Walkie Talkie' in Dartford

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How local people are being paid to spread the word about local issues and collect information in order to make their areas even better.


<ul><li> 1. Big Local Good Practice in Action Walkie Talkies GROUNDWORK KENT &amp; MEDWAY</li></ul> <p> 2. Walkie Talkies Walkie Talkies Began in 2005 in Swanscombe Kent. A simple idea that works! Local people walking and talking to residents about things that matter to them. 3. Why we think it works </p> <ul><li>Its trulylocal </li></ul> <ul><li>Peopletrust their Walkie Talkies </li></ul> <ul><li>It isindependentand seen to be independent </li></ul> <ul><li>It has good mechanisms to letinformation flowin both directions </li></ul> <ul><li>Sustainable </li></ul> <ul><li>Provides goodvalue for money </li></ul> <ul><li>Inclusive </li></ul> <p> 4. Who is a Walkie Talkie </p> <ul><li>Local people </li></ul> <p>Local networks 5. Swanscombe and Greenhithe From this. To this . 6. How to do it </p> <ul><li>Community development work </li></ul> <ul><li>Local networks </li></ul> <ul><li>Local people </li></ul> <ul><li>Local partnerships </li></ul> <ul><li>Training </li></ul> <ul><li>Links to other Walkie Talkies to share best practice and learning </li></ul> <p> 7. What makes it work </p> <ul><li>The Quality of the project is only as good as ourContactsand thePeoplewe employ </li></ul> <ul><li>Walkie Talkies arerecruited directlyfrom the local community </li></ul> <ul><li>Have goodlocal knowledgeand social networks </li></ul> <ul><li>Arepassionateabout making a positive difference in their town </li></ul> <p>At Windmill Community Allotments 8. How we connect </p> <ul><li>Word of mouth </li></ul> <ul><li>Via social hubs used by ordinary people </li></ul> <ul><li>In school playgrounds, cafes, allotments, hairdressers, community centres, sheltered housing, coffee mornings, shopping centres, major local events, on the streets anywhere people go </li></ul> <ul><li>Providing accurate, useful and impartial information </li></ul> <p> 9. The Tivoli Centre </p> <ul><li>The group were delighted to be asked their opinions about their town </li></ul> <p>Working closely with the Seafront Design Team 10. What a Walkie Talkie does.. </p> <ul><li>Trainingto empower individuals to act as community advocates / get factual information from briefing sessions </li></ul> <ul><li>Working day the team go where and when they are needed (regular routes) </li></ul> <ul><li>Feedback via local steering groups / community forums </li></ul> <ul><li>Uniform wear a distinctive uniform with logo, easily identified, builds trust </li></ul> <p> 11. Walkie Talkies andBig Local </p> <ul><li>Walkie Talkies were already working on Tree Estate when Big Local was announced. </li></ul> <ul><li>Relationship with local people and agencies already established. </li></ul> <ul><li>Trust was already there </li></ul> <p> 12. What we have beendoing.. </p> <ul><li>Garden Party for Older Residents </li></ul> <ul><li>Community Fun Days </li></ul> <ul><li>Allotment Open days </li></ul> <ul><li>Coffee mornings at the Community Centre </li></ul> <ul><li>Regular visits to local groups, schools, children's centre, shops </li></ul> <ul><li>Face to face conversations </li></ul> <ul><li>Attended summer fetes at local school and park. </li></ul> <p> 13. Cont </p> <ul><li>Working with our Youth Officer to engage the Young People. </li></ul> <ul><li>Looking at recruiting Young people to be Walkie Talkies. </li></ul> <ul><li>Regular meetings with Princes Community Forum.</li></ul> <ul><li>Door to door consultations on Big Local</li></ul> <ul><li>Always ready to listen </li></ul> <p> 14. What we found </p> <ul><li>From 270 direct responses through face to face consultation and questionnaires </li></ul> <ul><li>Priorities identified by the community: </li></ul> <ul><li>Youth; community activities; activities to engage young children and teenagers. </li></ul> <ul><li>Community Safety; more police on the beat; cctv; tackle ASB; speeding cars/motorcycles; youths loitering. </li></ul> <ul><li>Health and Wellbeing; exercise classes; job advice; life skills training </li></ul> <ul><li>Environment; More planting to brighten area; better maintenance of alleyways/green areas; tidy up gardens /properties; better / more frequent bus service </li></ul> <ul><li>Community Hubs; renovate Tree CC and develop a community centre for Phoenix </li></ul> <p> 15. CONTACT DETAILS </p> <ul><li>Groundwork Kent &amp; Medway </li></ul> <ul><li>48 Canterbury Street </li></ul> <ul><li>Gillingham ME7 5UN </li></ul> <ul><li>01634 855166 </li></ul> <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul> <ul><li>www.groundwork-km.org.uk </li></ul>