We have created another chance to get more involved as a Get Involved Group Member, by becoming a Go-To Person.
A Go-To Person:
- Is identified at the meeting
- Takes forward any issues the group raise at the meeting
- Identifies who to contact in the council or local authority
- Becomes the point of contact between the group and the external authority figure (council, NHS, Service provider)
- Reports back at the meeting and via the Blog the responses they get from their contacts
- Attends any relevant external meetings on the topic
- Feeds back to the GIG Project Lead and the Disability Community Works Representative
This is a voluntary role for which any travel costs are reimbursed and training can be provided. This role may involve a simple follow up call or email to a presenter at a meeting or it may involve some digging around to find the relevant person to speak to on a certain issues and persisting in contacting them till progress is achieved. There is no fixed duration for this role and starts with an individual deciding they feel passionate about an issue raised at a meeting or feeling able to carry it forward on behalf of others at the meeting.
Bob attended a meeting on Transport. At this meeting other members raised the issue of pavements and about how many are in poor condition causing trip hazards by foot and mobility scooter. At the end of the meeting Bob decided he wanted to take this issue forward. The project lead then briefed him on the issue and suggested a couple of potential leads. After the meeting Bob then called the council and was put through to someone who was responsible for monitoring the state of pavements. This person sent a reply, which Bob had posted on the Blog for other GIG members to see. Some issues still seemed unresolved so the GIG members asked more questions and it was decided to have a meeting on the issue. The person Bob contacted gave a talk and GIG members were able to share their experiences first hand with this council representative. The representative then went away and shared the GIG feedback to other people at the council. A new strategy was developed, pavements were improved and the issue was resolved! Well done Bob and everyone involved!
If you want to talk more about how you can get involved as a Go-To person, speak up at a meeting or contact us.
- Diane Marks – BHCC and Street Clutter
- Graham Oulton – Overgrown lawns and Uneven Pavements
- Richard De Costobadie – Cyclists on Pavements