Our Place Our Future, a local initiative to empower communities, has received funding of £30,682 from the European Social Fund, to seek the views of people across Greenock East and Central and encourage their participation in positive changes within their local area.
Our Place Our Future – Greenock East and Central will launch with a community event at Broomhill Community Hub on Monday 29 January, with sessions running from 10am until 8pm. It will engage with people living or working in the area, giving them a chance to have their say on a range of issues and be at the heart of community change.
"Knowing that community empowerment is essential, we want to enable people to lead their own success by being directly involved in developing and delivering long-term solutions which address local needs," said Our Place Our Future Programme Manager, Bill Clements. "It is about building on existing community assets to help tackle local issues. We were delighted when we were awarded the European Social Fund grant to take Our Place Our Future forward."
Already out and about in the area meeting individuals and organisations, the Our Place Our Future team are now inviting residents, community groups, businesses and volunteers from Greenock East and Central, to join them for a series of informal discussions at the launch event.
"We will be talking about the issues that the people of Greenock East and Central want to raise, discuss and, ultimately, change," said Bill. "Their views now will help shape their community of the future."
Although people can drop into the Broomhill Community Hub at times to suit them between 10am and 8pm on the day, three sessions will kick off at 10am, 1.30pm and 6pm. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Free crèche facilities will also be available from 1pm to 8pm and transport provided from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm, both by booking in advance. Book your creche space directly with Enterprise Childcare by calling them on 01475 745552 and transport, being provided by Port Glasgow Voluntary Transport Group, by calling CVS Inverclyde on 01475 711733 (by Thur 25 Jan please).
Our Future – Greenock East and Central is targeting people in Gibshill, Strone, Weir Street, Cartsdyke, Bridgend, Greenock Town Centre, Wellpark, Drumfrochar, Broomhill and Prospecthill. It will run until the end of March 2018.
Programme facilitators from bid organisation, CVS Inverclyde, and partner organisation, Your Voice, will work with participants to ensure a successful day.
CVS Inverclyde, the third sector interface and Your Voice, the Inverclyde Community Care Forum, are both partners of Inverclyde Alliance (CPP) and the Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP). CVS Inverclyde engages with the third sector and Your Voice with people who use services. Both organisations have a strong reach into the broader community to identify and promote areas of good practice, highlight opportunities and respond to gaps in services. They share a commitment to asset based approaches, collaboration community development and communities leading their own success, and welcome the increasing recognition that these ways of working are essential to tackling societal issues such as poverty, addictions and poor mental health.
The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority of the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme, which includes the European Social Fund. For further information, visit the website at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/support/17404 or follow @scotgovESIF.