Community Work And Profile In Elmbridge Borough Council: Opportunities And Constraints
History and Local Demographics
This community profile will go through the community ward of Claygate in Elbridge Borough Council in Surrey. The postcodes of Claygate are of KT10. In this community profile, various things will be discussed like the services that are provided in the Claygate ward, the various local services will be discussed and the organizations will be mapped as well. The various community ward services and their cohesions will be analyzed and highlighted for the better understanding (Elmbridge Council, 2018). Various types of ward activities take place in Claygate and these things will be the important things to discuss about. The trends of the community sevices in this ward will be given the proper focus as well.
Apart from discussing about the local demographics of the area, this community profile will look to discuss about the most interesting facts like the activities of the various Voluntary and Community sector (Elmbridge Council, 2018) This will be very important because the Voluntary and Community organizations will always cater to the development of the entire area. The various business and shops that exists in the area will be looked at to discover what types of businesses will sustain in this ward. During the discussion about the various issues of this ward, the interviews will be conducted with three people who are either the residents of this region or work here professionally. The main purpose of these interviews will be to discover the facts of various types of service deliveries in this area. The changes that have taken place here will be discussed over here as well. The actions that have taken place to imrpve ther services at Claygate will be highlighted in this paper as well (Elmbridge Council, 2018)
Some recommendations will be made here as well to see how the community profiling could have been done better or better services could have been provided. The factors like the social justice, equality, empowering the community and other factors will be discussed here. These are the most significant values for the overall development of the community.
Claygate is located at Surrey in England. This is considered to be a suburban village in that region. This place is the only civil parish in the Borough of Elmbridge. It is very important to discuss about the regional demographics for the better understanding of the residents indeed. The name of the region is kept ‘Claygate’ since ot is situated at the beds of London clay. Claygate is one of the oldest suburban villages in the country (Surreyinformationpoint.org.uk 2018). The civil parish in the Elmbridge Borough Council is located here. The history says that a semaphore station was built in this region during 1822. The region has flourished for a long time. The mention of this region is found from the old Tudor times. The total population of the area is 7168. The borders of the area are the Borough of Elbridge, Esher, Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton and London Borough of Kingston. The trains ran through this region between London and Portsmouth. The Holy Trinity Church was established in the year 1840. However, the main source of employment was the art of brick making and agriculture.
Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) activity in Claygate
Claygate has entered into the modern world through the railway station in their region with the name of new Guildford. The station began its operations in the year 1885. The most populat annual event of Claygate is the Claygate Flower Show. The area of Claygate is presently very much developed and is a congested area with many office buildings. The area is now surrounded with the farmland that is protected by the Metropolitan Green Belt. The Claygate Village Association is a charity organization that has got no connection with the politics.
In Claymate, there are several voluntary and community sector services that are being carried out regularly. Some of the sectors are very much local to Claymate and some are from the neighbouring areas. However, all of those sector services always serve the Claygate region.
Voluntary Sector Hub
This body works as a voluntary sector and provides the various organizations to provide the small office places. In this section, it can be said that the body provides the opportunities to the small organizations to support the Elbridge community in the best interest. This body is located at the Civic Centre in Esher (Surreyinformationpoint.org.uk 2018).
Surrey Compact is also such voluntary body that is committed to improve the relationship with all the public organizations, the community and faith sector and the users of the organization’s service. The agreement that has been done for them directs the behavior of the partners. The stakeholder engagement is also looked after by them properly as well.
Claygate Village Association
Claygate Village Asociation is generally a very important non-political charity organization in the mapping of Claymate. They provide the human resources to manage the problems within then community.
The local MP of the Claygate region under Esher and Walton is Dominic Raab of the Conservative Party. Dominic Raab is now the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. He was appointed in that post after David davis had resigned from that (Mygov.elmbridge.gov.uk 2018). The councilors of the ward will be mentioned in the following segment:
Councilor Alex Coomes
Councilors Alex Coomes is the councilor of the Claygate ward and He represents the Liberal Democrats party.
