Shaping North Ayrshire process
I find people get involved in volunteering because they want to make a difference in their community. People are more active locally when they feel they can make a real, positive impact to the community in which they live. This is helped when they are supported but also when they feel they have a clear role or part to play.
CP i have been a volunteer at my local community centre for over 30 years, i did and still do feel a strong connection to the area and all the history surrounding the building , but sometimes its really hard when you dont get the support you need.
I agree. Our "Get Connected" volunteering policy at North Ayrshire Council helps match employees with volunteering opportunities in their own area, for that reason.
The message from Evolution Skate Park is quite inspiring. Good to see them taking an opportunity here to positively promote their work. My kids have enjoyed great experiences at Evolution. Well done to all who volunteer. And well done to the Council for introducing a Volunteering policy which underpins the activity. Be great if we all got behind it :)
we already have strong active communities that get hardly any help from N.A.C.
I Concur with you Mammet, Many active groups get no support from NAC, and it would be nice for them to get recognition and support, for Example Saltcoats Swap Shop, which relies on the community and has never had any assistance
I am very much involved in 2 active local voluntary organisations and at every turn I try and encourage more membership of both of these, as I believe that having many people being active within local voluntary organisations makes the community active and stronger.
I know how hard it is to get people involved within the community as many have an every day routine that melts away any available time which could be used to expand the number of friends they have and activities which could help keep them healthy and active.
The only suggestion I can think of, is for the NAC to take out a page advert in the local papers and in the likes of Facebook, advertising all the known voluntary local organisations in the 6 council areas and for these organisations to inform NAC of what they do, any vacancies in their committees and a few words to encourage new members.
I know there will be a cost to this, both in Officer time and advertising costs, but I believe it will all be cost effective.
Totally agree! I would love to volunteer some time to the community but don't know where to start! I followed this link from my local MPs Facebook feed.
Hi Gary. Great to hear from you. We have lots of opportunities available. Where do you live? We can arrange to match you up with some relevant groups. The Ayrshire Community Trust is our local organisation that deals with volunteering and they can also help. Look forward to hearing back from you.
hi gary i will take any volunteers i can get to help at the local youth club in nethermains community centre.
Also, each locality has community workers. For example I am based in Kilwinning. I can certainly point you in the right direction and put you in touch with the right person who can also direct you to great volunteering opportunities available in your locality.
Countryside Rangers and Information and Culture are always looking for volunteers - plenty to do from helping with book groups, computer buddies and Macmillan to a bit of pruning and planting at Eglinton or other parts of the natural environment, like shoreline for example.
Jeasdale, good idea. There is a face book page and website for each locality. Any community organisation can post on this we could promote your idea of community originations advertising through this if they require volunteers...
This is the link to the six Locality Partnership areas on the website, with links to the Facebook pages for each area. Please share and contribute: http://www.northayrshire.community/your-community/
Allow people access to council meetings in live action debates free access to general public to Cunninghame House Council Chambers .
The public do have access to full council meetings and planning meetings at Cunningham House. It would be good if there was a process for public to engage with debate other than through councillors or restricted representations available during planning meetings. I do believe and will be lobbying that all councillors council chamber voting preferences are recorded. I believe this will lead to a better form of democracy, increase consensual decision making and make councillors more accountable to the public for the decisions they make. There is an urgent requirement to reduce the tendency for political tribalism and egocentric decision making within council chambers.
Perhaps the existence of childcare at the locations where people are volunteering could be highlighted? Reimbursement of travelling expenses may attract a demographic which has self excluded due to costs.
A travel pass credit system for active volunteers would be a great thing.
also included in the draft plan is that in 3 years time all community centres wont exist unless they have taken asset transfer, which is a 24/7 full time commitment.the people in our community take pride in the fact that Nethermains Community Centre has been running for over 40 years and has built a great community spirit and is also the only connection to the iron works that still stands, it is a big part of our history and our legacy to future generations.
I'm interested in how communities would like to see volunteering recognised in North Ayrshire. There are lots of different ways, but would be good to get some feedback on Civic Pride Awards and whether this should be done more locally.
volunteers dont do it to be recognised we do it because we are passionate about the causes we believe in, all of these award ceremonies are just wasting money that could be better spent elsewhere in the communities.
I was a tad sceptical about the Civic Pride Awards but after participation in one of the events have completely changed my opinion. I understand that the event is primarily funded by local bussineses who sponsor the award categories, dinner and tables. Its a great way for local companies which social responsbility to show their appreciation and raise funds for good causes. I was humbled by the individuals and groups that i met at the event and testiment to good work going on across Ayrshire. There needs to be a place to celebrate and show admiration for peoples and groups achievements. Smaller locality based events would be great way to spread good news stories.
Civic awards for each town would allow recognition and valuable exposure for those groups. Win Win. Good idea
Volunteering is a key theme in our communities and we couldn't achieve any success without them. We'd love to hear from people who contribute in different ways to inspire others to get involved. Tell us your story here!
im sorry audrey but volunteers have never been key in north ayrshire councils plans and only now you want to publicly pat them on the back because of the amount of money in man hours that they save the council.
I am involved as an unpaid volunteer with Evolution Skatepark, Stevenston and without others like me the Park could not continue. I encouraged another colleague to help out and now she is also on the Board of Directors. You can't put a value on volunteer time, the role can be time consuming but extremely rewarding when you see goals and ambitions coming to fruition. Young people rely on a safe and protected space to meet, socialise and get fit so as long as we are continuing to meet these objectives we will continue. It's amazing what can be achieved when a group of people from all different walks of life come together for a common goal, we've unlocked many opportunities and see potential in the young people, it's early days for our new Board but we have clear direction and ambition to develop beyond our current provision ! ps we are always looking for more help!
Community Councils undervalued and have extensive knowledge of their communities. Communication and information sharing between the community and NAC should be supported by Local Councillors - who do not have to attend CC meetings. This can cause a critical breakdown in relationships with communities. There is a key communication role missing.
1. North Ayrshire Council Policy of encouraging employment is at odds with the proposed policy of cutting council financial support for communities.
2. Cutting Council financial support for community facilities, especially smaller communities, rips the heart out of these communities and destroys them! Totally negative policy!