course I feel more confident to actively participate in my community and to support the Oromo Community in Brighton and Hove to address issues as they arise. Another significant development is that we are now more actively developing links with other organisations in the city.

In the group there was lots of learning from both the tutor and the other participants. We all had different experiences and we had the opportunity to share these in our discussions on a range of issues. Sometimes we focused on specific problems or issues faced by members of the group and we explored how these could be addressed. The tutor provided us with lots of information as well as leaflets from other organisations. We also learnt from guest speakers, for example from the Democratic Services team at Brighton and Hove City Council about Brighton, how the council works and our voting rights.

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Case Study Zubair I have lived in the UK for 15 months and during this time I have started to get involved as a volunteer with a few community organisations such as the Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) and the Cowley Club. I am also involved in an internet radio project as a way of sharing information with people from Afghanistan who live in the UK. We are exploring other ways to use social media as a bridge to connect people together.

The course was very empowering. We had lots of interesting and useful debates. We had the opportunity to discuss practical daily problems. We explored ways to find solutions to these problems. As a result I have more clarity about what we can expect from the local council, the housing office and other organisations and how I can address issues that come up. Before the course I was I was less sure of how to sort problems. It was both frustrating and depressing and there was always a concern that I might get something wrong and create more of a problem. Now I feel more confident and I feel more able to share information with others about what I learnt from this course.

I was keen to participate in the Your Voice course. I wanted to understand more about the UK government at both national and local levels, how it works, my responsibilities and my rights. I am an outspoken person and it is good for me to learn more about ways I can use my voice. The sessions were very educational. I found out more about how things work and how I can participate more actively in the community. The course brought the ideas of active citizenship to life. We discussed the differences and similarities of active citizenship in different countries and what it means for each of us in the UK. It was very important to have the opportunity to include our own experiences.

Members of minority communities are very willing to get involved and learn from each other. We have a good range of skills that can be used positively in our communities. This is much better than people sitting at home doing nothing and feeling down and isolated.

In the group I really enjoyed meeting different people from different backgrounds. I learnt so much from the experiences of the other participants, the kinds of issues they were facing and how they addressed these.

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There is a gap of understanding between different communities. Overwhelmingly this is due to a lack of information. There are few mechanisms for people to come together and share the reality of their experiences with each other. As a result of this course we were all more interested in becoming more actively involved in our communities. It is a way of closing the gaps and bringing people closer together.


Allow participants to come together and support each other, tapping into the collective knowledge, skills and experiences that they all have

Can Do Networks Refugee Group The Can Do Networks are hosted by Novas Scarman who have a well established model of participative delivery, which adapts an action learning format to provide experiential learning. In November 2009 Novas Scarman funded the Oromo Women’s Group through its Can Do Health programme working closely with the Refugee Action and the Basis Project. In anticipation of the Basis Project ending it developed more tailored support for the Oromo Women’s Group. In June 2010 Novas Scarman ran a taster session attended by over 15 people from different refugee organisations. Following on from this a group of 12 women met for 6 monthly sessions. This programme aimed to: • Allow participants to come together and support each other, tapping into the collective knowledge, skills and experiences that they all have • Enable people to maximise their potential to influence decision-making • Processes, so taking more control over the issues that affect their lives • Develop learning opportunities that build skills and confidence. The project ran an asset mapping exercise, focusing on what participants bring to the group in terms of their knowledge, skills and experience. It recognises that participants are often the experts in managing their projects and can help each other to find solutions to their own problems. In the workshops participants identified a need for knowledge and skills around employment and relationship building.

Outcomes Participants’ confidence, skills and knowledge increased. Specifically they reported increased understanding of: • • • • • • • • •

Other people’s cultures Equality issues Greater confidence and ability to speak up Collective and peer learning Communication and interpersonal skills English language Problem solving Establishing a safe and confidential space How to write a CV.

Challenges English language proved to be a barrier. The group committed to using English with the support of a translator from the first session until the final session. This meant the pace of sessions were slower than anticipated.

