Neighbourhood Working – it’s all about your neighbourhood
Slough Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Working initiative has targeted Colnbrook, along with Chalvey and Manor Park as areas within the borough deserving pilot schemes. The scheme targets areas where there is high dissatisfaction with local services and low engagement from the community. The initiative is intended to support the community in solving it’s own problems in its own way.
What is Neighbourhood Working?
We all want to be proud of Slough and make it a better place to live and work. We also want to be proud of the neighbourhood we live in and have a say in making it a better place. The Neighbourhood Working project brings a new way of working more closely with residents to find out what their concerns are about:
- where they live
- how they would like it be improved
- the facilities they would like in their neighbourhood
- how we can all do things that will make a difference
The neighbourhood working project is a pilot where three particular areas have been supported to work towards solving their own problems, in their own ways. After all who knows what needs fixing more than the people that actually live there? We want to make sure:
- Increased satisfaction with neighbourhood
- Communities involved in making decisions about their services and how facilities are used
- Communities influence how funding is spent
- More people getting involved – civic participation
- Increased pride
The Pilot Projects
There are 3 projects at the moment in which we are working with residents to find the best way of working at a neighbourhood level in Slough. They are in:
- Manor Park
Residents have decided to form a neighbourhood board in each area and existing groups are working with these boards. Each area now has an action plan that is helping them to tackle the things that are important in the local area.
To find out what residents who are involved in the projects think about it, read the article in the Citizen Oct / Nov 2010
For more information on the Slough Borough Council website click here.