Community empowerment is at the heart of our ActEarly ‘City Collaboratory’ approach and what we do. We know that real and lasting changes only happen if communities have a fair say in decisions that are made about their health and wellbeing.
The development of a steering group of people representing our communities including voluntary, health and community sectors across both Bradford and Tower Hamlets that guides our work. We are also co-producing a co-production and Citizen Science strategy using an appreciative inquiry model (AI). AI focuses on strengths and resources within communities, and as part of this work we are delivering workshops with key community groups and interviews with stakeholders.
We work with all theme groups to help embed co-production and Citizen Science in all ActEarly projects
We are supporting co-production of the Horton Park regeneration project in Bradford working with a range of stakeholders and the Healthy Places theme to develop an evaluation plan to explore the impact of changes on health and wellbeing.
We have supported the development of the Bradford Clean Air Plan by holding focus groups with seldom heard communities to explore acceptability and perceived unintended consequences of the proposed plan. We have also created a public research action group which meets regularly to support delivery of the plan.
We are supporting colleagues in the Healthy Learning theme and working with a neighbourhood based community organisation called Out-Loud to better understand experiences of health and wellbeing in the Holmewood area of Bradford.
The Bromley by Bow Centre is a key ActEarly partner and its Insights team will be running creative events throughout the year with the aim of understanding better the priorities of local communities and especially families. To see more about this work please click here
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