By pooling their many resources, a number of local community organisations are working with the Town Council to enhance and improve all aspects of living in, working in and visiting the town.
The Community Forum is a partnership between a number of community groups in and around the town, organised jointly by the Town Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.
The forum first met in February 2013 at the Library for an open forum, ‘You and Your Town Centre’. In March 2014 a second open forum, ‘Healthy Wealthy and Wise’, was held at Duncombe Day Centre. Each event was attended by local businesses, resident and community groups as well as Councillors and local MP Andrew Selous.
The Community Forum Steering Group first met back in August 2012 and meets approximately two to four times a year. The group serves as a community-led forum for all members of the parish to meet and consult with each other on public matters related to Leighton Linslade.
The Community forum is now supported and funded by the Partnership Committee which realises their aspirations for the town by providing community engagement. The Nominal Chairman of the Community Forum is local MP Andrew Selous and Rev Paul Niemiec is the leading spokesperson.
Our recent event: Youth Forum
The Steering group recently organised a successful Youth Forum event on Wednesday 21st October 2015 which was held at Vandyke Upper School, Cedars Upper School and TACTIC Youth Centre (Mentmore Pavilion).
The focus was to hear the voices of young people and to engage with them on their thoughts and views of the town and it’s future. After successfully reaching over 300 young people the feedback proved invaluable and significant in young engagement in our town. Young people are our future, this was a chance for them to Speak, to be heard and to be responded to.
An online Youth survey was completed by over 130 young people between 13-18 years of age and 5 lucky participants won a £25 shopping voucher.
Each forum included an introduction into the steering group and partnership committee followed by a Day in the Life in 2000 by Joe Head a TACTIC Youth Worker who has grown up in the town. There were then break out groups covering 5 key topics: Health, Transport, Political/Safety/Police, Information/Volunteering, Business/Leisure (all key subjects following the survey) the smaller groups allowed young people to air their thoughts and views. After a short break a group of experts were available for Question Time followed by electronic key pads voting questions. We were fortunate enough to be joined by Local Youth MP Alice Page who provided a 10 minute presentation before the event came to a close.
The feedback will be evaluated by the Community Forum Steering Group on 4th November and results taken to the Partnership Committee on 17th December.
We would like to pay particular thanks to all those who took part in organising, facilitating and helping on the day including Vandyke upper School, Cedars Uppers School, TACTIC, Central Bedfordshire Council, Citizens Advice Bureau, Leighton Linslade Theatre Library, LB First, Street Pastors, CAN, Churches Together, Public Health, Youth Action, local Councillors, and the committed volunteers of the Steering group including Rev Paul Niemiec who will sadly be standing down from his role as Chairman.
A huge thank you to all those young people who took part in both the survey and on the day.
Community Forum steering Group
Our Steering group work hard to enhance and improve the town as a place to live, work and visit. Partnership working with community organisations allow us to pool skills, expertise and resources for the betterment of Leighton-Linslade Town.
The next group meeting is Wednesday 4th November at 6pm at The White House Hockliffe Street
If you would like more information about the Steering Group and its future events, or if you would like to get involved and join the group please contact either Jo Martindale, Leighton Linslade Town Council Partnership Officer firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01525 631911 or Sarah Hughes, Central Bedfordshire Council Community Engagement Manager email@example.com tel: 0300 300 6166