There is a lot of talk about Big Society and some scepticism about what it might deliver and it being a way of passing off cuts in council services, but let’s see how Peterborough gets on, now they have made a start.
Here is what they are going to do:
“The project has six strands of work all addressing priorities identified by the local authority and its residents:
- Work with five schools on the creation of the Peterborough Curriculum, which seeks to encourage higher levels of civic participation amongst pupils, parents and develops learning in partnership with local organisations.
- A series of projects, which are building ‘green skills’ amongst citizens while bringing waste land back into use
- The development of new civic commons where people are being trained and supported to tackle local problems like anti-social behaviour and social isolation.
- A new approach to drugs services where people who misuse drug and alcohol are being asked to co-produce services and develop a network of ‘recovery champions’.
- A programme of arts and social change which supports local artists, raises awareness of the arts, engages local citizens and provides a firm foundation for developing a sustainable arts offer for the city.
- Developing a map of the civic leaders out there who have the enthusiasm, ability and networks needed to generate citizen powered change.”