Tuesday 17 April will see the launch of Dudley’s MASH Lab. This has evolved from the OUr Society: Our Solutions research and discussions which have taken place and which led to thinking which we call MASH: Managing Assets and Services Holistically. The ideas have been committed to by senior decision makers in Dudley Council
The purpose of the MASH Lab Launch is to share the thinking behind MASH and to collaboratively select a realistic number of areas of work to test in the MASH Lab over the next 8 months. Areas of work being considered will include:
- Dudley Council organisational transformation and workforce development to be developed in collaboration with VCFS to ensure change in future relationships.
- Dudley Council employee Volunteering Strategy to be refreshed in collaboration with VCFS to provide two-way benefits.
- Dudley Council Compact champions to be revitalised to promote cross sector networking, connecting, problem-solving, and feedback.
- Dudley Council staff to be given responsibility for online and social media communications to improve overall communications.
- Dudley Council website to be refreshed to be more outward facing and user-friendly
- Dudley Council to enable citizens and VCFS to let Dudley Council and others know about positive activities happening in local areas to be uploaded on line
- Refreshed and or new collaborative forums / stakeholder groups where Dudley Council can involve VCFS and citizens in understanding pressures on services and budgets and explore solutions
- A refreshed complaints process for Dudley Council where feedback on service improvement is encouraged – a dialogue.
- Design of a new online (and possible offline) process for inviting suggestions from citizens and VCFS for service changes and co-production.
- Dudley Council Engagement Strategy to be a catalyst for changing the way the council and VCFS work together – less consultation and more collaboration
- Revision of Dudley Council commissioning approaches to include commissioning to local VCFS organisations
- Dudley Council to develop a collaborative approach with VCFS to ‘Community Right to Challenge’
- Collaborate learning to be gained from Climate Change group, including Transition Stourbridge, experience of influencing design and delivery of a re-use facility / shop within the new contract to run the LA Civic Amenity site, Stourbridge
- Dudley Council and VCFS to collaboratively create a comprehensive ‘joint asset management policy’ to include:
- Develop a process to identify opportunities for co-location of Dudley Council with VCFS and other organisations in shared buildings
- Dudley Council and the VCFS to collaboratively develop an approach to the register for ‘assets of community value’, to gain relevant nominations, understanding and procedures.
- Dudley Council and the VCFS to collaboratively develop an approach to Neighbourhood Planning, as connected closely to community asset management.
- Dudley Council to collaboratively develop a corporate policy and approach for disposing of unwanted fittings, furniture and other smaller items from council buildings due to closures etc to VCFS groups
Invitations to the event are being circulated widely to community, voluntary and faith groups, and to selected officers in Dudley MBC so that there are links to the areas being considered.