Have your say on your community - but not locally

LOCALS are being asked to have their say about what’s important to them in their community - but there will be no drop-in sessions for people to attend in Milngavie or Bearsden.

The council is working in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and The Institute of Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) to appeal to residents to get involved in shaping their future.

They want people across East Dunbartonshire to tell them what’s good about living in their local community in a new unique project to promote well-being.

However, people from Milngavie and Bearsden will need to travel to Twechar, Bishopbriggs, Torrance or Lennoxtown if they want to have their say.

A number of ‘fun, informal and interactive’ events have been organised for residents to share their stories about living locally and tell the council what assets are the most useful in their community.

Assets can be anything from a park bench to a car park or swimming pool – and the results will lead to the creation of a range of resources including a virtual online map that will be used to promote positive health and well-being for all.

Councillor Michael O’Donnell, convener of social work, said: “This is an innovative way for people to shape their local community and tell us what is important to them and how we can help develop East Dunbartonshire as a great place to live, work and visit.

“We are delighted to be working with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on this initiative.

“In today’s modern world, health and well being are vital to people – and the development of this virtual map will be a great benefit to everyone involved.”

Karen Murray, director of East Dunbartonshire Community health partnership, said: “Listening to local communities and working with local partners is the best way to ensure good results for the future health and wellbeing of the East Dunbartonshire area. 

“Taking part in this project is a fantastic way for people to tell us what is important to them and their community.”

A number of drop-in sessions and structured workshops are running throughout the summer with the first set taking place in Twechar Healthy Living Centre on Saturday, July 28 from midday to 5pm, Bishopbriggs Leisure Centre on Saturday, September 22, from midday to 5pm, Campsie Memorial Hall, Lennoxtown and Milton of Campsie on Saturday, October 20 from midday to 5pm.

There will be workshops in Twechar Healthy Living Centre on Friday, July 20 from 10am to 1pm, Caldwells Halls, Torrance on Monday, July 23 from 10am to 1pm, Bishopbriggs Community Church on Monday, September 17 from 10am to 1pm and Campsie Memorial Hall, Lennoxtown on Tuesday, October 9 from 10am to 1pm.