On 3 October Lambeth First Partnership held its third annual partnership conference at Coin Street Neighbourhood centre.
The conference theme was Strong and Sustainable Neighbourhoods, a priority of Future Lambeth: Our Borough Plan 2016-21. The event was chaired by Geraldine Blake, Projects Director, London Funders and Chair of Lambeth Funders Forum. Attendees heard prominent speakers including: Councillor Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth council, Patrick Vernon, Social Commentator and Windrush Campaigner and spoken word artist, Benna.
With broad representation from the public, private and third sectors, the conference provided a great opportunity to understand what organisations in the borough are planning, to identify opportunities to collaborate and tackle issues organisations may be facing together.
Geraldine Blake, Projects Director, London Funders and Chair, Lambeth Funders Forum, opened the conference.
Geraldine referred to the fantastic range of organisations represented today, all with a commitment to supporting the success of Lambeth and the people who live and work here. She stated today is a chance for us to make new connections, find out more about what is going on in the borough and to discuss common challenges. The key question for the conference is, What can we do together to strengthen and sustain the communities in Lambeth?
The opening plenary session set the context and the importance of communities, their role in improving life chances and wellbeing, the challenges they face in a global city, and the role of the public, private and the third sector in creating strong and sustainable communities.
Two sli.do polls took place. A warm up poll asked people about why they were attending today’s conference.
- To connect with other people and organisations I might want to work with in the future - 54%
- To find out more about what is going on in Lambeth - 36%
- To share the great work my organisation is doing - 10%
A second poll asked attendees what would they say when describing Lambeth’s communities to a friend?
- They’re thriving - 1%
- They’re strong and resilient - 18%
- They’re doing okay - 14%
- They’re feeling uncertain about the future – 66%
Geraldine then introduced three guest speakers who provided context for the day before the workshops took place.
Councillor Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council and co-chair of the recent Equality Commission provided context and an overview of why we’re interested in neighbourhoods and communities.
- There has been recent emphasis on reducing inequality and creating inclusive growth. Growth is critical. Without it, we can’t create the jobs or training which allow people in Lambeth to improve their life chances; we can’t build the homes people need, or improve the parks and leisure facilities people enjoy.
- Inequality is not just an idea – it matters to people here in Lambeth. Our Equality Commission heard from hundreds of people about the barriers they face in education, employment, the justice system and civil society. We are working together to change this, here and now.
- But our neighbourhoods and the communities that live there – are the third part of the puzzle.
- The social entrepreneur Hilary Cottam (from Radical Help) recently argued that we need four things to live a good life: good work or learning, good health, good relationships and a good community.
What are communities, and why do they matter?
- Communities are key to health, accessing opportunities. The best services can’t combat loneliness, communities can.
- Lambeth celebrates diversity with 120 languages spoken and all faiths and nationalities represented.
- My role as a councillor is to help connect communities, and increasingly this is the role of the council, as a coordinator and enabler to support and connect communities.
- The council does this well, for example through the Brixton Design Trail, Living Well Network, Black Thrive, West Norwood Feast, Re-Powering Brixton, but we need to do more of this, and apply it to some of our greatest challenges, such as serious youth violence. We’re taking a public health approach to tackling serious youth violence, a focus on the individual – the person - their connections and relationships.
- Collaboration is not always easy, and it is harder in tough times. Windrush, cuts, Brexit – all affect the council’s capacity. But there are many opportunities in Lambeth, and partnerships for example, Community Land Trust, Advocacy Academy and Lambeth School’s Partnership all make a difference. I’d argue collaboration is even more important in tough times.
- It is key that we celebrate partnerships today and share networks to further enable the council to strive forwards, be a more open, collaborative and fairer and better place.
Patrick Vernon is a social commentator and Windrush Campaigner and previous Director for Black Thrive. He is also a film maker and cultural historian, and runs his own social enterprise promoting the history of diverse communities. He founded Every Generation and the “100 Great Black Britons” campaign.
Patrick’s presentation, From Windrush to Brexit: From the Yard to Neighbourhoods in Lambeth, provided a perspective on the value of community in a global city like London, and communities’ role in bringing about positive social change. He referred to his work campaigning for and with the Windrush generation, and leading the work of Black Thrive.
Key reflections on what’s happening, local and nationally
- 2018 is an important year: 150 years of trades unions, 100 years of womens' votes and the 70th anniversary of both the arrival of Windrush and the creation of the National Health Service.
- The Windrush ship and passengers are the DNA of Lambeth. Passengers were invited to the UK and half settled in Lambeth with a vision of hope and aspiration yet faced hostility.
- Many of the Windrush ship passengers took up roles in the NHS. Today, people of BAME backgrounds make up almost a quarter of the NHS workforce, and still face challenges and inequalities.
