The neighbourhood approach seeks to test whole systems working at a hyper local level. It brings together community groups and organisations, families, schools and faith settings; all who have an interest in increasing the physical activity levels of children aged 5-14, to activate changes to 'the system'.
We began this approach in 2019 with 3 pioneer neighbourhoods, defined by a rough geographical boundary:
- AllerGrange - Allerton and Lower Grange
- Scotchman Road - Toller
- Peel Park - Undercliffe
In 2021 a further 5 neighbourhood areas were defined, allowing us to cover the whole of the JU:MP area. This will enable us to potentially reach 27,000 children and young people. These areas are:
- Heaton and Frizinghall
- Windhill, Bolton Woods and Swain House
- Fagley, Ravenscliffe and Thorpe Edge
The neighbourhood steering group
A neighbourhood steering group is assembled for each neighbourhood. The action groups are facilitated by our JU:MP Community Engagement Managers and comprise of 'members' who represent their organisation/service/community role and include:
- community organisations
- Bradford council ward officers and neighbourhood teams
- Bradford council youth service
- police community support
- Friends of park group (where in existence)
- community group reps and/or active members of the community
- school senior leaders and other staff (e.g. parental involvement worker)
- senior leaders from faith settings (Madrassa/Mosque, Church, Temple)
The neighbourhood steering groups are the central mechanism to link up the JU:MP Programme, providing a forum for collaborative working. There are two main work streams where all members come together to co-produce plans to be actioned in their neighbourhood, these are 'green space development' and 'local action plans'.
The neighbourhood approach works simultaneously with far reaching workstreams that have the potential to impact on children and young people both in and outside of the the JU:MP neighbourhoods, ensuring the whole of the JU:MP area is impacted by different interventions and changes to the system.