RCT Community Hwb Steering Group
Terms of Reference and Expression of Interest
Interlink has been working with members and partners on developing approaches to provide community approaches to improving wellbeing, including it being a priority objective for Cwm Taf Public Service Board through the Community Zones initiative and Welsh Government through the Valleys Task Force Our Valleys, Our Future Plan. Interlink plans as a County Voluntary Council to redesign its services around supporting community approaches to improve wellbeing, which involves support and facilitation, not service delivery. This is a flexible community-led approach to build on the strengths within each community, it shares common features but is delivered differently in each community to suit local circumstances.
Integral within this model is to work with members on local bottom-up community solutions to improve wellbeing and tackle loneliness and isolation. Key elements including community coordination, community hubs, the role ‘anchor’ organisations, volunteering and befriending. This approach looks at providing an early intervention and prevention approach to providing people with informal community support and early help in order to help people access the support they need in their community. It also aims to reduce the demands on public services – so they become more effective at what they were designed to do.
This approach also looks at the roles of:
- Individuals – how they contribute to their community through getting involved and take part in activities and meeting people.
- Informal activity groups – how activities can be open and promoted to everyone.
- Support groups – how they are supported to meet local need and promoted to those who might want to get involved.
- Community Hwb and anchor organisations – how they develop and support the local community, connect individuals and groups, promote everything that goes on and act as a pathway into services for those who need extra help.
- Commissioned services – how they connect with the community to help those most in need and help develop and assist support groups.
- Public services – how they can help provide capacity and resources where there are identified gaps in what the community needs.
To develop a coproductive approach to supporting pathfinder communities to develop a community-led approach to community support.
Frequency, location of chairing meetings
The group will meet bimonthly in community venues in pathfinder communities and the chair will be elected annually by the group.
Who will be involved?
The Group will consist of between 12 and 16 individuals representing organisations wishing to develop and build on existing community facilities, activities and services, and be open to interested and active individuals, groups and organisations.
Interlink will provide support, facilitation and administration for the group.
Expression of Interest – Hwb Steering Group
Interlink is looking to support a groups of community and member organisations to work together to develop pathfinder projects in different locations. This would involve organisations taking part in a Hwb Steering Group. Organisations are likely to be already involved in providing community support such as existing community hubs and larger voluntary organisations who wish to coproduce responsive local community services with other organisations and potentially improve existing commissioned services. Service users and carer’s representatives are also encouraged to be involved.
We are hoping the arrange the first meeting to take place at 2pm in an existing community ‘Hwb’ on either the 12, 13 or 14 of February.
To express your interest in joining the Hwb Steering Group, or to find out more information, please contact Simon James on 01443 846221 / 07772 464110 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Wed 6th February 2019.