Impact The Oromo Women’s Group has been able to use the skills learnt to organise different events for its members during the last months. They have also been successful in several applications to fund different activities for the group. The participants will continue to meet through the Oromo Community and also through the events at BMECP. They have expressed an interest in voluntary work.

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Case Study RD I have been involved in a range of activities organised by the Black Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) and Novas Scarman such as a women’s group and citizenship classes. I also attended the Your Voice classes run by BMECP and the Friends Centre. This group was really important for me. I developed my confidence in talking about what I think and how I feel. It is a valuable space for all of us in the group to talk about ourselves, the problems we face and ways that these problems can be addressed. It has also been very helpful to learn more about how the government works, how decisions are made and how we can influence these decisions. As a group we went to the Houses of Parliament; it was really enlightening to meet and talk with political representatives and understand more about how it all works. It is a friendly group where we support each other and participate in shared problem solving. I always looked forward to going to these meetings. It built on my learning and development from my involvement in other BMECP groups including a computer class, women’s group and exercise class.

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I feel more confident to assist and support other people. For example I am a volunteer organiser with the Migrant English Project involved in student assessment and teacher coordination. It is really important that people have the opportunity to find out about groups they can get involved in. Part of this is about information being easily available. It also helps when people have the opportunity to talk with someone who can support and encourage them to get involved.


Increased understanding of ways voluntary groups can be sustainable within the new government funding structures

The Equalities Coalition (EQC)

What did people say?

EQC is an independent citywide network hosted and facilitated by Brighton & Hove Federation of Disabled People. The network is made up of communities of interest groups who are also members of the Community and Voluntary Sector Forum.

“I have much clearer understanding as a result of coming today”.

It aims to:

Outcomes

• Address issues raised about how equality focused groups can work better together • Provide a voice for and strengthen the role of voluntary and community sector equality groups and organisations in Brighton and Hove • Be action focused

• Clearer understanding of the DDA • Improved links between voluntary sector groups and decision-makers in Brighton and Hove • Increased understanding of ways voluntary groups can be sustainable within the new government funding structures • Greater knowledge of how people can get involved in their local communities • Increased communication skills • Greater understanding of Brighton & Hove’s new commissioning process • 58% of participants found at least one new income source as a direct result of the event they attended • 79% of participants have better access to information • 41% of participants have increased confidence • 38% of participants have improved communication skills.

Take Part funding supported 5 information/training and networking events and a series of community engagement initiatives including participation at Democracy Day and contributions to the Get Involved website. The key objectives were to showcase engagement activity and routes to participation at all levels of civic life, offer opportunities to increase the involvement of diverse groups, and to narrow the civic participation gaps and link to existing work/activity at local/ neighbourhood level. EQC ran training on the impact of the Disability Discrimination Act, strategies to strengthen communities, partnership working and equalities of access.

“It’s a relief to know it wasn’t just me who was struggling with the Act and its implications”.

Several participants indicated an intention to take on a CVSF Representative role.

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I have built better relationships with others and developed a greater understanding of the sector

Challenges

What did people say?

It was often difficult to engage with significant players in the city around the equality and diversity agenda. There is an element of mistrust (based on structural changes to local engagement and issues around representation) and this has impacted on how the EQC reaches out to some of the smaller groups across the city.

“We are stronger if we stand together and meet together”.

There is also reluctance by some groups to get involved in work and programmes which do not have a long-term commitment to funding the work.

Impact BHCC was recently assessed on the Equality Framework for Local Government as ‘Excellent’ in relation to its equalities work. It was noted that in part this was to do with the strength, vibrancy and diversity of the voluntary and community sector, coupled with the range of strong partnership working with those groups and across the statutory sector.

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“We need to make ourselves relevant and effective and the city council needs to recognise us as such” “I have a deepened knowledge about intelligent commissioning and the challenges we face.” “I have built better relationships with others and developed a greater understanding of the sector.” “I will be joining the Get Involved Group in the hope that together with other disabled people I can progress an issue in my neighbourhood”.


