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17 September 2013

The Human Rights Tour – 17 September 2013. Blackpool Salvation Army, Raikes Parade, Blackpool, FY1 4EL. Join the event to find out why you need human rights and why human rights need you. Event Details.

13 September 2013

Fairness Commission Elects a new Chair!

Following the recent departure of Chief Superintendent Richard Debicki, the steering panel of Blackpool Fairness Commission has now unanimously elected a new Chair. Dr Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health has been a Steering Panel Member since the launch of the Fairness Commission, his appointment to the role of Chair is excellent news and will strengthen the links between the Fairness Commission and Health and Well-being Board.
Arif said “I am delighted to have been elected to this role, I am very excited at the prospect of leading the Fairness Commission through the next phase of work. I see the role of the Fairness Commission now as as being a very practical one, rolling our sleeves up and delivering some projects for the people of Blackpool. I look forward to sharing my ideas with the Steering Panel at our meeting next week and formulating a plan with them about what our priorities for the next six months will be.”

6 September 2013

Blackpool and Fylde Consumer Network Launch Event – Friday 6 September 2013. 10am – 4pm. Blackpool Central Library and Kirkham Library. Event Details.

24 August 2013

Blackpool International Festival – Saturday 24 August 2013 11am – 5pm, St John’s Square, Blackpool. Please visit http://www.blackpoolfestival.org/ for more information on the event’s activities.

23 August 2013

Thank you to all attendees at the Afternoon Tea!

The Chair of Blackpool Fairness Commission Chief Superintendent Richard Debicki would like to thank everyone who was able to attend the Afternoon Tea at Solaris on Wednesday!  It was fantastic to see so many people turn out to support the work of the Fairness Commission, sharing their ideas and enthusiasm for making this voluntary partnership successful.

Over the next couple of months there will be a number of further opportunities to engage with the Fairness Commission through Open Meetings and Task & Finish Groups and further details will be posted here and via Social Media.

In addition there will be a quarterly e-newsletter to help keep you up to date and if you would like to subscribe to this newsletter please email fairness@blackpool.gov.uk and we will add you to the distribution list.

Wishing you all a great Bank Holiday Weekend.

23 August 2013 – (Event)

Time to Change Village (an interactive space to learn about mental health) – Friday 23 August 10am – 3:30pm, St John’s Square, Blackpool.

21 August 2013 – (Event)

Come and catch up with the Fairness Commission! – Wednesday 21 August 3-5pm, Solaris Centre, Blackpool.

31 July 2013 – (Event)

100 Apprenticeships in 100 days – Wednesday 31 July, 6pm, Hilton Hotel.

9 July 2013 – (Event)

One Blackpool – Tuesday 9 July 2013, 9.00am to 1.30pm, Salvation Army Blackpool Citadel

23 April 2013

Blackpool Council – Staff Beach Clean

Blackpool Council are doing their bit for the environment. A Beach Clean has been organised for members of staff to attend and participate. This has been organised by Blackpool Council and will take place Early May.

The event is voluntary for Blackpool Council staff and will help to tidy up parts of Blackpool beach. The key things that the Council is targetting is litter, waste and pollution material.

8 April 2013

One Blackpool – Free Training Sessions

One Blackpool is holding a free full day training session on producing promotional videos for Voluntary, Community, Faith & Social Enterprise Organisations. The session takes place on Monday 22 April 2013 at The Monty Social Centre.

The session will give groups the skills to produce their own short films promoting to work of their organisations including everything from filming and interview skills, to editing and finally uploading to the web and sharing on social media.

The session is free to all VCFS organisations/groups and can be booked online at http://obvideo1.eventbrite.co.uk/

13 March 2013

Tesco Charity Trust

The Tesco Charity Trust offers its Community Awards scheme four times a year to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations working on local projects that benefit communities close to Tesco stores in the UK.

The scheme has two strands: one which supports elderly people and adults and children with disabilities and a second which supports children and their education and welfare. There are two funding rounds per strand per year.

