HAGS SMP Playgrounds proven Consultation and Community Engagement process
Consultation or Community Engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community groups to address issues that impact the well-being of those groups. Consultation is important and shows potential funding organisations how serious, how inclusive and how well supported within your locality your play, sport or fitness development plans are.
If this is all new to you – don’t worry, we can help!
We have extensive experience in designing and implementing consultancy projects, and can advise and recommend the best and most appropriate actions to take, which groups within the locality you need to approach and who’s views you definitely need to canvass.
We can help you plan a range of consultation activities, for example:
a. Organising door-to-door interviews in a particular locality. b. Holding information sessions at local schools or Neighbourhood Centres. c. Using social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter etc.), to exchange information and to canvass opinion. d. Creating project specific leaflets/ questionnaires. e. advertisements for notice boards in public libraries, doctors surgeries etc.
One of the first questions potential funding providers will ask you concerns the level of support and degree of consensus there is for your project and how you have achieved this within the local community.
As well as potentially securing that all important funding, engaging communities in decision making on local play projects has many other benefits:
a. Better communication, understanding, trust and relationships between stakeholders b. Increased ownership of the play project since where play provision is shaped by local people it tends to be more appropriate and in turn better used and looked after c. More transparency and accountability as local people can see how decisions about their community are made and know who to contact if things go wrong
A tailored approach
No two projects are ever the same and we know that your project is very important to you, so our Area Sales Manager will be pleased to discuss your project to see how we can help. Please call us or use the “How can we help” box on the left side of the page.
Here’s someone we helped before
“We were extremely happy to be working with this company as we felt that they had taken Thurrock’s unique sites into consideration when compiling their tender document for this Design and Build tender. HAGS SMP have been very good in listening to our needs and understanding each site before we have undertaken any public consultations.
The consultation that the HAGS SMP team has undertaken to date has been efficient and has produced results which the residents, children, ward members and council officers are happy with also. We like the individual approach to each site that they have offered us and are willing to work with us and residents in producing the designs. They have proved to be flexible in working with us if changes have had to be made.”