Have a say on strategy

PEOPLE in Hartlepool are being urged to help shape an important new blueprint for the future of Hartlepool.

The strategy sets out a framework for how Hartlepool Borough Council and a range of groups and organisations will work together to help the development, success and sustainability of the voluntary and community sector over the next five years.

It combines the existing Voluntary Sector Strategy and Compact and includes clear guidance on areas including commissioning and procurement arrangements.

Denise Ogden, the council’s assistant director of neighbourhood services, said: “Substantial cuts across all public sector services and reductions in funding to voluntary sector organisations will challenge the way we deliver services in the future.

“The aim of the proposed new strategy is to enable all the organisations involved to forge the strongest possible partnerships and successfully tackle the challenges which lie ahead.

“I hope as many people as possible will take the time to have a look at the draft document and give us their views on it.”

Keith Bayley, manager of Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency, added: “The new strategy represents an opportunity for voluntary and community sector groups to better understand how the council intends to work with the sector.

“It includes the standards the voluntary and community sector needs to observe if it is to adhere to good practice in relation to how it undertakes its affairs.

“The new strategy is a useful step forward in setting out partnership working over the coming years.”

People can have their say before the Friday, April 27, closing date by logging on to www.hartlepool.gov.uk/vcs where there is also an online questionnaire for people to complete and comment on all sections of the strategy.

They can then return it to Fiona Stanforth, in the council’s community regeneration team at Bryan Hanson House, Hartlepool, TS24 7BT or email comments to Fiona.stanforth@hartlepool.gov.uk.

People can also ring Fiona Stanforth on (01429) 523278 for information.