The Area Council Manager provided an update regarding progress on the Commissioning Forward Plan that had been made since the September meeting and requested a clear indication of which priority the Area Council wanted to concentrate on over the coming months.
A discussion took place regarding the recruitment of a Youth Participation Support Officer. The postholder’s core hours would be in the afternoon and into the early evening, to include holiday times and occasional sessions at lunch time and over the weekend. Following discussions with Adult Social Care, it has been established that an Older People’s Participation Support Officer would not fit within the existing structure of the Council.
i. Members note the financial implications of commissioning a Support Worker for young people for the North Area and agreed to recruit to this post.
ii. Members note that the Participation for Older People post does not fit within BMBC’s existing structure
iii. A workshop be arranged to identify an alternative project for Older People that would benefit from an intervention commissioned by the North Area Council, perhaps addressing loneliness and isolation, preventing winter deaths, healthy housing and social inclusion/befriending.