Future Listening Well events:
Tuesday 29 October, evening. Hosts: Holbeck Christian Fellowship. Venue: The Holbeck, Working Men’s Club
Thursday 7 November, evening. Hosts: St Luke’s Cares, St Luke’s Church Youth. Venue: TBC
Listening Well is a community led, community driven listening campaign on community safety and the managed approach in Holbeck. The Listening Well campaign is being delivered by the Voice of Holbeck, a group of local civil society organizations who have come together to ensure that the community is well represented on this issue. The Voice of Holbeck is being supported to deliver Listening Well by the community organizing alliance, Leeds Citizens, which has member organisations within the Voice of Holbeck. St Luke’s Church is a member of Leeds Citizens.
The Voice of Holbeck plan to hold 8 – 10 listening events during the course of the campaign, which is expected to conclude by the end of 2019 (3 events have been held so far). These events involve two rounds of table conversations, sharing stories and ideas related to community safety and the managed approach. Volunteer notetakers from take notes during the table conversations to ensure there is a record of the testimony and ideas shared. The methodology being used by Voice of Holbeck members in running Listening Events is community organising, a methodology designed to ensure deep listening, increase the power of the community to work together for the common good and generate action from decision makers.
The strategic leads responsible for the managed approach and community safety in Holbeck, Cllr Debra Coupar (Executive Board member for Communities), James Rogers (Director of Communities and Environment), District Commander Steve Cotter (West Yorkshire Police) and Paul Money (Head of Safer Leeds) have committed themselves and their organisations to the Listening Well campaign. At the Listening Well launch in February 2019, the strategic leads agreed to attend all Listening Well events and to act on the results of Listening Well in regards to policy and resource.
At the end of the Listening process, there will be a public event where the Voice of Holbeck will publish the Listening Well report. This will contain the key findings from Listening Well and the recommendations for ways forward on the issues of community safety and the managed approach. The event will provide the Voice of Holbeck with the opportunity, in partnership with Safer Leeds and other key stakeholders, to make public the changes that will be made in response to the campaign.