Working with our partners at Blackpool Council and the help of specialist community engagement professionals at Shared Future CIC, we have been 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 full report can be found here.
Central East Blackpool
Between February and April 2018 twenty three residents from Blackpool Central East neighbourhood took part in nine sessions of deliberation to produce a set of recommendations that attempted to answer the question:
‘for people living in Blackpool Central East what are the main things that affect people’s health and well -being and what can be done about them?’
Members of the Citizens Inquiry shared their experiences and opinions in a highly participatory process and published their findings at an event held at @thegrange on Dinmore Avenue on Tuesday 8 May 2018.
South Central Blackpool
The South central area inquiry took place throughout May and June 2018. The group will be publishing its findings on Thursday 20 September 2018.
The North neighbourhood have taken a different approach to their inquiry and have utilised a community interest company called Altogether Better to conduct a number of workshops to create health champions within the practices in the neighbourhood. This work is ongoing and no reports are being published by this area.