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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Big Society)

Posted by davidburbage on April 7, 2015

On the platform, next to Eric

As one of the vanguard councils delivering the Big Society philosophy, we’ve been continuing to extend and enhance our support for civic engagement, volunteering and putting people first.

What we pledged is in bold what was delivered is in italic font.

Our full 2011 manifesto is published here and our 2015 manifesto is coming shortly.

Encourage businesses to allow employees to volunteer (CSR / civic service)

We’ve succeeded in engaging Centrica, Adobe, Veolia, MacDonald’s and others. We continue to promote Corporate Social Responsibility and recently I hosted an event at the Guildhall for local businesses.

Promote increased internships within the council and through local employers

With local employers and at the Council, we’ve offered over 200 places of which over 150 have been taken up

Extend Adopt-A-Street

Over 1000 volunteers are now part of the Adopt-A-Street scheme, and now includes schools, voluntary groups and employers.

Remove barriers for communities to take action for things that matter to them Improve volunteering capabilities, volunteering websites and opportunities

Over 3000 volunteers overall now support residents related to local authority functions. We have awarded 43 organisations Big Society grant and have improved the volunteering website and liaison.

Give awards for the best kept street and community projects

Annual Best Kept Street and Volunteering Awards now take place

Enable the Council‟s Big Society Panel to be given a budget to invest seed capital in social enterprises

Applications for grant funding come to the Big Society Panel for decision. 5 new businesses have been funded and more applications are being considered.

Introduce an adopt-a-garden scheme for residents who may wish to access land for an allotment or otherwise to support elderly or busy residents

Maidenhead and Windsor now have the scheme available. Seven gardens now adopted and scheme continues to be advertised. 

Continue to promote the Big Society through open days, and seek to improve work across the Borough‟s boundaries

Open days have been held in Maidenhead and Windsor, and working with Windsor and Maidenhead Get Involved, who run similar services in Slough, we’re benefiting from their wide experience

Maintain funding for voluntary sector

Grants panel funding has been increased, and support has been given through the Borough’s individual councillor budgets and through neighbourhood participatory (voted) budget schemes. 

Add transparency to all areas of council services including parking and traffic

The council’s transparency page contains lots and lots of information about our services

Bring in neighbourhood budgets through participatory budgeting

Many successful projects have been rewarded through popular, voted support for localised or specialist needs through our bi-monthly voting rounds. 

Deliver the “CareBank” initiative

Over 5500 hours have been contributed through this scheme run with WRVS

Allow greater community use of under-used council facilities

Childrens Centres are now open to the public and voluntary groups during extra hours, and the external bookings for council buildings rose from 3079 to 7488 in 2013/4.

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