- Reference to important figures such as, Sam King, a Jamaican immigrant who co-founded the Notting Hill Carnival and became the first black Mayor of Southwark.
- The successful launch of the official 'Windrush Day' (22 June) to celebrate the Windrush generation and their descendants will be held annually.
- Partnership with the community is key to combating issues and challenge in the borough, such as racism. It’s key to think about the challenges in the context of history.
Historical Perspectives on Community Trauma and Afriphobia:
- History – influence and narrative – enslavement - war and conflict.
- Immigration policy – reference to history of Enoch Powell’s, (Conservative Member of Parliament, 1950–74), impact on increased hate crime in Wolverhampton and black children being referred to as immigrant children.
- Trauma is an issue in the community – approaches to worklessness, pupil exclusions, serious youth violence must consider trauma.
- The black experience and ‘colour bar’: a social and legal system in which people of different races are separated and not given the same rights and opportunities, is important historical context.
- Reference to African civilisation – history and contribution before enslavement and the change in perceptions of black people from objects to subjects.
- 1920-1960s: Claudia Jones, Trinidad-born journalist and activist developed the West Indian Gazette which contributed to bringing African and Asian people together to share their stories and developing black identity.
- Cyber racism: Black History Month website fell victim to two cyber-attacks on the first day of Black History Month.
Failure in health and social policy since the closure of asylums in the 1980/90s
- Key to reflect on last 30 years – what has been the progress on community work?
- Politics – praised Lambeth for still promoting Black History Month. Referred to Health and Social Care closure of asylums and the interface of black experience in mental health services, education and employment.
- The impact of overrepresentation of Black people in mental health services.
- Current issues and challenges facing Black communities around mental health.
- Uncertain times at a national and local level.
Changing the Narrative of Black Lived Experience in Lambeth
- Anti-semitism and Islamophobia are reflected in law yet Afriphobia is not.
- Government policy needs to be more explicit, using open and clear language to effectively engage.
- Black Thrive, a partnership for black wellbeing, is about co-production, Big Data and acknowledging the black experience.
- Evidence shows that black or mixed-race people are less likely to get treatment for mental health – regardless of age.
Community Trauma (Repairing the Harm)
- Community Trauma – when considering policies around education, crime and wellbeing you must first look at trauma.
- There is a requirement for statutory agencies to work in partnership and to achieve long term objectives.
System Leadership for Lambeth First
- It’s key to recognise struggles around how we embed race equality. A radical approach around co-production needs to be developed so statutory agencies have one approach to monitoring race equality.
- Communities need resources and space to test out ideas.
2003/4 100 Great Black Britons Campaign
- In October 2003, the website and campaign 100 Great Black Britons were launched. To date, this has become the most successful UK campaign to raise the profile, history and achievement of the African and Caribbean community over the last 1000 years.
You can access Patrick’s presentation at web-link: https://www.slideshare.net/LBL_Engagement/from-windrush-to-brexit-from-the-yard-to-neighbourhoods-in-lambeth
Two questions were asked during this session.
Trussell Trust Norwood and Brixton Foodbank referred to a high proportion of foodbank users having mental health issues and proposals to build community hubs from foodbanks enabling further support. They also queried potential cuts to advice funding. Question: how does the council see the role of the foodbank and how does this benefit the community?
Councillor Lib Peck referred to the terrible indictment that society needs foodbanks – there are six in Lambeth. A politician’s role is to campaign against conditions which make foodbanks necessary and to value the connection they make with some of the most alienated people in society. Preventative measures such as advice must be supported. Data on foodbank users’ experience is invaluable in ensuring the right preventative focuses are in place. [Cllr Peck was not in a position to comment on cuts to advice agencies].
What do you see as the role of business in supporting Lambeth communities and how do you think this could be enhanced for mutual benefit?
Councillor Lib Peck: Businesses already contribute to the life of borough through their dynamic nature and investment. The existence of seven Business Improvement Districts is further evidence of the strong relationship the community has with businesses. Businesses can contribute more through partnership working. A good example of this is Lambeth Made, which works in partnership with a range of stakeholders to inspire residents, organisations and businesses to do more to support, resource, create access to provide opportunities that impact on hard to reach children and families.
Patrick Vernon: London’s high productivity in culture and arts and the existing talent in London and the community. It is key to create the right environment and incentives to drive forward growth and inspire more young Londoners to take up creative careers, transforming the communities of London. He referred to Netflix currently looking at bases in London to capitalise on this talent.
Spoken word performance,‘Do it for the Youth’
Attendees received a brilliant performance from local spoken word artist Benna: Do it for the Youth. This poem is about growing up in Lambeth capturing Lambeth in its best light whilst highlighting the challenges the borough faces.
