Birches Head High School Community Cohesion Group
Our first Community Cohesion Group (CCG) meeting was held on 16 September 2009. Invitations were sent out to a range of local agencies, offering a regular forum for partnership working, projects which would be mutually beneficial, new and valuable networking opportunities and a pizza meal!
CCG meetings take place each month and include items like: agency presentations, partnership mapping, wanted and offered, funding, gender stereotypes and networking.
Over 50 individual members from 25 agencies have attended meetings over the last year.
The group has been developing a community involvement model in the form of a spider diagram, for use online by parents and the wider community. This represents the links the school has formed with current partners within the following groups: Employers, Health, Education, Cultural/Leisure, Youth Services, Local Authority, IAG and 3rd Sector.
Links to individual agency websites, detailed local information and a short film of the venue or services offered make up the content of the model, which all partners can adapt and use to suit their organisation.
For example, one of the Local Authority partners, Staffordshire Police, offer advice and support for local residents through their Police Post.
Further monthly CCG meetings are planned throughout 2010/11 with the added involvement of the Trust for Innovative Learning and Training (TILT) members, including parents and the student representatives from Birches Head High School.