Neighbourhood and Communities Network Launch
The people who know best about their communities are the people who live in their communities, that is the view of the new Neighbourhood and Communities Network, which has been established to give local people a voice and enable them to bring about positive change where they live. The network which is being set up by the Plymouth Octopus Project (POP+), launches on Saturday the 2nd of March. It will enable residents, community and neighbourhood groups to collaborate and share experiences across the city and, crucially, connect them with fellow participants from statutory agencies, such as the City Council, the Police and Livewell South West. A unique digital platform – Our Plymouth – has been created to support the network and enable all partners to work more collaboratively.
Ernie Edgcumbe, who has been employed by POP+ to set up the network, says it’s a radical step forward:
“In recent years we have seen significant amount of money spent in some areas in Plymouth but, at the same time, we know that some communities have felt that they had little say in the process. This network has been set up to give a voice to individuals, communities and neighbourhood groups; to help enable them to make their own decisions, to help empower them to influence decisions made by others and to support them to help them succeed.”
The Neighbourhood and Communities Network believes that ‘Every Community Matters’. It recognises that areas of Plymouth have largely, and historically, been working in isolation but, as Ernie Edgcumbe, explains more can be achieved through collaboration;
“Being a part of a central city-wide forum, run and led by local people, will help groups and organisation become stronger and more resilient as well as helping to bring about the change that local people feel is needed.”
The launch of the Neighbourhood and Communities Network is on Saturday the 2nd of March from 10.30am to 3.30pm and will take place at Age UK, Astor Drive, Mount Gould. Those attending will be able to hear more about the aims of the network, meet other participants and start planning how they can work together to make Plymouth a better and fairer place for all. To register please visit Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/neighbourhood-and-communities-network-launch-tickets-55154113438 or call POP+ on 01752 395131