Do it for the Youth
Raised in a chamber of trauma, Lambeth,
Things have never been normal on ends in relation to now,
A difference, the arrival of Starbucks through the portal of gentrification an how,
Maybe there’s more career option locally,
Historical landmarks known to be world history,
A web of youth organisations, children centres that contribute socially,
When I think Lambeth I think Crystal Palace to Clapham,
West Norwood to Stockwell, I suppose they’re closer,
Behind the role play of English lay a rainbow of multi-culture,
Imbedded in 150 languages
A magnetic work force of young skilled passengers attracted to central,
Our labour a major asset mostly over looked,
I love this place!
Where crazy reigns above from unknown altitudes,
When depression creeps up like adulthood trying to purge the fight out of you,
Places like Brixton with no church in site,
Sits the soul food served from a live band hoping you pay,
Parallel to a zealous preacher hoping you pay attention,
This amalgamation of community has earned the right to raise these kids,
There are around 318,000 people here under 20s make up 68,000 people in Lambeth,
Our youth are waking a tight rope with a free fall in standards,
Being candid the facts say this is an escalator borough,
Where families come soak up resources, to renovate each other,
That’s approximately 12% leavers, 12% new arrivals annually,
If it’s such a revolving door why do the issues stay, it’s sad to see,
87,000 people in poverty after housing costs,
If there’s 68,000 up to 20 year olds in Lambeth,
Its safe to say child poverty rests with the Everest Mountain tops,
Were poverty meets health, chicken and chips, there’s a thousand shops,
Lambeth is worse than London with the number of obese children in year six,
Every child is a garden; we sow seeds to fill them to bare rich fruitful lives,
What are seeds worth when sowed if the environment has crucial ties to the reaper,
0 – 5 year olds need a positive place to grow things get harder to heal,
For 15 – 19s then it’s either kill or be killed,
It seems worse when the enemy is internal, when a psychosis colonises fragile minds,
Lambeth has one of the highest levels of mental illness in England,
Half of which start by age 14,
I’ve been to hundreds of these meetings, as you probably have, this kind isn’t new,
But if you love these youths like me it’s time we do something,
By now we’re probably all pushing 30 or older,
Firmly set in our ways with a family of galaxies and the world on our shoulders,
Adulthood comes with a toolkit,
A bull ssssss detector when the world seems to talk it,
Through miscommunication leads into rude relations,
We assume we have less to listen to more to say,
I challenge you to strip the core away of all prejudice, emotions and more today,
Before open mouths we need open minds,
There’s still time to put all ego at the door today,
No one in this room needs you; everyone in this room needs us in tune,
This is a think tank, a super brain; we’re all neurons connecting to manifest a plan of action,
So engage, do it for the youth If not to exceed self-satisfaction,
Do it for the youth praying for a meal that they’ll have to ration,
Do it for the potential youth about to die from a tragic stabbing,
The word Lambeth means ‘landing place for lambs’ which is a baby sheep,
If the very place of residence predisposes them to be followers, it’s up to us to lead!
Four workshops took place. Each workshop focused on areas we need to make progress on if we are to further strengthen and sustain the communities in Lambeth today.
Workshop 1: Working together for health and wellbeing
Chair: Andrew Eyres, Chief Officer, Lambeth CCG
Facilitated by Jane Stopher (North Lambeth LCN Chair) and Amanda Williams (Assistant Director of LCN Development- Lambeth LCNs)
Presenters: Sandra Jones (Patient Participation Group Network, PPGN), Jason Henley (Black Prince Trust), Will Nicholson and Fernanda Correia (Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Project, LPWP)
How can the VCS, public sector and communities work together to improve Lambeth’s health and wellbeing?
WHAT WAS DISCUSSED
Context was provided including a borough profile of changing health needs; demographic challenges; smoking and obesity data and the role of VCS in supporting the health inequalities agenda.
Group discussion: How could you work with others in your area to address health and wider wellbeing needs? What do Health and Wellbeing Networks mean to you? How can we network better together?
- GPs or hospitals are the first point of contact when something goes wrong. They must be knowledgeable about what is available in the community.
- Face to face relationships are vital hence value of groups like LPWP and Stockwell Forum.
- Develop communities of interest as well as ‘place’. For example, linking up people with learning disabilities to things going on in their immediate neighbourhood.
- JCP referred to the benefits in gathering information for some of their vulnerable clients.
- To work more with established forums e.g. PPGs, Norwood Forum, to understand what works.
- PPGNs are holding events where we can bring in other organisations – only way to get people together.
- Realisation that services will be overwhelmed by unmet need. Expert patient programme. Where is the node within the network? Who has control over the agenda and resources available? Why do networks fail? Very little investment in the development of competency in networking. It’s important to allow space for people to come in as beginners as well as those who are more advanced.
