We met Active Communities in Smithswood at St. Clements church this week to talk about how we can help each other to build a more inclusive, active community. There were some fabulous conversations, recognition for the work already happening and some broad agreement on important issues to the people who came, in particular looking at how we share information and work more effectively together.
We learned about what assets there was already available and how we can access then, to look towards how we can use physical activity, and activity generally as a vehicle for creating happier stronger communities and get people active.
‘[We need] help with promotion of groups, influencing decision makers, partnering people up…I found out about three groups in my area [Auckland Hall] I didn’t know about today…Knowledge on locations is key…people want to know about our hidden gems.’
‘The use you generate the more use you get…Time is a currency, it’s not just cash. A community group could pay for their access to a facility by giving their time.’
‘Start using it [newsletter] as advertising for local people that is affordable…All of Smithswood together – Awareness of what is going on is a big issue. We need communications and knowledge.’
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