Our District’s Shared Values Update
May 1, 2020
When writing the Stronger Communities Together strategy back in 2018 we spoke to over 630 people, it was then when local voices told us that we need a society based on shared values and responsibilities. As part of moving towards our vision as articulated in our strategy ‘of a place where everyone feels that they belong, are understood, feel safe and are able to fully participate in the opportunities the District offers’ – conversations on what these shared values could look like then started.
During 2019, 241 conversations took place, where 97% people told us it was important as a district to have a set of shared values. We asked people what is important to us all, the things we stand for that unite us and bring us together. Conversations were held all around Bradford District, in businesses, public spaces, colleges, shopping centres and at the university. Time and time again the same words kept coming up: protecting, caring, respecting, accepting, encouraging and kindness. Then a set of draft values were relayed back to communities through a public wide consultation.
An online survey ran from 18 January to 16 February 2020 which received 996responses.
As well as the online survey five pop up consultation events and three focus groups were held. A further 172 conversations took place with the public, community and faith groups, businesses and with young people across the district.
We are pleased to announce 1,409 conversations on what our shared values should look like have now taken place.
All the feedback collected has provided some real insights into what people thought about the proposed values. We are now able to understand what matters to people, how they think the values can be taken forward and what we need to do next.
We are working on finalising what the final set of shared values will look like, but what we are most excited about is how we have co-created these with you.
The next stage is to launch and celebrate these which will follow in the coming months. Watch this space…