Pulborough community leaders pull together for Good Neighbour Scheme
At a recent meeting in Pulborough Village Hall, community leaders from local groups and societies came together with representatives from support agencies to discuss how each could play a part in delivering a coordinated approach to those in need in the Pulborough area.
The attendees were inspired by a talk from Liz Smith, from Oving Community Watch, who was named Best Community Person in the Chichester Observer Awards 2015 for her work to provide and sustain an extensive support network in Oving village. Next, the two newly appointed Community Wardens for the parish introduced themselves – this was their first week in the posts, so they explained that they were enthusiastic and keen to get out and about in the parish and meet
as many people as possible, to determine where they could help.
After a lunch, provided by local caterer, Ann Kaiser, with FairTrade drinks from Liz Sollom, and fruit donated from Tesco, attendees took part in a facilitated discussion as to what was needed in Pulborough specifically. It was generally agreed that the key would be better communication, cooperation and coordination between the many and varied groups already in existence, and drawing on the expertise and assistance of the support agencies wherever possible and appropriate.
Each of the 30 attendees was issued with a postcard, on which they wrote a pledge to assist with the project, beginning with the words ‘ within 3 months of today I will………..’ . The cards were put up onto a Pledge Wall for all to see, and the authors of each of these will be contacted as the 3 month deadline draws near, to see how they have managed to achieve their individual pledge.
The next stage for this important project will be to bring together anyone who is interested in assisting with the aim of better communication, coordination and cooperation, to provide a one-stop point of access for anyone needing help in Pulborough parish and the surrounding area.
The meeting was facilitated by Rowena Tyler, Community Development Officer from Action in rural Sussex, with funding from Village SOS, part of the Big Lottery Fund.
The idea for the meeting came from the Pulborough and District Community Care Association, who provide a wide range of activities and services in Pulborough and the surrounding villages and more information can be found at their website at www.pcclub.org.uk/pdcca/