Community Development Update
- The Central zone:
The Central zone team have begun mapping services and community resources available on the A3 map. This has shown there are many community centres providing access to on-going activities and services. Following an Outreach Bus visit to West Marsh Community Centre it appears there may be potential for the development of further services in attempt to engage with the community. West Marsh Community Centre currently holds an over-50s club. However, Centre Manager, Neil Barber is keen to look at ways of utilising facilities. Contact is being made with the centre to discuss future possibilities.
- Haverstoe Ward:
We are now making progress with plotting the various clubs and activities that are taking place in the ward on to the map in the A3 office.Visit was made to the Sewing club that takes place on a Thursday morning at St Peter’s Church Hall which is run by Port Restyle and met with organiser Jane Mouncey. Sat in on a discussion around what the members of the group felt was important to them in relation to taking part and whether there was anything else they could think of that could be done to help combat isolation for older people living in the area . This was a piece of work being undertaken by Jane Mouncey on behalf of the Big Lottery funded Ageing Better proposal.
- Fiveways (Heneage, East Marsh, Sidney Sussex):
Community Advice Network (CAN) is a lottery funded project lead by Grimsby and Cleethorpes Citizens Advice Bureau, Harbour Place and Community Advice Service. The CAN works closely with a number of local agencies including those offering help, advice and support with debt, housing, benefits, mental health, careers, consumer issues and many more. They have community mentors who will work with individuals to find them the help they need with the issues that they face. Duncan Rossiter explained that they have drop in sessions that are up and running at the moment and they are hoping to have a presence in the new community hubs that will be introduced by the local council in the near future. The drop in sessions that they have at the moment are at: Tukes Café, Harrison House, Care, Harbour Place, Barclays Bank, Open Door, Women’s Centre, Nunsthorpe Children’s Centre and Oasis Academy in Immingham.
- Carers Update:
During the past few months focus Independent Adult Social Work have continued to engage some of the hardest to reach communities within North East Lincolnshire by targeting rural and Wolds areas to ensure that services provided locally are promoted and highlighted. A mobile bus was located in prominent locations where professionals from a number of local organisations were on board working in partnership with focus to offer advice and information on matters such as keeping healthy, emotional well-being, financial and benefits advice, carers support, health and social care, children and adult support services which are available to clients and carers in need. The mobile community outreach events aimed to highlight the valuable contribution that unpaid carers make to our communities and in doing so promote awareness on the importance of maintaining their health and well-being. It also enables service users and carers quick and easy access to advice and information right on their doorstep within their own communities.