Bouncing back together - October 2021 to March 2023

Supporting our communities

Supporting our communities

Our priorities

  • Build on the strengths of our communities and what they can do to support themselves and help each other
  • Help people to make positive lifestyle choices, increasing their physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Focus on prevention and early intervention so residents can lead independent and active lives
  • Provide support and protection to our most vulnerable residents, their families and carers
  • Support and inspire young people to raise their aspirations and reach their full potential

We will

  • Replace the artificial grass pitch at Braintree Sports and Health Club
  • Carry out physical improvements to Braintree Sports and Health club and Halstead Leisure
  • Revitalise our Community Transport scheme and increase the number of volunteers
  • Deliver the Braintree District Volunteer Awards to recognise the contribution volunteers make in our district
  • Continue to work with communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live through the development of local neighbourhood plans
  • Set up a young peoples panel to encourage more young people to have their say on things that matter to them
  • Continue to deliver our LiveWell programme,focussing on:
    • Supporting children and their families to have the best start in life
    • Supporting older people to age well
    • Supporting children and adults to have good mental health
    • Tackling obesity in adults and children
    • Reducing hip fractures in over 65’s

Working with others we will

  • Work with Community360 and Active Essex to provide support to children and families who need it during school holiday periods through the provision of activity sessions
  • Continue to work with Community360 to promote volunteering opportunities and support the voluntary sector
  • Continue to develop a range of initiatives to address social isolation and loneliness across the district Continue to work with Essex County Council on the Governments ‘Next Steps Accommodation Programme’ on initiatives to prevent rough sleepers returning to the streets
  • Continue to raise awareness through the Community Safety Partnership of hidden harms such as exploitation and domestic abuse
  • Work with the integrated care system and Health and Wellbeing panel to understand local health inequalities and develop the role of Primary Care Networks to support and improve the health of our communities
  • Work with our leisure providers to get people back into activity improving their physical and mental health
  • Engage with school age children and young adults through careers, jobs and apprenticeship fairs to inspire young people to raise their aspirations