The Board welcomed new Board members Helen Voce, from the Nottingham Women’s Centre
, as the new General VCS representative and Nigel Wright, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of NTU
. Cecile Wright
was welcomed back after her re- appointment as the BME VCS representative.
A new faith advocate has not yet been recruited, and so Sajid Mohammed willingly continues in the role. He does ask that if anyone is interested in this role please get in touch with One Nottingham by emailing email@example.com
Youth Engagement Campaign -
Two presentations at the Board will contribute hugely to One Nottingham’s cross cutting aims of promoting Aspirations and Fairness
over the next few years. Firstly, Alice Veltdman from Boots shared Boots’ thinking around a youth engagement campaign in 2019, which One Nottingham will wholeheartedly support. This will be well worth keeping a look out for in the new year.
Read On Nottingham -
The second was a progress update from Emily Landsborough on the Nottingham Literacy Hub – “Read On Nottingham”. The Literacy Hub is an initiative backed by ON with some financial and board member support, and staff time.
The focus of Read On Nottingham is on early years, transition between primary and secondary, literacy for employment and skills, and boosting reading enjoyment. Read On Nottingham are aiming to promote reading through sporting and cultural centres in the city such as the Nottingham Playhouse, Notts County FC, Notts Cricket and the Ice Arena. For more information visit Read On Nottingham.
The Nottingham Playhouse production of Skellig and the Shakespeare workshops will provide a great opportunity to bring performance, reading and writing together in an exciting and engaging way. Visit nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/family/skellig/
The Board are keen to see how the offer could be widened, so as to ensure that children get access to experiences from different genres and cultures. Not only is it important that everybody sees role models in literature but also, so young people can see different cultures and ways of life in their reading.
As city leaders, the One Nottingham Board have led the development of many initiatives to promote aspirations and ambitions in Nottingham, while seeking to open them up to people of all backgrounds. It was agreed that ON will revisit its role and further develop its overarching narrative. Candida Brudenell reported that the City Council’s “Ambitious Campaign”
early next year is based on literacy. ON will take part in that campaign.
Linny Beaumont reported back to the Board from the Voluntary Sector Strategy Group,
which is continuing to meet bimonthly. The group has recently looked at social equality and inclusion. The group is concerned about social prescribing, and other health initiatives, seeking to maximise the VCS voice. Jane Todd in her capacity as the Acting CEO of the NCVS has engaged with the group on the developing volunteering strategy and they will continue to keep the board informed of progress. Look out for regular updates through VCS networks and newsletters.
Unitarisation and Local Government Reorganisation has been in the press lately
and in this context, the Board heard that
Nottinghamshire County Council is developing a case for a unitary council. Nottingham City Council believes that citizens in and around Nottingham would be disadvantaged by the County’s proposals and are planning to respond. Dr Hugh Porter volunteered that there is a potential for a huge impact on health should the boundaries change. The Board will watch progress with interest.
A New City Centre Strategy
– The City Council is about to launch a consultation on the future of Nottingham City Centre and requested ON involvement. Nigel Cooke is working with the Council on this. Esther Akpovi, Audra Wynter and Stephanie Sirr all volunteered to be involved and Cecile Wright offered to help with the Metro Strategy.
David Tilly attended the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant
at Southwell Minster. The Covenant renews the city‘s commitment to support the armed forces community in practical ways and is relevant to all sectors. An action plan will be produced in the New Year. The Board noted the centenary of the ending of the First World War and they recognised the part played by people from across the Commonwealth, India, Pakistan and the Caribbean.
Youth council representative, Esther Akpovi,
finished the meeting with an appeal for a venue for the Studentpreneur conference which she is organising, which will focus on alternative, successful youth mentors.