Three people have been appointed to work alongside residents living in the Derwent & Solway areas of Moorclose, Mossbay, Northside, Hillside, Pecklewell and Grasslot to deliver a new community partnership jointly funded by Your Derwent and Solway, who own and manage 1,500 homes in these areas, and Allerdale Borough Council.
The team includes Steve Barna, Community Support Manager and Lisa Clark Community Support Officer, both will work alongside residents living in the Workington areas and Kathryne Peters, Community Support Coordinator who will work with residents living in the Maryport area. Together they will create a community vision and an action plan for each area.
Steve Barna, Community Support Manager at Your Housing Group said: “This is a great initiative to be part of. It’s important we use as many ways as possible to consult with the local community. We want people of all ages and backgrounds to be involved so the aspirations and hopes of everyone is reflected in the plans. We’re really looking forward to meeting local people and getting started.”
The community support plan will help people access activities and services focusing on key issues including employment and skills, health and wellbeing, young people, older people and financial and digital inclusion. Local residents will be involved at every stage and given the chance to say which activities and services they feel are most important to them. The team will then develop a range of services which meet local people’s needs and aspirations.
Dawn Clark, Community Projects Manager at Your Housing Group said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to shape future services and support around the aspirations of our residents. The partnership will aim to create employment and training opportunities, deliver projects and services which improve health and wellbeing, reduce isolation in older people, increase young people’s aspirations and provide access to appropriate financial services and advice. It’s great to have a dedicated team on board to deliver this exciting initiative which will transform the lives of local people.”
Councillor Carni McCarron-Holmes, Executive Member with responsibility for Housing, Health and Wellbeing at Allerdale Borough Council said: “It’s great that this project is really coming together and we’ve now got people in post who will start making a difference to the lives of residents in these areas. The project is really exciting and I hope people, young and old, get fully engaged with it to make it a success. It is also at the heart of what we, as a Council, are seeking to achieve – improving the economic and social well-being of our residents.”
Cllr Barbara Cannon, Executive Member with responsibility for Corporate Resources from Allerdale Borough Council added: “The Council is committed to tackling the social and economic inequalities which can blight the lives of people living in our poorest communities. Working with partners like Your Derwent and Solway on projects such as this, is key the Council’s strategy. We’ve now got a great team in place which can build upon the work done by the South Workington Partnership to really help the people living in these parts of Workington and Maryport.”
For more information on how to get involved with this joint community initiative, contact Dawn Clark at Your Housing Group on 01900 607 537, or Andrew Seekings at Allerdale BC on 01900 702528 or visit www.yourhousinggroup.co.uk