Mentor Project Pilot
There is a wealth of knowledge, experience and skill within the network, in recognition of this, we created a mentor project to provide an opportunity for members to receive or provide support for their member colleagues.
We recruited 5 members who felt they were able to reflect on their work and could support people to reach identified goals. We provided training and a set of paper work to help mentors provide appropriate support. We then recruited a group of 6 participants who had felt they could benefit from a mentor relationship. We matched up the mentors and participants supporting the relationships as they progressed.
Initial findings are very positive where participants have made great progress with most reaching their agreed goals. Mentors have also reported they have learned a lot from the experience, gaining skills that they will take into their wider work.
Community Planning Area Partnership Representatives
The network continued to be a conduit between the community planning partnership in the North West of the City, supporting the voluntary sector reps’ to fully participate in the Community Planning area partnership meetings.
We have increased support to reps’ providing an induction package, re introduced regular rep’ meetings, and have begun community engagement exercises in the ward areas to make sure we have local intelligence from our members to feed in to the meeting.
We have been aware that although the voluntary sector are members of the meeting, there has been no place on the agenda to feedback. Through the hard work of the reps and consistent lobbying from the network, we have secured a voluntary sector standing agenda item and will be working with the rep’s to make the most of this opportunity over the coming year.
Participatory Budgeting: 3c Community Choices Canal
The Network Manager was approached by Glasgow City Council to support the development of a citizen’s panel in Canal Ward, as part of a wider Participatory Budgeting initiative that will see £1 million allocated to 4 geographical areas and 1 community of interest, for citizens to make decisions about how a council budget is spent.
The network saw this a good opportunity to engage with more members in the North of the city as well as be part of this new council initiative. During Summer 2018, the network had a presence at local gala day and fun days in Canal ward meeting with local people to let them know about more about Participatory budgeting and how they could get involved. We also visited projects and worked with our existing members to make sure those people who don’t usually get the chance to be heard got the opportunity to get involved.
In total we engaged with 750 people and now have a panel of 14 people who will undertake training and lead the next stage of the process.