Shropshire’s Big Conversation seeks residents’ views on their community.
Local residents are being asked their views on their community as part of Shropshire Council’s Big Conversation survey.
The survey illustrates the challenges communities in Shropshire face, and the work the council and its partners are doing to tackle these challenges.
The questionnaire asks what more the council, its partners and the local community can do help enhance community resilience in the county.
So far there have been over 220 responses to the Big Conversation survey which launched in December 2016. Many of those who’ve taken part in the survey to date, have said (about their community) that better communication and information is needed to enable people to be more proactive in taking action to address local issues.
Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for rural services and communities, and Shropshire’s Big Conversation, said:
“Shropshire’s Big Conversation is an opportunity for you to let us know what more we could do to ensure that Shropshire continues to remain a great place to live, learn and work.
“We have a role to play in enabling individuals and communities to be more self-sufficient and connect people and activities in their neighbourhoods; where strengths are recognised and where people can easily find the information and advice they need to be happy and healthy residents.
“Our Big Conversation survey is one way we are seeking solutions, so please take some time to get involved and tell us what more we could do. We very much welcome your ideas and suggestions.”
Work is already underway to help build community resilience and enable community networks to have a more active role in delivering support and services which meet their local needs.
Shropshire Council’s Resilient Communities programme joins together those working in services such as health and social care, housing support, libraries, leisure centres, job centres, schools, community nursing, and GP surgeries with voluntary and community groups and local people.
The programme, led by the council’s community enablement team, is trialling a pilot with Oswestry Community Action to create a directory of all the community groups and activities that are going on in the area. There are nearly a hundred different groups set up so that people can get together to learn new skills, do sport, arts or crafts or to support other people in the community.
The Big Conversation survey also asks residents questions about health and the local economy (the key priorities in the council’s Corporate Plan).
For more information and to take part in Shropshire’s Big Conversation survey visit shropshire.gov.uk/bigconversation. Hard copies of the survey are available on request by calling 0345 678 9028. Closing date for the survey is Sunday 12 March 2017.