As a council, we gather feedback from our communities in lots of different and often inconsistent ways, whether that's face to face, over the phone or online. But we know this doesn't always reach the right service or partner. Residents are speaking but we are not actively listening.
Through our Let's Talk Sunderland campaign we want to directly involve our residents and communities in making Sunderland a great place to live with the power to influence matters that affect them.
We will also be holding conversations in your area that will be both focused and purposeful that we would like you to get involved in. You can join a conversation in your area at the following times and locations:
East - Thursday, 21 November, 1-3pm, Bethany City Church, Bede Tower
Washington - Tuesday 26 November, 5-7pm, Washington Millennium Centre, Concord
West - Monday 2 December, 4.30-6.30pm, Farringdon Youth and Community Centre, Allendale Road
Coalfield - Wednesday 4 December, 5.30-7.30pm, Bethany Centre, Houghton le Spring
North - Thursday 5 December, 5.30-7.30pm, Southwick Community Centre, Southwick Road
This follows a restructure of the council in April 2019 to align our resources more to how we deliver services to residents. We will use local views to shape neighbourhoods across the city through the production of individual Neighbourhood Investment Plans for Sunderland's five areas - East, West, North, Coalfields and Washington - as well as reviewing how services are delivered across our communities, to ensure they are fit for purpose and efficient. Your views will feed directly into these plans.
The Neighbourhood Investment Plans will be launched in 2020 following public consultation. The plans will be tracked and regular progress updates will be shared.
If you would like to get involved now within your community, why not pop along to your local community centre or visit Sunderland Information Point to find out what's going on in your local area.