Dear Charlton Kings Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator,
As a follow up to our very successful recent Charlton Kings Parish Council Open Community Meeting last month, which was attended by over 40 people, we have provisionally set aside the evening of Thursday 6th December for our first smaller working group meeting, to flesh out some of the issues raised in relation to loneliness and vulnerability.
Feedback from local people at the meeting indicated that there are many actionable discussion points and initiatives to explore further. These include developing links with schools; drawing on the knowledge and experience of Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators (many thanks to those of you who attended!); gathering more information about the existing work of organisations and individuals in the area; promoting inter-generational activities and links; identifying issues around transport; and disseminating awareness about the triggers that can lead people into more profound kinds of loneliness.
The meeting also highlighted the importance of identifying the precise nature and extent of loneliness and vulnerability in Charlton Kings itself .....strategies suggested include taking a closer look at the feasibility of the following - conducting a household survey; developing closer links with Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators; using Age UK heat maps to find out the 'hot spot' areas; and, finally, simply knocking on doors.
The working group of volunteers tasked with taking this project further are meeting in the Stanton Hall conference room, Church St. from 7 - 8.30 p.m. on Thursday 6th December and we would love some of you to join us. We would be really grateful if you could RSVP by Wednesday 21st November to myself, but also please cc in Joanna as well. Her email is: email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes and thanks,
Parish Councillor (South Ward)
Charlton Kings Parish Council
26, Church Street,