Groups can apply for one-off awards of between £500 and £4,000 which will support practical things such as equipment and resources.

The application deadline for Elderly People, Adults and Children with Disabilities is 31 March 2013. Groups that miss the Spring round have another opportunity in Autumn 2013 when applications can be made between 1 August and 30 September 2013.

There is one more funding round in 2013 for grants to support children’s welfare and children’s education projects. Applications can be made between 1 May and 30 June 2013.

For more information see the Tesco Charity Trust website.

BBC Children in Need – Main Grants Programme

Application Deadline: 15 May 2013 Children In Need – Main & Small Grants Programmes BBC Children In Need funding is currently open to applications for projects working with disadvantaged young people aged 18 years old or younger in the UK.   Funding is available to organisations that are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through: Illness, distress, abuse or neglect. Any kind of disability. Behavioural or psychological difficulties. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. Main programme is for grants above £10,000 for up to three years (with no upper limit) Small grants programme is for grants up to £10,000 for one year

Click on the links below to find out more…

BBC Children in Need <http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/> BBC Children in Need – Main Grants Programme <http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008dk4b/features/cin-grants-main-index>

11 March 2013

FREE expert training sessions to a venue near you:

The FSI Manchester Roadshow 16th – 17th April 2013

Through the Roadshow series, the FSI takes two days of free training to hubs around the UK so that all small charities, wherever they are, can access the skills they need to be self-sustaining.

The Roadshow will offer 8 full day training sessions covering a wide range of fundraising skills and techniques ranging from Developing Your Core Case for Support to Fundraising from Trusts & Foundations to Managing Volunteers.  Whatever your interest you will find a topic that will enhance your skills and improve your ability to support your beneficiary group. For more info and bookings, go to http://www.thefsi.org/training/near-you/manchester/

“The value of this course is immense. I cannot think of any other course I have been on (paid or free) that was better”

– Bristol Roadshow attendee

The FSI Manchester Roadshow

Date                      16th – 17th April 2013

Registration       9.15am – 9.45am

Sessions              10am – 4.30pm
Location               St Thomas Conference Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ
Cost                       Free! (a deposit of £50 is required and will be refunded within 5 working days of attending the training)

2 February 2013

Come along to the Tackling Youth Unemployment workshop!!

Time: 8.45am -12.00 noon

Date: Wednesday March 6th 2013

Venue: City Learning Centre, Blackpool

The latest statistics show there are over 1,700 16 – 24yr olds currently unemployed in Blackpool.

The workshop will launch the “Future Voices” short film which captures the thoughts and feelings from young people on what it’s like being unemployed in Blackpool and what are their hopes and dreams.

This will be followed by thematic discussion groups on key strands of work from self employment and the proposed National Traineeships to the commissioning of services for young adults and giving young unemployed people a voice through “Future Voices Job Clubs”.

If you would like to come along please make sure you contact Liz Burns via elizabeth.burns@blackpool.gov.uk by Friday Feb 22nd to confirm if you are able to attend

30 January 2013

Could you play a part in transforming the cultural life of Blackpool and Wyre?

We’ve got £3 million from the Arts Council of England (the largest award under the Creative People and Places Fund) to get more local people involved in the arts in Blackpool and Wyre. We’re working with local communities, businesses and artists to create a Playground of Wonders for everyone to enjoy.
We are currently seeking community groups who would like to share their ideas about what Playground of Wonders could be like. Any groups from Blackpool and Wyre are welcome to participate. You don’t necessarily have to be an existing arts group – we want to speak to all sorts of groups: sporting groups, gardening clubs, social groups, bingo clubs, youth groups…etc. If you are enthusiastic about getting involved, we want to hear from you!
We are able to offer your group free dedicated time with an experienced artist who will lead you though a fun and creative session that will help you to get your ideas across. The artist can visit your group at your venue at a time when you would normally meet. We are happy to work around your needs and what will work best for your group.
Information we need from you:
• Group Name:
• Lead contact details:
• Number of participants and age range:
• Meeting Place:
• Dates and times that would suit your group:
• Any other information you think we should be aware of such as access requirements or additional support.If you would like more information or would like to go ahead and book a creative consultation session, then please get in touch with Clancy Mason by Monday 25th February 2013 either by phone 01253 478266 or email clancy.mason@blackpool.gov.uk

