Issues ranging from poverty, loneliness and health, to intergenerational activities, depopulation and employment, were all hot topics at the Our Place Our Future – Greenock East & Central launch event.
People from different generations and walks of life turned out to join the start of this community conversation at the new Broomhill Community Hub in Greenock yesterday.
"Our Place Our Future – Greenock East & Central is giving people the opportunity to talk about their concerns within their community, while looking at how they could be at the heart of change, such as through volunteering their time and skills," said OPOF Programme Manager, Bill Clements.
"The launch was very much a kick start to the conversation with many interesting points being raised, not least of all how people see intergenerational activities as a positive way forward and how depopulation and lack of employment opportunities are impacting upon their communities.
"This is all about empowering communities to lead their own success by being directly involved in developing and delivering long-term solutions, which address local needs. Their views now will help shape their community in the future."
The next stage for the Our Place Our Future team over the next couple of months will see Bill and Community Engagement Officer, Patricia Compston, engaging directly with local community groups and businesses. They will also link up with people via social media channels, encouraging feedback on the issues they want to discuss and, ultimately, help change.