Ways of working and values
Ways of working
The original Kirklees Health and Wellbeing strategy (KHWS) emphasised the importance of 'working in a KHWS way'. These ways of working have been updated based on what local people and partners have told us are important. They set standards of behaviour we expect all those involved in delivering the KHWS to demonstrate.
The Kirklees Inclusive Communities Framework (ICF) provides a toolkit to help partnerships and organisations work better with communities. The ICF and KHWS share the same ethos of supporting and encouraging all partners to work in this way, helping to break down the barriers that continue to exist for some people.
The KHWS approach
- 1. Working with communities and individuals, and don't do things to them
- 2. Recognising that who you are, and where you live, work or study, impacts on your health, wellbeing and inequalities
- 3. Making the most of the diverse knowledge, experience and skills of our communities and colleagues
- 4. Developing and strengthening skills and resources in local communities and organisations
- 5. Having the courage to be creative and innovative
- 6. Making sure our work is intelligence, evidence and insight driven
- 7. Focusing on prevention and early identification and intervention
- 8. Building and maintaining strong relationships with effective working partnerships and systems
- 9. Providing high support and high challenge to partners and colleagues
We believe everyone has the right to good health and wellbeing
We are committed to getting rid of health and wellbeing inequalities
We value difference and promote fair access to opportunities and resources
We are committed to addressing the wider factors that influence and impact on health and wellbeing
We are committed to enabling communities and individuals to adapt and thrive
Shaped by people
To achieve the vision and ambitions of this strategy we must work in partnership and share power with people who live, work or study in Kirklees. We need to enable and encourage people to share their experiences, ideas and solutions. This means creating and participating in local spaces where these conversations can happen. We also need ways of gathering and using that insight to enable citizens to make the changes that they want to see, and to shape partner plans.
Shaped by people is a shared goal which describes how people in Kirklees want things to be in the future. It's about enabling more people to come together to make local places even better. People want to be able to directly shape what happens in their local place. This sense of personal agency in the places where we live, work and study is important for everyone's wellbeing. By enabling more of this to happen, we can grow healthier neighbourhoods together.
Our shared commitment to the 'shaped by people' goal means that we will work to help more people feel inspired to take part, to give people confidence to act, to help people feel included, respected and listened to, and to help people get to know others in their communities well.
To ensure our work is shaped and powered by people who live, work and study in Kirklees, we will be guided by our Working Alongside shared values, as part of the Kirklees Inclusive Communities Framework. These are:
- Recognise everyone
- Involve others early
- Recognise we are coming from different places
- Work on mutual trust
- Grow mutual confidence
- Be flexible with each other
- Take courage from kindness
- Share with each other
- Be open and honest
- Listen with curiosity
- Be flexible in our approaches, and
- Learn by doing
Place based working
To ensure we work effectively with and alongside people who live, work or study in our local places we will:
- Recognise the unique identities of our local places, their assets and aspirations.
- Work in partnership with people at the most relevant level, such as; Kirklees wide, towns, villages, neighbourhoods and smaller
- Recognise people who live, work or study in Kirklees are best placed to understand local priorities, strengths and challenges.
- Place based leadership is crucial and can come from a range of sources such as local people, Councillors, clinicians, teachers, community and faith leaders, amongst others.
- Recognise people may need some support to make things happen.
- Meet people and communities where they are on their journey; emotionally, mentally, physically and or, geographically.
- Put relationships first, working as connected people, not as organisations.
- Think and act as people of Kirklees, strengthening everyone's stake in our local places.