We’re currently looking for people to take part in co-production activities to help develop services in Southend.
Would you or someone you know be interested in helping to develop services from your feedback and experience? For more information, call our Co-production Champion, Jessica on 07494 394 081 or email her at JRussell@savs-southend.co.uk
Co-production is an equal relationship between people providing and people receiving services. Knowledge from lived experiences and professional experience is equally valued. People actively share information, power and responsibility for decision-making. We work together to plan, design, deliver and evaluate services to make them as effective as possible. The more diverse the residents involved in the teams, the better the services are likely to be. Cities and towns up and down the country are working in co-productive relationships with residents. These projects find that their community’s quality of life improves as well as services being more efficient.
Participants develop new networks and skills that can be personally enriching and vocationally rewarding.
Better Services for the Community
The community gets services that are fit for purpose and work better for everybody. This creates stronger communities and greater resilience.
Tangible Impact on the Community
Local organisations and staff are able to create more impact in their roles and add value to their professional input.
In Southend-on-Sea the ambition is that all parts of the community and citizens will be at the heart of local activities and services. This way of working is called co-production. Through co-production people can come together as equals and combine strengths and resources to the benefit of everyone.
The Co-production Champion role has been created to co-lead this whole community approach. Jessica is the current Champion. Jessica has lived in Southend for fifteen years and has two teenage children.
If you want to keep in touch with Southend co-production activities and initiatives, please enter your contact details and any particular areas of interest. You will receive a quarterly newsletter and hear about opportunities to get involved.
Celebrating co-production in Southend: A Better Space formed a few years ago by a group of local parents. They thought their local park, Milton Gardens, could be improved to benefit the whole community. A Better Space were initially supported by ABSS and the ABSS Engagement Team at SAVS. They became a constituted group and SAVS member in May 2019.
Co-production has been at the heart of the A Better Space vision. Building a good relationship with the Parks Team at Southend Borough Council has meant they have worked together to create and improve the nature trail and new learning area behind the tennis court. They’ve also replaced the old rubbish bins. A Better Space plans for 2021 as the time to focus on connecting with the community in the Milton Gardens area.
At A Better Start Southend we know local people can make great things happen. We’re investing £40m over ten years to improve the lives of Southend’s very youngest residents; and we’re working with local people every step of the way to find out how to give every child who lives here the best possible start in life.
A Better Start Southend is here for you, whether you’re a parent or carer of a child under four, if you’re expecting a baby, or if you work with young children in Southend.
Southend 2050 is the borough’s ambition for the future. It was developed following extensive conversations with those that live, work, visit, do business and study in Southend-on-Sea. These conversations asked people what they thought Southend-on-Sea should be like in 2050 and what steps are needed now, and in the coming years, to help achieve this. The ambition is grounded in the values of Southenders. It is bold and challenging and will need all elements of our community to work together to make it a reality.