October 31st 2017
“It takes a village to raise a child” is a proverb which expresses the thought that it takes an entire community to raise a child. Any child has the best ability to become a healthy adult if the entire community takes an active role in the rearing of that child rather than leaving it to one family or parent.
No one knows exactly where it started but most people think it can be attributed to an Igbo and Yoruba proverb which is so widely used in Africa that there are similar sayings in many African languages. So for example, "One knee does not bring up a child" in Sukuma or "One hand does not nurse a child" in Swahili.
And the phrase has now been used by many social campaigns across the world, from fostering in Oregon to adoption in Oxfordshire; from young people’s welfare in New Zealand to nature projects for kids in the Hamptons.
So why are we at YourMK using this phrase for a new social media campaign?
We can’t deliver regeneration on our own. Although the small YourMK team have many years of experience and a lot of expertise, we need specialists to join us to ensure we maintain the highest standards and follow best practice. And of course we have to work in partnership with colleagues at the council, in the NHS, social services and the police. And we couldn’t begin to deliver regeneration successfully without working with the people who live there, whose homes and neighbourhoods are at the heart. Everyone has apart to play. It takes a village.
We are at a key point on Fullers Slade where we start to develop designs for the future. As we move through the next few weeks, it will be residents and community stakeholders working with our community team, architects and advisors who will make decisions about the plan for the new Fullers Slade.
And we will take the same approach as we move into each new area. While we do not have unlimited resources and need to ensure the business case stacks up, regeneration plans will only go forward if the community supports them, and they won’t support them if they don’t work with us and our team of experts to develop them. It takes a village.