What is the Hawkinge Partnership?

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<FONT color=black size=4>·     What is the Hawkinge Partnership?

<FONT color=black>We are a partnership of local residents, service providers, District and Parish Councillors who have come together to oversee the development and delivery of the Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder Programme. 

We developed as a Partnership after a bid was made to Government to have Hawkinge included in the second round of the Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder Programme. As a result, Hawkinge is now recognised as o­ne of 35 Pathfinders operating nationally and the village stands to benefit from funding which supports improvements in services to meet the needs of local people. 

<FONT color=black>·     What do we do?

<FONT color=black>As a Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder we focus o­n three key areas of work:

1.     Firstly we work to develop a clear understanding of the needs of the local community. 

2.     Secondly, we work with the community and service providers (health, education, police etc) to bring about positive changes and improvements in service provision to meet identified needs. 

3.     Thirdly, we work to ensure that service improvements will continue over the long term. 

<FONT color=black>·     What do we aim to achieve?

<FONT color=black>What we aim to achieve is determined by residents and the information we have regarding local needs. 

Since February of this year we have been gathering information from a range of existing sources to inform our understanding of the needs of local people in terms of service provision. We have also undertaken our own research and consultation through the Mori Poll and Community Fun Day. 

An analysis of all of this information has enabled us to identify the priorities of local residents and from these we have established five key objectives that will direct our future work. 

1.     To increase knowledge and awareness of the services and facilities available to villagers and to improve access to them.

2.     To improve facilities and services for young people and children.

3.     To build community cohesion.

4.     To improve the quality of the environment for all.

5.     To develop a safer environment for all.

By understanding needs, working with the community and service providers, we will explore new and improved ways of working together which will enable us to achieve our objectives and address local priorities. 

Ultimately, by demonstrating the value of these new ways of working we hope to bring about welcome improvements to services that will be supported beyond the life of the programme by service providers and other partners we have worked with. 

<FONT color=black>·     How are we funded?

<FONT color=black>As the Hawkinge Neighbourhood Partnership, we expect to receive an average of £350,000 each year over the next seven years to support our Pathfinder work. This is subject to annual approval, and, as funding comes from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, our progress will be closely monitored. 

It is important to remember that this funding is being awarded to enable us to work with the community and service providers to bring about positive and lasting change in service delivery. We are not a grant making body.

<FONT color=black>·     How can you contact us?

<FONT color=black>Deirdre Ferguson has recently been appointed as Neighbourhood Manager and is the key contact regarding our Pathfinder initiative. Deirdre is temporarily based at the Civic Centre in Folkestone and can be contacted on: 07880922838.

Deirdre’s immediate tasks are to complete a plan of work for the Hawkinge Pathfinder and to establish a community office base in the village. A site has already been identified for the community office on Canterbury Road and it is hoped this will be open as a community information point for our initiative in the new year. 

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<FONT color=black>The work of the Partnership will contribute to:

“the growth of Hawkinge as one village, where local residents young and old feel a part, where everyone has a pride in where they live and where everyone works together in taking responsibility for the village with support from effective and accessible services