Two community wellbeing workshops held
Community groups from across south and west Wicklow gathered recently to share their thoughts on how to create a strong community for this and future generations in the Baltinglass Municipal District.
The Co Wicklow Public Participation Network (PPN) hosted two meetings, in Hollywood and Carnew, and invited interested parties to come and share their thoughts on community wellbeing.
The groups mapped the assets in their community and highlighted what is worth preserving for future generations. They were also asked about their future aspirations for the area under the headings of physical and mental health, economy and resources, social and community development, participation, democracy and good governance; values, culture and meaning, and environment and sustainability.
Helen Howes, resource worker with Co Wicklow PPN, said: 'It is clear that the people who came to our workshops love their community, they work so hard to look after it and the people that live in it. It was also obvious that they need support to be able to continue their work and for their communities to thrive into the future.'
This process is part of a pilot project that will be rolled out to all municipal districts in Wicklow and beyond.
Co Wicklow PPN will collate the information from the workshops and provide an online opportunity for groups who could not attend on the night to participate in the consultations. Once the consultations are completed, a wellbeing statement will be developed for the Baltinglass Municipal District.
As new policies and developments come down the line Co Wicklow PPN will reference the Community wellbeing statement to ensure that any developments will support the realisation of the community vision.