Conference hears of caring, compassionate community
Delegates heard how Inverclyde is a caring, compassionate community, as part of CVS Inverclyde's communities and voluntary sector conference, Citizenship and Communities, at the Beacon Arts Centre on Wednesday 4 September 2019.
In her keynote address at the annual conference, Louise Long, Chief Officer of Inverclyde HSCP, talked about how the community is working together to address inequalities and assist everyone to live active, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Tony McEwan, Inverclyde Council's recently appointed Head of Culture, Communities and Educational Resources, talked about how his service supports the participation of communities and citizens in making decisions that matter to them, and developing the model of participatory budgeting in Inverclyde.
"Conference delved into how Inverclyde's citizens and their communities can come together and help lead change," said Annie Mauger-Thompson, Interim Chief Executive, CVS Inverclyde.
"As people shared their experience and knowledge, we had a robust debate around local issues and how we can create a more inclusive society, tackling isolation and exclusion along the way."
Conference workshops featured an insight to funding programmes from The National Lottery Community Fund, and how Volunteer Inverclyde has been working with its Youth Subgroup to create more volunteering opportunities for young people. A Hard Edges Scotland workshop was a conversation with delegates about severe and multiple disadvantage and how to form an appropriate local response.
A Social Economy Action Plan for Inverclyde explored how the sector can create job opportunities, tackle repopulation, generate public sector procurement money and build an inclusive economy that does not leave people behind.
The Scottish Information Commissioner's office used real-life examples to show why Freedom of Information is an essential tool for community and voluntary organisations, giving access to important information from public authorities.
Information stalls were operated by I:DEAS, Inverclyde Carers Centre, Inverclyde Community Link Workers, SAMH Gateways Services, Scottish Parliament's Community Outreach team, Your Voice and The National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland, allowing delegates to meet different groups and projects and take away resources.
Conference partners were Inverclyde HSCP, Inverclyde Council, Waterfront Cinema, Volunteer Inverclyde, Inverclyde Life, Inverclyde Community Development Trust, River Clyde Homes and Love & Humphries.
Conference contributors 2019 - photo courtesy of George Munro, Greenock Telegraph
Stall holders welcome delegates - photo courtesy of George Munro, Greenock Telegraph