PROMOTION -- Our Place Our Future Roadshows In East And Central Greenock

A SERIES of roadshows will take place from Friday 25 October to Friday 1 November across Greenock East and Central, as the Our Place Our Future (OPOF) community programme team reach out to residents in their own neighbourhoods.

With the aim of encouraging people to take an active role in creating positive changes, OPOF is acting upon issues raised during the first phase of the programme last year.

People indicated that their greatest challenges focused around poverty, social isolation and community resilience, while revealing a real desire to actively do something about it for themselves.

Now residents in Greenock East and Central are being invited along to share their ideas at one of the OPOF roadshows, where the team will help turn their thoughts into action.

They will look at how people can help shape their future, generate changes that challenge poverty and create a strong, fair, healthy community, as well as enhance or establish services where there may be gaps in provision.

The roadshow programme is:

Friday 25 October, 11.30am to 1.30pm –- Belville Community Garden

Sunday 27 October, 1pm to 3pm –- Prospecthill Christian Fellowship

Monday 28 October, noon to 2.30pm –- Broomhill Garden and Community Hub

Wednesday 30 October, 11am to 1pm -– Craigend Resource Centre

Thursday 31 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm –- Gibshill Community Centre

Thursday 31 October, 1pm to 3pm -– Auchmountain Resource Centre

Friday 1 November, 11am to 1pm –- Oak Mall Shopping Centre

Hot drinks, refreshments and cakes will be available for people to enjoy at each roadshow.

“The Our Place Our Future roadshows are the first in a range of approaches we will take to meet face to face with local residents, as we place them at the heart of change and develop their confidence and capacity to succeed,” said Bill Clements, OPOF programme manager.

“We will take this opportunity to raise awareness and put them in touch with services and resources already existing in the area. It will also be a great way to delve into what they feel is missing or would like to see more of within their neighbourhood, while letting us identify and tap into their own skills, interests and passions.

“We will provide the helping hand for them to transform their ideas into action, leaving them with the legacy of a stronger, more connected community in Greenock East and Central.”

The Our Place Our Future Greenock East and Central area covers Gibshill, Strone, Weir Street, Cartsdyke, Bridgend, Greenock Town Centre, Wellpark, Drumfrochar, Broomhill and Prospecthill. The programme will run until the end of November 2020.

People can follow news, events and progress of OPOF on Facebook @OurPlaceOurFuture on Twitter @OPOF20 or contact one of the team -- programme manager Bill Clements, community builders Nicole Bradley and Patricia Compston, or volunteering officer Rebecca Crossan, on T: 01475 711733, E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The community initiative is being delivered by CVS Inverclyde, thanks to funding of £121,824 from the Scottish Government’s European Social Fund. The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority of the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme, which includes the European Social Fund. For further information, visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.

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