Walkie Talkie in Dartford

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  • 1. Big LocalGood Practice in ActionWalkie TalkiesGROUNDWORK KENT & MEDWAY

2. Walkie TalkiesWalkie TalkiesBegan in 2005 inSwanscombe Kent.A simple idea that works!Local people walking andtalking to residents aboutthings that matter to them. 3. Why we think it works Its truly local People trust their Walkie Talkies It is independent and seen to beindependent It has good mechanisms to letinformation flow in both directions Sustainable Provides good value for money Inclusive 4. Who is a WalkieTalkie Local peopleLocalnetworks 5. Swanscombe andGreenhithe From this. To this. 6. How to do it Community development work Local networks Local people Local partnerships Training Links to other Walkie Talkies toshare best practice and learning 7. What makes it work The Quality of the project is onlyas good as our Contacts and thePeople we employ Walkie Talkies are recruiteddirectly from the localcommunity Have good local knowledge andsocial networksAt Windmill Community Allotments Are passionate about making apositive difference in their town 8. How we connect Word of mouth Via social hubs used by ordinarypeople In school playgrounds, cafes,allotments, hairdressers, communitycentres, sheltered housing, coffeemornings, shopping centres, majorlocal events, on the streetsanywhere people go Providing accurate, useful andimpartial information 9. The Tivoli CentreThe group were delightedto be asked their opinions about their town Working closely with theSeafront Design Team 10. What a Walkie Talkiedoes.. Training to empower individuals to actas community advocates / get factualinformation from briefing sessions Working day the team go where andwhen they are needed (regular routes) Feedback via local steering groups /community forums Uniform wear a distinctive uniformwith logo, easily identified, builds trust 11. Walkie Talkies andBig Local Walkie Talkies were alreadyworking on Tree Estate when BigLocal was announced. Relationship with local peopleand agencies alreadyestablished. Trust was already there 12. What we have been doing.. Garden Party for Older Residents Community Fun Days Allotment Open days Coffee mornings at the CommunityCentre Regular visits to local groups,schools, childrens centre, shops Face to face conversations Attended summer fetes at localschool and park. 13. Cont Working with our Youth Officer toengage the Young People. Looking at recruiting Youngpeople to be Walkie Talkies. Regular meetings with PrincesCommunity Forum. Door to door consultations on BigLocal Always ready to listen 14. What we foundFrom 270 direct responses through face to face consultation and questionnairesPriorities identified by the community: Youth; community activities; activities to engage young children and teenagers. Community Safety; more police on the beat; cctv; tackle ASB; speeding cars/motorcycles; youths loitering. Health and Wellbeing; exercise classes; job advice; life skills training Environment; More planting to brighten area; better maintenance of alleyways/green areas; tidy up gardens /properties; better / more frequent bus service Community Hubs; renovate Tree CC and develop a community centre for Phoenix 15. CONTACT DETAILS Groundwork Kent & Medway48 Canterbury StreetGillingham ME7 5UN01634 855166 gkm@groundwork.org.ukwww.groundwork-km.org.uk