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Resilient, healthy and safe communities

Over the course of the plan we will work closely with our partners to drive a number of initiatives that will increase opportunities for people to be more active, support communities in need, reduce discrimination and inequality, and listen to and understand the needs of our residents. We will support sustainability and green community activity, and aim to ensure our communities thrive, feel supported, and residents can live their best lives.

What we will have achieved in the next year

We will have:

  • worked with partners to enable people to lead healthier lives by supporting them to take part in physical activity, to stop smoking, and to manage their weight
  • provided support to people and communities in need, including financial help from our Discretionary Fund, and other activities that promote financial inclusion and tackle cost of living pressures
  • implemented key actions to reduce discrimination and tackle inequalities as set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2022 to 2025
  • worked with partners to welcome refugee families into Derbyshire, and developed a countywide response to the implementation of asylum dispersal
  • made sure our strategic approach to community safety responds effectively to existing and emerging challenges such as serious violence, and violence against women and girls
  • developed our Thriving Communities strategy to embed the refreshed approach across the council
  • reviewed how we deliver home to school transport for children with special educational needs, ensuring the most effective use of resources
  • worked alongside people with a learning disability, those recovering from mental ill health or who are autistic to develop our services making sure they're tailored to meet the needs of individuals, and to help people achieve their personal goals
  • refreshed and implemented our library strategy to ensure a modern, efficient and improved service
  • further developed our approach to supporting the voluntary and community sector to ensure it can grow and thrive
  • delivered £1.5 million of grant awards to promote positive behaviours for young people and residents, improve local networks, help people to feel safer, and encourage sustainable and green activity

What we will have achieved by 2025

We will have:

  • worked with people to make a difference to their health and enabled them to live healthier and happier lives through a range of support
  • ensured individuals and communities most in need are supported and protected
  • effectively responded with partners to emerging community safety threats so that there is reduced prevalence of crime and victimisation
  • mainstreamed the thriving community approach to reduce demand for high-cost services and enable people to live their best lives
  • enabled more people with a learning disability in Derbyshire to work towards achieving their goals and aspirations with less reliance on public services
  • modernised the library service, relocating 3 libraries as part of a wider town centre renewal programme, and improved accessibility through a renewed mobile library service and digitisation
  • a new strategic approach to grants funding to maximise opportunities for local people to contribute to the wellbeing of people and places in Derbyshire