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Levelling Up Our Communities Conference, 19th May 2022

In Autumn 2021, a council motion was debated at full council that explored the county council’s approach to tackling poverty and deprivation in Gloucestershire.  It was agreed that hosting a conference was a good way to better understand the needs in our communities. Cabinet requested that a small working group should be established to steer the development of the conference.

The working group considered the Gloucestershire Council Strategy – Building Back Better in Gloucestershire.  It articulates the vision for how we will work to achieve the aims of the Government’s Levelling Up Agenda.  It outlines an ambition to “work with communities across the county to: reduce inequalities, regenerate high streets, market towns and neighbourhoods; improve infrastructure, jobs, skills and education provision; and help residents to achieve their ambitions for the places they live.”

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It was agreed that the conference could be a platform to launch this ambition and offer an opportunity to hear from our communities about what is working well and where the council can work better to reduce inequalities. 

The conference was co-created with the Hotspots Network, which brings together Gloucestershire’s leading urban and rural practitioners of social enterprise and community building.  Each Hotspots Network partner has a proven entrepreneurial and community building track record and trusting local relationships between citizens and partners. The Hotspots Network comprises:

The conference, held at Quayside House Gloucester was attended by 130 people in person and virtually. There were representatives from across a range of voluntary sector and community groups and local public sector leaders.  Each community group presented a film showcasing the following themes – building trust, capacity building, community development plans, community wealth and social enterprise.  Most of the discussion took part in breakout groups, the content of which will be brought together to help shape the next steps for Levelling Up our communities.

Here is a collection of videos from the conference:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

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Part 5:

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