Trust for Developing Communities (TDC) TDC is a community development organisation working in neighbourhoods across Brighton and Hove. They managed two projects under BHTPP. The first was aimed at providing citizenship skills for young people through youth newsletters in Bevendean and Queen’s Park/Craven Vale. Bevendean has high levels of unemployment, residents on benefits and half the attainment at GCSE than Brighton as a whole. The BevenTEEN Bulletin was initially set up with funding from the Big Lottery. BHTPP funding provided training to enable participants to become more socially and politically aware of democratic processes and how to engage with local power structures. In Queens Park and Craven Vale, a new group of 6 young people was set up with Take Part funding, to establish a local youth-led newsletter. The YoutHaveNews was distributed to 1800 households on the estate in December.

• • • • •

Understand more about how politics work Feel more confident when talking to politicians Feel that they can affect local decision making Build a CV Feel part of the community.

Challenges The greatest challenge to this group was developing citizenship and newsletter production skills within a limited time frame. With many young people still in full-time education, attendance at events to support their knowledge, such as Democracy Day proved difficult.

Impact It has benefited community cohesion, improved communication and collaboration between young people and adult community groups. In both areas the newsletters have functioned as vehicles for young people to increase their skills and confidence to engage in civic activism, participation and representation.

Outcomes The project has helped members to: • • • • •

Feel more confident generally Feel more confident in their writing skills Access more activities for young people Participate in local activities Learn new skills such as using MS Publisher, writing and interviewing

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Case Study Georgina Over the last year I have been part of a group of young people producing a local newsletter called BevenTeen Bulletin. It is a newsletter that is produced by young people for young people who live in and around Bevendean. We are a group of around 10 and we meet regularly to plan and publish the Bulletin. It has been a great to meet new people who live around here and it is an opportunity for us to find out more about each other. Being part of this group gets me thinking about different issues and it is good to discuss these in our meetings. Producing the BevenTeen Bulletin has given me the opportunity to understand more about where I live. It feels possible to present a more accurate picture of Bevendean and share information about what goes on here for young people. We have been able to correct some of the negative images of Bevendean. This has also helped me feel better about living here and to come up with ideas about what can be improved. As a group we got involved in the Bevendean Fun Day. We had a stall and we got to talk with other community groups about our activities. I also got involved with the graffiti group and we have improved the look of a dismal looking structure in the local playground.

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Sharing our stories and experiences has been great. We get to put across our views and ideas. We want people to know our stories. It has also been a good opportunity to find out about other people who live or work around here. We include articles about local organisations and their work and we write reviews of films we have seen or events we have been to. I have started to understand more about politics too. Recently I met the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. Before this I had very little understanding about politics and no idea about how parliament works. Writing an article was a good way to find out more and it has helped me understand more about politics in general. Now more people know about us and what we are doing. We get compliments and people ask us questions. There is always a lot of interest and people want to know when the next edition is due to be published.


Case Study Amber I am interested in journalism, so I was pleased to read about plans for young people to produce BevenTeen Bulletin, a newsletter for young people who live in and around Bevendean. After talking with friends I decided to get involved. We are a group of around 10 and we meet regularly to plan the Bulletin. We all have our own opinions and we share our ideas and discuss different options. We make joint decisions as a group about what goes in the newsletter. So far we have produced 4 editions of BevenTeen Bulletin.

As a group we got involved in the Bevendean Fun Day. We had a stall and we got to talk with other community groups about our activities. We also sold our home made cakes to raise funds which will go towards buying equipment and covering our expenses. Being part of the BevenTeen Bulletin group is important. We get to have our say and because we are a group we are more likely to be listened to. We have a better chance to change things.

