Community engagement in Brighton & Hove
What is community engagement?
Community engagement can be many things, from being consulted about something the council is thinking of doing to support for a project, or being involved in the delivery of a service.
This may include providing access to a variety of information, support, training, advice and signposting. It can also help communities get resources, funds, support and networks to enable ongoing development.
Delivered effectively, community engagement can:
Support people to take control over the issues that affect their lives. This can help lead to the development of social and economic opportunities to meet needs, and active and inclusive communities.
Increase understanding about the needs and priorities of different communities. This helps inform improvements to services, and the way they are delivered to ensure equality of access and value for money.
- Increase involvement in local decision making and democratic processes.
Community Engagement Framework (CEF)
The Brighton & Hove Strategic Partnership has developed a Community Engagement Framework for the city. The framework is the key reference for organisations that are members of the partnership.
The framework sets out the strategic aims and guiding principles for community engagement within Brighton & Hove and priority actions that need to be taken to improve practice.
- Download a copy of the Community Engagement Framework (PDF 285KB)
- Download a copy of the Easy Read Community Engagement Framework (PDF 351KB)
For more information see the Brighton & Hove Strategic Partnership website.
Working With Communities Training
- Working With Communities Training Programme details (PDF 314KB)
- View the case studies report here (PDF 2.8MB)
Reward and Recognition Guidance
This Reward & Recognition Guidance is a toolkit for anyone planning to carry out engagement activities. It offers practical advice on how to appropriately acknowledge and value the participation of individuals and groups/organisations in these engagement activities.
During consultation around the Community Engagement Framework (CEF), respondents expressed the need for consistency around reward and recognition. It was stressed that this did not necessarily mean financial reward, but recognition of the value that their time, knowledge and expertise brought. Respondents requested common guidelines and minimum standards. The aim of this guidance is to help remove barriers for those service users who would like to engage with public bodies and should be used together with the CEF.
Good practice in Community Engagement
Below are some examples of good practice in community engagement work:
- BHCC Housing – Asset Management Panel (MS Word 22KB)
- Coldean Library (MS Word 35KB)
- Hangleton and Knoll Youth Project (MS Word 25KB)
- Jubilee Library (MS Word 52KB)
- Moulsecoomb Inclusion Project (MS Word 50KB)
- Oral History Project (MS Word 24KB)
- Woodingdean MYBus Project (MS Word 181KB)
If you have an example of a piece of engagement work which you feel was particularly successful and would like to promote it here, you can download the Case Study Template (MS Word 20KB) or contact the Communities Team email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Consultation guidance
- Consultation portal
- Equalities team web pages
- Community Engagement Framework Equalities Impact Assessment
- Customer feedback team
- Brighton & Hove Strategic Partnership
For more information about the Framework contact:
Communities, Equality and Third Sector Team,
Brighton & Hove City Council,
Room 167 Hove Town Hall,
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 01273 296821