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What now for Health and Community Services in Willand?.
Moving on from the disappointment of no longer having a Health and Community Centre, what can we do?
At the same time, I volunteered to be part of a task force within MDDC to consider the impact of the recession and from this, we developed an information web site called "impact"
This gave me an insight as to how we might practically approach the needs of the village by using "issues facing". I have done some work with a group of churches using this method and it has proved extremely helpful and much of the information we collected is common to our village situation. For example, we used to have several generations of the same family in the village. Today, those families are scattered across the UK and even the World. So there is no local family support for many people. Should the community be helping to fill the gap?
There are three immediate steps which the Willand Matters group can advise and help with. These are only my thoughts - you may have better ideas!
1 we need to promote all the organisations and businesses in the village to our residents and beyond. This will strengthen the community and make us aware of what we have in our village. If you have a business of any size, why not join our community site so that we can give you more visibility in the area. If you are an organisation in the village you are welcome to join. I am about to launch a regular events application and it will also have the ability to add special events.
2 we need to develop an "Issues facing" site to help those in need and also carers. Did you know that the biggest single problem for the future will be loneliness? We have residents who cannot easily get out and the highlight of their day is the next visit from a carer.
.3 We need to develop the Willand Matters site to be a true community site for the village. What do we need to add to the site to achieve this?
As we work out the health and community services needed for our village (and we have a long list already) we will no doubt find facilities in the wider area to allow us to deliver them. We will then be looking for volunteers.
By the way, we need to accommodate those residents who have no access to or do not wish to use technology. We cannot ignore this section of our community - ideas please?
Updates to the willandmatters web site
what else do we need? - buy/sell, lost and found, organisation of the month?, business focus?
Please add your thoughts below and make our web site support our residents fully.
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