The Malvern Hills Partnership has recognised that there are a number of challenges that cannot be tackled by one organisation alone. Instead, in order to add real value, issues must be addressed collectively in order to be truly effective.
It is with this in mind that the Partnership has chosen to focus on four key areas of work as part of its sustainable community strategy for 2011-2025.
Reduce the Impact of Rurality on Our Local Communities
The Malvern Hills Partnership will ensure residents have better access to the services they need.
In understanding the issues facing those living in rural areas; particularly with regards to transport and access to health services, the Partnership can work to ensure current and future services are more accessible.
This includes meeting the specific needs of older residents and helping them to engage with public services so that they receive the support they need, as well as working with people throughout their lives to maximise the length of disability free life. Rurality action programme.
Tackle Issues Associated with Inequalities, including Health Inequalities
The Malvern Hills Partnership will increase the ambition and aspiration of the residents living in our most deprived wards.
By building confidence and establishing projects and services right from the heart of the community, the partnership will have a positive impact on the lives of residents. Inequalities action programme.
Raise Awareness of Key Environmental Issues, and to Drive down Our Reliance on Fossil Fuels
The Partnership knows that an environmentally friendly district that understands the environmental and financial impacts of climate change, will lead to a need to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change action programme.
Protect Residents and Businesses from the Impact of Flooding
By continuing to petition Central Government and in working together to source potential flood solutions to river and land drainage flooding, the partnership can collectively achieve more that one organisation alone. Flooding action programme.
Reduce Fuel Poverty across the District
The Partnership will actively promote and support measures to reduce fuel poverty, which currently stands at 22% of all households making the district one of the worst affected areas in the country.
Principal causes include the large numbers of solid walled properties and the lack of a mains gas supply to around one third of all properties. Fuel poverty action programme.