Lambeth council has been working with a wide range of organisations on a co-operative approach to youth centres .
In West Norwood there will be an important event at The Old Library 14 – 16 Knights Hill, London, SE27 0HY Friday 25th May 6pm – 8pm
Local residents and groups are invited to take part in deciding which organisations are going to take over local youth sites and run them instead of the council. The meeting on 25th May has been arranged at The Old Library so that organisations can present their plans to the West Norwood community. Everyone at the meeting will judge each organisation’s plans and help decide which will run youth activities at The Old Library.
For details contact Chris Sipidias on 020 7926 5570 or by email CYPSCo-operativeCouncil@lambeth.gov.uk
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Lambeth Council is launching detailed proposals that will see the South London authority become Britain’s first-ever cooperative council.
Lambeth’s cooperative council model – first trailed in the national media in February 2010, months before David Cameron announced his Big Society proposals – will see residents take on a bigger role in running and shaping local services. The model contrasts with the Tory ‘EasyCouncil’ model in the London Borough of Barnet that aims to create two-tier services with substandard services for the majority and better options available only to those wealthy enough to pay for them. Find out more about the Council’s plans here.
While there are some similarities with the coalition Government’s Big Society proposals, Labour’s model in Lambeth takes a more thorough-going approach applying the cooperative values of fairness, accountability and responsibility across a broad range of services. It is built on four years experience trialling the approach in specific services in Lambeth.
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