Call to action for Inverclyde residents
A call to action is going out to Inverclyde residents to determine what they want to see happen in their local communities and get them thinking about how they can make it a reality.
The area-wide conversation is being generated by Our Place Our Future, a project that will delve into a wide range of themes through a survey and series of community events running until the end of June 2017. Survey themes cover moving around and public transport; traffic, parking, streets and spaces; natural space, play and recreation; facilities and amenities; work and the local economy; housing and community; social interaction, identity and belonging; feeling safe; care and maintenance; plus influence and sense of control.
This, its first phase, is being coordinated and delivered by local community planning partnership, the Inverclyde Alliance, with funding support from the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All Scotland.
Although the Our Place Our Future survey covers 14 key topics and can be completed in print form or online, respondents can feedback on specific questions of relevance to them. The Inverclyde Alliance survey team are also reaching out through the community events, where they will have the opportunity to spark thoughts and discussions by meeting people face to face.
The survey, which will run until Friday 30 June 2017, can be completed at: Our Place Our Future Survey - Online
Hard copies can be downloaded here for completion at: Our Place Our Future Survey - PDF format
Copies are also available from participating organisations in the Inverclyde Alliance, as well as being issued via tenants and residents associations, community councils, action groups, sports clubs and youth groups.
Our Place Our Future community events kick off with a day-long drop in at:
Greenock Town Hall, Wednesday 10 May, 10am - 7pm
...where partners from the Inverclyde Alliance will be on hand to hear views, discuss opportunities and encourage participation in the survey.
Other local drop in events are planned to hone in on more localised matters at:
Branchton Community Centre, Greenock, Thursday 1 June, 6pm to 9pm
Boglestone Community Centre, Port Glasgow, Saturday 10 June, 11am to 2pm
Craigend Resource Centre, Greenock, Thursday 15 June, 6pm to 9pm
Both transport and creche facilities (places are limited) are being provided at these events but must be booked in advance.
Similar activities are planned in other venues including the Oak Mall Shopping Centre from 10am to 4pm on
Thursday 25 May, Friday 9 June and Thursday 29 June (with more dates to be announced)
"There couldn't be a better time for us to engage with our local community and work together through the Inverclyde Alliance," said Ian Bruce, Chief Executive of CVS Inverclyde, the voluntary sector representatives with the Inverclyde Alliance.
"With services facing financial challenges, the new Community Empowerment Act brings opportunity, making it easier for communities to take the lead on local improvements through the ownership of public buildings and land, as well as by their hands on input to the design of services. Survey results will feed into the Inverclyde Community Planning Partnership's Local Outcome Improvement Plan for the area and inform the initial drafts of Locality Plans, which are a requirement of the Community Empowerment Act.
"While some people are always involved in their local community, we are reaching out to mobilise many more. We can help them identify what is important in terms of their community needs, explore opportunities and consider how they can contribute themselves to help make a real difference – such as volunteering with others to collectively improve their surroundings.
"Research shows that the way a place looks, functions and feels can influence so many factors, not least of all health and wellbeing. Connecting people and giving them the space and tools to take action on their own behalf, will strengthen how our community works better together in the future."
Commenting on Our Place Our Future, Miriam McKenna, Corporate Policy & Partnership Manager, Inverclyde Council said: "With survey feedback used to develop our Local Outcome Improvement Plan, its results will help inform good decision making, allowing resources to be targeted where they are most needed and delivering better outcomes for everyone over the long term. That's why we want to encourage as many Inverclyde residents as possible to take part in Our Place Our Future, to ensure they have their say on topics that directly affect them and their community."
Once the review is complete at the end of June, responses will be analysed over the summer with results announced this autumn. People can also join in the Inverclyde conversation by Tweeting #OurPlaceOurFuture.
Inverclyde Alliance is the local Community Planning Partnership. Partners include: Community Councils, Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS, Greenock & District Trades Council, Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce, Inverclyde Council, Job Centre Plus, Police Scotland, River Clyde Homes, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Fire & Rescue, Skills Development Scotland, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Voluntary Sector representation facilitated by CVS Inverclyde, and West College Scotland. Find out more at: