[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]
To consider a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services (copy enclosed).
This report provides Local Committee with an update on its work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee. It also includes a financial statement in support of the work of the Local Committee for Members’ information.
The Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which detailed information from across the Community teams including Community Development, sport and physical activity and libraries; it provided an update on work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee.
Members received an update on the COVID response and noted that the Barrow Resilience Group continued to meet fortnightly and co?ordinate work and resources as required. The Committee was informed that the Community Team continued to work with and support the Resource Distribution Points noting that, although the Points still provided a response service it was important to start to look at recovery.
The Committee welcomed the Food and Support partnership which had now been established and included the Resource Points together with wider partners and agencies. The Area Manager explained the aim of the joined up approach and building on the trust and relationships established, was to help to prevent dependency and alleviate pressure on the Resource Points and a focus on ‘community-led recovery’ which would enable people to become more resilient and communities more sustainable.
Members received an update on the Barrow Town Deal noting that a Project Group, whose membership included a range of partners and elected members, had been established for each Scheme. It was agreed that full updates would continue to be provided to members at future Informal Local Committee meetings.
The local Member for Ormsgill informed the Committee that following a request for further information about the future of a post office service in Ormsgill following its closure in March 2020 a successful meeting had taken place with local members, the MP, a representative from the Post Office and a member of the Community Team to look at providing this service from Ormsgill Community Centre.
The Committee was informed that the Children’s Trust Board - Barrow Children & Families Partnership had received a number of useful presentations from partners and service providers at its meeting in January. Members noted that a small Working Group had been established to look at developing an action plan regarding how to share information and address current issues. Members would receive updates at future meetings of the Committee.
The Vice?Chair of the Children’s Trust Board, Mrs A Burns, welcomed the work being undertaken and emphasised the crucial need for early help to try and avoid families going into crisis. Members were informed that work was being undertaken with members of the Community Team to maintain the partnership approach which had already been established.
The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, congratulated the Barrow Community Team for the outstanding work they had undertaken and asked that their thanks and appreciation be passed on.
(1) the updates in the report be noted;
(2) the revised Highways Advisory Sub Group Terms of Reference (attached at Appendix 1 to the report) be agreed;
(3) funding of £5,000 to the Borough Council to support a Poverty Truth Commission from General Provisions (as outlined in paragraph 4.75 I of the report) be agreed;
(4) funding Walney Community Trust (as outlined in paragraph 4.75 ii of the report) be agreed for 3 months of staffing costs at:
(i) £4,280 from the Local Committee Covid 19 Response Fund;
(ii) £2,816 from General Provisions;
(5) a grant of £16,042 to Dropzone on behalf of Furness Youth Work Partnership towards youth work provision from Universal Services funding (as detailed in paragraph 4.75 ii of the report be agreed;
(6) a grant of £9,000 to Furness Young Carers towards young carers after-school club from Universal Services funding (referred to in paragraph 4.75 iii of the report) be agreed;
(7) a grant of £2,500 to Brill Books towards mental health books into each Primary, Secondary School, and 3rd sector organisations in the Barrow Borough outlined in report from 0-19 Services funding (as detailed in paragraph 4.75 iii of the report) be agreed;
(8) a grant of £10,000 to The Well to a pilot project for a mobile unit from 0-19 Services funding (as outlined in paragraph 4.75 iii of the report) be agreed.