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Partnership working in Weymouth and Portland

Weymouth Area Development Trust (WADT)

Weymouth Area Development Trust was established in May 2016, and was developed from research done on behalf of the Weymouth and Portland Partnership and discussions with community groups. In 2017, the partnership was approved as a not for profit Community Interest Company.

Portland Community Partnership

Portland Community Partnership was established in 2001, the partnership works with other organisations to deliver projects and ideas.It plays a key role in strategic planning and ensures that all issues and ideas are discussed at its open meetings.

Working with You

"Working with You" is a way of collaborative working in the priority areas of Weymouth and Portland. It puts communities at the heart of partnership working practice by working closely with them to ensure that their priorities and those identified through partners and statistical data are brought together, drilled down and jointly agreed before projects are developed to address them.

It aims to deliver positive area improvements, build trust and respect between communities and service delivery organisations, build community capacity and address the financial "pinch" experienced by organisations through combining resources and building strong and sustainable communities.

The Working with You principles are:

  • to improve the quality of life in all communities concentrating initially on areas facing multiple challenges
  • to deliver positive action
  • to place communities at the heart of partnership working practice
  • to encourage collaborative working at all levels and to achieve more through co-ordinated action

Working with You is currently working in the following wards:

  • Littlemoor
  • Melcombe Regis
  • Underhill
  • Littlemoor
  • Rodwell & Chapelhay

Working with You has run community events to identify and update community priorities, themed professional networking events and produced, circulated and updated project action plans for the four priority areas of the Borough. The project updates identify actions being undertaken or planned by partners to tackle deprivation indicators in the Borough. This helps to reduce duplication, promotes co-ordinated working and also identifies where gaps in activity exist so these can be addressed.


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