Being part of this group has been a great way to meet new people who live around here. It is an opportunity for us to find out more about each other and it has helped to increase our confidence in what we can do. I enjoy doing interviews and writing articles. Recently I interviewed someone from a young carers’ organisation and wrote an article about young carers and their experiences. We write articles that are relevant to the time that the newsletter is being published. This could be reviews of films or books as well as information about local activities. There are some issues I have quite strong views about. Being part of BevenTeen Bulletin has encouraged me to write articles that present a balanced overview of different ideas and arguments.

We get to have our say and because we are a group we are more likely to be listened to

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Neighbourhood Conference & Networks The second project managed by TDC explored ways neighbourhoods could work collaboratively to become more influential in local decision-making. The Neighbourhoods Conference was the first part of a two step process where residents and community activists came together to learn about representation. The conference focussed on: • Opportunities for learning through discussions on good practice in neighbourhood engagement • Enabling people to learn how to influence decisions in their area • Informing community leaders of how best to influence local decision making • Increasing the skills and confidence of community leaders in neighbourhoods • Giving community leaders a chance to build their knowledge of citywide structures and processes • Facilitating groups learning from each other about effective ways to get wider representation in their own neighbourhoods.

Impact As a result of this event a neighbourhood network was launched. The aim is to provide an ongoing platform to represent neighbourhood interests as a means of minimising the duplication of services and acting as an interface between statutory services and elected members. It provides a sustainable way to share good practice and facilitate skills development.

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Democracy Day BHTPP worked collaboratively with the local authority throughout the lifetime of the project to explore ways of engaging with residents. The first year of the project saw a Get Involved event at Hove Town Hall to mark the launch of the website of the same name. Whilst this event was well attended by members of the voluntary and community sector, the turn out from residents was low. Therefore, in the second year a Democracy Day event was organised at Jubilee library in the city centre. The day included debates on The Big Society, a series of workshops including, E-democracy, parliament and volunteering and in the square outside, stalls for groups from the voluntary and community sector and a stage with slots for local performers and a speaker’s corner.

Outcomes • 64% of those attending reported a better understanding of how parliament works. • Over 50 people attended the Big Society Debate. 76% reported that they had a better understanding of the Big Society. • 92% of participants attending the event at Hangleton Library reported an improved understanding of how democracy works. • Over 100 people left comments on the Big Society Talking Wall about their priorities in the city. • 200 people took part in the Table of Ideas activity which focussed on equality and inequalities.

The event was attended by an estimated 800 residents. There were also two neighbourhood events. Parliamentary Outreach held a workshop in Hangleton Library and John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, spoke at Coldean Library, where he took questions and was interviewed by Ron Sharratt a Community Reporter.

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Activity

Number of forms completed

% who reported an increase in their understanding of the topic after the event

Comments

UK Parliament (19 residents attended)

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92%

• Talk – accessible and useful. Good to see MP and Councillors at the library • Wonderful to know concrete details of how to take part • Learnt quite a few things I didn’t know previously

The Speaker’s Role (Over 80 attendees)

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64%

• Good speech, good debate • Great, fluent – more please • Very good at engaging with audience

The Big Society (over 50 attendees)

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76%

• Excellent pre-discussion information • Interesting debate, thanks! It means lots of things for society • Be great to have more debates like this

Get Involved with Parliament

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70%

• A very well presented and interesting session • Excellent initiative – very good workshops • Found discussion about the difference between government and parliament enlightening and useful

Volunteering

8

50%

• I’ve appreciated the opportunity to reflect on and talk about issues relating to broader themes regarding volunteering and society • Handy to know regarding resources on website.

E-Democracy

5

60%

• Very interesting • Very informative and useful

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Challenges Concerns were raised over the title ‘Democracy Day’. While it ‘demystified’ the notion of democracy, it was suggested by some that ‘citizens’ day’ may be more appealing. Collaborative working between the council and voluntary sector was fruitful and broke down barriers, but was enormously time-consuming. The involvement of politicians was also a source of contention at times, and an event that seeks to include elected members needs to have clearly agreed aims and objectives, and a longer lead in time. Marketing needed to be more tightly targeted and developmental rather than relying on printed flyers and posters. Whilst the library was a good venue with capacity to host all activities, a future event may profit from being held in a location with more ‘passing traffic’. Similarly, moving the event from a weekday to Saturday may increase attendance.

