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York’s communities key to city’s Coronavirus recovery

Published Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Community spirit has been at the heart of York’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic,

 City of York Council has set out plans to show how it intends to put local communities atthe centre of the city’s recovery from the pandemic.

York’s communities have played a crucial role in supporting residents who have been shielding or self-isolating over the last few months, with over 4,000 local residents registering as volunteers and community hubs across the city acting as central support and distribution points for those in need.

Forming one part of the council’s overarching Recovery and Renewal Plan to support the city’s recovery from the pandemic - alongside Economic and Corporate strands - the communities recovery response seeks to build on existing services and local strengths to support the development of increasingly resilient communities.

The Community Recovery Plan sets out four key areas for community development:

  1. Rolling out community hubs and local area coordination across the city.
  2. Creating a more joined-up approach to planning and service delivery at community level, including services for children and vulnerable adults.
  3. Building on the legacy of interest in volunteering and community action, including neighbourliness at the very local level.
  4. Improving the ward revenue and capital funding system, to make it more responsive to local need.

Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “Anyone who lives in York knows the strength of the city’s communities, but we have seen that community spirit come to the fore throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

"I’d like to repeat our thanks to all residents who have helped a neighbour, volunteered for a local charity or the council, and followed the social distancing guidance.

“Working with residents and communities, we need to build on existing strengths and provide support where it’s needed. Fostering more resilient communities will be critical to the city’s recovery from this unprecedented situation.”

The Communities Recovery Plan will be discussed at a meeting of the Executive on 25 June.