Working in Partnership
Working in Partnership
Arts 4 Wellbeing collaboratively work in partnership with many organisations, a strong trusted relationship is formed to create better and safer communities.
South Tyneside Council
South Tyneside includes the towns of South Shields, Hebburn and Jarrow and the villages of Boldon, Cleadon and Whitburn. Working alongside STC and the clinical commissioning group, Arts 4 Wellbeing are then able to cater for all within South Tyneside.
From attendance of Northumbria Police we have been able to build solid relationships, break down any barriers for members, provide further reassurance to members despite their vulnerabilities, the main aim of working together is to ensure everyone has 100% confidence in engaging with the Police.
Sargent Stobbs stated:
'A member of my team was appointed the designated point of contact, and over a period of time, this officer has arranged for visits from colleagues from departments such as the firearms and mounted section. This further breaks down any barriers, helps the members understanding of their local police force, but also, beyond the benefits for the members and staff, it also develops the officers understanding of the local community and improves their skills in engaging with people with complex personal issues they may not routinely come across.
Quite simply, every time any of the team, myself included, pop into Arts4Wellbeing, there are plenty of laughs and smiles, and firm relationships have been built.'
Training in Care
The partnership requires a joint values base of enabling the members who attend the centre with skills and experiences which enable them to make informed choices in their lives.
The process involves consultation with staff, assessment of members needs,
development of a response to that need, working with South Tyneside Skills department to deliver accredited and non accredited courses.
Together, Arts 4 Wellbeing and Training in Care evaluate the impact on clients, making them aware of employment and volunteering opportunities within the Borough.
Doctor A Brown stated :
'Arts 4 Wellbeing are a valued partner for their commitment and care which is demonstrated by staff constantly, and the approach by management to foster a quality service by offering a clear progression route and CPD for both staff and volunteers.'
Safetyworks (Northumbria Police) and Arts 4 Wellbeing have been instrumental in a new initiative we developed to address safeguarding concerns around person with disabilities living independently in the community. Following discussions with service users from Arts 4 Wellbeing a number of areas were identified which caused them significant concerns around their personal safety. These included hate crime, bogus callers, ASB, how to contact the police amongst others.
The success we have all had in running these courses has in my opinion done more to foster excellent community relations with this vulnerable section of the community than any other initiative. Due to the increased confidence they now have in the police they are coming forward to discuss other concerns such as sexual exploitation which they would never have considered speaking to the police about previously. As a result we have adapted training to address these concerns which have been delivered very successfully.
Through working together Arts 4 Wellbeing and Asda have created an unbreakable bond. Asda support Arts 4 Wellbeing in all that we do, through raffle donations, craft donations and many more.