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Empowered Communities Approach (ECA)

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Empowered Communities Approach (ECA) announced

EmpoweringCommunitiesdECA is Auckland Council’s new initiative referred to by Linda Cooper in the recent budget debate requesting Council to continue with funding  Sustainable Neighbourhoods,  just for one more year.

The new Community Empowerment Unit will better serve the people will kick off 1st of October 2015. PositionDescriptionUnitManager for the  boss of the new unit – might shed more light on it.

“An empowered community is one where individuals, whanau and communities have the means to influence decisions, take action and make change happen in their lives and communities. This includes communities of place, interest and identity,” says CDAC General Manager, Graham Bodman.

“By working in fresh and innovative ways, the new unit will help enable and support communities to better improve their areas, energise them about coming together to shape local activities, and have more influence over things they care about and which matter uniquely to them.”

As part of the decision-making around designing and developing the new unit, CDS staff have participated in a robust feedback and consultation process. Staff and departments from across council fed back into the proposal. This feedback showed broad support for the proposed changes. Some changes were also made to the original proposal based on the high-quality feedback received.

“We were really pleased to see the overall clear support for the proposal, which included endorsement for the intent of the Empowered Communities Approach to embed responsiveness to Māori,” says Mr Bodman.

Two new positions that will focus on inclusive design and CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) have been also been created – a Principal Specialist, Universal Access, and a fixed-term Specialist, Safety and Security Advisor. They will be located in the Auckland Design Office.

Mr Bodman adds, “We took steps to ensure the skill-set of accessibility knowledge is maintained. By creating these roles we are ensuring that council continues to receive considered, strategic advice on matters of importance to the disability community.”

Notes to Editors:

About the Empowered Communities Approach (ECA)

The ECA model was signaled under the council’s Long Term Plan 2015-2025 – the Mayor’s proposal challenged Auckland Council to develop and apply a more empowered communities approach to its work.

At the local level, this means people (neighbours, organisations, businesses and individuals) are actively involved in improving their areas, and they are energised about coming together to shape local activities.

About the Community Empowerment Unit

The Community Empowerment unit will consist of two Manager Strategic Brokers and 19 Strategic Broker roles – they will have a central home base, but a key part of their role is to be ‘mobile’ and flexible so they will work in local boards’ offices or regional offices and will be visible to communities.

There will also be a Practice Hub made up of a Practice Hub Manager, two Managers for Operations, a Community Contracts Manager, and a Youth Connections Programmes Manager. Collectively, they will manage 48 staff members. A Programme Manager and Business Advisor will work across and support the management team.

The current Community Development and Safety unit will be disestablished on 30 September 2015 and replaced by the new Community Empowerment unit on 1 October 2015. A six-month transition period will be required to embed the approach across the unit and Auckland.

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