Report calls for greater collaboration between housing associations and councils
‘A Design for Life’, a report from the New Local Government Network, produced in association with Peabody, Moat Homes and Capsticks LLP, was launched yesterday.
It looks at how councils and housing associations can achieve better health outcomes and employment opportunities by working together.
Too often partnerships can be short-term arrangements, because of perceived and real barriers that get in the way of embedding a culture of collaboration. These barriers must be overcome to help partnerships flourish.
As well as recommendations to help adjust the culture of both sectors towards greater integration, the report contains useful, practical tools — such as data sharing and joint funding — to ensure successful collaborative working. These are simple steps that partners can use to develop joint strategies to deliver for their residents.
Also included within the report are examples of effective partnership working. These include our ambitious 10-year programme, delivered in partnership with the London Borough of Hackney, to develop the Pembury Children’s Community.
Pembury Pass is the first pilot initiative of the wider Children’s Community programme, which is transforming the lives of young people on the Pembury estate.
Pembury Pass focuses on young people aged 16–24 who are not in education, employment, or training (NEETs), or otherwise vulnerable. It provides an intense level of personal support to help them access education, training and employment opportunities.
We've engaged 240 young people in positive development activities, with 48 classed as "hard-to-reach" receiving intensive support on the estate.
“We welcome this report, and its findings on how local authorities, health providers and housing associations can work better together. The report confirms our belief in the power of partnership working," says Stephen Burns, our Executive Director of Community Investment.
"By working together we have seen the progress that can be made in our shared goals to alleviate poverty and create opportunities for the people we serve.”
A Design for Life (pdf, 1.8mb)