- There is a lot of distrust between unrepresented sections of the community and service providers. We need to ensure those networks have power to become transformative. Leeds City Council integrated system.
- Libraries host chair-based exercise, yoga, etc. Librarians think of themselves as having a big role in providing information.
- Training and support for individuals would give people more confidence to make a difference in their community. This may need to be free.
- We need open groups to improve messaging better and reach groups in the community.
- A final question, is there a call for a coordinated approach along with a mixed model? Should this be organic or do we need infrastructure to support?
WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE OVER THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS
The workshop was asked how they could work with others in their area to address health and wider wellbeing needs? What do HWB networks mean? How can we network better together?
- Use networks to promote projects/groups to potential services users. This is a real opportunity.
- Importance of networks – to continue to build on ones that exist. Build in competency and support to support empowerment, community cohesion and capacity building.
- Networks must be open to ideas and people.
- Focus on people, modern tech is good but relationships will sustain and extend networks.
- Resources are crucial.
- Will Nicholson will be working with Local Care Networks on how to take these suggestions forward.
**Workshop participants completed Lambeth Together involvement level cards.
Workshop 2: Building places for communities
Chair: Nic Durston, Southbank Employers Group
Presenter: Tim Wood, Bankside Open Spaces Trust
The quality of the environment is important for wellbeing, for supporting independence, connections and cohesion. As new housing is built, and new neighbourhoods formed, new communities will also develop. How can we use investment and physical change in the borough as an opportunity to build stronger communities?
WHAT WAS DISCUSSED?
Chair introduced the purpose of the workshop and referred to his experience working in Stoke on Trent, Heritage Lottery Fund, Groundwork Southwark, Westway, National Trust.
Tim Wood, Chairman of Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) presented some regeneration projects which had been successful at strengthening communities. He provided background information around setting up BOST and its role across a range of projects including Mint street which became a model for smaller scale regeneration projects such as Redcross Garden “best small park in London” (RHS Award).
- Importance of the role of steering groups and having the right people on board to make a regeneration project successful
- Potential negative impact of regeneration projects on the community must be recognised (i.e. loss of shops, loss of amentity etc.) Public health impacts should be considered.
- Concern that regeneration in Lambeth focuses on building homes for young professionals and not those who need them. Unanimous agreement that the Planning system needs an overhaul – it doesn’t work for local people.
- Importance of working within the system and the importance of community voice. Communities need to be involved in planning policy change.
- Top-down regeneration doesn’t build communities, it damages them. Lambeth’s approach is too top-down.
- Kings Cross is a good example of a council listening to people before they do anything, and also Canada Water. There are a couple of examples but it is still very little. Regeneration is market-driven.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE OVER THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS
The most effective, regeneration drives economic growth and helps local leaders to strengthen their communities and support people back into work. To further strengthen communities we will aim to:
- To focus on bottom-up consultation and feedback to develop a consensus. Involve the community from the outset to support a transparent process.
- To utilise underused community facilities on estates to support community cohesion.
- To promote councillors' role as the avenue into opportunities.
- To better equip community groups so they are involved and heard. By investing in these groups we are investing in the community.
- To support communities and developers to have more creative partnership options to help mitigate the need for money.
- To support post-build investment in communities (e.g. East Street market).
Workshop 3: Reducing violence together
Facilitator: Shaff Prabatani, Lambeth Made Coordinator
Presenters: Kristian Aspinall, Head of Community Safety, Lambeth council
How do we build a whole community response to violence affecting young people? What role do we all play?
How do we work together to make our communities safer, reducing serious youth violence?
WHAT WAS DISCUSSED?
Chair, Kristian Aspinall provided contextual information:
- London profile of serious youth violence (SYV) incidents, top 5 boroughs: Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon, Newham and Tower Hamlets.
- Lambeth gangs are fluid with names and allegiances changing on a weekly basis.
- Patterns of ‘knife carrying’ have changed, it’s become normalised, many feel safer with a knife. Increase in females carrying knives.
- School is often perceived as the safest place as weapons tend to be left outside of schools.
- Largest cohort involved in knife violence are aged under 16 with an overrepresentation of African Caribbean males.
- The clear link between rates of violence, deprivation and location i.e. certain housing estates.
- Majority of incidents are carried out by first time offenders carrying knives.
- Lessons learnt from the successful Glasgow public health approach, led by the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, which brought all agencies/resources together to reduce a historical knife culture.
- The importance of establishing relationships with education, social services, child and adolescent mental health teams, and particularly community groups, to then start to share information and to divert and intervene early on.
A group exercise took place which involved attendees either agreeing or disagreeing with four key questions. Examples of responses are below:
Do you feel your community has become less safe in the last year?