Impact This event broke down barriers between BHCC and the voluntary sector, which can be built on for future events and will continue under the management of the SCP.

to provide community groups and activists with an insight into the decision-making process and ways to get involved in the city. Participants are given handouts in the form of an information pack. The booklets explain how the council works and how decisions are made. They set out clearly the various ways in which to influence and give other details too, such as web cast meetings, the Forward Plan and Key Decisions. These booklets are being uploaded to the city’s Get Involved website for access by residents across Brighton & Hove. They are also available from networking events such as Community Forums, conferences and seminars. The workshops explored how to: • Report issues of concern to the council and encourage others to do the same • Engage more in council meetings • View the council’s website • Participate in local groups to influence decisionmaking • Sign petitions • Do more to get involved in decision-making • Develop roles and involvement with community work • Become more included and more involved as a member of a BME community • Clarify the council’s services and how to use them.

Democratic Services Democratic Services have run 4 workshops engaging with the BME community, University of Brighton, Terrence Higgins Trust and Woodingdean Tenant Representatives and Residents. The workshops aim

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Outcomes • Over 65% of our audiences became more active in local issues as a direct result of our workshops • 50% to continue with more training • Approximately 31% who are not already involved in a community group have said they will do so • More than 15% intend to become volunteers. This project did not identify any barriers to engagement.

Impact The booklets are being uploaded to the Get Involved website. A further 6 – 8 workshops will be run in Brighton and Hove throughout the spring. Democratic Services has been approached by the Programme Manager for the Regional Empowerment Network to produce a training pack based on their work to be distributed in the south-east region. BHCC have also produced a DVD which shows how residents can participate in council decisions through deputations, public questions, etc.

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Over 65% of our audiences became more active in local issues as a direct result of our workshops


Case Study Angela I am the Democratic Services Manager with BHCC. Initially our involvement in Take Part included the Get Involved Day in 2009 and Democracy Day in 2010. Until recently Democratic Services has been quite a reactive service. In the last couple of years we have been moving towards being an outward focused and engaging service. We recognise that we must find out what the needs of people in Brighton and Hove are. There is a transformation going on in our service and we are working more proactively with communities and local organisations. Currently we are focusing on sharing information with Brighton and Hove residents about how the council works, how residents can influence local decision making and the potential to develop community engagement across the city.

workshops have been amazed about how they can have an influence, such as being able to petition the City Council if there are four households in a street who are concerned about a particular issue or the possibility to attend council meetings or view many of them via the webcam. We are developing a series of booklets about BHCC. These include one on making Brighton and Hove Council Work for You and another on how you can use your councillor. The plan is to build up a range of resources which respond to local needs for information. As a result of these workshops it is evident that the participants are feeling more able to influence decisions. It is just a first step, but an important one and it needs to be built on.

There are two aspects to this work. Firstly, developing more proactive outreach with schools, youth groups and voluntary and community sector groups to support and encourage community engagement. Secondly, coordinating our outreach and development work with other council departments including the Communities Team and Electoral Services to ensure that we complement each others work. Since Democracy Day we have been delivering a programme of 10 workshops with schools, youth and community groups. Many of the people who come to these workshops have not previously been actively involved in local decision making. It has become clear that people don’t know about their local councillors, how the council works, local decision making processes and which functions belong to the council. I have been struck by residents’ interest and willingness to learn. People who have attended these

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Celebration Conference

Challenges

70 people attended an event to celebrate the project’s achievements on 16th February 2011. The aims of the event were to share good practice between the projects and wider voluntary and community sector and to explore ways work could be sustained in future by influencing decision-makers and funders. To this end, David Murray, BHCC Strategic Director for Communities spoke to the conference outlining changes to future local authority funding steams. Participants saw the value of the conference as:

High attendance at the second workshop was the result of positive feedback from the first workshop spread by word of mouth. Getting to the right people and getting them onboard not only depends on using the right format but on allowing enough time for it to filter through the targeted community.

