“I’m in, Kirklees” is part of the worldwide Cities of Service movement. We are one of seven local authority areas in the UK to have been awarded funding to develop a Cities of Service programme by Nesta and the Cabinet Office.
Cities of Service was founded in 2009 in the US by a coalition of City Mayors, led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. There are now more than 180 cities across the world in the Cities of Service coalition.
Cities of Service focuses on ‘impact volunteering’ – where volunteer efforts are particularly focused on specific local challenges and the impact can be seen and measured.
In Kirklees we want to:
Mobilise the energy, talents and passions of people in Kirklees
Focus on delivering and measuring results rather than counting volunteers
Have visible and inspirational leadership to develop innovative ways for people to get involved and say “I’m in”
To kick off the programme in Kirklees, we have developed two initial projects:
- Out and About – tackling loneliness in our older population
- MENtors – providing a positive influence and support for young men
We will also look at the broader issues that are blocking the involvement of people who want to take a more active role in Kirklees life.
We will develop initiatives that will enable:
- people in Kirklees to more easily find ways of ‘giving back’
- the council and our services to better work with volunteers for improving and enhancing outcomes
- voluntary sector organisations to increase their capacity to train, manage, support and reward volunteers
These initiatives are just the start. We are very excited in Kirklees to be part of the first wave of Cities of Service in the UK. We believe that there is much that we can learn from the movement. We are confident that we will rise to the challenge of being able to innovate, measure and lead on mobilising people across Kirklees to be able to say:
Read more about the details of what we aim to do with I’m In in our first Service Plan, published September 2014.
Read more on our progress so far in our Progress Document , published March 2016.