- Norwood is less safe,although it might not affect the larger community there are still many of people who feel worried by that.
- People are more fearful, there have been so many cuts in terms of resources including the closure of police stations
- It’s about how you perceive things, some initiatives have made a difference locally.
- I think the population is changing, it is a home to different communities.
- As police officer I see the statistics they are moving in the right direction but the cuts do have an impact.
Do you think serious youth violence is a failure of public services?
- Public services that have let people down, schools failing, the policies changing, universal credit, working parents who are not able to bring up children!
- Serious issues on macro scales, divisions within our economy and media influences.
- There is an element of individual, community responsibility, many look at public services for leadership as a whole. That has impacted communities’ ability to step up to mark.
- The system does by and large work. We need to focus on what works and not what’s failing. We also need to see where we are failing to join public and the VCS at a level that can make a difference i.e. the top level appears joined up but on the ground it is fragmented.
Do think the media has contributed to the rise in SYV?
- Social media enabled free expression and it has normalised use of arms and violence.
- Violence of video games has led to de-sensitisation.
- Media is to blame for many things, but not this one.
- There are examples where young people are using this as an opportunity to show the positive things they are doing.
There are important themes that are too taboo to speak about that prevent us from moving forward?
- Race is taboo, majority victims and perpetrators are deprived and from African Caribbean communities.
- We don’t like talking about parenting and where these parents are! We need parenting programmes.
- What we need is structural change, this is why people are discriminated against. We have the opportunity to talk about things.
- We do not need more parenting programmes, people feel ‘over programmed’ they want to be left alone.
A promotional video about the Lambeth Made Campaign was shown and attendees were signposted to the CCG about ways to get involved.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE OVER THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS
- Promote a holistic approach where tackling/preventing SYV is part of ‘everybody’s job’. For example, by training all social workers, then teachers and looking to Young Lambeth Cooperative (YLC) to provide training for 3rd sector organisations about SYV.
- Adopting a ‘Hyper-local approach’ working with residents of estates and working within a real partnership with the VCS.
- In the climate of less finance and power to intervene we are adopting a 10 year planned approach. We cannot fix this in short term. Examples like the Lambeth Made framework enables everyone to help and the Early Help Partnership Pilot in Streatham is looking to work with families earlier.
- In order to make better use of the money already in the system we intend to adopt a public health approach (like Glasgow) to tackle and establish the root causes of SYV. Glasgow are visiting Lambeth to share their learning around this model.
- More use of intergenerational work and meaningful evaluation frameworks.
- More sharing of best practice and joined up working for example, use of the LGFL platform to support teachers around issues of youth violence, knife crime and cyber-bullying. A pilot programme has been proposed for primary and secondary schools in West Norwood in partnership with police officers.
Workshop 4: Connecting Communities – what works?
Chair: Councillor Jack Hopkins, Deputy Leader (Jobs, Skills and Performance)
Presenters: Black Thrive, Good Gym, Advocacy Academy and Project Smith
Lambeth has a wealth of organisations working each day to connect people together, and build stronger communities. This showcase will be an opportunity to learn from what works, and think about how we can build on this.
Four organisations presented programmes which have been successful at building communities:
• Black Thrive (part of HealthWatch) has the role of facilitator and enabler to partnership working with the main aim of enabling change across Lambeth so that black communities can thrive and improve their mental health and wellbeing, supported by relevant, accessible services. The approach is by collective impact - a form of co-production.
• Black Thrive Academy has been set up to work with the community to demystify processes. For example, bringing in a specialist to teach about funding applications in exchange for the community teaching the specialist about the lived experience. This has the aim of managing the asymmetry of power and knowledge to the advantage of the community.
• Advocacy Academy is a youth movement working towards a fair, just community. We work with people long-term with lived experience of injustice and inequality and empower them to graduate into change leaders. Recent examples include:
- An art project on movie posters where the whole cast was changed to black, posters were placed on bus stops in Lambeth. They’re now in talks with Channel 4.
- A 17-year old working with the council on climate change.
- Three people now looking into obtaining planning permission to develop a site into genuinely affordable housing.
• Good Gym makes it possible for people to do two things: volunteering and exercise. A Good Gym group runs together and does tasks like sorting food at a foodbank or working on a community garden. Mission Runs: runs to help older people with one off tasks; Coach Runs: regular runs to see an isolated older person and Group Runs, run with a group to help community projects. There are currently has 35 people working on a project. In the last year we’ve had 50 ‘coaches’ 100 runners visiting them regularly.
• Project Smith is about Lambeth residents working together with NHS Lambeth CCG and Lambeth Council, recognising that the community and people are the assets and key to good health and wellbeing. Project Smith is funded by NHS Lambeth CCG and Lambeth Council and has been running for two years, it has two workstreams - the Lambeth Wellbeing Fund and the Community Connector programme. It was three aims:
- To support people to manage their own health and wellbeing (or condition) by having access to the right information and assistance.
