Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 3, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow

Contact: Joti Patel, Committee Administrator, Email: joti.patel@hounslow.gov.uk : 020 85833356 

Items
No. Item

61.

Apologies for Absence,declarations of interest and other communications from Members

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor John Chatt.

62.

Minutes of the meeting held on 23rd June 2014 and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 23rd June 2014 were agreed.

 

There were no matters arising.

63.

Voluntary Sector Funding pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See the report presented by Ellie Francis-Brophy, Community Partnership Unit, Agenda Item 3, Page 5.

 

The report recommended that:

 

1.    That the Community Investment Advisory Panel (CIAP), noted the launch of the ‘Stronger Neighbourhood Grant’ detailed in Agenda Item 3a, appendix A, pages 12-19.

2.    That the CIAP noted the allocation of funding from the Community Youth Fund as approved by CIAP in February 2014 and detailed in Agenda Item 3b, Appendix B, pages 20-24.

 

Ellie advised the panel that the new Stronger Neighbourhood Grant was launched in October with an application deadline of 15th December 2014. 

 

All applications would be considered against the key outcomes at 3.3 of the report:

 

Organisations applying for these funds would need to demonstrate they met the following outcomes:

a)    Increased localised, resident-led activity designed to shape local areas and enhance civic pride

b)    The Council had a better understanding of Hounslow’s communities and the important community & physical assets in the local area

c)    Strengthened community cohesion at a neighbourhood level – provided opportunities for people from different backgrounds to come together

d)    Improved quality of life for residents through activities designed to address at least one of the following issues:

              i.        Local Public Health and Wellbeing

            ii.        Community Safety

           iii.        Life skills (e.g. money management, healthy eating/cooking, preparation for work, parenting skills)

           iv.        Public Realm / Physical Environment

            v.        Improved partnership working between community groups at a local level in order to meet the above outcomes.

 

Grant applications would identify how they would tackle one of these issues and address why the chosen issue is of particular relevance in their area.

e)     Improved partnership working between community groups at a local level in order to meet the above outcomes.

Each of the four areas identified for this funding would be allocated up to

£48,750 and the Council anticipated funding only one project or partnership in each area. Projects would start delivery in February 2015 and run for a minimum of 18 months.

 

 

 Successful applications would be recommended for approval by the Lead Member for Communities and Economic Development.  A report on approved grants would be presented to the CIAP Meeting in February 2015.

 

The Community Youth Fund applications had been considered by the Youth Panel and approved grants were set out in the table at 3.7 of the report.

 

The Chair asked Members if they had any question on the report. 

·         There were no questions.

 

Resolved:

 

i.        Following discussion with CIAP members, the Lead Member approved  Youth Panel’s recommendations detailed in the table at 3.7 of the report:

 

 Organisation

Amount requested

Chair Approved

Westplay

£2,480

£2,480

Teck Close Youth Project

£2,000

£1,200

Speak Out in Hounslow

£2,493

£2,493

Spark!

£2,500

£2,500

Met Police Junior Cadet

£2,500

£2,500

Hounslow Phab

£2,500

£2,500

Total

£14,476

£13,673

 

ii.        To note the launch of the Stronger Neighbourhood Grant.

 

 

 

 

 

64.

Thriving Communities and VCSE Sector Strategy 2015-2019 pdf icon PDF 280 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See the report presented by Dr Ellie Francis-Brophy, Principal Community Investment Officer, Agenda Item 4, page 25.

 

Ellie referred the Panel to the recommendations set out in 1.1-1.3 of the agenda and made the following comments:

 

-       The following work had been finalised:

×          The Funding Plan

×          Three strategic outcomes that all work will focus on

×          Thriving Communities Evaluation Framework for use by al VCSE organisations the Council financially supports.

-       Referred to the time frame for implementation on page 31 of the Agenda, item 4a.

 

There were no questions for this item.

 

Resolved:

 

      I.        To note the report and recommendations

 

65.

Thriving Communities Evaluation Databank pdf icon PDF 843 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See the report and appendices presented by Dr Ellie Francis-Brophy, Principal Community Investment Officer, Agenda Items 5 – 5.3, page 33.

 

 

Ellie Francis-Brophy referred to the recommendation at 1.1 of the report for the Panel to note and the summary at 2.0 on page 34:

 

1     The Thriving Communities Evaluation Framework for use by all VCSE organisations the Council financially supports had been finalised.

2     In an environment of reduced financial resources the CPU had developed smarter funding applications and commissioning procedures.  Many small organisations with insufficient resources, or those unable to frame the benefits of their work in the language of outcomes might become increasingly vulnerable.  To overcome this the Thriving Communities Databank would be rolled out with a full programme of support for all organisations.  The CPU anticipated that these smaller organisations would benefit from being able to ‘prove and improve’ more strategically in the future.

3     The databank of questions were aligned to the Thriving Communities outcomes and independently reviewed by NEF consulting.

4     It was also piloted with two funded organisations delivering the Streets based Cohesion programme.

5     The databank will assist in the development of the VCSE sector and their future offer and capacity to deliver in Hounslow. As such two workshops would be delivered on the databank by the end of November and online resources would be available in December.

6     Using this innovative tool, that helps to measure outcomes and impact, was seen as best practice within the field (by think tanks and major Funders) working in VCSE organisations accountability.

 

The Chair and Members talked of this being an effective approach and looking forward to seeing the results in the future.

 

 

Resolved:

 

      I.        To note the report

 

66.

New and Emerging Communities Research pdf icon PDF 425 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See the report and appendix presented by Dr Ellie Francis-Brophy, Principal Community Investment Officer, Agenda item 6, page 80 and Agenda Item 6a, page 84.

 

The Panel were asked to note the executive summary of the main report findings and recommendations in Appendix A, page 84.

 

The summary outlined the mapping and needs assessment of each emerging community which will feed into the strategy plan being prepared.

 

A series of community engagement events are to be planned to which CIAP Members will be invited.

 

Councillor Paul Lynch asked whether the Council necessarily accepts each recommendation.  The CPU team agreed that we are not purely accepting each recommendation as they stand. The report’s findings and recommendations were based on some individuals’ opinions and in many cases action to address the challenges (raised by these new residents) have already been put in place by various Directorates in the Council.

 

 

Action:

CPU to ensure that invites to emerging community engagement events are sent to CIAP Members.

 

Resolved:

      I.        To note the report

67.

Urgent Business

Any other business, which the Chair agrees to consider on the grounds of urgency.  

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.