The Big Lottery Fund and Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) have announced the 20 partnerships taking part in the first stage of the Placed Based Social Action programme launched last October and the One Colchester Strategic Group are pleased to announce, they are one of them.
The Placed Based Social Action programme is funded using £4.5 million of Government and National Lottery money.
It aims to support communities to put social action at the heart of plans which make a positive difference in the local area. It gives people the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the design and delivery of local services by bringing together communities, local authorities, public sector organisations, service providers, civil society organisations and businesses to address local priorities.
Our vision is to build a sustainable network, co-designed and owned by the whole community to ensure that residents can live well with dementia, through good relationships, new activities and community-led responses to need. Our partnership, One Colchester, is a local strategic partnership which has existed since 2014 to bring together organisations and individuals to develop multi-agency responses to local issues. The group includes the Chief Executives and Senior Managers of Colchester Council, Director of Public Health at Essex Council, NEE Clinical Commissioning Group, Anglian Community Enterprise (local community healthcare delivery agent), Social Care Teams, Colchester Borough Homes, educational institutions, voluntary and community groups, businesses and relevant partners.
Our aim is to develop Colchester Borough as a Dementia Friendly Community in response to current low dementia diagnosis rates (Colchester is an outlier in NHS statistics), increasing potential number of diagnoses (JSNA estimates an increase of 70%) and develop social action to respond to the anticipated additional demand on existing services.
Tracy Rudling, Chair of One Colchester commented “what a wonderful accolade that our leadership team has been chosen to support people’s voices and choices about how they would like to develop dementia services for themselves. We are excited to be part of the Place Based Social Action Programme and its potential investment to our place. People need to be at the heart of all the decision making taking this project forward and truly co-produce this exciting journey for Colchester.
In early 2019, up to 10 of these 20 partnerships will go on to be awarded funding of up to £240,000 for three years to put their plans into action. Following this, up to five of these partnerships will be awarded further funding of up to £255,000 to develop and expand their plans for another three years to December 2024.
Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “This programme is about supporting communities to work together to tackle the social issues that matter in their area. It is designed to ensure solutions are created by local people for local people and we’re looking forward to seeing how these plans develop over the next year.”
Tracey Crouch, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society, said: “Communities lie at the heart of our commitment to build a society that works for everyone. This investment, bolstered by partnerships, will create positive change as people work together to develop solutions to overcome local issues in their area.”
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