The William Allitt School

The William Allitt School

Learning Without Limits

Thriving Communities

Here at William Allitt, we have been working closely with Derbyshire County Council and their Thriving Communities project which aims to help improve the way we all work alongside our local community.


"Local councils, health providers, the police, community and voluntary groups and other agencies join forces on countless projects across the county every day. 

But as funding for councils continues to reduce, we can't keep up with the increasing demand for our services and need to change the way we do things.

The new approach we're taking is called Thriving Communities. It's a huge shift in the way we'll work with residents.

We've already started and although it's early days we're already making progress.

We've been spending time in communities listening to residents talk about their lives, the issues they face, what support would help most and what's most important to them.

We'll use this information to help us plan more flexible, personalised services − and help residents develop the resilience they need to support themselves and each other and achieve the things that are important to them.

There's a wealth of ability and determination in our communities which we'll use to help residents build secure futures with less reliance on high-cost public services.

This is a huge change for residents, our partnership organisations and staff and will take time, but what we learn will help us transform the ways we work with individuals and communities to build a better future together.

We have five Thriving Communities pilot areas − Cotmanhay, Danesmoor, Gamesley, Shirebrook and Newhall. 

Similar work is also taking place in Amber Valley, Chesterfield and the Derbyshire Dales." Derbyshire County Council