East Hull Transforms Paper 1 Strategic Steering Group 21 March 2007 1. Background Since the original proposal to form East Hull Transforms (EHT) there have been a great number of comments, concerns, and most importantly, expressions of support voiced. These have been aired in various meetings and exchanges of correspondence, and this paper has taken account of the issues and suggestions raised, and is aimed at explaining how EHT will operate. 2. EHT – Strategy and Delivery Arms There two broad parts to EHT – the Strategy Steering Group, and the Delivery Arms. The first part of this paper (Paper 1) deals with the Strategy group. 3. Strategy Steering Group The Strategy Steering Group is not: A commissioning group since it does not have any resources; It is not a formal body – this avoids conflict of interest issues; It is not intended to compete with OneHull, nor with CityBuild, nor replace or usurp the work of the Area Committees. The Strategy Steering Group is: A body that brings together some of the key players at a City wide level with some of the key players at a locality level; It is a body that looks at local assets, (such as existing community groups, under-used Church Halls, etc. ), and at local problems and concerns, in the context of city wide strategies, for example on youth unemployment, healthcare, anti-social behaviour, etc. It is in this context that it enables the key partners to come together to represent their viewpoints, and together consider how local needs can be addressed within the bigger city wide picture. This advice will then help to direct the work of the four delivery arms, (see Paper 2). In other words, the key role of the Strategy Steering Group of East Hull Transforms is to develop local bottom-up strategies that reflect local needs and ambitions, and which help to deliver (and perhaps influence) the overall Citywide strategies of OneHull, the PCT and the Council’s over-arching Community Strategy at a neighbourhood level; the following diagram illustrates this ambition. Diagram 1: The work of the Strategy Steering Group. City wide strategies Hull City Young Humberside LSP Council PCT People and Police and “OneHull” Strategy Community Children’s CitySafe Strategy Strategy Strategies Strategies Membership Group chaired by local MP Strategic Chair of East Hull Committee Chair of Park Area Committee Chair of LSP Group Chair of PCT Police Representative East Hull Alliance representative(s) PRNDC Chair Chairs of 4 Delivery Boards East Hull Local Priorities Alliance Assets, Local (alliance of and views Needs of Area e.g. community voluntary and centres, play community Committees areas, etc. groups) The proposed membership is as following: East Hull MP; Chairs of East and Park Area Committees; Chair of LSP OneHull; Chair of PCT; Police Representative; East Hull Alliance representative (representing voluntary and community groups); Preston Road NDC Chair; Chairs of the four Delivery Boards (when appointed, only one is in place at the time of writing). East Hull Transforms Paper 2 The Delivery Arms 21 March 2007 East Hull Transforms – the Delivery Organisation 1. Background The Delivery Arms together form a legally constituted company. This will enable us to bid for funds, and employ staff as and when required. However, there is no formal link between the Strategy Steering Group and the four Delivery Arms, again for reasons of probity and to avoid any conflict of interest. The Delivery Arm provides a vehicle for addressing need, if required, and it is accepted that there may be other bodies who are better able to deliver. As already stated, the funding and commissioning of the delivery arms will NOT be undertaken by the Strategic Group, but will remain with the partner organisations, i.e. the Council, including the Area Committees, OneHull, the PCT, etc., through the normal procurement channels. The Delivery Arms of EHT will compete along with other organisations and will be successful if they can demonstrate value for money and the achievement of outcomes and outputs. 2 The proposed Delivery Arms East Hull Transforms East Hull Transforms Health and Enterprise and Social Care Employment Strategy Group East Hull Transforms Housing and East Hull Transforms Neighbourhood Youth Management 3. The current situation East Hull Transforms Youth is operational, and more details will be given in the following paper (Paper 3). This serves as a model for how the other arms may operate. East Hull Transforms Enterprise and Employment is PROBE, one of East Hull oldest and most successful social enterprises and later in the year it is expected that PROBE will change its name to reflect the new arrangements. East Transforms Health and Social Care is currently under discussion. Both the Goodwin Centre, PROBE and PRNDC have been in discussion with the Council’s Social Services department and Hull PCT on their future plans for health and social care, (and the exciting possibilities opened up through tele-care). The aspiration is to involve more local people from within their communities in caring for their neighbours, and at the same time training people in the skills required, and helping them to gain employment. This will help to address not only care needs, but provide local employment opportunities and reduce benefit dependency. Decisions on the future will need to be considered probably in the early summer. East Hull Transforms Housing and Neighbourhood Management is on hold currently, since there are already several organisations operating in this general area, and further duplication will not help matters. However, the reality is that housing, together with safe and clean neighbourhoods are amongst some of the highest priorities of local people, and future decisions will be needed on the ways forward. East Hull Transforms Paper 3- East Hull Transforms Youth An example of how the Delivery Arm will function 21 March 2007 1. Background There is a service level agreement in place until March 2008 between the Council’s Youth Service and PRNDC which brings together the two services within East Hull. A great deal of background work has been going on looking at the needs of young people and the wider community, and at the resources on hand, and the opportunities available to make a difference. 2. The history and needs Because of national changes to the way that the Youth Service has been funded, the City wide and local provision has been lacking. Yet it is evident that a strong, well resourced youth provision can make a significant difference in not only improving the life chances of young people, but in improving the quality of life of local communities through diverting young people into positive activities, reducing low level nuisance and criminal activities, and the provision of community resources. PRNDC has been in the fortunate position of being able to fund services for young people for the past 7 years. These services have included generic youth work, sport, drama provision, work with schools, training and employment initiatives. This work has been delivered in partnership with, amongst others, Hull City Council Youth Development Service, William Sutton Housing Trust, PROBE and several voluntary sector groups. Indeed, the partnership has been so strong and successful that PRNDC have for the past 7 years jointly delivered and managed Youth provision within the wider Preston Road area, including the management of several Council facilities and staff. Through Transforms Youth we now have the opportunity of taking a model which we know works and extending it to cover a wider area. This model brings together several independently and internally managed project themes. These being: Building a Future for Young People Sports Development Preston Road Works – providing employment pathways for young people Business Support & Development Preston Road Amateur Dramatic Association East Hull Transforms Youth has been developed to combine all of the activities - previously independently managed - into an all embracing, holistic service deliverer. In this way, East Hull Transforms Youth, in liaison with its numerous partners, is able to offer innovative and flexible services to young people throughout all of the East Hull area. 3. The challenge – needs and resources The needs will be the subject of a verbal presentation, whilst the centres from which intervention can be delivered are listed in the following pages, together with their strengths and weaknesses.