Councilor Mrs. Mary Marshall
Mrs. Mary Marshall is also an active councilor of the Claygate ward. She also represents the Liberal Democrats party (Mygov.elmbridge.gov.uk 2018).
Councilor Mike Rollings
The third councilor of the Claygate ward is Councilor Mike Rollings. He is a member of the Liberal Democrats party as well (Mygov.elmbridge.gov.uk 2018).
Local Councilors and MP
The Claygate ward provides a lot of amenities and services to the people of this region. The flower show in the region is one of the biggest festivals for the local people. Some of the services that the local people can get from these regions are the Colets Health Club, Tarte in the Park, The Sunday Carvery, The Albany, The Victoria, Partylol, Kidz Rock, the Foley and GIRO. The Foley is a large village gastro pub that is favored for the Sunday lunches and dinners. GIRO is a snacks and coffee center at the High Street in Esher. They provide fantastic coffee and gluten free snacks for the guests. Colets health club works as the home for the national club champions for the squash players of the country. A very popular communal garden at Claygate in Esher is the Claremont Place (Surreyinformationpoint.org.uk 2018). This has been developed in a very well manner. This place was built in the year 2005. This place is completely a traditional English village indeed. The guest parking range has been increased here as well. The Claygate Recreational ground is also a very important section for the development as well. The National Occupation Standards are very important frameworks for the development of the region. The community development is the most prior motives for the service providers of the community. Some important resources and skills are required for the betterment of the community from all the angles. The voluntary workers always take charge of these works and this caters for the development of the Claygate ward community.
The health section of the Claygate ward has been maintained in a well manner. The NHS looks after the health problems and the setting up of the hospitals in the region (Nhs.uk 2018). The headquarters of the District Health Authority is situated at Surrey Downs. The NHS hospitals that have been set up here are Epsom Hospital and Kingston Hospital. The NHS Urgent Care Centers are Gosbury Hill Health Center, Weybridge Community Hospital. There are many care homes like the Arbrook House Nursing Home, Princess Alice Hospice and others (Nhs.uk 2018). The CDNOS also looks after maintaining the national health standards for the benefit of the patients. The employees of the NOS always look after how the development process is aggravated in the region.
There are certainly many housing estates in the Claygate ward area. There are many social housing estates in the ward as well. Some of these social housing estates are the government estates and the housing prices in this area are quite affordable as well (Surreyinformationpoint.org.uk 2018).
Amenities and Services
This Claygate ward has a number of education centers that caters to the development of the children (Schoolguide.co.uk 2018). These education centers provide the education needs of all the children of the concerned ward and its neighboring wards. Some of the well known schools in this area are the Chandlers Field Primary School, Claygate Primary School, Burhill Primary School, Cobham Free School, Esher Church School, Esher Church of England High School, Heathside School, Hinchley School, Three Rivers Academy and others (Schoolguide.co.uk 2018). As per the CDNOS, the different issues can be identified and the best responses should be undertaken. The improvement of the education scenario in the region should be undertaken as per the CDNOS guidelines.
The police services in this ward are well provided to the common people of the ward. There is not an exclusive police station in the ward itself (Surrey.police.uk 2018). However, the Surrey and Esher police are always providing the best facilities to the people in case of any danger the people face here. The ward is very much safe in the hands of the efficient policemen in the ward. They provide the best services to the people. The police officers are always ready to provide the proper help whenever they are in any danger (Surrey.police.uk 2018)
There is a good number of private sector employees in the Claygate ward under the Elmbridge Borough Council as well. There are many shops in the Claygate ward, Esher and Surrey as well. These shops are generally the jewellery shops, retail stores, bear pubs, some branded stores, restaurants,
The Elbridge borough council has established many community centers, libraries and other centers in the ward that will benefit from the end of the community people as well. The Elbridge council has appointed many people in these community centers and libraries to let them earn their livelihood. The various shops that are present in the region of Claygate ward are Hoi Polloi, Bernard of Esher, United Colors of Benetton, Trew Art, O’Keefe, Rukshana fashion Shops, Danbury Mint and others. This is why it can be said that this region has been very much developed in the recent times. Various medicine pharmacies, pizza shops and others are available in the area as well. It is the also the duty of CDNOS to look after the various economic activities of the region and make sure that the businesses are carried out ethically. This should build up the accountability of the shops and businesses as well.