- To help people avoid a crisis, or minimise it (especially for those living independently).
- To build stronger community ties.
WHAT WAS DISCUSSED?
Two key questions were discussed:
1. Whether your community is connected by interest or by geography, what do you think organisations have in common, or what characteristics do they share? What do they need?
- Passion! You need people who believe in the cause, or in the community and its people. Only passion can keep it surviving if the funding has gone.
- A space where everybody feels they belong, where they can come in safety. Our parks and libraries have brilliant friends groups.
- Time. For communities to work they need to be relational, not just transactional, and it takes time to talk to people. If you want to listen to community, you need to go where they are, don’t expect them to come to the office. The ‘if you build it they will come’ approach doesn’t work.
- Projects need to build trust and respect in the community, not just ‘do’ to or for them.
- Sharing of knowledge around available community assets for project space.
- Sharing contact information for other projects.
- A community needs an identity. If people don’t feel they’re included, they won’t engage.
- Providing support for directing communities to available resources.
2. What role could the council have in linking community groups together?
- Register with Opportunity Lambeth (online portal offering job opportunities to Lambeth residents) – this is to be further developed to offer job and skills matching service.
- GoodGym: we don’t just post on our own facebook, we look at other people’s and join them.
- We do want a way of bringing specialists together to work in a more holistic way.
- Changing the way council evaluates costs – at the moment it’s hard to present a costed proposal for a project where there is time spent on research, building trust, engaging with the community instead of a visible spend that’s all on delivery.
- Could we move away from competition for funds? There’s a lot of competition for the same funds, it takes up a lot of back-office time in applying, and it creates extra costs for us, it’s a bizarre way of supporting people.
- We all know of youth projects doing great work that have folded because someone else won the competition for funding.
- Those of us working in the youth sector don’t really know what the rest of the sector, let alone other sectors, looks like – can the Council help with that? Are grassroots organisations recognised and included? We don’t necessarily know about them.
- Age Uk have set up an excellent model of ‘what’s where’ and are rolling out a new version that’s not just for Older people.
- Councillor Jack Hopkins, “We want community projects that attract people through word of mouth, through trust. We want to create a space where people come and say ‘this is what we have; this is what we need’. We want it to become a natural part of the landscape and for the community to go on working on the same ideas after the project has gone.”
WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE OVER THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS
- To increase outreach work to improve ways to listen to the community.
- Sharing knowledge around community asset space, resources and info on other projects.
- To consider the current approach around how the council evaluates costs in project proposals.
- To share existing models of ‘what’s where’ across the sector.
Councillor Jim Dickson, Chair of Lambeth First Partnership and Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector, Partnerships and Community Safety (job share) welcomed everyone back to the final plenary session. He explained the final plenary is a chance to move the discussion on, to focus on the future for the borough, and to lay the groundwork for future conversations with partners on their role in this. He introduced guest speaker, Andrew Travers, Chief Executive, Lambeth council who will be sharing his thoughts about the future for the borough and our partnership.
A third Sli.do poll took place to test how people are feeling about the future for Lambeth. The audience were asked, Looking at the next 5 years, what do you think the biggest challenge is for Lambeth?
- Inequality between different communities - 47%
- The quality of the environment - 0%
- Population change - 2%
- Lack of government funding - 45%
- Brexit, brexit, brexit - 6%
Andrew Travers, Chief Executive, Lambeth council provided a speech on what lies ahead for the borough, and the challenges it raises for how we work together.
- Andrew started his presentation with the simple premise that ‘the world has gone mad’ and showed two pictures:
- Dominic Raab, Secretary of State responsible for Exiting the European Union
- David Rutley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs minister of state responsible for Brexit preparedness and food chains
- He commented: one is responsible for creating food problems and queues and the other is responsible for fixing and mitigating the food problems. This bizarre environment has implications for how we work together.
- Huge challenges such as problems in public finances, low productivity, low growth are not going to get fixed soon. The national policy framework is not providing positive prospects so what does that mean for us?
- The localisation agenda in a context of reduced central government funding brings about the realisation that local government is on its own.
- Most importantly if we are on our own we must look at how we can mobilise partnerships and make connections happen.
- Is there a narrative which we can all see our role within? If we can share information, data and plans, would our plans then change as a result of that sharing?
- How can we deliver together more effectively and understand the impact that we have?
- This final part of the day provides an opportunity to hear what it is we can do, to enable partnership working and coming together. For all of you, relationships with each other across partnerships is really important.
- Success will be making those connections and enabling them to happen. We intend to explore this further in the rest of the afternoon.