28 January 2013

Blackpool Council’s Youth Fund

Blackpool Council’s Youth Fund is a £250,000 fund, open to voluntary, community and faith groups and organisations that operate in the Blackpool area, and provide activities for young people aged 11 – 19 years old. More information is available here

Applications are invited for 2013/14. Funding is allocated for one year only (the financial year 2013/14), and interested organisations are asked to complete an application form with more information about their organisations, the plans they have for the funding and how it will benefit local young people.

The deadline for applications in 28 February 2013.

15 January 2013

Thank you to everyone who attended the ‘Our Blackpool, Your Voice’ event last week!

Please click on the link below to view the minutes of the meeting…

Our Blackpool, Your Voice – Notes of Meeting

The Fairness Commission’s Steering Panel will next be meeting on the 7th February 2013. A copy of the agenda for that meeting will be circulated and uploaded onto the website next week. You have the opportunity to comment on the agenda or ask any questions you would specifically like to ask the panel by emailing fairness@blackpool.gov.uk

10 January 2013

Are you interested in finding out more about the changes to welfare and how it will affect those who currently benefit from it?

Why not go along to the ‘State of the Welfare’ event in Preston on Thursday 7th February. Please click on this link to find out more and to access the booking form…

State of the Welfare

Venue: St Cuthberts Preston Church Centre, Lytham Road, Preston PR2 3AR

Date: Thursday, 7th February
 
Time: 2.00 – 4.00pm
 

8 January 2013

From April 2013 Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans which are currently administered by the Department for Work and Pensions will be abolished and will be replaced with local discretionary provision.
 
Blackpool Council would like your views to help us develop a local Discretionary Support Scheme for Blackpool people.
 
 

7 January 2013

‘Our Blackpool, Your Voice’ event TONIGHT at Palatine Community Sports College on St Annes Road.
 
The event will start at 6.00pm and finish at 8.00pm on Monday 7th January 2013.
 
The event is an unique opportinity to ask questions of the Fairness Commission’s Steering Panel and to make suggestions as to the future direction of the town. The event is open to all, so come along and make your views heard! The panel available on the night will include representatives from the police, as well as Council Leader Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chief Executive Neil Jack, Public Health representatives plus others.

Register for the event here… http://yourblackpoolyourvoice.eventbrite.co.uk/

11 December 2012

Come along to the ‘Our Blackpool, Your Voice’ event on 7th January to air your views on the future of Blackpool. The event will start at 6.00pm and finish at 8.00pm. The event will take place at Palatine School.
 
The event is an unique opportinity to ask questions of the Fairness Commission’s Steering Panel and to make suggestions as to the future direction of the town. The event is open to all, so come along and make your views heard! The panel available on the night will include representatives from the police, as well as Council Leader Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chief Executive Neil Jack, Public Health representatives plus others.
 
Have you got questions about the future of Blackpool? What would you like to ask about the big issues facing Blackpool?
 
Here are some topics to get you thinking about what you might want to ask our panel…
 
999 What’s your emergency TV programme
Free Breakfasts
Selective Licensing – rented accomadation / landlords
Tourism in Blackpool
Stag and Hen parties
Anti-social behaviour
Future direction of the resort
Police
Town Centre
Residents of Blackpool
 
Send your questions through to fairness@blackpool.gov.uk and we will add them to the list of questions for the Fairness Steering Panel on the 7th January 2013.

Register for the event here… http://yourblackpoolyourvoice.eventbrite.co.uk/

Please click on the link below to view the ‘Our Blackpool, Your Voice’ calendar which we hope will inspire you to think about some of the issues in Blackpool and prompt any opinions you may have…

Click Here

30 November 2012

Our Blackpool, Your Voice – Monday 7th January 2013

Come along to the ‘Our Blackpool, Your Voice’ event on 7th January to air your views on the future of Blackpool. The event will start at 6.00pm and finish at 8.00pm. Details of the venue will follow soon.