• Coming together face to face to share practice and information • Putting greater emphasis on partnership and collaborative working • Understanding community development as an underpinning approach to effective community work rather than a one-off activity • Finding ways to foster communications between small organisations is important to sustainability.

Trustees Training Two training events in partnership with the University of Brighton were run to encourage more staff to get involved in governance roles within the voluntary sector. Different formats were used to try and engage staff. The second workshop which explored different aspects of working within the sector and unpacked the role of the trustee was most successful attracting 18 participants.

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Impact • 28 people have a clearer understanding of the trustee role and many are currently pursuing opportunities with voluntary and community groups in the city • 6 participants have become active as trustees or volunteers • A model of trustee training and engagement has been developed which can be utilised by the voluntary sector. “There was a lot of information to take in, a lot of questions answered and a lot of thinking to follow up….I’ll be following the links further and will be in touch again if I need to. I really enjoyed the session which I feel has moved me on a step further, so thank you for organising and getting us all together” “Thank you for organizing this morning’s Staff Volunteering Workshop. I found it informative, interesting, and feel it’s just the catalyst I needed to kick-start a new era of volunteerism for me.” “I found an opportunity at the Rockinghorse Appeal as a Social Media Coordinator”


Get Involved Website BHTPP worked collaboratively with BHCC’s Get Involved team to develop a website to act as a portal for information on community engagement and activism for residents. The site was imagined as a place where residents could access information on volunteering, events in their communities, and opportunities for learning. BHCC and the voluntary sector use it as a vehicle for raising consultations, training opportunities and to highlight case studies of effective engagement. www.getinvolvedinthecity.org.uk

Challenges The collaborative nature of the website is both its triumph and weakness. While it has got the enthusiasm, input and support of the voluntary and statutory sector, ownership with regard to servicing and sustaining it has been problematic due to funding constraints. At the time of writing ownership is being transferred to the SCP as part of its communications strategy.

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Reflections

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Developing people’s knowledge is the first step to engaging them in active citizenship learning. Building their confidence to do so is vital to this being put into practice.

Evidence from BHTPP clearly demonstrates that it meets both NI4 and NI3 targets. However, as the approach was developmental and built on existing practice in many cases, it is difficult to determine to what extent BHTPP alone can claim to have increased lay governance roles or civic participation. Evidence suggests that this is a lengthy process and it is necessary to provide a series of interventions to move people from inactivity to active participation and from lower level involvement to influential roles. Innovation is not always easy to introduce to the voluntary and community sector in Brighton and Hove. Over the years the sector has evolved a number of structures and networks which have promoted good practice and increased services and involvement in marginalised communities. However, long standing engagement can sometimes lead to insularity and resistance to new initiatives. Learning opportunities for the sector should challenge where appropriate and promote the exchange of new ideas to foster a more confident and creative culture. Below are key findings from the project.

On learning Developing people’s knowledge is the first step to engaging them in active citizenship learning. Building their confidence to do so is vital to this being put into practice. Empowering residents to learn and act a local level was pivotal to the success of the project. It meant skills and knowledge learnt on BHTPP courses were cascaded into the community providing models of sustainability. • To offer a range of activities to facilitate involvement from one-off events like Democracy Day to longer

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• •

accredited programmes To differentiate between providing information and skills development. Running ‘taster’ sessions to enable people to make informed decisions about learning before committing themselves to longer learning programmes. Enabling participants to design and negotiate their own learning fosters ownership, problem-solving skills and creativity. Providing mentoring support Offering progression links. Learners who started on the Community Leadership programme are opting to go on to the Representing Your Group course and Preparing to Teach in The Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS). Engaging marginalised groups, specifically within BME communities and among young people, needs targetted provision through trusted brokers.

