We want everyone to be able to take part in making the places where they live, work and play better. We want to know people in our communities well, understand and appreciate what we and others can offer, and for people to be able to get help when we need it. People should feel valued, respected, involved and listened to.
A new shared goal, created by our citizens
What we're aiming to achieve
More people believe that getting involved is worthwhile and feel inspired to take part.
More people have the confidence to get involved and know how to get support.
More people feel included, respected, listened to and able to contribute.
More people feel connected and know people in their communities well.
Champion a place-based approach in all the council's business and ensure our policies reflect one size does not fit all.
Implement the next phase of our place-based working journey, learning from the pandemic, with a programme of policy reviews, alongside a review of grant funding arrangements across the council. Timescale: December 2021.
Change our working culture at an operational level by developing our four Place-Based Working hubs. This means bringing together staff, partners and councillors to share local information and insight. We're working together to help achieve the best outcomes for individuals and communities. It's about bringing services closer to people and recognising that one size doesn't fit all. Timescale: April 2022.
Re-shape the relationship between the council and citizens so that people feel more engaged and so that the council takes better community wealth building opportunities.
Support our young citizens to be interested and have the opportunity to be engaged in local democracy and civic life. We will help young people to become active citizens through our Democracy Friendly Schools programme, in particular:
Delivering training for young people and staff in participating high schools across Kirklees. Timescale: Autumn 2021-Spring 2022.
Creating opportunities for young people to connect with their local councillors and work together on a project or activity in their local place. Timescale: Winter 2021-Summer 2022.
We enable people to become active citizens and to shape their local places. We will help everyone to understand what citizens expect from our changing relationship (and how we can enable active citizenship in our local places) by:
Co-designing tools that local organisations can use to have Shaped by People conversations with citizens and to measure our progress towards our shared goal. Timescale: Autumn-Winter 2021.
Telling the stories of active citizenship in our local places and encouraging our staff and partners to use what we learn as key insight, to help grow positive relationships. Timescale: Autumn 2021-Summer 2022.
Oversee the delivery of place standard engagement and the establishment of ward partnerships in Kirklees.
Continue to coordinate and deliver Place Standard engagement so that citizens can have a say in influencing the future of their place, can contribute to making it better and have opportunities to work in a collaborative way with Kirklees Council, councillors and partners. Timescale: Ongoing.
Work with councillors, partners and key services to develop a flexible approach for the establishment of ward/neighbourhood partnerships that will bring partners and stakeholders together to deliver shared aspirations and ambitions. Timescale: April 2022.
Reflect the changed relationship between the council and citizens in the new Access to Services strategy.
Agree an Access to Services Strategy that sets out the principles and guidance to be adopted to ensure citizens are placed centrally in how we approach access to council services. Timescale: April 2022.
Develop an Access to Services implementation plan, informed by a number of pilots to enable and support the principles leading to longer-term changes in relationships between the council and citizens. Timescale: June 2022 and ongoing.
Improve our current response times to enquiries and contacts. Timescale: April 2022 and ongoing.
Councillor Paul Davies
Tracking our progress
We will work with people to measure and track our progress. This will include both survey-based methods that can be compared nationally, as well as flexible and informal group conversations that can be hosted by anyone, at any time.
This shared goal was created by people from local places across Kirklees, through a series of workshops and online activities. All of us - individuals of all ages, families, neighbourhoods, businesses, community groups, local organisations and Kirklees Council - can share in it and take responsibility for achieving it.
We know that there will always be more work to be done to make this goal truly shared by everyone. We know that not everyone has the same opportunities to get involved, and that there are real barriers to taking part. We recognise that different communities have different needs and perspectives that won't always match up with others. Together with local people, we will keep reflecting, reviewing and improving the way we measure our progress, to reflect the diverse people who live here.