NH-2021-22-006 - Review of Neighbourhood Cohesion and Community Centre Engagement

Closed 17 Feb 2021

Opened 4 Jan 2021


Overview of proposal

This proposal looks to review the work of Neighbourhood Cohesion and Community Engagement service.  The proposal would remove one full time post.

Overall impact of proposed change

The main functions of the post with respect to community safety consist of tension monitoring, developing and supporting cohesion and integration events and training in the borough.  The tension monitoring evaluates local community tensions and risks by gathering intelligence from various platforms as well as from members of the public.  This intelligence is then fed into the local Police Hub and the Force Intelligence Bureau help formulate a picture of any dynamics which may potentially lead to disorder or threaten the stability of communities. Early interventions can then be developed where necessary to mitigate the impact of these tensions.

The post to be removed currently supports a number of community groups, for example, the multi-faith partnership to deliver events such as Holocaust Memorial Day, St Georges Day, International Day of Peace, International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT), National Hate Crime Awareness Weeks, Black History Month & Pride events.  These events will continue via the Community Groups and there will be a requirement for the groups to update the Council as to how these events will be run.

The service, and in particular the post to be removed, provides a communication link for 14 grant funded community centres and other community and voluntary organisations who want support or services from the Council.  This can include organising and supporting Community Base Network meetings every 4 weeks.  The post holder also represents the Council at the Voluntary Sector Partnership and supports the Inclusive Messaging Group.  Again the community and voluntary work will continue and there will be liaison with the Council via the wider Neighbourhoods Directorate.

Other duties include: Facilitating Community Cohesion Resilience and Integration Meetings, Training of Hate Crime Ambassadors, supporting faith groups and active citizens across the borough.

Impact on affected Service Users

The deletion of this post will dilute the resources within the community safety team and end the dedicated police partnership tension monitoring provision in helping prevent and reduce crime and disorder.

It will also dilute the council’s ability to assist with the organisation and support of community groups and cohesion events described above.

It will dilute the support arrangements for community centres.

Savings Total

£41k with on-costs. This would be split over 2021/22 and 2022/23 to account for consultation.


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