The Local Conversation in Stanwell is an initiative which aims to bring the community together and take action on local issues.
‘Local Conversations’ is a People’s Health Trust initiative which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their community and take local action on issues that matter to them.
Surrey Care Trust secured an investment of more than £300,000 from People’s Health Trust with money raised by HealthSound through The Health Lottery to get local people involved in setting up and running projects themselves, to make Stanwell an even better place to live, work, grow up and grow older.
So far five priorities have been identified by the community. These are:
• Taking a pride in Stanwell
• Increasing social networks and connections
• Regular activities for children 7-11 and young people
• Opportunities to be a more active community
• Transport links.
A steering group, which is supported by Surrey Care Trust, is works with local people to determine how and when the money is best spent to achieve these priorities. Events so far have included forums on anti-social behaviour and public transport as well litter picks, picnics, mindfulness classes, BMX bike skills training and more. Volunteers working alongside the project’s development workers have also established a community allotment, which boasts bountiful fruit and veg as well as a play area for children and somewhere for adults to sit and relax after the wedding too.
Monica Runke, the Community Development Worker is working in the community to ensure all Stanwell residents have the opportunity to get involved. Monica is based at the Community Hub, Lord Knyvett’s Hall, 112 High St., TW19 7JS – you can contact her via email email@example.com or call 07825 410667.
If you have ideas, can share your skills or just want to support your community then get in touch! Find out more at www.lcstanwell.org
People’s Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local neighbourhoods to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each of the regional and country lotteries raising money through The Health Lottery, and distributes grants.