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How villagers can “plug in” to help and support

This is an archived press release

Monday 11 June 2007

11 June 2007

How villagers can “plug in” to help and support

How can our village get grants for projects? Where can we link up with support agencies? How can we find out what our villagers really want, and what to go for first?

The answers to these and a host of other questions are readily available from the Peak District Community Planning project – whose next free event is at the Hope Valley Area Forum, Hope Valley College on Thursday June 21, 7pm-9pm.

Called “Communities doing it for themselves,” the forum will offer advice and speakers on Village Planning, Effective Lobbying for Community Groups and Practical Community Work.

The event – open to all – will also showcase the projects already achieved by hardworking parish councils, village action groups and voluntary clubs and societies.

Last month the Community Planning team (based at the Peak District National Park Authority) held a Funding Workshop at the Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell. Addressed by Kelly Hart of the Big Lottery Fund’s East Midlands Office, more than 40 delegates from community organisations found out about assistance for such projects as community-run shops or restoring village features.

Community Planning officer Daniel Yates, who organised it along with Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service, said: “Delegates were particularly inspired by the potential of the Awards for All scheme, offering grants of up to £10,000 – highlighted as particularly relevant to the Peak District.”

Villagers also turned out in their hundreds to a Community Planning event in Hathersage on June 9. Hathersage and neighbouring Outseats first drew up their Village Plan in 2005, and the event both celebrated its achievements so far (including a new bowling pavilion) and asked residents to vote on next steps, including new designs for the village centre, allotments and facilities for youngsters.

Anyone who would like to be involved in the “Communities doing it for themselves” displays at the Hope Valley Forum should contact Adele Metcalfe, village officer, at the Peak District National Park Authority, 01629 816375, or adele.metcalfe@peakdistrict.gov.uk  There is no need to book to attend the event itself.

This is an archived press release

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