Improving communities

PLANNING partners will be joining residents at the launch of a new community programme called Connecting Communities (C2) in Arbroath next Saturday (June 9).

A ‘Listening Event’ which will held in a marquee in the park area on Arbirlot Road, will kick off the launch of C2 and will be focusing first on the Timmergreens area of the town.

C2 originally started in Cornwall and is credited with turning round the fortunes of communities in the region.

Where the programme has been promoted health indicators such as drug and alcohol use and teenage pregnancy rates have fallen significantly. 

It is hoped that as many Timmergreens residents will take this opportunity to voice their thoughts on what they find works in their local community, and what they think does not work and what they think needs to change.

The Listening Event will run from 10 a.m. until noon and will be open to all residents of all ages.

During the morning there will be entertainment for children such as face-painting and a bouncy castle along with free snacks and refreshments.

Freda Stewart, Angus Health Improvement Partnership manager, said: “Connecting Communities is a way of working that is a simple as talking to and really listening to local communities. 

“In the weeks before this Listening Event we have been out and about visiting homes in Timmergreens inviting local residents to come along to the event.”

While John McCrank, local resident and current chairman of the Timmergreens Action Group, has been supporting the idea from the start and is optimistic about the potential impact of C2.

Mr McCrank said: “The success will all depend on local service providers working together and opening up to the specific concerns, views and wishes of the community.

“More than ever we want the assets that lie within the community itself to be used in the solution to any problems that are identified.”

For more information about C2 contact Freda Stewart, health improvement programme manager of Angus Community Health Partnership on 01307 474814 or email freda.stewart@nhs.net.