Localism

2. Community boards

Community boards are an exciting initiative from the new Buckinghamshire Council. They are a key part of our commitment to keep it local, ensuring local voices are heard and helping people work with the Council, local agencies and other community organisations to make a difference in their communities.

By working in partnership community boards will help the new council understand and respond to local needs more effectively. Together they will help solve local issues and shape local places and services.

In total there will be 16 boards which we plan to have up and running after the election in May. This will be the start of our journey, as we will continue to co-design these locality arrangements with our local partners. Whilst there will be some common approaches each board will have its own unique look and feel to reflect the needs of the local area. There will be a mixture of formal and informal meetings.

Each board will engage key local stakeholders such as town and parish councils, voluntary and community groups, police, housing associations, health professionals and residents to ensure that local communities have a voice and an opportunity to influence service delivery.

Improving partnership working and links within communities, community boards will provide valuable intelligence on what is needed in local communities and will help the new council understand and respond to local needs more effectively, for example by improving facilities for young people, tackling social isolation of older people or helping to set up a community bus.

Individual projects and priorities will be decided by local communities, and as part of the new Council’s commitment to local working, £4 million has been made available to be devolved to community boards, giving them the resources needed to effect real change, according to local needs.

The boards will enable local conversations between key stakeholders about local priorities, areas of interest or issues with the aim of finding collaborative ways to resolve them. They will creatively utilising people’s expertise, skills, knowledge and passions to make real difference in people’s lives.

Each board has a named Community Board Manager, who will be the driving force with local members to this new style of collaborative working. They will be the energy behind the board. They will be acting as a connector to engage local partners, residents and other stakeholders to ensure that local communities have a voice and an opportunity to influence service delivery.

Community boards will:

  • represent the voice of local people
  • influence decision making
  • bring people together to strengthen communities
  • focus discussion on key issues for local residents
  • identify needs and creative solutions
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Last updated: 6 April 2020

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