Community Engagement - working better together
The Forest of Dean District Council supports a small team of community engagement officers, street wardens and healthy lifestyle advisors who are responsible for a number of programmes in the community. They are a small team and so do not have the capacity to 'do' things for the community; it's aims are to connect and empower elements of the community so that individuals, organisations and groups can link together with other like-minded groups or individuals so that together they can make things happen for themselves and thus have leadership, ownership and responsibility.
The team can also be a bridge between the Council and the Community, spreading best practice on a wide range of activity be it economic, environmental or social, but it is the coming together alongside communities dealing with common concerns that will be of the most benefit and the most sustainable outcome for neighbourhoods.
To do this successfully, the community engagement team need community support to help them to identify the skills, passions and aspirations that exist within all neighbourhoods and to build upon these so that safer and stronger communities emerge. Your local Councillor, in partnership with Officers, will play a role within your community and can connect you to local services, organisations and groups and the engagement team can assist in building your community in a way that your community want it.
Interested in getting involved in your community? What can you do?
If you feel that you would like to be more involved with your community then contact the community engagement team on 01594 812617 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to be a member on our Equalities Advisory Panel?
Click here to find out more - www.fdean.gov.uk/nqcontent.cfm - this will take you to our Consultations page and the section you require is located at the bottom of this page.
Would you like to become a volunteer?
The Forest of Dean District Council financially support the Forest Voluntary Action Forum (FVAF). They support our local voluntary and community sector in all manner of ways and can help find you suitable volunteering opportunities. They can be contacted on 01594 822073 or by emailing on email@example.com. The website link is www.fvaf.org.uk.
The Forest of Dean District Council offer not for profit voluntary and community groups - both constituted and non-constituted - the opportunity to apply for one off funding to enable the development of stronger and cohesive communities; click here to find out more http://www.fdean.gov.uk/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=6504
|Tess Tremlett - Community Engagement Manager||Cllr Terry Hale - Cabinet Member for Community|