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Community Involvement

Community InvolvementUpdate on achievements and impact of Community Involvement Officer Business Plan PrioritiesDeveloping links with community groups and individualsPromoting community involvement in local eventsBreaking down barriers and building trust among community members

Developing links Community Litter Picking3 community volunteers/ co-ordinators recruited from Chalk, Chalky Bank, Chalk Litter Pick on 5 June 52 participants of all agesCommunity Litter Picks arranged throughout August Support pack for local co-ordinators maps, risk-assessment and register

Chalk Community Litter Pick

Developing Links - ChurchesNorth Kent Community ChurchThe Redeemed Christian Church of GodGravesham Churches Together

Important and valuable link to our minority communities and also provide committed volunteers and help for council eventsNorth Kent Community Church helping clear Lord Street Car Park

Community Involvement in Local EventsGravesham in Bloom Schools, community groupsWindmill Tavern Gravesham In Bloom, Christmas on the HillBig Lunch 7 Avenues Residents Association practical support on road closures, risk assessmentsBlack History Month Gravesham African & Caribbean GroupChristmas Windmill Gardens, Advent,

Building trust between communitiesBlack History Month African and Caribbean ForumLocal ChurchesCohesion + Sahayak, Red Cross new migrant communities Working with Kent Police Prevent Officer

Impact Gravesham in Bloom Community competition entrants - 21 Scarecrows, 6 Painted Boards, 17 Front Garden entrants, 30 community volunteers from North Kent Community Church to help with Lord Street Car Park clear upSchool involvement Cecil Road Primary pupils, staff, family and friends planted, knitted and decorated the school grounds, St Johns Secondary School 7 year 12 students for 1 week helped with weeding, painting and plantingKnitters Urban knitters supported plus new recruits from 2 local groupsSchools in Bloom, Its Your Neighbourhood - plans for entrance in 2016

Cecil Road Primary SchoolChildren, families and staff planted, knitted and decorated school grounds using the Gravesham In Bloom seaside theme. Keen to entre Schools in Bloom in 2016.

Weeding St Johns Catholic ComprehensiveYear 12 Volunteers. Piloting community volunteering for all year 12 students look to expand next year

Knitting for Gravesham in Bloom

Impact Community litter picking 56 participated in Chalk community litter pick, 3 local co-ordinators recruited, following up 4 new enquiries from local volunteers, 3 summer litter picking events planned

Current ActivityEbbsfleet United community art project, community football officer, community dayCommunity Engagement StrategyGravesend Clock Tower community engagement support Woodlands ParkAfrican Caribbean Forum Black History month and heritage lottery fund applicationChristmas on the Hill

ChallengesRecruiting volunteers Recruiting community champions/ lead volunteer taking on responsibilitiesPublic liability insurance, health and safety needs someone to be in charge take responsibilityReducing officer reliance building capacity