Agenda and minutes

Central Area Council - Wednesday 2 February 2022 2.00 pm


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Contact: Peter Mirfin  Council Governance Officer

Items
No. Item

21.

Declaration of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Minutes:

Councillor Williams declared a non-pecuniary interest in minute 24 in relation to the position of his wife on the board of the YMCA.

22.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting of Central Area Council held on 10th November, 2021 (Cen.02.02.2022/2) pdf icon PDF 143 KB

Minutes:

Members received the minutes from the previous meeting of Central Area Council held on 10th November, 2021.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Central Area Council held on 10th November, 2021 be approved as a true and correct record.

23.

Joshua McGill - Weight Management Programme (Cen.02.02.2022/3)

Minutes:

Joshua McGill was welcomed to the meeting and made members aware of the programme available for people aged 18+ with a BMI of 25-40.   This was open to residents of Barnsley, or those registered with a Barnsley GP, and offered 12 weeks access to Barnsley Premier Leisure facilities.  Additional support was also provided with one-to-one meetings throughout the 12 weeks to ascertain progress in areas such as reducing BMI value and improvement in mental health.  Members noted that such as GPs could refer, but individuals could also self-refer through the website.

 

Members raised a number of questions, including whether the scheme worked with Health and Wellbeing Coaches in GPs.  It was noted that they worked alongside the scheme and could make referrals.  Those present discussed options for participants after the 12-week programme and it was noted that they could be referred to Fit Reds which offered a similar type of support.

 

In relation to the longevity of the programme, Members heard that it was funded up until September 2022.  However, data collected showed that engagement levels were high, with corresponding impacts being made to the lives of individuals.  This would then provide evidence to make the case for similar interventions in the future.

 

In relation to engaging with employers, it was noted that this had not been a primary focus, largely due to many employees working in the area living outside the borough and therefore not being eligible.  Efforts were focused on promotion through organisations such as charities where levels of eligibility was likely to be higher.  Members noted the links being made with a number of organisations, including the NHS, with GPs now referring to the scheme.

 

RESOLVED that thanks be given for the presentation and that Members promote the programme through their networks.

24.

Central Area Council Priorities, Procurement and Financial Update (Cen.02.02.2022/4) pdf icon PDF 191 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Area Council Manager introduced the item referring to the workshop that been held recently.

 

The workshop had considered a suite of information including the outcomes from the Community Listening Exercise and whether this information mirrored the priorities of the Area Council.  Members were reminded that the Environmental Priority had been considered and agreed in November 2021, and the priority to reduce Social Isolation and Loneliness had been agreed in 2020 with associated funding allocated for three years.

 

Members concluded that the Area Council priorities remained valid and were broad enough to capture most future issues.


The attention of Members was drawn to the workshop discussions on devolving finance to the Ward Alliances in the area.  The report provided a number of options, with the recommended option to devolve £5,000 to each Ward Alliance.  Members discussed the various options, including a suggestion to pause consideration of the issue until the amount of Ward Alliance Funds remaining was considerably lower, and that perhaps finance could be better utilised at an Area Council geography. The majority of Members supported the recommendation within the report.

 

It was noted that youth work provision, delivered across the five wards of the Central Area by YMCA and The Youth Association, was due to conclude at the end of June.  The recent workshop had discussed this and it was noted that the Community Listening exercise had highlighted this as a priority.  It was therefore recommended to develop a Youth Work Grant Fund at a cost of £65,000 per year for two years, and that young people take part in co-production of the service.

 

With regards to the Supporting Vulnerable People priority, it was noted that the contract with Citizen’s Advice Bureau to provide information and advice services was due to end on 30th June, 2022.  Members were reminded that a review of advice services was underway, with the outcome of this expected near the end of the financial year.  In order to ensure continuity for residents, it was recommended that the service provided by CAB be extended for three months.  In addition, it was recommended that a grant fund for services to support vulnerable people be established with a budget of £20,000 per year for two years.   As funding for this priority was lower than others, it was suggested that the Area Team would look to supplement this, where possible, with grant funding from external sources.

 

Members were reminded of the Youth Work Training Fund, approved by the Area Council in 2019 but paused due to the pandemic.  It had been proposed that The Youth Association, in partnership with YMCA, would provide one-to-one support and accredited youth work training.  Initially £28,000 had been ringfenced for this purpose.

 

In order gauge appetite for the proposal in the current climate, a workshop had been held, which was an astounding success. An initial cohort of 12 had been identified, and it was suggested that a further cohort would take part in the programme in the autumn.  This would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

Notes of the Ward Alliances (Cen.02.02.2022/5) pdf icon PDF 403 KB

Central – held on 24th November, 2021

Dodworth – held on 9th November, 2021

Kingstone – held on 3rd November, 2021, and 15th December, 2021

Stairfoot – held on 13th December, 2021 and 17th January, 2022

Worsbrough – held on 11th November, 2021

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The meeting received the following notes of the meetings of the Ward Alliances within the Central Area:-

 

Central – held on 24th November, 2021

Dodworth – held on 9th November, 2021

Kingstone – held on 3rd November, 2021, and 15th December, 2021

Stairfoot – held on 13th December, 2021 and 17th January, 2022

Worsbrough – held on 11th November, 2021

 

RESOLVED that the notes from the Ward Alliances be received.

26.

Report on the Use of Ward Alliance Funds (Cen.02.02.2022/6) pdf icon PDF 640 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the report be noted.