Councils, health authorities, police forces and fire and rescue services are now more accountable to central government regarding how they work together. The benefits of partnership working are clear- to avoid duplication and ultimately spend tax payers’ money more efficiently.
Leading representatives from Torbay Council, Torbay Care Trust, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and Devon and Cornwall Fire and Rescue gathered last month to launch Torbay Together, which brings all these organisations together to work on a range of different projects across the Bay.
Last September we carried out ‘The Place Survey’ to find out what you think of living in your local area and the services which Torbay Council and our partners provide. The survey told us a story about how services are received by residents: what they are happy with and what they would like to see done differently. It also tells us more about the way we need to work together to tackle issues and help improve what we already do. Torbay Together is about maximising the resources we have and jointly delivering first class public services for the area.
Partnership projects which you may be aware of include; The Stay Safe Bus- improving Torquay’s harbourside night time economy; Paignton’s new Community Library (you can read more about this exciting project on page 16) Junior Life Skills- which gives young people safety guidance; and Dunboyne- independent living for the over 60’s. Forthcoming projects include MyPlace- a world class youth centre and the Hele Neighbourhood Project- the first neighbourhood improvement scheme in Torbay. You can read the full story about this initiative on pages 8 & 9.
Young people in the Bay recently attended Learn2Live. This is led by the Fire and Rescue Service with full participation from the council and its other public sector partners. It shows young people, who may be just about to learn to drive or get a scooter, the consequences of not taking road safety seriously.
This powerful presentation focuses on the serious effects that our colleagues in all the public services deal with in the aftermath of accidents. It also gives moving testimony both from those who have lost loved ones and those who have been sent to prison and have had their life chances curtailed because of that experience.
We know from our statistics young people are more likely to be in accidents and we also know young women sitting in passenger seats with young men driving at the wheel are exceptionally vulnerable. Learn2Live is another example of strong partnership work which we hope will result in the ultimate outcome of saving young lives.
Nick Bye, Mayor of Torbay