What is Community Engagement?
Engagement’ is used as a generic, inclusive term to describe the broad range of interactions between people. It can include a variety of approaches, such as one-way communication or information delivery, consultation, involvement and collaboration in decision-making, and empowered action in informal groups or formal partnerships.
The word ‘Community’ is also a very broad term used to define groups of people and the individuals within them; whether they are stakeholders, interest groups, residents etc. A community may be a geographic location (community of place), a community of similar interest (community of practice), or a community of affiliation or identity (such as industry or sporting club).
‘Community Engagement’ is therefore a planned process with the specific purpose of working with identified groups of people or individuals to address issues affecting their well-being.
The linking of the term ‘community’ to ‘engagement’ serves to broaden the scope, shifting the focus from the individual to the collective to ensure consideration is made of the diversity that exists within any community.
The purpose of this Policy is to guide Alvechurch Parish Council’s communication activity and public engagement. The Council aims to ensure that there are effective channels of communication both from the Council to the public and from the public to the Council.
Alvechurch Parish Council aims to:
The Council is committed to creating and maintaining effective working relationships with all sectors of the community, based on trust, openness and constructive challenge.
The Councils objectives include:
Alvechurch Parish Council intends to meet its objectives through:
1. Honesty and Openness
4. Working Together
5. Keeping in Touch
Alvechurch Parish Council will make available to the community information relating to who we are, what we do, what we spend and how we spend it, how we make decisions, our policies and procedures and the services we offer.
Information will be provided to the community in the following ways:
Opportunities for formal representations to the Council
|Councillor Surgeries July 2023 onwards |
The September Councillor Surgery dates are:
8th September @ The Goat & Trousers Rowney Green, and
15th September @ Meadow Farm Bordesley, both dates from 7 - 8.15pm
(No appointment necessary; this is a Drop In Session).
' Do come along and meet your Councillors and have your say........ We are interested in your view concerning community issues in Alvechurch and more.......'
Alvechurch Parish Council is pleased to be able to offer its support to the following Community Groups:
INTRODUCING - Alvechurch’s ‘Unsung Community Hero Award’ [May 2023]
To nominate an Unsung Community Hero please email details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Alvechurch Footpath Lighting Upgrade (May 2023) |
The long-awaited upgrade of the 136 pathway lighting columns and lanterns has taken place over the course of the last year. Following a comprehensive tender process and evaluation of the quotes received, the Alvechurch Parish Council obtained a Public Works loan and instructed a specialist contractor to undertake the work. The upgrade has almost been completed and those few lights still to be addressed
have specific technical reasons needing to be resolved first.
-In addition, initial indications are that a significant saving on the energy consumed and billed will result from the upgrade.
|20MPH is Plenty - Alvechurch |
Alvechurch Parish council is pleased to be part of the 20's plenty Scheme.
The centre of Alvechurch speed limit has been reduced and we believe it is now a safer environment for our residents.
For more information on this scheme please see: 20's Plenty for Us (20splenty.org)
Alvechurch Picnic in The Park
The 2023 Picnic which took place on 28th May was the 11th such event, and what a turn out... the sun was shining and a great day was had by all who attended .......
The event started at 10.30 with a fun Dog Show which ran until just before the official opening at 12 noon. There were activities for all, ranging from bouncy castles, sporting competitions, to tombola's, quizzes to story reading, face painting to cake stalls and lots more besides.
Look out for information re. the 2024 Picnic In The Park Event – hope to see you next year!
|The Lounge |
The Lounge is a charity run Cafe located in the heart of the village of Alvechurch, Worcestershire.
As a Community café we pride ourselves with the work we do in supporting the local community. Through our dedicated Friendship Matters senior support sessions on a Monday, we aim to help tackle loneliness and isolation by providing a safe, accessible and friendly space for seniors. Where they can take part in seated exercises, different weekly activities, receive subsidised hot food and drinks and benefit from the company of others. This group has now doubled in size from when it started over 3 years ago.
Our Community café is open to the public from Tues - Sat 9.00 - 3.00 offering a warm, welcoming and relaxed space, with a large selection of hot & cold food, cakes and locally sourced coffee. The aim is to keep prices affordable for all.
The Youth @ The Lounge offer 4 weekly (term time) youth group sessions after school, at a subsidised rate, allowing it to be accessible to all from 9 years upwards. As well as offsite school holiday activities for local youth.
Throughout the year The Lounge runs and supports local community events, which includes community litter picks, an Easter Trail, Picnic in the park stall, supporting the Scarecrow Trail as well as hosting storytelling events on an evening.
The Lounge Community café is in the heart of the village and we want to continue to offer & be the safe, welcoming space for the whole community. As a registered charity ( Alvechurch Communities Together) we rely on funding, as well as customer spending to continue the work we do. We are always looking at how we can further expand our support to the community. Any additional funding will help us to continue to offer our current community support groups/activities and to help us to keep our café prices affordable for all, when everything else is increasing with the cost-of-living crisis.
|The Community Larder |
The Community Larder is located at The Baptist Church in the centre of Alvechurch.
|Cleaner, Greener, Alvechurch |
Cleaner, Greener, Alvechurch is a local volunteer organisation focusing passionately on protecting our environment, and helping people develop a more sustainable lifestyle.
Cleaner Greener Alvechurch
|AVS footpath maintenance team (Maintenance of PRoWs…Public Rights of Way)|