The event is an unique opportinity to ask questions of the Fairness Commission’s Steering Panel and to make suggestions as to the future direction of the town. The event is open to all, so come along and make your views heard!

The panel available on the night will include representatives from the police, as well as Council Leader Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chief Executive Neil Jack, Public Health representatives plus others. Amongst the issues up for discussion could be the recent Channel 4 999 programme, the free breakfast announcement for primary schools or the selective licensing scheme, however the questions are chosen by the audience so a whole range of possible topics are up for discussion.

If you would like a question to be included on the night you will need to send it through to us in advance by emailing it through to fairness@blackpool.gov.uk

Register for the event here… http://yourblackpoolyourvoice.eventbrite.co.uk/

Please click on the link below to view the ‘Your Blackpool, Your Voice’ calendar which we hope will inspire you to think about some of the issues in Blackpool and prompt any opinions you may have…

Click Here

13 November 2012

Interested in standards in public life?

Are you objective and fair minded?  Keen to contribute to the work of two Councils in promoting good governance and behaviour?

Blackpool Council and Fylde Borough Council are inviting applications from members of the public to become an independent person.  Working with the Monitoring Officers from both Councils, the persons will assist in dealing with allegations of member misconduct through consultation with these officers and members where required.  There are three vacancies for the role, two of which will act as a lead person for each Council with the third person to act to act in the absence or unavailability. (All 3 positions will in effect have equal status).

The successful persons will:

¨      Have high standards of integrity

¨      Possess strong communication skills

¨      Have the ability to analyse information and question effectively to reach a balanced and reasoned conclusion

¨      Exercise confidentiality and sensitivity

and must be willing to commit to contributing to the work around standards and behaviour, including attending training or meetings when required.  Please note that restrictions around eligibility do apply.

The post is not a salaried position although the Independent Persons will each receive a payment of £500 per year plus reasonable travel expenses.

Please click here for the information pack and application form… Ind Person Recruitment pack – Nov 2012

Further information can be gained by contacting Mark Towers on 01253 477127 (mark.towers@blackpool.gov.uk) or Tracy Morrison (tracy.morrison@fylde.gov.uk) on 01253 658521.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 30th November 2012 with interviews taking place on Wednesday 12th December 2012.

1 November 2012

The minutes from the first steering panel meeting have now been uploaded, please click here to take a look at them or go to the ‘meetings’ page… Minutes – 19-10-12

Apologies for the delay in getting the minutes complied and uploaded onto the website, but due to technical difficulties over the last couple of weeks we were unable to complete them any sooner.

Please click here to view the photo’s of the meeting

12 October 2012

Divisional Commander at Lancashire Police, Richard Debicki, has been chosen as the Fairness Commission’s first ever chair!

Following its launch back in May, over 100 people from across the community signed up to become ‘Fairness Commissioners’, giving feedback on how to make the town a fairer place.

Each commissioner has also been voting to decide on a structure for the Steering Panel, and how decisions will made. The Commission will be headed up by Richard Debicki, for the first, one year, term, and he will be assisted by a steering panel of 15 more fairness commissioners.

Richard said about chairing the Panel: “I was born in Blackpool, and I am proud to work here and make a contribution to the quality of life of everyone who lives here.

“The Blackpool Fairness Commission is new to us all and is an excellent opportunity for all of us to put our ideas into practice, to make Blackpool a fairer place to live, work and learn.

“There are a great number of people who have put themselves forward as Commissioners, people who are determined to make improvements in the Borough”

As well as representatives from Blackpool Council, Lancashire Constabulary, NHS Blackpool and Blackpool Young People’s Council, the panel will also include eight Blackpool representatives, who have been elected by the other Commissioners also for a one year term each.