The open space discussion took place asking conference attendees for their views on the picture of the future in Lambeth and was structured around four key questions/statements:
- Business, as much as public services, will be responsible for improving life chances in Lambeth
- If money isn’t the answer, what is?
- If this picture of the future is right, my organisation will have to work differently
- What does a successful place look like?
Councillor Jim Dickson, Chair of Lambeth First Partnership circulated the room to pick up key points from discussions.
Key points of discussions
1. Business, as much as public services, will be responsible for improving life chances in Lambeth
- YLC reported on the development of work experience opportunities linking young people up with businesses
- Large and small business offer differ – small and social business can do more with people further way from labour market
- Businesses can provide space or events to help communities – unlocking business space units can really benefit communities
- Further work around businesses paying LLW – independent care organisations which work for Lambeth pay LLW and 60% of their employees live in the borough
- IAG around how people are supported by businesses in job progression
- To link business organisations with community organisations and share skills
2. If money isn’t the answer, what is?
- Discussions provided great insight around access to information
- Knowledge is power
- Organisations give people tools to use info and turn it into knowledge to succeed as businesses or organisations deliver services to local people
- Connecting people/building networks – issue around reciprocity
- Benefits of a trading skills marketplace
- Comments, ‘Lambeth has bolshie attitude…never allow Lambeth to lose that’ this represents energy, impatience for the right reason
- ‘Don’t be afraid to try, just do it’ - Lambeth attitude
- We can succeed into the future
3. If this picture of the future is right, my organisation will have to work differently in the future
- Working differently is expected to adapt to the future, we can’t stay still and become stagnant. If the iPhone changes every year with a better model, so should we! Rather than lament change
- We will have to be involved in different ways of funding, private sector, new legal set ups, sponsorships
- Using the wider community of businesses should be a way of helping with future funding such as crowd funding and the opportunities Lambeth Made will create
- We will need to co-design with our services users as partners to get the most from our resources and best outcomes
- Are our workers on board and flexible or are we leaving them behind clinging onto false expectations around fixed roles
- Guiding people away from statutory services towards independence
- Look at reciprocal models – people helping each together – to pull together
- To ensure people are well and getting the support they need when not well
- There are lessons for all of us on how organisations need to change
4. What does a successful place look like?
The question was redefined – not what a successful place should look like, but what should it feel like? It should feel welcoming, open, supportive and inclusive
- We need to recognise the risks of the times we’re living in – when the state withdraws support, communities can withdraw and become insular. This can threaten cohesion and open up space for groups to exploit that sense of insecurity
- The importance of opportunities for all and having a ‘high trust’ community where businesses provide more investment
- People need to listen to each other more
- The roles of the public, private, and third sector will have to change in the coming years, with an emphasis on collaboration and connection:
- Role of the public sector – increasingly about providing vision and leadership for a place, and the common goals we work towards, providing the information for people to understand the challenges, and make connecting together easier
- Business – can have a powerful role in improving life chances, and creating a healthier, more successful borough. We need better mechanisms for bringing together business with other sectors around shared interests
- Third sector – can play a much greater role in the borough, and have a bigger impact, but it needs to be able to connect and collaborate more effectively, particularly with business
Councillor Jim Dickson, Chair of Lambeth First Partnership, thanked everyone for their contribution. He referred to the benefits of today’s event which provided: an insightful; and powerful message about working together and what we can achieve; a better understanding of the huge advantages we have as a ‘place’ – talented people, amazing organisations, a young population and at the centre of one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Change is happening – we need to make sure this is the right kind of change to make Lambeth the place we want it to be.
As Chair of the Partnership, he agreed to take away the key messages from the conference to inform the work of the Partnership over the next 12 months. He closed the conference commenting on a mantra which is across Loughborough Junction bridge in the ward he represents as a councillor, “if you want to travel fast, travel alone, if you want to travel far, go together.” We in Lambeth want to travel far, we’re in it for the long term, let’s all do it together.
Attendees were encouraged to keep in touch and to get involved in the work of the partnership by contacting Lambeth First Partnership Coordinator: Bethan Hope-Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth council, email@example.com
- Patrick Vernon, Windrush Campaigner and social commentator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Benna, Spoken Word artist, email@example.com www.abstractbenna.com
- Cllr Jim Dickson, Chair of Lambeth First Partnership, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Andrew Travers, CEO, Lambeth council email@example.com
Workshop 1: Working Together for health and wellbeing
Jane Stopher, North Lambeth LCN Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Williams, Assistant Director, LCN Development- Lambeth LCN, email@example.com
Sandra Jones, Lambeth Patient Participation Group Network, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Henley, The Black Prince Trust, email@example.com
Will Nicholson, Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Project firstname.lastname@example.org
Fernanda Correia, Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Project email@example.com
Workshop 2: Building places for communities
Chair: Nic Durston, Southbank Employer Group firstname.lastname@example.org
Presenter: Tim Wood, Bankside Open Spaces Trust email@example.com
Workshop 3: Reducing violence together
Facilitator: Shaff Prabatani, Lambeth Made Coordinator SPrabatani@lambeth.gov.uk
Presenters: Kristian Aspinall, Head of Community Safety, LBL KAspinall@lambeth.gov.uk
Workshop 4: Connecting Communities – what works?
