From the feedback received in the one-to-one interviews, many frontline workers expressed interest in attending networking events, but struggled to find capacity to attend them. However, providing the incentive of a training element for an event was far more appealing for workers and their managers. Both events incorporated networking time for the participants to learn more about other services, and was delivered by a specialist advice provider:
Training Event 1: Benefits Overview with Citizens Advice & Rights Fife
Training Event 2: Introduction to Domestic Abuse with Fife Violence Against Women Partnership
The events were very popular, and many of the participants expressed interested in attending more events like this. Going forward, we plan to work closely with partners to deliver a multi-disciplinary training programme, and hope to have a training-room facility to carry this out in the Hub, without having to close the main reception to carry these out.
Our final stakeholder event was held on Thursday 29th March 2018 was targeted at all stakeholders including CEOs, Trustees, Managers, Operational Staff and volunteers, to conclude the stakeholder consultation and inform the development of the Hub arrangements moving forward. Seven participants attended this event, from 5 organisations. We showed a presentation (Final Stakeholders (1), which give an overview of our activities over the past three months, and what our next steps are.
The following areas where identified as next steps forward in the development of Hub:
Relocating to an accessible central venue with good standard facilities
Formalise partnership working arrangements
Partnership ACF phase 2 application that fosters collaboration
Continuing the warm, friendly welcoming environment in our next venue.
Whilst this event was not as well attended as the previous events, those who did attend had not attended the other events, and were able to see the progress made and give their feedback on the Action Plan and Venue Requirements.
We’re now working on a final report of all our findings, which we hope to share with you soon!