UK leading Margate Task Force extends into Ramsgate

The Margate Task Force has expanded its remit to Ramsgate

Formed in 2011, Margate Task Force’s approach to working with residents in selected areas of Margate and Cliftonville has been hailed as a model of good practice by the government, local authorities and related agencies.

As a result of its success, the team will now be expanding its work to cover the Central Harbour and Eastcliff neighbourhoods of Ramsgate.

The Task Force is made up of staff from 14 different government and charitable organisations, including:

  • Thanet District Council
  • Kent Police
  • Kent Fire & Rescue
  • Kent County Council
  • Job Centre Plus

Based in the Thanet District Council offices, the Task Force aims to promote a better quality of life in the community and transform the way public services are delivered, to make them responsive, visible and joined up. It works by:

  • Engaging directly with people through door-to-door visits and by speaking to the community at public events and through educational visits.
  • Dealing with issues that matter to local people, for example by holding ‘Street Weeks’, where Task Force staff from the different agencies work together to engage with local communities, responding to their needs and helping to create safer neighbourhoods by working with them where they live.

Quote from Rob Kenyon, Director of Community Services, Thanet District Council:

“Margate Task Force is recognised as the UK’s leading example of how multi-agency initiatives should work and it is helping to make Thanet a better place to live. The team has supported a wide range of organisations and causes in the last six years and has worked with families and individuals to make significant changes to their lives. I’m delighted that partners have committed to work together to expand operations so that the community can receive this support in Ramsgate too.”

How MTF has helped - Examples of recent work and initiatives include:

  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – sponsored12 young people at high risk of becoming involved in criminal activities, to take part in the award. Thanks to the scheme, they have all flourished and upon completion of their Bronze Award will progress to Silver and become mentors for others.
  • Illegal tobacco – took part in an operation in 2016 targeting the distribution of illegal tobacco. Suspected premises were searched resulting in the seizure of a substantial amount of illegal tobacco.
  • Oasis Domestic Support Service – providesongoing support to Oasis Domestic Abuse. This included helping a high risk domestic abuse victim and her family over the Christmas period. The family were given food, presents and clothing through Oasis donations and the combination of a microwave purchased by MTF with presents for the family, food and clothing, enabled them to have an enjoyable Christmas. The individual was ‘over the moon’ with the donations and stated that this had changed their lives.
  • Cliftonville Community Centre – applied forfunding which has allowed for an EU Group, and Muslim ladies sessions to be held there, creating a safe space for the communities to get together. Task Force partners have also provided face-to-face support by visiting residents referred by the centre, to help with issues such as housing, homelessness and fire safety.
  • Community Alcohol Partnership – assisted in the creation of the partnership which aims to create a culture where young people drink responsibly and can only access alcohol under suitable and informed supervision.

Contact:

For further information on Margate Task Force or to provide any feedback, please contact margatetaskforce@thanet.gov.uk or phone 01843 577536.

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