Our Town, Our Future – join the conversation!
What can Southend aspire to be like in 2030 and what can we all do to make that a reality? What are the strengths our borough can build on and the things we should work to change?
If these are questions you’d like to involve your voluntary /community organisation in helping to answer, join us at this SAVS-hosted event on Wednesday 28th September (10am-2pm). The event will be run as a workshop, led by facilitator Rob Francis, and will give local groups a chance to feed into the ‘Our Town, Our Future’ project. Rob specialises in leading discussions about community participation, and in 2012 wrote the booklet Unlocking Local Capacity: why active citizens need active councils’, which you can find here: http://www.opm.co.uk/publications/unlocking-local-capacity/
Background to ‘Our Town, Our Future’
Initiated by Southend-Sea Borough Council, this project aims to develop a vision for the borough which the council and other local organisations can use to help shape their future work. The council is working with OPM, an independent research and community development organisation, to support this engagement programme and reach as many people in Southend-on-Sea as possible.
The vision that’s created through this process won’t just be a vague wish list, but will set out to capture people’s ideas for how to make things happen in practice. And crucially, this won’t be a council-led activity which just asks other people for their views once the interesting work has been done – we’re starting the conversation out in communities, building a vision from the ground up. That’s important, because the ambition of the project is to look beyond council services and explore what all of us can do – as a whole community – to create the borough we want to see.
How you and your group can be involved
OPM plans to run workshops with residents in different areas of the borough, as well as some smaller sessions with more seldom-heard parts of the community. In addition, it is hoped that at least some of those who participate in the workshop on 28th September will be able to take these discussions out to their own members – either as part of an existing meeting or through holding a one-off discussion group. The views expressed and ideas shared can be captured on simple feedback capture forms, supplied by OPM. Those groups which return completed feedback forms will be able to claim up to £50 to cover basic expenses such as refreshments and room hire. This will be explained more fully at the SAVS event on 28th September.
Places are limited, so to attend the event register you place now.