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Keep sharing the idea and asking friends and neighbours to rate and debate it using the VocalEYes platform to strengthen the evidence needed to secure the funds.
Suggestions for amenities within the hub include new changing and showering facilities, including a disabled changing room, a coffee shop, youth cafe, multi-use hall for groups who wish to use inside and outside space and low-cost shared office space.
It is planned that the building will be built to a very high environmental standard.
This beach clean forms part of Pennard's commitment to achieving Plastic Free Coastline accreditation this year.
As far as possible, litter picking equipment will be provided but it is advisable to bring your own gloves if possible.
Looking forward to a great afternoon and we will update on the event next week!
It is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, and a type of participatory democracy, in which ordinary people decide how to allocate part of a budget. Community members identify spending priorities.
What does that mean and how does it work in Pennard?
In Pennard, we are taking part in the Swansea Rural Community Voice Project. This is community engagement in a way that has never been done before. This project gives every resident the opportunity to have their say on facilities, amenities and ideas for positive change they'd like to see within their community.
The Project makes use of a digital platform, www.vocaleyes.org. Here, residents who register are able to rate and debate suggested ideas for change in the community. The process is anonymous so it affords residents the opportunity to be honest and brave and anyone can add an idea for the rest of the community to decide if it's a priority or not. This provides a list of priorities for the community that in turn, informs elected representatives, such as the ward Councillor or Community Council, where there is a need. It also provides opportunities for members of the community to come together and bring about positive change themselves.
As a further commitment to this Project, Pennard Community Council have increased the Environmental Project fund to £5000 for the 2018/19 financial year. This is visible under the "Budgets" section of the VocalEyes platform. As ideas are rated, the top rated ones become priorities. Where appropriate, the Community Council will allocate funds to these priorities to help them become a reality. These transactions will also be visible to all on the platform.
As you can see, your voice can really make a difference in Pennard. Don't let others direct where the money is spent, make sure you have your say on positive changes you'd like to see in your community.
Local company, Gower Unearthed, work tirelessly raising awareness of Gower myths, legends and history. They have been awarded funding to bring Vernon Watkins and his work to life for the 50th anniversary and have run some great initiatives across Swansea and Gower.
I met with Charlotte and Helen of Gower Unearthed to discuss the Swansea Rural Community Voice Project and how it could work for them. We discussed their current and future projects and during our conversations, one of us suggested that planting a tree for Vernon would be a lovely way to mark this special anniversary.
Without further discussions, the idea was uploaded to VocalEyes into Pennard Ward, was rated and debated by Pennard residents and by the end of the month was top of the list of priorities for the ward.
It was during this time, we spoke to residents about the idea of planting a tree and discovered the Primary School and Library were both also celebrating a 50th anniversary. With all the crossover links between Vernon’s poetry, children, learning, books and literacy, the idea morphed into a joint celebration.
We approached the Primary school to find out what they thought about a tree to celebrate their special anniversary, also recognizing the Library and Vernon Watkins, and were delighted by the response.
Charlotte and Helen both wanted to help the school give the children a better understanding of Vernon Watkins and so organized sessions at the school; including poetry walks and sessions writing poetry taking inspiration from nature and the Pennard area.
The children have also worked with a local artist to produce a “Poetry-Tree” to showcase their work. This will form part of a display to be showcased around Swansea as a finale to the Vernon Watkins Project.
The tree will be accompanied by a memorial stone and information board in the coming months. These will be a fitting memorial to Pennard’s most famous poet which we hope will eventually form part of a Vernon Watkins Trail within the ward, encouraging residents to learn more about Vernon and encouraging visitors from further afield who want to find out more.
The stone and board will be funded by donations from a collaboration of different organizations including The Gower Landscape Partnership, The Gower Society, Pennard Community Council, VocalEyes and fundraising from the local community. This is an example of genuine community collaboration, individuals and organizations working together to achieve a priority idea that had come from the residents within the community.
This story has been shared by the South Wales Evening Post and is available on the Welsh Government website: http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/farmingandcountryside/cap/wales-rural-network/news/59...
Looking forward to helping Pennard residents achieve many more of their priorities in the coming months!