Eight organisations in Medway have signed a historic agreement to drive social and economic change in the area.
The One Medway Charter commits the organisations to work together to exploit opportunities and address challenges in priority areas identified by the community.
The signatories are:
- Medway Council
- Mid-Kent College
- Canterbury Christ Church University
- The University of Greenwich
- The University of Kent
- The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
- Medway NHS Foundation Trust
- Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
In other parts of the country where similar civic agreements have been signed - including Manchester, Exeter, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester - real and tangible benefits are being delivered for the people of those cities and regions.
The charter was signed by representatives from 8 organisations in Medway.
The One Medway Charter
- Medway is a great place to live, work, learn and visit. It is a place to be proud of, a vibrant, diverse and dynamic region and an exciting hub of creativity, innovation and economic growth.
- We are One Medway and we, the organisations, each have a proud history of working across our different areas and over many years to help Medway grow and thrive. Through this charter, we pledge to work closely together for the people and communities of Medway to help drive social and economic change in the area.
- No organisation can solve complex challenges on its own and so this charter combines the collective strength of these organisations to deliver long-term change in Medway through collaboration and engagement. It represents the start of a journey, signalling a joint commitment to the region and its people, a pledge to listen and learn as we go, and to act accordingly. We will engage with other organisations and invite them to sign up to the charter. We are open in our approach and invite others to join our journey.
- We will address the challenges of Medway focusing on priority areas, including, but not limited to:
- business and the economy
- education and skills
- health and wellbeing
- sustainability and the environment
- arts, creativity and culture.
- We will engage with the local community and organisations to determine their priorities, ensuring the collective skills, expertise and vision of these and other organisations are harnessed to deliver real and lasting change.
- As a first step, we are making available an initial survey to understand those needs and priorities.
Engaging with our communities is critical to ensuring that this agreement goes beyond a written pledge and genuinely takes forward the hopes, ambitions and expectations of the people of Medway.
As one of the first steps, we want to engage with you to understand where you feel the local priorities for action lie. Your ideas will inform an action plan that will look to:
- create jobs
- drive economic recovery through increased investment in the area
- help our communities to flourish
- support progression into vocational and higher education
- enhance health and wellbeing
- address the climate crisis locally.
Over the coming months we'll also be asking you about your priorities through a range of different activities designed to listen to your views. This will include:
- special events
- online discussions.
Eight organisations in Medway have signed the historic agreement.