The other Steering Panel members are:

Bethany Acton – Young People’s Council

Cllr Simon Blackburn – Blackpool Council

Hugh Evans – Chamber of Commerce

Nick Gradwell – Blackpool Low Vision Committee

Nick Grimshaw – Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

Ann Henderson – Woodlands School

Pamela Hill – Blackpool Carer’s Centre

Jane Hugo – Streetlife

Neil Jack – Blackpool Council

Ashok Khandelwal – Fylde Coast Hindu Society

Superintendent Stuart Noble – Blackpool Police

Arif Rajpura – Public Health lead, Blackpool

Alan Reid – Disability First

Claire Smith – Stay Blackpool

Angela Winter – Clinical Commissioning Group, Blackpool

The votes for the Education, Equality, Private and Voluntary representatives were counted and verified at 11.30am on Tuesday 9th October 2012 by Sally Shaw, Scott Butterfield, Lorraine Hurst and Jenny Ingle. There was a 38% voting turnout.

Please click here to see the full outcome of the voting…Results of the voting

The panel will help to shape and promote the work of the Fairness Commission; identifying practical ways of making Blackpool a fairer place and working collaboratively across different sectors to reduce inequalities. The steering panel will meet four times a year, to report on ways to increase equality in Blackpool.

This steering panel will then be supported by the Commissioners, whose role is to help promote the group and bring forward ideas to help establish fairness in the town.

8 October 2012

The votes have now closed for the Fairness Commission’s Steering Panel !!

Thank you to all those who have applied to be on the Steering Panel or who have voted. The results of the vote will be published on the website within the next couple of days, commissioners will also receive an email outlining who will sit on the full steering panel.

3 October 2012

Last few days to get your votes in!!!

Fairness Commissioners are being asked to vote for their preferred representatives to sit on the Commission’s Steering Panel. All Commissioners have now received their voting forms, along with a copy of each candidates personal statement. Commissioners have until Friday, 5 October, the get their votes in!

All voting forms need to be returned to fairness@blackpool.gov.uk or posted to the following address:

Jenny Ingle, Corporate Development Team

Progress House, Clifton Road, Blackpool, FY4 4US

27 September 2012

There’s still time to get your votes in!!!

Fairness Commissioners are being asked to vote for their preferred representatives to sit on the Commission’s Steering Panel. All Commissioners have now received their voting forms, along with a copy of each candidates personal statement. Commissioners have until next Friday, 5th October, the get their votes in!

All voting forms need to be returned to fairness@blackpool.gov.uk or posted to the following address:

Jenny Ingle, Corporate Development Team

Progress House, Clifton Road, Blackpool, FY4 4US

11 September 2012

The voting forms for the steering panel representatives will be sent out later today to all 97 Commissioners.

Fairness Commissioners are asked to choose 2 candidates for each of the following categories; Education, Community and Voluntary, Private Sector and Equalities. All Commissioners will receive their voting forms within the next couple of days either via post or email. Commissioners are advised to read all the applications carefully before making their decision.

The deadline for the voting process is Friday 5th October 2012

All voting forms need to be returned to fairness@blackpool.gov.uk or posted to the following address:

Jenny Ingle, Corporate Development Team

Progress House, Clifton Road, Blackpool, FY4 4US

16 August 2012

There are still a few days left to register your interest for the Steering Panel!!

The first meeting of the Fairness Commission’s Steering Panel will take place on the morning of Friday 19th October. The Steering Panel will consist of representatives from both public services and the community, and will work together to help drive the Fairness Commission forwards over the coming months. The steering panel will be an open, transparent process where all discussions, decisions and minutes will be freely available via a range of communication channels during, and following, the meeting. Prior to the meeting there will also be an opportunity for all Commissioners and members of the public to put forward their views and comments which they wish to be included within the discussions on the day.

At present the steering panel is still in the formation process. There are still a couple of days left for existing Commissioners to register their interest in sitting on the panel. Please click on this link for an application form…

Steering Panel – Application Form

Closing date is Monday 20th August 2012.

