Featherstone Pride is all about different agencies and organisations working together with the community in Featherstone to improve the way services are delivered for residents.
Featherstone Pride was started in 2007 as a pilot project to explore how ‘locality working' could be implemented across the district. The project aimed to focus on the following high-level outcomes:
- Improving quality of life and wellbeing
- Cleaner, greener and safer environment
- Helping to raise aspirations and skills within the community
While this project was seen as a pilot, with clear outcomes and a need to make an impact within a set time period, it was acknowledged that the issues were very complex and to make a lasting impact would take much longer. Therefore there was always a desire that the pilot was seen as a way to embed new ways of working which are sustainable.
The Featherstone Pride project has now been running for several years and has seen due to this great partnership approach to working has seen many achievements including:-
- Development of a Community Newsletter and a Community Friends group
- A clean up day, to remove graffiti and rubbish etc.
- Funds have been accessed for the Citizens Advice Bureau outreach service to be developed in Featherstone.
- Several youth activities have been established including a youth forum, regular Youth nights within the village and a school holiday
- programme HYPE up.
- The local Community and Learning Partnership is using the Youth Bus to provide better services for mums and toddlers
- A late bus is being provided so that pupils at Cheslyn Hay High School can stay on for after school activities
- More policing resources are being made available in the village
- The Connexions service has started providing a weekly service for young people in the village
- South Staffordshire Community & Voluntary Action are working with the primary school to develop the Bayleaf Project (growing vegetables and healthy eating project).
- A Village Agent has been recruited, with funding support from the Parish Council, to work within the village to develop community initiatives.