A plan setting out how communities across Burnley and Padiham will come through the Covid-19 crisis and out the other side has been set out to councillors.
The draft community recovery plan highlights the excellent work already done, particularly through the Burnley Together community initiative, to support local residents through the pandemic.
Creating jobs and improving the skills base, protecting the health and wellbeing of residents, and community inclusion are the three main priorities for Burnley Together, and will remain so as we come out of the pandemic.
The community recovery plan complements a similar blueprint recently approved by the council covering the economic impact of Covid.
Burnley Council leader Councillor Mark Townsend said: “One of the positives to come from this crisis is the success of Burnley Together. Its greatest strength has been bringing together more than 100 partners from across the community, voluntary and faith sectors to support the more vulnerable members of our communities.
“While continuing to support all vulnerable residents with essential needs, we need to look to the future and lay the foundations for a speedy and strong recovery as we start to come out of the pandemic.
“Key to that is providing a co-ordinated service to young people, by helping them with skills and employment. This will work in conjunction with the economic recovery plan we have in place to support local businesses.”
Councillor Afrasiab Anwar, executive member for community and environmental services, said: “Covid has had a massive negative impact on all of us. While we work to defeat Covid through the vaccines that are currently being delivered, we can start to look ahead to a brighter future and prepare for the time we bounce back from this pandemic.
“Burnley Together’s role won’t end once Covid is over. Its role will develop and change so that we can further build on its success and continue to use it to help local people and communities.
“The community recovery plan sets out in detail how that will be achieved.”
Another element of the plan is to allocate more money into what are being called “social care capital projects to improve access to services that promote health and wellbeing in communities.
Examples of such projects include creating more Changing Spaces, which benefit people who cannot use standard access toilets. Changing Places toilets help all residents get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities which many of us take for granted.
The plan also commits the council to support the ongoing test and trace service, and to support health and county council partners to deliver a successful vaccination programme.