4th October 2013

Community leaders Pow Wow in Southampton


Last week, 13 representatives from the public, private and voluntary sector in Southampton gathered at Ordnance Survey to take part in a facilitated GeoVation Pow Wow. The session allowed individuals to discuss and debate the local problems which can provide a barrier in building healthy communities.  Various subject areas were discussed throughout the session including, raising the aspirations of young people, long term unemployment and how best to utilise key city assets.

Image of SouthamptonPow Wow group

The GeoVation Pow Wow was organised as a result of work undertaken through the Business in the Community (BITC) Southampton Hub which Ordnance Survey has supported. The Hub which is led by Jayne Carrington, Managing Director of Right Management Workplace Wellness,  allows local businesses and partners to work collaboratively in addressing local social issues.

Commenting on the Pow Wow, Jayne Carrington, Managing Director of Right Management Workplace Wellness  said: ‘The Pow Wow session provided a lively discussion amongst community leaders of some of the issues prevalent in Southampton. So many of the issues discussed will have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of residents across the city’.

GeoVation is about helping communities address their unmet needs through the application of geographic data, skills and expertise.  We are delighted that we have been able to apply this locally and it was great to see such a variety of local organisations represented

Following the Pow Wow, problems identified will be collated and fed into a report which will be presented to local partners and the wider BITC network.  The output may also be used to shape a future GeoVation Challenge.