'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.


1. Big Local Good Practice in Action Walkie Talkies GROUNDWORK KENT & MEDWAY 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 Its trulylocal Peopletrust their Walkie Talkies It isindependentand seen to be independent It has good mechanisms to letinformation flowin both directions Sustainable Provides goodvalue for money Inclusive 4. Who is a Walkie Talkie Local people Local networks 5. Swanscombe and Greenhithe From this. To this . 6. How to do it Community development work Local networks Local people Local partnerships Training Links to other Walkie Talkies to share best practice and learning 7. What makes it work The Quality of the project is only as good as ourContactsand thePeoplewe employ Walkie Talkies arerecruited directlyfrom the local community Have goodlocal knowledgeand social networks Arepassionateabout making a positive difference in their town At Windmill Community Allotments 8. How we connect Word of mouth Via social hubs used by ordinary people In school playgrounds, cafes, allotments, hairdressers, community centres, sheltered housing, coffee mornings, shopping centres, major local events, on the streets anywhere people go Providing accurate, useful and impartial information 9. The Tivoli Centre The group were delighted to be asked their opinions about their town Working closely with the Seafront Design Team 10. What a Walkie Talkie does.. Trainingto empower individuals to act as community advocates / get factual information from briefing sessions Working day the team go where and when they are needed (regular routes) Feedback via local steering groups / community forums Uniform wear a distinctive uniform with logo, easily identified, builds trust 11. Walkie Talkies andBig Local Walkie Talkies were already working on Tree Estate when Big Local was announced. Relationship with local people and agencies already established. Trust was already there 12. What we have beendoing.. Garden Party for Older Residents Community Fun Days Allotment Open days Coffee mornings at the Community Centre Regular visits to local groups, schools, children's centre, shops Face to face conversations Attended summer fetes at local school and park. 13. Cont Working with our Youth Officer to engage the Young People. Looking at recruiting Young people to be Walkie Talkies. Regular meetings with Princes Community Forum.Door to door consultations on Big LocalAlways ready to listen 14. What we found From 270 direct responses through face to face consultation and questionnaires Priorities 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 & Medway 48 Canterbury Street Gillingham ME7 5UN 01634 855166 [email_address] www.groundwork-km.org.uk