Work in our Directorates
The following actions were delivered in 2017:
- Richmond’s first official 'friendly park for all' was launched in Barnes during Dementia Awareness Week. In the park paths have been levelled and resurfaced, additional benches installed and access to the pond improved. A wooden carved ‘chatty chair’, pond themed totem pole meeting point and carved entry/exit markers depicting animals living on the Green have been installed. Additional funding was secured for support for victims of Domestic Abuse. The funding will help establish a new outreach service to support victims of domestic abuse and to continue to develop a successful specialist service supporting homeless women experiencing domestic abuse. A Scrutiny Panel was established: Domestic Violence and Abuse and Older People Scrutiny Panel.
- Richmond Inclusive Support and Exercise referral programme (RISE), continued to promote sport and exercise for disabled people of all ages.
- Work to tackle hate crime and encourage the reporting of hate crime continued and included a large Hate Crime event held in October 2017 by 'Stop Hate in Richmond', the borough’s hate crime forum.
- Support was given to community led projects for older residents and disabled residents through the Civic Pride Award where in 2016/17, 2% of awards supported disabled residents, 7% related to children and young people and 2% to projects for older residents. Projects funded include:
- The Richmond EAL Friendship Group who received funding to run two series of five workshops across Richmond so that participants with English as an additional language (EAL) can come together to learn English through creating art.
- Silverfit who received funding towards ‘Silver Fridays’ - weekly Tai Chi and Nordic Walking classes for the older generation in Richmond.
- Integrated Neurological Services who received funding towards a 6-8 week summer activity programme offering a number of taster activities to approximately 280 people who are disabled because of a neurological condition e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke or head injury.
- Children’s Social Care recruited new members for ‘Shout This Way’, which is a supportive, confidential and safe youth project for young people who are questioning their sexuality, identity or gender or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender in Richmond. They also arranged for Gendered Intelligence, a community interest company who provide training and awareness raising sessions, to provide trans-gender training to widen knowledge and understanding in this area.
- Work continued to support older residents in Richmond. A report issued by CQC highlighted that 94 per cent of care home beds in Richmond were in homes rated as good or outstanding, putting Richmond in the highest bracket of the more than 150 council areas providing adult social care.
- Over 1,700 residents and carers attended the Full of Life celebration for older residents in the borough in October, which raised awareness of the services older residents can access and 150 residents attended a tea dance at the Council;
- The service provided to people with sight loss in Richmond upon Thames was praised by the RNIB as residents in Richmond are guaranteed to receive a face-to-face appointment with a specialist and have a plan of support within 2 weeks
- Work to support community cohesion continued including an event to mark Inter Faith Week with the Richmond Inter Faith Forum at York House
- The Council established a European Passport Return Service through the Council’s Registration Service and provided funding to Citizen’s Advice Richmond to create a targeted information and advice service to local EU nationals
- Cllr Meena Bond was appointed as a Champion for Mental Health.
- The Council’s Scrutiny Committee considered reports on emotional wellbeing for young people, Domestic Abuse (including its impact on older residents), Learning Disability Commissioning and Child Sexual Exploitation.
The work of the Council in relation to equality is scrutinised by the Equality Scrutiny Stakeholder Group which meets quarterly to review Richmond Council’s activity in relation to equality and diversity. The ESSG is made up of representatives from voluntary and community groups in the borough.
They have an interest in ensuring equality for all, and up to 5 independent critical friends who have specific skills, knowledge and experience relevant to ensure equality for all within the borough. In 2017 the ESSG has had the opportunity to feedback on a number of EINAs, including the Community Safety Plan EINA, and discuss equality with officers, for example the AfC Annual Equality Report.
Service user profile equality monitoring information
We will publish further service user profile equality monitoring information and analysis throughout 2018. Our EINAs also use service user profile data to assess impact.