Planning event ends with commitment

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The significant contribution of local people and communities was at the forefront of ambitions for future planning in an event held in the Reid Hall in Forfar on Friday.

Attended by more than 100 local people including volunteers, community activists and workers from across all sectors, the event built on an existing and strong foundation of local action which empowers communities through humanity, learning and community development.

Organised by the Angus Community Planning Partnership, it concluded with a clear commitment between Angus Council, NHS Tayside and the Voluntary Sector and other partners to joint working. There were also contributions from local people who had overcome significant challenges and moved on to use their experience to help others.

Bill Nicoll, Director of Primary and Community Services for NHS Tayside, said: “For many years NHS Tayside has placed significant importance on the role of communities and empowerment. Our organisational culture has evolved and as much as possible we make decisions in partnership using patient participatory approaches and dialogue with communities.  

“Our ambition to put community enablement at the heart of our work is evident in our Communities in Control Health Equity Strategy which aims to empower communities to build a healthier society.”

Bill Muir, chairman of Voluntary Action Angus (VAA), added that the event was a significant indication of how well partners are working toward empowerment.

He said: “The Scottish Government has also laid down a clear commitment through its legislation and as a partnership we are committed to building on this and opening opportunities for all people.

For further information about the event or to become involved in community work or volunteering, contact Beth Cargill at VAA: beth@voluntaryactionangus.org.uk