‘Our place’ gets £33k funding boost

Published on 15th October 2014

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Cheltenham is one of only 120 areas around the country to be awarded funding to help transform services for vulnerable families.

Cheltenham is set to receive around £33k from the government to help local families have more power over local services and budgets in their area. Cheltenham will also receive 8.5 days of consultancy support and four days support to develop the ideas and create an operational plan.

Tracy Brown, partnerships team leader for Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “We are delighted to have received funding to start this project work – it really will make a huge difference to the way our families who need some extra help receive services.

“The Inspiring Families Project put in a bid on behalf of the Cheltenham Partnerships to develop peer support groups which will help give local people ownership over the support they receive. This approach will see members of these peer support groups being trained as leaders, mentors and trusted individuals.”

A steering group made up of key organisations has been set up to develop the plan and includes: Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham West End Partnership, Cheltenham Borough Homes, Oakwood and Gardners Lane Federation, County Community Projects, Gloucestershire Constabulary, Gloucestershire County Council and People and Places.

Over the coming months the group will be asked to support the Our Place projects through giving direct support to the peer support groups, identifying families who may benefit, supporting the writing of the operational plan, supporting the collection of data for the cost benefit analysis and attending workshops run by consultants from Our Place.

Bernice Thomson from Cheltenham west end partnership who is co-managing the project, adds: “This is a great opportunity for families to take some control in dealing with the huge range of issues that affect family life and family members. It offers them more independence in addition to any help they may receive from public services.”

Cllr Rowena Hay, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles, continues: “This funding boost really is excellent news. It will give us the vital resources that we need to update these services, and giving our residents more ownership over the support they receive can only be a good thing.”

If you would like to find out more about the project please contact the Inspiring Families project worker Ami Lavery on 01242 775172

The draft plan will be submitted for peer review by 21 November 2014, and the final operational plan will be submitted to the DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) by 31 March 2015.

For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email kelly.carter@www.cheltenham.gov.uk

Locality, in partnership with the Local Government Association and delivery associates such as the Community Development Foundation are running the Our Place programme. A £4.3m package of support and grants for neighbourhoods has been made available by the Department for Communities & Local Government to support 141 neighbourhoods, with 20 driving proposals chosen and given extra support to break new ground. For more information about Locality visit this website.

Our Place aims to give people more power over local services and budgets in their neighbourhoods, aligning these with all the other resources that the community can bring. Communities and public service organisations will be supported to develop an operational plan and take control in their area to make sure that things work in the best way for local people. For more information visit the website