Anecdotal information collated locally through both the Big Local engagement and also informal information networks has highlighted the need for affordable finance and also inclusion of local people into financial structures. Areas to be investigated further include:
• Access to affordable finance – through Lewisham Plus as a plan partner;
• Financial mentoring and education – including the year one priority of a young savers club in Marvels Lane School;
• Development of tools to enable more participation in local budgets and spending;
• Improvement of local income levels through educating people to manage their own finances more effectively but also through the Education, Training and Employment activity within our plan.
In developing the Health & Well-being theme we recognise the following:
• The wider determinants of health, i.e. the housing is which people live, whether or not they feel safe, their financial concerns, lifestyle and also employment, are reflected in the themes across our plan;
• The activity of the wider plan will impact upon the health and well-being of our community;
• We will work to support health and well being through each of the themes within our plan and try to capture the impact upon people’s health as part of our continued Big Local conversation;
• We will concentrate on local access to appropriate services for local people, particularly for carers who currently lack access to support.
Challenges highlighted through the local activities and engagement include:
• The need for local education support by providing both space, time and education support to local pupils aged 11+;
• The location of programmes and activities to ensure full accessibility for local young people including provision of post 16 education such as Lewisham College, Community Education Lewisham and any smaller vocational learning providers in satellite programmes for young people in the area;
• Targeted to engage with young people; to develop and broker learning opportunities and to design appropriate learning programmes;
• Awareness of local organisations, business and services locally provide access to opportunities; local recruitment; training and support programmes;
• Varied opportunities for local employment and training for young people including development of small businesses and social enterprises;
• The need for a variety of different delivery mechanisms to increase employment options for local people;
• Small bursaries to help residents participate in recruitment processes e.g.: travel to interviews; interview clothes;
• Confidence building activities which help people to become work ready;
• Access to regular and on-going job clubs; training opportunities and advice services;
• Child care support to enable residents to participate in all and any of the above.
Local people would like to see community and belonging developed through:
• Development of a community ‘hub’ of activity whether the Hub is actual or virtual;
• A range of community based activities targeting families as well as other groups;
• Instigation of a ‘Play Street’ initiative to close off roads to traffic to specifically encourage children to play out on the street on set days during the year;
• Engagement with Community Education Lewisham to develop a programme of tasters classes;
• Development of groups of interest including, crafts, reading, walking, discussion, film etc.;
• Intergenerational activities to redress the fears and barriers between younger and older people;
• More engagement with the safer neighbourhood team to reduce the fear of crime and increase safety precautions, awareness and sense of personal safety.
The aspiration for the Parks and Open spaces is that they are well used, vibrant community places which all of the community have access to and use. To develop the spaces ChART have highlighted:
• The need for a person to drive through and build this local asset;
• The need to engage with partner organisations already working in the Park e.g. Friends of Chinbrook Meadows;
• Link into other local projects e.g. Quaggy project;
• Build on the aspirations of local people i.e. what do local people want to see in the park and on open spaces.
To gain a clearer understanding around both actual and perceived crime within the area we propose to commission a mapping exercise which will:
Work with the local Police and Community Safety team to collate statistics on crime and types of crime across the Big Local area;
• Use the information collected to work with local residents and to test residents ‘perception’ of hotspots and safety issues;
• Prepare a report and action plan for ChART which;
- Maps actual and perceived crime hotspots;
- Suggest environmental improvements to design crime and perceived crime out;
- Propose a range of projects to reduce crime and perception of crime which may include: Neighbourhood Watch; community activity and intergenerational programmes; targeted work with specific groups eg. Young people
- An action plan to address crime and perception of crime within the area.