People in Kirklees live in cohesive communities, feel safe and are protected from harm

We want everyone to be proud of the communities in which they live, feel happy, be safe, and get on well. Enabling people to get actively involved in their neighbourhoods and the decisions that affect them will create stronger communities and a more cohesive district.

What we're aiming to achieve

  • More people active in their communities and engaged in local democracy.
  • A thriving voluntary and community sector.
  • High quality, joined up and accessible services that safeguard children and adults from harm.

Priorities for action

1. Tenant safety

Action

Tenant safety: agree and implement tower block replacement/renewal and refurbishment programme.

Deliverable(s)

  • Complete high rise fire door programme.
    Timescale: March 2022.
  • In line with the Cabinet's approval to remediate, refurbish and redevelop the high rise blocks, and having tendered the works in July 2021, let the contract to carry out the fire safety works to Harold Wilson Court and deliver the appropriate interim fire safety measures to Buxton House.
    Timescale: Let contract - January 2022. Deliver interim fire safety measures - March 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Cathy Scott


2. Support our communities to live well together by developing an Inclusive Communities Framework

Action

Support our communities to live well together by developing an Inclusive Communities Framework that this year will introduce a new way of working with communities to keep everyone safe.

Deliverable(s)

  • Co-produce a partnership Inclusive Communities Framework to help to achieve safe and cohesive outcomes by providing a guide on how to put principles into action. Set out a framework for responsibility and accountability for how all partners contribute to the building blocks of inclusive communities.
    Timescale: April 2022.
  • Pilot new approaches to community engagement and prevention to respond to post pandemic community pressures and use the learning to inform the development of the Inclusive Communities Framework.
    Timescale: November 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Carole Pattison


3. Work alongside the voluntary and community sector

Action

Work alongside the voluntary and community sector in Kirklees to create a relationship that best delivers our outcomes.

Deliverable(s)

  • Engage more people and grow support for our 'we are working alongside' approach (which describes how voluntary and community organisations, Kirklees Council and health partners want to work together to make our local places even better) by:
    • Promoting our co-created statement of shared values.
      Timescale: Winter 2021.
    • Gathering and sharing stories of how we're working together differently, inspired by our shared values, demonstrating how putting these values into action is helping to deliver our shared outcomes.
      Timescale: Winter 2021 to Spring 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Cathy Scott


4. Make our community buildings more inclusive

Action

Make our community buildings more inclusive and progress inclusive asset transfers.

Deliverable(s)

  • Continually monitor outcomes from the Community Asset Transfer (CAT) programme and review council processes and procedures in line with the updated 2020 CAT Policy to ensure that communities and community need are at the forefront of asset transfers.
    Timescale: September 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Paul Davies


Tracking our progress

  • Proportion of adults who say people get on well together.
  • Proportion of people who say they feel safe.
  • Recorded crime.

Safer Kirklees - Our Community Safety Partnership

Throughout the pandemic, Safer Kirklees has co-ordinated town centres' responses with key partners through regular sharing of information and partnership meetings with Police, BID street ambassadors, Rough Sleepers Initiative, CESOs (Community and Environmental Support Officers), Greenspace Action Team and the Community Protection Team. They provided Covid guidance and safety information for the public, distributed face coverings and sanitiser gel and shared COVID-19 guidance messages verbally and with translated written information provided through market stalls, shopping centres, bus stations and railway stations in the town centres.

COVID-19 testing centres were set up within town centres and communications to promote testing were put in place, including banners in localities with COVID-19 advice and where to get tested. A co-ordination approach with the Police, CESOs and the Rough Sleepers Initiative, drugs and alcohol services continued throughout the pandemic, supporting homeless people into accommodation and additional support such as food parcels and health care treatments were provided.

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