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Enabling Communities Delivery Plan

ES Enabling Communities Model
Map Community Assets
Understand Current & Future Needs
Identify the gap between assets and needs
Negotiate and agree priorities and outcomes
Agree the best way to deliver the end results
Identify and remove or manage barriers and blockers
Advice, information, support and partners
Identify community leaders and champions
Find formal, informal and micro volunteers (if needed)
Use resources differently and/or get more resources
Understand impact, celebrate success, share best practice

Map Community Assets

Communities understand what is strong in their community. This includes the ‘assets’ they already have, including people, groups, networks, buildings and other resources.

What are the Enablers (what will help)?

Who are the Enablers (who can help)?

  • Community – individuals, groups and networks
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Businesses
  • Voluntary sector organisations/local charities
  • Public sector organisations
  • Churches and faith organisations
  • Local services – banks, shops, post offices, pubs

We will help communities to use the right tools (see list above) to list and understand their community assets. We will consider further asset transfers between public sector organisations and community groups. We will support communities to make best use of existing community buildings.
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Understand current and future needs

Communities use facts and figures, as well as stories, to understand current needs and think about future needs. Communities do additional research/engagement/consultation if needed.

What are the Enablers (what will help)?

  • Village Profiles – Suffolk Observatory
  • Parish/town profiles – WDC/SCDC (in progress)
  • Local Plan information/studies (on DC websites)
  • Parish and Neighbourhood Plans
  • Consultation results
  • Qualitative (words) and quantitative (numbers) insight and data
Who are the Enablers (who can help)?

  • Community Development Officers – CAS and public sector (SCC/SCDC/WDC)
  • Planning Officers / Research and Insight Officers
  • Community Action Suffolk/other VCS organisations
  • Community groups
  • Suffolk Community Foundation
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Councillors

We will help communities to understand what information is already available about their community. We will support communities to think about what additional research they need to do to fully understand needs. We will use all relevant information about communities to make evidence based decisions about services.
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Identify the gap between assets and needs

Once communities understand their assets (what they already have in the community) and current and future needs, they can identify the gap between what they have and what they need.

What are the Enablers (what will help)?

Who are the Enablers (who can help)?

We will help communities to understand the gap between what they have and what they need/want. We will support communities to use the right tools to identify the gap. We will help communities to understand and engage all groups within the community e.g. hard to reach/hear.
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Negotiate and agree priorities and outcomes

Communities discuss, debate and agree which of the issues identified through the gap analysis is most important. This might involve negotiation about what matters most and what should be tackled first. These priorities can then be worded as outcomes – the way we want something to turn out.

What are the Enablers (what will help)?

Who are the Enablers (who can help)?

We will help communities to use ‘ranking’ tools to priorities their issues and decide what matters most. We will help communities to turn issues into outcomes – what they want the future to look like. We will support communities to have honest, on-going conversations with service providers.
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Agree the best way to deliver the end results

Communities identify and assess the best way(s) of achieving their outcomes and choose the best solution for them. They also think about how they will know that they have achieved their goals.

What are the Enablers (what will help)?

Who are the Enablers (who can help)?

  • Community Development Officers
  • Planning Officers
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • All sections of the community
  • External facilitation may be helpful?

We will help communities to identify and agree the best actions to achieve their goals (outcomes). We will support communities to think about how they will measure the impact/success of their project.
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Identify and remove or manage barriers and blockers

Communities understand what and/or who might get in the way of doing what they want to do. Sometimes it won’t be possible to remove these, so think about how to manage them instead.

What are the Enablers (what will help)?

Who are the Enablers (who can help)?

We will help communities to identify what might get in the way of doing what they want to do. We will help communities to identify who might get in the way of doing what they want to do. We will help communities to manage these ‘barriers’ and blockers’, including through mediation.
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Advice, information, support and partners

Communities think about what additional help - advice, information and practical support - they need to deliver their solution(s) and who would be best to provide this help.

What are the Enablers (what will help)?

Who are the Enablers (who can help)?

  • Community Development Officers
  • Community Action Suffolk/wider VCS
  • East Suffolk Partnership/Resource Network
  • District and County Councils
  • Health organisations, including CCGs
  • PCCs Office/Police
  • Councillors
  • Town and Parish Councils, particularly the Clerks
  • Suffolk Pro-Help

We will help communities to think about what help they need to implement their solutions. We will help communities to identify who is best to provide this advice, information and/or practical support.
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Identify community leaders and champions

Who are the leaders within the community and who acts as a ‘champion’ for a place, group or issue? Who are the ‘fiery spirits’ who ‘agitate’ and get things done? Who are the community ‘role models’?

What are the Enablers (what will help)?

Who are the Enablers (who can help)?

  • Councillors
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Community Action Suffolk (CAS)
  • Community networks
  • Existing Project leads/local ‘movers and shakers’
  • Visible residents
  • Council staff – role as ‘champions’

We will ensure that communities know who their Councillors (County, District and Town/Parish) are. We will help communities to identify their leaders, champions, role models and ‘fiery spirits’. We will help identify the gap between the skills available and the skills needed (and any training needs).
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Find formal, informal and micro volunteers (if needed)

If additional ‘people power’ is needed, identify what needs doing and what skills are required to do it. Communities can then recruit volunteers into specific roles. 

What are the Enablers (what will help)?

Widest possible range of volunteering opportunities:

  • Formal
  • Informal
  • Micro (one-off)
  • Flexible approach
Who are the Enablers (who can help)?

  • Volunteering Field Officer (CAS)
  • Businesses – Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Public sector staff
  • Councillors (identify existing/potential volunteers)
  • Existing forums/groups
  • Town and Parish Councils/Clerks
  • Existing volunteers

We will help communities to understand exactly what they want volunteers to do. We will support communities to think about what skills will be needed for volunteers to do these tasks. We will help communities to recruit the volunteers they need to make their project happen.
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Use resources differently and/or get more resources

Identify what resources (money and things) are needed to make things happen. Assess whether these already exist within the community and/or whether more resources (money and things) need to be found.

What are the Enablers (what will help)?

  • Public Health funding
  • Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Grants
  • District Council grants e.g. Enabling Communities
  • European Funding
  • East Suffolk Partnership/Resource Network
  • Suffolk Foundation – various funds
  • National grant programmes e.g. National Lottery
Who are the Enablers (who can help)?

We will help communities to identify what money and other resources they need. We will ensure that communities understand the gap between what resources they have and what they need. We will support communities to identify funding opportunities and develop great applications.
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Understand impact, celebrate success, share best practice

Communities check what has been delivered – ideally throughout the project. They  celebrate their efforts and successes and share best practice (what went well) with funders, partners and other community groups.

What are the Enablers (what will help)?

  • Sharing information with other communities/groups
  • Cost Benefit Analysis (what are the benefits for each £ spent?)
  • Awards and events
  • Communication (videos, social media)
  • Case studies – stories and experiences
Who are the Enablers (who can help)?

We will encourage communities to review progress regularly and help them to understand their impact.

We will encourage communities to celebrate and communicate their hard work and achievements.

We will help communities to share examples of how things worked (and didn’t work) with other communities.
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