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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]
For more information see the Brighton & Hove Strategic Partnership website
Community Engagement Training
For details of our current training programme go to the Community Engagement Training Programme 2013.
In July 2011 a series of case studies was published, showing the range of activities learners undertook following their participation in the 2010-11 Community Engagement Training Programme. Please view the case studies report here. [PDF 2.88 MB]
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Council are currently looking at Financial Inclusion and what must be done to better support residents. A report with an action plan went to Policy and Resources Committee in March 2013. We are currently compiling a needs assessment to inform the action plan. Please find below the current draft needs assessment plus appendices.
The council also commissioned Toynbee Hall to look into some of these issues and make some early recommendations to us. You can find a copy of that report here. Download Toynbee Hall Report [PDF 556KB]A dedicated page on Financial Inclusion will be created soon and the Council and Democracy pages will have a link to the report once it is published around 14th March 2013.
- Get Involved website
- Consultation guidance
- Consultation portal
- Equalities team web pages
- Community Engagement Framework Equalities Impact Assessment
- Complaints team
- Brighton & Hove Strategic Partnership
For more information about the Framework contact:
Brighton & Hove City Council
Room 429 Kings House, Grand Avenue,
Hove BN3 2LS
Tel: (01273) 295053
Stronger Communities Partnership
c/o Brighton & Hove Community and Voluntary Sector Forum
Brighton Junction, 1A Isetta Square
35 New England Street
Brighton BN1 4GQ
Tel: (01273) 810230