HMP Oakwood is committed to having close involvement with community and voluntary organisations. We have already established links with local Community and Parish Council of South Staffordshire.
We will ensure HMP Oakwood play their part in helping the local community build their capacity and contribute the sustainable regeneration of the local community. I believe my role as Head of Community Engagement is key to forging a good working relationship, and for this to succeed I will need to; engage with a community with the need to first understand it by getting under the skin of a local neighbourhood, mapping out the groups and organisations that matter, telling them about the issues that are going to impact upon the local community and guiding them through those local issues as and when they arise.
Good community relations should involve several activities:
- Allaying the community’s fears about HMP Oakwood
- Protecting the community’s health and safety
- Encouraging and managing employee volunteerism
- Implementing fair recruitment and employment practices
As part of this community, HMP Oakwood is committed to being a good neighbour. As such, we pledge to be responsive to the concerns and the welfare of those with whom we share the land.
- Maintaining profitable -- but ethical -- operating practices.
- Managing HMP Oakwood’s contributions of time and money.
- Listening to community wants and needs.
We will work toward building a positive, open relationship and interdependence among all that care about this community’s well-being. We will be forthright and open in all of our dealings with the community.
We believe in the need for two-way communication with the community at large, and will seek its feedback. This feedback will be a valuable part of our operations and will become an integral part of our decision-making process.
We pledge that any decisions impacting on the community will be communicated to them in a timely and accurate manner.
As part of this community, we are committed to being a good neighbour. As such, we pledge to be responsive to the concerns and the welfare of those with whom we share the land.
Finally and, most importantly being a good neighbour is not something that can be done sporadically but rather is something that needs to be done consistently and visibly.