Darlington: using pies and pints to harness the power of community action
Rather than accepting that fewer financial resources mean poorer services, Darlington has shown that with the right approach, residents can be engaged in a way which not only helps maintain service levels but brings the community together.
Teignbridge: creating Garden Communities using digital engagement
Two neighbourhoods of Teignbridge District Council were awarded Garden Community Status in 2019. Residents were offered the opportunity to be part of the plans to build vibrant, green neighbourhoods but the pandemic disrupted face-to-face engagement. Determined to involve local people in the project, the council pioneered a set of digital initiatives, the success of which has given Teignbridge Council the confidence to explore other ways to increase resident participation.
Young people's involvement in the Pan London Care Leavers Offer
The Pan London Care Leavers Offer forms part of the work by the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS) and is led by a strategic working group of policy makers from ALDCS, London Councils, Partnership for Young London (PYL) and The Greater London Authority.
Newham council has developed an intensive youth support offer via the Youth Empowerment Service, which provides intensive youth support alongside the multi-agency and advocacy for young people up to age 25 at risk of exploitation and harm.
Putting children at the heart of policy making, including involving them directly in policy development, is important. Councils are already working hard to engage children and young people in policy development, as seen in a series of case studies on this page.
#ReduceDomestic Abuse Campaign in Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
The #ReduceDomesticAbuse campaign was initiated by Doncaster Youth Council as a result of the UK Youth Parliament Make Your Mark ballot, and also coincided with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council’s plans to develop a domestic abuse prevention campaign.