Where to go...
There are many places to look for statistics about Radstock and Westfield. The main sources of official data can be found on the websites of local and national government, including NHS, Local Health and the Office for National Statistics. There are other sites which use the data from the above organisations and display it in various ways.
We have been looking at data for the area and would like to share our links to the places we found most helpful.
If you find other useful information and links please get in touch and we can add it to the list.
Bearing in mind that the data is from 2011, there is a wealth of information accessible about Radstock and Westfield in the census, covering: Health and social care; Migration and demography; Ethnicity, national identity, language and religion; Labour market, housing and qualifications; Travel to work and other geographic analysis.
http://www.ukcensusdata.com/radstock-e00072971#sthash.WLtbdGIE.dpbs - Gives a break-down of 17 census output areas in Radstock
http://www.ukcensusdata.com/westfield-e05001968#sthash.SG3JEPXY.dpbs - Gives a break-down of 17 census output areas in Westfield
Indices of Multiple Deprivation
Used to give an indication of an area’s need, the indices of multiple deprivation is based on: income; health; employment; disability; education, skills and training; barriers to housing and services; crime; living environment. There are seven Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA) in the Radstock and Westfield area: Westfield North; Westfield South; Radstock West; Radstock; Radstock North; Clandown; Writhlington. Westfield North was in the most deprived 20% in England for education and skills in 2010.
Whilst the 2011 Census shows that our residents generally consider themselves to be in good health, statistics from the Hope House and Westfield Surgery demonstrate that understanding the area’s health is not so straightforward. For example there is a clear indication that obesity is a problem, especially with children and young people. You can check out the following websites to drill down the health statistics for our area.
Education and Children’s Services
Good educational achievement is important for gaining employment, being flexible in the workforce and arguably for self-esteem. Recent attainment in the local schools is encouraging, although ‘disadvantaged pupils’ struggle in comparison.
Radstock and Westfield have low qualification attainment for people aged 16+.
The populations of Radstock and Westfield are relatively young compared to England and B&NES, with a high number of single parent households particularly in Radstock.
Radstock suffers in comparison to Westfield for recorded crime (according to crime data for 2014). Radstock is above the B&NES average for ASB and Public Order offences; Criminal Damage and Arson; Violence and Sexual Offences.
Employment and Benefits
Official labour market statistics can be found on the Nomis website. For example there were 30 people claiming out of work benefits in August 2016 in Radstock.
Other documentation that may be useful in understanding the area and creating an evidence based funding application include:
Radstock Placemaking Plan (March 2014)
Westfield Neighbourhood Plan (In progress, here you can find minutes of the meetings)
Radstock Action Group - Radstock Economic Profile http://www.radstockactiongroup.org.uk/downloads/Radstock_Economic_Profile.pdf
B&NES Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) - http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/your-council-and-democracy/local-research-and-statistics
Quartet Community Foundation - Vital Signs Report (Vital Signs is an international programme combining the latest research and survey data about the wellbeing and opportunities available to local communities to form a comprehensive social needs report) - http://quartetcf.org.uk/news/vital-signs-report-highlights-need-early-intervention-prevention/
Consumer Data Research Centre Maps - Maps yearly geodemographic change from 2001; you can see a change in general 'type' of resident by street - https://maps.cdrc.ac.uk/#/geodemographics/toac/toac11/BTTTFTT/13/-2.4435/51.2937/
Bath Hacked - http://www.bathhacked.org - an award-winning community interest company, supporting the publication and use of open data for the community of Bath & North East Somerset - get in touch with them if you have a local problem that needs fresh thinking, they may be able to help.
If you need help then B&NES may be able to help you, they are available to advise and offer guidance on question writing, methodology, sample sizes etc. Their aim is to enable you to make sure that any research conducted is robust, ethical, meaningful and useful across the organisation. Contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org
ARVAC are a charity that has provided a huge amount of information on how to conduct your own community research.
The UK Community Partner Network (UKCPN) has developed resources (which can be located on the right hand side of the page under ‘related resources’) to help support community organisations to work with universities.