Working Together

New `Working Together` scheme aims to empower local communities

'Working Together' is a new county council run service to support and empower communities to work on local improvement and maintenance tasks focusing on low-medium risk highways activities (eg sweeping, verge maintenance) and other services in time will be incorporated to improve and further enhance local communities across the county.

As part of the scheme, we're seeking suggestions and ideas from local community groups and parish and town councils about the needs of their local area. Officers from the Working Together team are already in the process of developing a number of agreements by working closely with these groups.

A dedicated officer from the Working Together team will work with each town and parish council to understand where and how they would like to enhance their local environment and the additional services they would like to be undertaken. The outcomes of these discussions will then be developed in to a plan that meets the needs of the local community.

Experienced supervisors will be on hand to deliver important health and safety training and technical guidance whenever community groups are working on volunteer based activities, small tools or equipment required will be provided by the council. 

Cllr Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:

"The new Working Together project is all about helping to support our local communities to enhance their local areas in different ways. Cumbria has a long standing tradition when it comes to community spirit - evidenced recently during the aftermath of Storm Desmond and the Beast from the East, and I am delighted that the council is investing in services that enable local community groups to take the lead in low-risk and small-scale activities for the benefit of their friends, neighbours and fellow residents."

For more information on this exciting new service, please email: workingtogether@cumbria.gov.uk

Questions and answers:

Working Together has been established to provide support and structure to communities wanting to contribute to improving their local environment.

There will be a range of low to medium risk activities which can be built in to the Working Together agreements. The volunteer agreement will include low risk activities and annual agreement will include low to medium risk activities.

Our priority it to make sure that all the checks and balances have been met so we're happy to then authorise work to be undertaken on our network, knowing that everyone involved will be kept safe.  Where possible, we will incorporate all known activities into the agreements, to formalise these activities going forward.

A dedicated Working Together Officer will work with each town and parish council to understand where they would like to enhance their local environment and the additional services they would like to be undertaken. From this the bespoke agreement will be created to suit their individual needs

We will provide an experienced supervisor for the day which will oversee health and safety and provide support on the day. Protective personal equipment and any small tools and equipment will also be provided to allow the volunteers to undertake the agreed activity.

There is funding available to support the development of this programme and provide training to help equip individuals with basic health and safety understanding and to enable everyone to stay safe.

Working Together is a service which caters for above and beyond Cumbria County Councils current statutory duties and will enable town and parish councils the ability to select to purchase additional/enhanced activities, which will then be built into their individual bespoke agreement/s.

Alongside this web page, we also have a dedicated Working Together email address: workingtogether@cumbria.gov.uk


We will be coming back to each individual town and parish council from April 2019 onwards to begin creating these agreements.