Group and community • Understanding ‘how it works’ inspires people to get involved in their communities. It goes a long way to negating the ‘what’s the point?’ argument which prevents many people from engaging. It has the knock-on effect of breaking down barriers between groups and promoting community cohesion. • Supporting groups with learning, skills development and facilitating peer learning leads to people becoming more confident • Community cohesion evolves as a by-product of working together in the ways outlined above


Relationships between the voluntary sector, the council and other statutory authorities have led to a greater understanding and willingness to engage residents more openly in the democratic process.

Wider Engagement • Partnership working proved a cost effective way to provide support and ensure groups kept on top of opportunities for funding and development. • Relationships between the voluntary sector, the council and other statutory authorities have led to a greater understanding and willingness to engage residents more openly in the democratic process. • Working closely with communities and building on established practice has enabled work to be targetted. Evidence from demographic data collected shows this approach has attracted a wider range of residents from small community groups than with previous courses.

Working with the local authority The barriers to engagement have been mainly those described around language support and timing. However, working closely with the local authority highlighted considerable gaps in approaches and ideologies between BHCC, residents, community groups and BHTPP. Whilst it was a rich, rewarding part of our work it was also the most time consuming. Participation in any activities designed to ‘demystify’ or promote democracy within Brighton and Hove need to be better targeted and statutory services can learn from the outreach and development expertise and experience of the voluntary sector. Activities would benefit from greater involvement of elected members. Learning activities launched by BHTPP provided the local authority with a starting point to develop a more outward facing approach to community engagement,

which proved popular with residents and served to break down negative views of the council. To continue the engagement focus needs to be embedded across council directorates rather then depending on the enthusiasm and good will of individuals. It was suggested that BHCC needs to adopt a more facilitative role rather than one of leadership.

Skills for Engagement The value of creating opportunities for people to come together, learn, exchange ideas and get involved cannot be overstated. Community activism requires collective action which requires communal space to foster it and a means of breaking down barriers so neighbours begin talking to each other. Evidence from the project demonstrates that the need to provide resources, structure and support is pivotal in facilitating marginalised groups to participate. However, it does not necessarily need high scale investment. Through its bursary scheme BHTPP has repeatedly shown how a small amount of seed money yields huge social capital in return. Political empowerment and active citizenship which define NI3 and NI4 objectives are contested terms and often used to suit different needs. Whether it is community engagement, formal volunteering, representation or becoming involved in lay governance roles, evidence from BHTPP clearly demonstrates that before people can be politically empowered they need to be personally empowered through opportunities to develop confidence in their own skills and resources and their ability to speak up. With regard to sustainability it is fundamental to ask what is meant. How feasible is it to expect small

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voluntary groups within communities that face multiple barriers to engagement to be totally selffinanced. Some activities such as the citizenship skills with ESOL learners have built capacity within individual organisations and can be embedded in mainstream provision in the future – as long as that provision exists. Other organisations such as the Hangleton & Knoll Multi-Cultural Women’s Group have developed skills to apply for other funding streams to support their work. Larger voluntary organisations like Novas Scarman are in a position to continue to support the work of the Refugee Group. However, small pockets of neighbourhood work like the youth newsletters cannot continue without the input of a community worker.

Evaluation The levels of monitoring and evaluation of this project were very demanding and not always effective in focussing on achievements, quality and improvements. Feedback from participants, project managers and members of the Advisory Group was unanimous in requesting a lighter and more effective evaluation system.

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Legacy

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Neighbourhood based training and learning which is responsive and relevant will be needed if residents are to develop the necessary skills to meet the challenges of the new localism effectively.