Lambeth Community Development (Project Smith): Jennifer Burgess firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Gym: Alex Kenmure email@example.com
Advocacy Academy: Saba Shafi firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Thrive: Victoria Cabral Victoria@blackthrive.org.uk
Jane Abraham, Lambeth Learning Disability Assembly/HealthWatch email@example.com
David Barnard, Community Connector, Project Smith Lambeth firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Carlill, Friends of Carnegie Library email@example.com
Daniel Chapman, Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org
David Clarson, email@example.com
Sarah Corlett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Correia, Lambeth Living Well Collaborative, email@example.com
Julie Costley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Jon Davies, Policy Lead, Leading on Living Wage email@example.com
Jeffrey Doorn, Carnegie Library Association firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Eadie, email@example.com
Marilyn Evers, Kennington, Oval, Vauxhall Neighbourhood Forum firstname.lastname@example.org
Will Foreman, email@example.com
John Fraser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lydia Gardner, email@example.com
Steve Griffin, Director, Stockwell Partnership firstname.lastname@example.org
Ros Griffiths, South London Leaders Academy email@example.com
Frank Hatton, Patient Participation Group firstname.lastname@example.org
Conrad Hollingsworth, email@example.com
David Hopkins, D.Hopkins@coinstreet.org
Alison Inglis-Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Ingram, Project Manager, Integration of Health and Social Care, email@example.com
Suzanna Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Johnson,Community Education Foundation & Lyncx (CEF Lyncx Charity) Christian@cefi.org.uk
Dave Keogh, Partnership Manager, email@example.com
Wai Ha Lam, Lambeth Patient Participation Group Network, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosa Latham, Wandle Housing Association, email@example.com
Adrian Lee, LCR Railway Property Assets, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Macdonald, email@example.com
Donald Mars, Southwark & Lambeth, Department of Work and Pensions
Nick Mason OBE, Chair of Lambeth Safer Neighbourhood Board & IAG firstname.lastname@example.org
Abigail Melville, email@example.com
Kira Montague, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karis Morris-Brown, email@example.com
Camelia Muldermans, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice Myers, email@example.com
Maria Newey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Newey, email@example.com
Will Ollard, Longfield Hall Trust, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jedidah Onchere, London Community Foundation email@example.com
Jonathan Palma, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Piper, Brixton Society and the Brixton Neighbourhood Forum email@example.com
Norman Powell, Lambeth Community Hubs Network firstname.lastname@example.org
Edwina Prayogo, Graduate Student. Studies Health Promotion, Food Poverty, and Food and Nutrition, email@example.com
Natalie Raben, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Ranger, LRanger@homestartlambeth.co.uk
Alastair Reid, Lambeth Safer Neighbourhood Board email@example.com
Sandra Roebuck,Growth, Planning & Employment,LBL, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marilyn Rogers, Chair of Friends of Tate Library Brixton a sub comitte of Brixton Society, email@example.com
Edward Rosen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dee Rouse, email@example.com
Brendan Sarsfield, Brendan.Sarsfield@Peabody.org.uk
Callum Simpson, Growth, Planning & Employment, LBL CSimpson@lambeth.gov.uk
Diane Skidmore, Resident and committee member for Tulse Hill TRA Diskid.firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlene Smith, email@example.com
Elizabeth Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Stannard, email@example.com
Dan Stoten, Children’s Commissioning LBL & Lambeth CCG firstname.lastname@example.org
Lillie Swift, Lillie.Swift@biglotteryfund.org.uk
Kevin Taylor, email@example.com
Maria Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Tchilingirian, David.Tchilingirian@oasisuk.org
Cllr Becca Thackray, BThackray@lambeth.gov.uk
Iain Tuckett, email@example.com
Richard Tyrie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bal Virdee, email@example.com
Catherine Walsh, firstname.lastname@example.org
Francesca Wickens, Serious Youth Violence team, LBL email@example.com
Petrona Wickham, South London Procurement Network (SLPN), Canary Wharf Group plc, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellie Williams, email@example.com
Rachel Willsher, Head of Procurement, LBL, firstname.lastname@example.org
James Young, email@example.com
**Please note, attendees listed are those who registered via EventBrite.