29 June 2012

Terms of Reference

The first meeting of the Blackpool Fairness Commission took place on Monday 14th May 2012. Over 70 people attended the event, many of whom had signed up to be Fairness Commissioners. Following the initial meeting feedback from the workshop discussions were collated; this formed the basis for the decision to meet with each individual to gain a better understanding of their thoughts around the structure and objectives of the Commission. Over the past  4 weeks the Corporate Development and Engagement Team at Blackpool Council have met with over 90% of the Commissioners to establish their personal views on fairness and what it means for Blackpool. Interviewees were also asked to give their opinion on what form the Commission should take and how it may be structured to function in the most effective way.

The opinions and viewed gathered form the basis of a report which details the proposed structure of the Fairness Commission and the timescales for moving forward over the coming months.  This has now been approved by the Leader of Blackpool Council, Councillor Simon Blackburn and we will now begin to build the Commission over the summer with the first meeting due to take place in September.

A Vision for Fairness in Blackpool

The Blackpool Fairness Commission aims to engage with local people from all walks of life, listening to their views and opinions, which will directly inform decisions and priorities. The Commission will celebrate, and positively promote, the good work that currently takes place within the town, whilst also encouraging greater working relationships between organisations. We will seek to narrow the gap between the richest and poorest members of our society and will aspire to make Blackpool a fairer place to live and work.

Terms of reference and the pledge for Fairness can be found here.

The Commission will operate on three tiers with a Steering Panel with a Chair, a larger body of Commissioners and the ‘supporter’ role.  Their roles and responsibilities are set out below:

Steering Panel

The Blackpool Fairness Steering Panel will meet quarterly and will representative of Commission body.  Members will be selected to join the Steering Panel for a one year period when membership on the Panel will be reviewed.

Representation on the panel will comprise of:

  • A Chair of the Fairness Commission
  • The Leader of Blackpool Council and representation for Blackpool Council  (Through nomination from the organisation);
  • NHS Blackpool (Through nomination from the organisation);
  • Lancashire Constabulary (Through nomination from the organisation);
  • Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector representation (through expression of interest);
  • Private Sector representation (through expression of interest);
  • Education representation (through expression of interest);
  • Equality representation (through expression of interest);
  • Blackpool’s Young People’s Council (Chair and Panel Representatives);

The elected representatives will be selected by the following process;

  • Submission of a written Expression of Interest, with a Biography and Supporting Statement
  • Interview with the Panel

The Steering Panel of Commissioners will be expected to play a key role in co-ordinating the activity of the Commission.  They will be Ambassadors for Fairness within their own organisation and be responsible for taking recommendations back to their own organisations whilst using spheres of influence to implement recommendations.  The panel will help to shape and promote the work of the Fairness Commission; identifying practical ways of making Blackpool a fairer place and working collaboratively across different sectors to reduce inequalities.

Apply to be on the Blackpool Steering Panel through this link

Closing date for application is the 20August 2012…Join us in making a difference!

The feedback gathered from the launch event is now available to view by clicking on this link… Your Feedback

If you would like to ‘like’ us on Facebook you can find us by searching for ‘Blackpool Fairness Commission’ or you could follow us on Twitter @bpool_fairness

12 June 2012

Nominate your Diamond Champion!

This year RVS, the older people’s charity, are celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by launching Diamond Champions, a search to find people over the age of 60 who volunteer and give their time to help others in their community. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have agreed to be joint patrons in the hunt for Diamond Champions in recognition of the important role played by older people throughout theUK.

If you know someone, a big hearted, kind person who is 60 years of age or older who volunteers and goes that extra mile then the WRVS want to know who they are!

The person nominated:

  • · must be 60 years old or over on 27 July 2012
  • · must not be a family member
  • · must have given his or her consent to being nominated.

They might also be:

  • · helping anyone of any age or improving the life of their local community
  • · new to volunteering or an old hand
  • · male or female
  • · volunteering for WRVS or any other national or local charity, group or  organisation
  • · volunteering more informally on an individual basis
  • · just like Her Majesty The Queen: over 80 and still giving their time.

