About The Organisation and the City
Improving the health and wellbeing of the 260,000 people who call Stoke-on-Trent home and the many more who commute to work here requires strong partnership working. Stoke-on-Trent’s Health and Wellbeing Board, which is made up of members from both the public and voluntary sectors is leading the way in demonstrating how individuals and organisations can work together to achieve this aim.
In addition, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s strategic plan – Stronger Together – focuses on involving the community and working with partners as key to addressing priorities for Stoke-on-Trent. It is part of our ongoing commitment to work with local people to achieve the changes that they would like to see happen in their communities. We need to work together to enable the city to grow and prosper. Together we can make a difference. Stronger Together is being led by Stoke-on-Trent City Council working alongside partners.
Our five Stronger Together Priorities are:
- Support our residents to fulfil their potential
- Support our businesses to thrive, delivering investment in our towns and communities
- Work with residents to make our towns and communities great places to live
- A commercial council, fit for purpose, driving efficiency in everything we do
- Support vulnerable people in our communities to live their lives well
We have already seen huge successes in improving the lives of our residents, including:
- Applying the public health approach to other areas of council business – for example learning disabilities, and sport and leisure services. This has resulted in work placement opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in leisure centres and a review of food on offer across council venues to ensure healthy choices.
- 23 of our schools awarded Food for Life Bronze awards, and seven the Silver awards.
- Using clay as therapy for people recovering from drug and alcohol problems (in conjunction with the British Ceramics Biennial).
- Reduced alcohol related admissions to hospital amongst young people.
Over the past two years we have been working on a series of Community Pledges as part of our Stronger Together vision to create a city we can all be proud of.
The pledges act as an informal agreement, between the city council and everyone who lives and works in Stoke-on-Trent, showing how they can play a part in improving their lives and local area and what we will do to support them in return.
The city council recognises the huge amount of work people across the city are already doing in their communities. We are committed to helping everyone do their bit – whether that’s by recycling more, keeping active and healthy, looking out for neighbours, volunteering, helping to look after our parks or keeping the city’s streets clean and tidy.
The Community Pledges have been developed in line with our Strategic Plan for 2016-2020, which sets out five values that will guide the delivery of our objectives, working with residents and partners to help to put the pledge’s values into practice. The plan recognises that in order to deliver our vision, we need to work hand-in-hand with residents and partners.
We have also successfully launched a Community Investment Fund, giving local groups who are committed to making a difference in their community the chance to apply for grants as part of a £3m programme. The first wave of funding has been administered to great success and attracted a large volume of interest – projects to improve a kitchen at a church that has a night shelter, to improve the roof and insulation of a community hall, and to help a village brass band have all been supported.
Information on our Enterprise Zone information can be found here: http://www.makeitstokestaffs.co.uk/locations/ceramic-valley-enterprise-zone/