It is very important for the local news to be available to the people of the area at regular intervals. The Esher Everywhere is the source that helps the common people of the region to get all the news indeed (Surreyinformationpoint.org.uk 2018). This is how they keep updated with all the news. The newsagents can deliver the newspapers to the people regularly. The local, national and international news is delivered and the people can approach the authority to develop the scenario. This affects the scene of the entire borough. Various types of news is printed and published on both the offline and online methods as well. As per the CDNOS standards, the engagement of the staffs with the community development should be communicated through the news sources like Esher Everywhere.
The interviews had been conducted on the people of the region. The primary research method had been used in this section. Some open-ended questions were asked to the interviewees.
The interviews were done on the three persons Mr. S, Mr. D and Mr. R. The real identities could not be revealed because of the confidentiality reasons. The interviews were taken and they were promised that their identities would be kept anonymous. Mr. S is a retired house physician. Mr. D is a working professional and Mr. R is a community worker by profession.
The outcomes from the interviews will be provided in the appendices section.
Housing has been one of the most serious issues in this context. Mr. S had said that more people are shifting to this region and they need they want the facilities of the different social housing estates. The business relocation is happening very regularly into this region of Claygate in Esher and Surrey. The financial issues are troubling the newcomers into this region particularly. He is of the opinion that this place of Claygate has gone through immense developmental changes in the last few years.
One way to resolve this issue is to gain the resources and make the funding in the region easily accessible. All the sectors should be working together to come to a common conclusion regarding this issue. The private sectors should build more houses at cheaper rates from the help of the government. The community members would be benefitted by this.
Mr. D has aid in the interview that this region is very much safe in terms of anti-social activities.
The action that can be taken in this context is the fact that the communities in the region should aim to build some effective relationships with the public agencies and the police as well. The community of Claygate and the police of this region will play a very vital role in this matter. The good relationship between the police and the community will be very much important for the safety of the
Mr. R has said that the activities for the young people and the older people in the community. Some of the community centers in Claygate will have to share these things with the other community centers.
Many community activities and events will have to be undertaken. The equality will have to be maintained in this section and the discrimination between the people should be avoided indeed. It is the duty of the government to provide the best arrangements for these things to be executed smoothly. The voluntary sector should provide the best opportunities in this matter as well.
The various councils in England are suffering from the financial problems. This will be a big obstacle before them to execute all the processes very smoothly. The different problems should be identified and monitored to find out the best solutions to these problems. The ward community should develop different activities that should cater to the improvement of the ward community. Some important things like the empowerment, co-operation, social justice, equality and the similar matters should be given the primary priority in this context as well. This community profile provides ample suggestions for the different stakeholders to invest in the development of the Claygate ward. The sustainability for the ward should be ensured by any means. The public, private and voluntary sectors should always work together in this aspect. The main purpose of implementing these changes is to develop the coeity and bringing in the social change for the betterment. The recruited staffs should be engaged with the improvement of the communities from different aspects. The engagement can be done by arranging of m,edical check up and blood donation camps, opening up new schools, The organization NOS should cater to community development by interacting with the communities and asking for their feedbacks.
This community profile for Claygate has made a proper attempt in engaging with the most important issues in the region. The local demographics of the region has been designed here as well. The different services in the region have been highlighted and the different problems for the ward have been identified here as well. The identification of these issues will help the Claygate community to progress further and improve the various amenities and services in the region. Many developments will still have to be made and this will surely be implied effectively as well.
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