We want to make the Wakefield District an even better place to live, work and grow. We’re doing that by having a Big Conversation, so we can listen to everyone and work together.
The Big Conversation is about all of us being a part of shaping the future of Wakefield.
Your views will inform several programmes of work including the Wakefield District’s new Economic Wellbeing Strategy and the Council’s Corporate plan.
Our trained Conversationalists will have positive conversations with people across the district to find out what matters to them. We will look at the information given to us and identify the things that really matter to you and your neighbours. This will shape our work in the future.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
It’s the first phase of making our district an even better place to live, work, and grow. Connecting people from the beginning, and listening, means that we will get things right. It’s about all of us being a part of shaping the future of Wakefield.
Importantly, this isn’t just a one off, we want involving everyone from the beginning, listening, and using this to underpin the work of the council, and our partner organisations, to be the way we work from now on.
The findings from The Big Conversation will inform a number of pieces of work including the Economic Wellbeing strategy and the Corporate Plan.
To deliver the Big Conversation, we have trained Conversationalists. Conversationalists include volunteers from a range of organisations, elected members, children and young people from our district and people from partners organisations and community groups.
We’ve been working hard to get everything ready for the Big Conversation. We want to do things right, so everyone has their chance to be involved. This takes a little time, but we will hold our Big Conversation in the summer of 2022.
By the end of summer, we will start to pull all the conversation together into big issues – the things that really matter to our district. By next Autumn, we will begin feeding this into plans, using it to inform what we do – the work of the council and other organisations in our district. This will not stop there. By then, we hope that involving everyone from the start and working together on things that affect all our lives will simply be how we do things.
To help us train, gather and analyse the conversations, we will be working with an organisation called Traverse who are experts in this type of work. We need to train a lot of people to be able to go out and have conversations and it will need people to pull the findings together as quickly as possible so we can begin using them. We have some very good people in our organisation who are experts at this but we need to train lots of people and there will lots of data so the outside organisation are just there to help with capacity.
Making our district an even better place to live, work, and grow benefits us all. For example; using the findings from the Big Conversation to inform the new Economic Wellbeing Strategy means the strategy has the best chance of building a strong economy within our district which means more, better paid and secure jobs. Using the findings and working together to inform other work the council does means that we can use our resources to do what matters to people.
This involves everyone who lives in Wakefield District – everyone will be able to be involved if they want to. There will be different ways for people to be involved so everyone can take part in the conversations. This might be through your work, through your community, with friends by using other ways like online.
Yes, we do but this is about how we make those plans work as best as they can. If we are working together from the start, we can make sure that everyone’s views, needs and experiences are considered and that the plans are based upon what works well and how we can do more of those things.
This isn’t another plan, it’s a new way of thinking and working ensuring that the plans we have are based on the views, hopes and aspirations of our residents. We have seen how when people work together, good things can happen. So, we want to learn from this, do more of what works well and use our resources in the best way possible. By involving people right from the start, we can make sure plans informed by the things that matter to people and whose lives they affect.
This approach focuses on the positive – what works well and doing more of that, using what we have better and ensuring that any decisions are informed and collaborative with those they affect.
At the moment, this work is being led by the Council but lots of partners are involved including health and social care and charities.