Call to action for Inverclyde residents … as Our Place Our Future gives people their say

Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce is calling on the local business community to let staff who live in the area know about a project Our Place Our Future, which is set to determine what they want to see happen in their local communities and get them thinking about how they can make it a reality. Our Place Our Future is delving into a wide range of themes from traffic, parking, streets and spaces, to work, the local economy, care, housing and amenities. This, its first phase, is being coordinated by the Inverclyde Alliance, the community planning partnership, which includes Inverclyde Chamber. Funding support has been granted by the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All Scotland.

Opinion will be gathered over the next two months via a survey and series of community events. Although the Our Place Our Future survey covers 14 key topics and can be completed in print form or online, respondents can also 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.

“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 voluntary sector representatives and Chamber members CVS Inverclyde.

“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.”

Our Place Our Future community events kick off with a day-long drop in at Greenock Town Hall on Wednesday 10 May, from 10am to 7pm, where partners from the Inverclyde Alliance will be on hand to hear views, discuss opportunities and encourage participation in the survey. Similar activities are planned in the Oak Mall Shopping Centre and local supermarkets, with events in community centres to hone in on more localised matters.

The survey, which will run until Friday 30 June 2017, can be completed here. Hard copies can be downloaded from the Community Planning Partnership page here and are available from participating organisations in the Inverclyde Alliance. Surveys will also be issued via tenants and residents associations, community councils, action groups, sports clubs and youth groups.

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.

“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,” said Miriam McKenna, Corporate Policy & Partnership Manager, Inverclyde Council. “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.

Community Events Programme – first phase – Check out the flyer here
Greenock Town Hall, Wednesday 10 May, 10am – 7pm (10am – 1pm, 1pm – 4pm, 4pm – 7pm)
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

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.

Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce
Room 5, Victoria House,
5 East Blackhall Street,
PA15 1HD
01475 806824
07534 196253

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