Agenda item

City Goals

Presentation by James Henderson, Director of Policy and Democratic Engagement



The Committee received a presentation on City Goals from James Henderson, Director of Policy and Democratic Engagement. He explained that City Goals had been developed working with communities, businesses and public sector organisations to consider the future of Sheffield collectively, and was intended to be a long-term statement of intent for the city of Sheffield. The city was very diverse, with lots of different communities and perspectives that had much in common. City Goals aimed to build a set of stories and set a narrative for the next 20 to 30 years, and to collectively share these stories. The goals were not action plans or solutions, and instead hoped to set the direction and a framework for individuals and organisations within Sheffield to make them a reality. In November 2021, the Sheffield City Partnership Board had agreed to commission work on a new city strategy, by developing an evidence base. The Board appointed a ‘task and finish’ group who came to the view that an inclusive process would be most effective in hearing different community voices and views on the future of Sheffield. This had been a detailed and widespread engagement process involving many different communities across Sheffield. Over the last few months, information, experiences and life stories had been gathered to form a collective narrative for the future of Sheffield, by way of ‘six stories for Sheffield’. The aim was to provide a platform for action, and to encourage everyone to have a role in the process. It was hoped to finalise the process in December 2023, before approving the goals in January 2024. Mr Henderson encouraged everyone to get involved in the process.




The Chair thanked Mr Henderson for attending the meeting.