Sixty entries will be shortlisted in eight regions of the UK covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A regional celebration awaits the short listed volunteers who will be presented with a specially designed Diamond Champions badge and certificate. Eighty of theUK’s most glittering nominees will receive a personal invitation to the ultimate Diamond Champion event at a royal residence where they will meet Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Nominate your Diamond Champion

10 June 2012

Thank you to all those who have shared their ideas and views…

Over the last couple of weeks many of the people who attended the Fairness Commission event on the 14th May, as well as those who have signed up to be on the Commission, have shared their views and opinions about the role of the Commission and what it can do to help tackle inequality and unfairness in Blackpool. This feedback has been really useful and lots of great ideas have been put forward.

The remaining discussions are taking place within the next few days.

If you would like to add your views and thoughts to this feedback please email the Commission at fairness@blackpool.gov.uk

In the meantime please take a look at the interview with Professor Wilkinson, filmed at the event held on the 14th May. Click here to view the interview.

28 May 2012

We want to hear your views…

If you attended the first Fairness Commission event, or if you have signed up to be a Commissioner, you will soon be asked to take part in a one-to-one discussion so that you have the opportunity to tell us more about what you think could be done to make Blackpool a fairer place to live, and how the Commission might move forward in achieving this. If you haven’t already been contacted don’t worry, someone will be be in touch with you within the next week.

In the meantime please keep in contact with us on Facebook and Twitter, or email your suggestions, concerns or questions at fairness@blackpool.gov.uk.

Please click here to view the interview with Cllr Simon Blackburn

Please click here to view the interview with Rob Tabb from the Liverpool City Regions Employment and Skills Team

18 May 2012

Catch up with the Fairness Commission event!

Take a look at the video from the first Fairness Commission event.

15 May 2012

Fantastic turnout for the launch of the Fairness Commission!!

Thank you to all who attended the first meeting of Blackpool’s Fairness Commission!

Blackpool Winter Gardens hosted the first meeting of the Commission yesterday. Lots of enthusiastic people came along to show their support and find out more about the ideas behind the Commission. We heard an inspirational speech from Cllr Simon Blackburn, a very interesting and informative speech by Professor Richard Wilkinson and some great practical advice about starting up a Commission from Rob Tabb.

Following on from the speeches there was some useful discussions which took place about what objectives the Fairness Commission should aim to achieve, how the Commission might be run in the coming months ahead and how we might engage with a wider audience.

A great and promising start!

Watch this space for a more detailed summary of the event, including all the thoughts and ideas which came from the discussions!!

In the meantime take a look at our information leaflet

2 May 2012

Just over a week until the launch of the Fairness Commission!

There are now over 80 people who have come forward to join the Commission! Not only that, but we now have over 60 people following on Twitter and over 40 people who have connected with the Commission via Facebook!! Interest in the Commission is growing everyday and it’s great to see more and more people getting involved!

If you would like to follow us on Twitter just search for @bpool_fairness

If you would rather ‘like’ us on Facebook you can find us here… www.facebook.com/blackpoolfairness

Remember you can send us any questions or comments on our blog or email us at fairness@blackpool.gov.uk

The Blackpool Fairness Commission will be launched at it’s first event on Monday the 14 May 2012!

Over 60 people have already signed up to join the Commission on it’s journey to make Blackpool a fairer place to live, work and visit – which is fantastic but we need MORE PEOPLE to get involved!

The Fairness Commission for Blackpool is based on a number of successful models currently being adopted by a increasing number of local authorities throughout the country. There is a growing desire to link Commissions across the country together to lobby against issues of unfairness on a national scale, the Blackpool Fairness Commission will be at the heart of these discussions.

In order to make the Commission representative it is essential that as many key individuals with a wide range of views, opinions and influences as possible take up the role of being a ’Commissioner’.  You could be instrumental in making the Fairness Commission provide a real focus for action in the coming months as the Commission grows in both status and influence!

Get involved…….sign up to be a Commissioner online – please click here.

We intend to keep this web page updated with all the latest news and opportunities to get involved. We will be adding to the content as work progresses- feel free to get in touch with us to share your ideas!.

Surgery form your bus matters 2012

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