Active Withernsea – People Connecting for Action
Vision & Goals
The vision so far, is to support the people of Withernsea (YOU) to connect with each other, to get stronger and make more decisions about Withernsea and your lives – to be healthier, able to take action, and to "grow more hope" of a brighter future.
YOU are the ones to share what this vision can be. Building on what you already have – the history, the location, the PEOPLE together in the communities of Withernsea.
This is the beginning, and the goal is to provide places and opportunities where people in different areas of Withernsea come together with different ideas on being healthier, joining together more to get active, socially, physically and mentally – making choices and building what you want to see.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
What is Active Withernsea?
We want to help you share and do things together all of the time, whenever you want to change or achieve something, the communities of Withernsea will know where, who and how – or how to find out. We may not be able to change the world, but YOU can make a difference in Withernsea through being more socially, physically and mentally active.
To do this, we are asking people from all over Withernsea, in every walk of life to come to our events over the coming months. We are recruiting:
- A staff team from the people of Withernsea who will lead and build this work
- Volunteers who want to be central to helping themselves and the people of Withernsea GROW
- Volunteers who can support in whatever ever way they can
The staff, community facilitators and volunteers will help people be involved from:
- where they live
- hang out
- and beyond
This might be:
- an individual,
- a family,
- a street,
- a community
- or bigger!
They will involve people at all stages of their life:
- Children and young people
- Young adults
- New parents
- Middle-aged people
- Older people
- Those with health issues
- Those who are out of work
- Those in care homes
Staff and community facilitators will be taught real skills for helping YOU and the people of Withernsea to do this stuff, so that you can then do it without the staff.
This will include developing ideas, getting together to make them happen and making sure they continue to do what you want them to do.
We will gather the experiences of the people involved and make space for everyone to come together to share their stories, experiences and hopes for the future.
We will all hear each others' stories, and feel the connections of living in Withernsea – how they work, what we've achieved, what didn't go so well, and how we can get better in the future.
As well as this, really soon, people will be asking YOU, what's going on nearby, what are you involved in or what would you like to help support or give ideas. So we always have a good picture of how YOU feel.
We will be seeing how this changes over time, as more people get more involved.
What's happening over the next 6 months
There is a Project Board, a Community Forum and the staff on the ground who will help this all happen, but YOU (the people) are the heart of Withernsea and the communities. YOU with your ideas will drive what action is taken and how it looks, building on what is in Withernsea:
- The People
- The Location
- The History
Watch out for people out and about in Withernsea asking about what you like in Withernsea what needs to change and other important questions to help get things started.
Come along to our recruitment events (we will advertise these all over Withernsea so you know when and where they will be).
We are planning Community Forum events on the 24th October at 12 noon – 2pm and on the 29th October at 6pm – 8pm and both at the Meridian Centre.
Whether you are just interested and don't want to do anything or you just want to do a little now and then, or want to be involved in a central role. We would like ALL of you.
All of your voices are vital for Withernsea to grow!