The project has built the capacity of residents in a number of ways. Over 657 learning opportunities for active citizenship have been recorded. These have involved learning about local democratic structures, how to engage communities and ways to get involved. It has created a bank of skills and knowledge within neighbourhoods that will stand them in good stead with regard to executing the new localism agenda. Specific capacity has been developed within BME communities to participate in voluntary and community activities and democratic structures. Activists are now able to cascade the skills and information they have acquired within their communities. A conversation has started across the city about the role of mentoring to support leadership skills in the voluntary and community sector in the city. The majority of volunteer mentors have confirmed that they intend to continue offering mentoring support to the sector following the end of the current programme.

promoting democracy and civic engagement in the city. The SCP works closely with BHCC. It is anticipated that this will be the forum to sustain and develop neighbourhood based work as well developing a strategic approach to civic involvement across the city. This report will be published in a web-based format on www.issuu.com. 1,000 hard copies of the ‘headlines’ will be distributed throughout the city in a newspaper format called ‘Raising Voices’. The film capturing BHTPP’s work will be available on the Get Involved website, circulated throughout the voluntary sector and to adult learning providers and the Take Part Network. Finally, it is worth noting that ‘legacy’ is not just people or skills. It is about places and mechanisms to support change, it is breaking down barriers and fostering communication skills before people feel confident to engage with their communities. This process takes time. Neighbourhood based training and learning which is responsive and relevant will be needed if residents are to develop the necessary skills to meet the challenges of the new localism effectively.

Democratic Services has a developed a model for informing residents about how local democratic structures operate and how they can get involved in local decision-making e.g. E-Petitions. This information is also available in booklet form and on the website. Plans are in place to produce a DVD of the training, which will enable the knowledge to be disseminated more widely in schools and communities across the city. The Take Part Advisory Group’s function will move under the aegis of the Stronger Communities Partnership with the aim of continuing its work on

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Appendix BHTPP aimed to work with underrepresented groups from across the city. The demographic data collected from those who participated in the short courses and leadership programmes illustrates that the proportion of BME, women, and people with disabilities who participated, exceeded the population.

Take Part

2001 Census for Brighton and Hove

Taking Account (CVSF) Audit of voluntary sector in Brighton and Hove

Black and minority ethnic community 19%

6%

5% of paid employees in the sector

Women (No transgendered people) 66%

52%

68% of those working in the sector are women

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people 17%

No data

9% of paid employees in the sector

Health issue / disability / mental health 21% 9%

People with disabilities are 5% of paid employees in the sector

Economically inactive 47%

32%

No data

No qualifications 4%

21%

No data

Level 4 or higher 69% 29%

44% of paid employees and 35% of those on management committees

Caring responsibilities 34%

82%

No data

Age Mostly 35-65

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20s and 30s

No data


Take Part Advisory Group

Weblinks

Cynthia Marin – Novas Scarman Dave Wolff – CUPP, Brighton University Dee Simson – BHCC Doris Ndebele - BMECP Jenny Moore – Hangleton & Knoll Project John Routledge - BHCC John Walker – Sussex University Julie Watson - BHCC Kaye Duerdoth - TDC Keith Beadle - CVSF Mike Holdgate – Novas Scarman Paul Bramwell - WTP

www.getinvolvedinthecity.org.uk www.wea.org.uk www.workingtogetherproject.org.uk www.trustdevcom.org.uk www.bmecp.org.uk www.novasscarman.org www.bhfederation.org.uk www.brighton-hove.gov.uk www.cvsectorforum.org.uk www.hkproject.org.uk www.bhfederation.org.uk www.novasscarman.org

Take Part Pathfinder Brighton & Hove is managed by a partnership of Workers Educational Association, Working Together Project and Brighton & Hove City Council. It forms part of the Take Part Pathfinder programme which is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and managed by the Community Development Foundation. Rona Parsons Take Part Development Worker (Working Together Project) Chris Sanders WEA Tutor Organiser

Design + communications: 7creative.co.uk Photography: Lawrence Latham, Simon Bottrell and groups’ own Published March 2011


Brighton & Hove Take Part Pathfinder