Local Area WorkingRather than delivering exactly the same services in the same way across the city, we want to have greater flexibility to adapt our local services.
Where possible, we want the service we provide to suit the particular needs of the citizen and the area in which they live.
We call this 'Local Area Working'.
This approach requires us to have a detailed understanding of the individual needs and characteristics of all parts of Belfast.
It also requires us to have in place structures which will allow us to engage more effectively with Belfast’s citizens about what we do in their area.
Over time, such an approach will allow us to plan and deliver our local services in a more effective manner.
Local Area Working is about giving the Belfast citizen the opportunity to become well-informed participants in shaping our services.
It also means that we will be able to respond more effectively to the local area initiatives such as:
- Government's Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships
- Community Safety partnerships.
Strategic Neighbourhood Action ProgrammeIn 2007 we began to investigate how we can improve on the delivery of our services at a local level and respond more effectively to the needs of citizens.
A small team was set up - the Strategic Neighbourhood Action Programme (or SNAP) - to help us adapt our services to local area working. The SNAP team are developing the tools, procedures and policies that we will need to work at smaller, well-defined, geographical levels across Belfast.
Neighbourhood Services Knowledge BaseOur SNAP team surveyed just under 700 organisations who deliver services to the public across the city. The results have been put together in a report and we will use them to help us to improve the delivery of our own services.
Find out more about Neighbourhood Services Knowledge Base
City PlacesTo help us develop new ways of working directly with Belfast citizens and their community, we have had to find a way to describe the city in terms of local areas.
Using information from the Northern Ireland Census, we have identified 21 areas that cover the entire city. We call them 'City Places' and they will help us to gather and share local information and to help co-ordinate our local services.