Working with our partners at Blackpool Council and the help of specialist community engagement professionals at Shared Future CIC, we are undertaking ‘citizens inquiries’ across Blackpool.
These inquiries involve recruiting a number of local residents from within our neighbourhoods and who are truly representative of the population that lives there. The resident group then undertake a citizen’s inquiry process to investigate and analyse issues within the local area, ultimately seeking to answer the following questions: ‘For people living within this neighborhood, what are the key factors which impact upon their health and wellbeing?’
Over the course of 10 weeks, the resident population undertake work to identify the local assets which help people to stay well, issues which create challenges for people to stay well and also quiz local leaders in health and social care as well as other areas such as leisure and domestic services.
At the end of this process, the resident group develop a set of recommendations based upon their findings and present these to the relevant professionals and organisations via a dedicated feedback event.
The video below provides an overview of why we believe this work is important to help improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.
Central West Blackpool
We first undertook this process within the Central West neighbourhood of Blackpool during the summer of 2017. You can read the full report from this inquiry, including the recommendations made here.
Watch the videos below to hear why some of the resident group chose to get involved and how the process has helped them personally.
Far North Blackpool
Eighteen residents from the Far North area of Blackpool took part in an inquiry between October and December 2017. The group published their report in a joint event with an inquiry group from South Blackpool in January 2018.
You can read the full report from this inquiry here.
A further 18 people living in South Blackpool took part in an inquiry between October and December.
The groups report and recommendation were published at a launch event held jointly with the Far North inquiry group at the Winter Gardens in January 2018. The report can be found here.