Deal calls for community involvement in themes
Deal has just set up new structures and is calling for the community
to get involved with the key themes for spending the money: Employment,
Education, Environment, Housing, Health, Crime and an Over-Arching
Each theme will have a monthly Forum, open to all residents. Health
and Crime Theme Manager, Magda Boo told the Messenger that these
forums are places for residents to bring ideas and identify problems.
There will be information and discussion about future plans. Although
the Forums will not have the power to formally endorse or reject
projects, they can make suggestions for the sorts of activities
and projects local people think should be funded.
These are the groups with the decision making powers. The idea is
that a small group of people with expertise in the theme area will
come together to develop the strategy and approve spending. Director,
John Clark, has promised that 50% or more of the membership of these
groups should come from the community sector, whether through residents
or community and voluntary sector service providers.
As the deadline for the year three plan approaches, the Messenger
brings you details of how the different themes are spending the
New Deal money this year and where you can have your say:
on the headings in the right hand column to view.