Rallying call for the community-minded
HOW community-minded are you?
The first ever celebration of community action groups, The Forum of Forums, was held yesterday at Cleethorpes Memorial Hall.
It was organised to help people within the community find out more about setting up new groups.
Councillor Dave Bolton, North East Lincolnshire Council's portfolio holder for community safety and neighbourhoods, opened the busy conference.
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"It is about community," he said.
"North East Lincolnshire Council is here to support everything community groups do.
"The council wanted to put on an event like this but we wanted the local groups to do it and that is what has happened.
"The first conference has been a great success and there have been many residents coming to look and hopefully this will be an annual event."
Interactive workshops were held on a variety of subjects, including communication, social media and funding.
Alan Burley, the secretary of The Forum of Forums, said: "In North East Lincolnshire, we have ten neighbourhood forums and others emerging.
"The event is a celebration about what the community can achieve.
"By standing together, we can work to resolve community issues.
"This event is a rallying call for community groups to come forward and get involved.
"We are painting a picture of what is out there."
Representatives from many community groups in the area attended the event.
The chairman of the West Marsh Forward group, Darren Billard, said: "We want to provide activities for the people in our area.
"We can do an awful lot and meetings like this help raise our profile.
"Raising awareness is fundamental to what we do as a group. People have to know we are here to get involved."
Get involved in your community
If reading this has inspired you to set up a group or do something good for the community, find out more by contacting Mr Burley on 07862 277435 or by e-mailing email@example.com