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Community Engagement


Further to a meeting of lead officers for West Sussex Local Strategic Partnerships, a need was identified for a consistent approach within West Sussex for meaningful and effective Community Engagement.


The development of local engagement strategies across the county would be a starting point for more consistent and joined up community working. Partnerships would be able to share information, working together to engage communities, thereby minimising duplication. The local LSPs did not have the resources (finance or personnel) to take this work forward and need to hire a consultant to help lead this important project. This will help to support both communities and statutory agencies to understand, engage with, and act on the empowerment agenda.

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At present, partners are aware of the need for a coherent strategy for community engagement, but would prefer to work together to minimise duplication and to make best use of any information generated through the strategy.

All partners in the LSPs will be asked to sign up to the strategies and this will help in better partnership working and more joined up consultation.

Progress - February 2010

This group have now have successfully secured £80,000.

The money has been received from the "Connecting communities" targeted support for Empowerment and participation improvement Fund "through the Department of Communities and Local Government. The objectives of this fund are to assist in developing partnership working and community engagement at a local level.

The aim of this project will be to:

  • Improve joint working between all local strategic partners (e.g. Councils, Police, Fire & Rescue Service, Public Care Trust etc).
  • Improve engagement with our local residents.
  • identifying and engage with communities that are hard to reach.