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Working together to create a more confident, proactive and thriving community
‘’How can I best support my local community?’’
Peterborough City Council and Peterborough Council for Voluntary and Community Services (PCVS) are asked this question frequently by kind-hearted residents in local areas that want to give something back to their community. In many cases this involves supporting some of the more vulnerable people living in their local neighbourhood who are often socially isolated and/or experiencing loneliness.
As part of a new initiative called ‘Investing In Communities’ Peterborough City Council are working in partnership with PCVS, Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Carers Trust Peterborough, Peterborough and Fenland MIND and Peterborough Wellbeing Service to explore how they can best support local people to support others through the development of community led local projects. These organisations specialise in support for older people, Carers and people with mental health issues.
Discussions are already underway with a number of Parish councils across the city to begin discussing ideas for how we can all work together to share information and expertise with local residents. Collectively the organisations can provide training packages, access to networks, support groups and a wealth of opportunities and ideas for how people can get more involved in their local area. If you have a passion to be involved, they will help to make this happen.
We are really keen to hear from individuals or groups who would like more information on what free support is available to develop local initiatives which provide support for local people, from befriending projects to setting up youth groups or just understanding what resources are out there to improve your own wellbeing or help others with theirs.
Whoever you are and whatever you do, if you want to make a difference in your local community and work towards a more confident, proactive, thriving community please get in touch - we have support and guidance to help you achieve this.
For further information please contact your Parish Council who will be able to put you in touch with the organisations that can help.
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USEFUL INFORMATION TO PREVENT FLOODING
Suggestion only - no personal knowledge of the products below..
"Sand-less Sandbags". These measure 36 x 60 cm (14" x 24") when empty and weighing only 450 grams making them easy to store, made from a standard hessian outer and a "Super Absorbent Polymer," they take only 5 - 6 minutes to inflate in fresh water, inflates to 15 - 18kg. Once they have been inflated they can used in the same way as traditional sandbags for flood prevention and protection.
Details can be found on the links below but there are other supplies. Do shop around!