What’s happening in Timmergreens?

TIMMERGREENS residents are invited to join Community Planning Partners at a feedback event on Saturday.

A ‘Listening Event’ held two weeks ago kicked off the launch of Connecting Communities (C2) in Arbroath. It initially focused on the Timmergreens area of the town.

This follow-up day will be an opportunity for residents to get direct feedback from the first ‘Listening Event’ and will take place between 10 a.m. and 12 noon in a marquee in the park area (next to the shops) on Arbirlot Road.

During the day, locals will join Community Planning Partners and hear first-hand what people liked about living in Timmergreens and what they thought could be improved to make living there better.

An important part of the follow-up event will be to seek volunteers with a strong interest in rebuilding the local action group to create a team of committed residents who will work in partnership with local service providers and help make things happen in Timmergreens to benefit the communities living there.

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. Other measures like vandalism and petty crime have also decreased and people’s perceptions of quality of life in the area have been transformed.

Freda Stewart, Angus Health Improvement Partnership manager, said: “Connecting Communities is a way of working that is as simple as talking to and really listening to local communities and our first Timmergreens ‘Listening Event’ proved overwhelmingly successful with 80 residents coming along.

“I hope that Timmergreens residents will take this opportunity to come along to this follow-up event and hear what members of their community thought about living in Timmergreens, what they think is important to them, what they think needs to be changed and what should happen next as priority actions for the area.”

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

Freda concluded: “It’s not too late to get involved and if there are residents who didn’t manage to make it to the first event then I would encourage them to join us on Saturday.”

For more information about C2 contact Freda Stewart, Health Improvement Programme manager, Angus CHP on 01307 474814 or e-mail freda.stewart@nhs.net

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