During the spring and summer Monmouthshire Council’s Community & Partnership Development Team were out and about all over Monmouthshire asking a simple question:
“If a few other people were willing to help, what would you love to do, to make your community a better place?”
And our communities did not disappoint! The big ideas included everything from creating neighbourhood growing spaces to ballroom dancing, from sharing your knowledge about local history to setting up video game clubs for young people.
The team now would like to support communities to help turn as many of these great ideas as possible into reality. Over the coming weeks and months the team will be reaching out to communities via conversations with residents and through social media to help connect people who want to make great things happen where they live, and to provide a little bit of help and guidance along the way where it’s welcome. Here are some of the projects that the team are looking for local enthusiasts to help with:
• Planting and environmental projects in Caldicot and Severnside
• More opportunities for young people to do in Chepstow and the surrounding villages
• Ballroom dancing in Usk
• Community arts and crafts in Abergavenny and north Monmouthshire
• Skill sharing in Monmouth (everyone’s good at something – don’t be shy!)
If these sound like something you’d be interested in, the team would love to hear from you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Sara Jones cabinet member for Community Development said:
“We’ve listened to our communities. We are inspired by the innovative and creative ideas that have been generated. We recognise that good relationships between friends and neighbours are the building blocks of a strong society and there are limitless ways to bring people in a community together. The Community & Partnership Development team will help to provide the advice and support needed. I look forward to seeing the ideas brought to life across the county”
For more information about existing projects and some handy tips about how communities could get involved take a look at the ‘What could you do? booklet here: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/partnerships or call 01633 644696.