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Residents get to have their say

PUBLISHED: 02:00 22 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

THE South East Ipswich Partnership Forum is being launched and it is a chance for everyone in the area to have their say and build a community to be proud of.

THE South East Ipswich Partnership Forum is being launched and it is a chance for everyone in the area to have their say and build a community to be proud of.

Some organisations like the police, health and education have already come together to lay the building bricks for this exciting new partnership. Now they are asking residents from the south east to get involved.

If you live in Gainsborough, Greenwich, Priory Heath and other surrounding areas then this is your chance to have a say and be active in what happens in your neighbourhood.

Jill Stewart, community development officer at Ipswich Borough Council, said: "We want representatives from the children to pensioners.

"This is your community and we want to hear from everyone, it doesn't matter whether you have had any experience in this type of thing before. We are aiming to understand what the area really needs and to do this we need the voices of ordinary people."

There is an open day taking place at the Murryside Centre on Nacton Road on October 27. This will be a half day event starting at 10am and finishing at 12.30pm with lunch.

This is a chance to see presentations from some of the groups in the area like the Greenwich Community Association and hear about some of the activities already taking place.

Nick Burden, from the borough council has been working hard to get the Forum up and running and says everyone is hoping for a good turn out.

"This is for the people of South East Ipswich to get involved. We need to have their views to move forward. We would particularly like to hear from representatives from the elderly; the young, ethnic communities, church groups, young families and the disabled."

The partnership is already looking in to different projects like a Greenwich community centre and neighbourhood wardens for the area. Although these ideas are in their infancy they all offer the opportunity for residents to get involved.

Any one who feels they do not have a voice can come along and be heard. The important thing is there is no pressure. Those involved in the day want to make it clear this is for residents to come along and see what is going on. There is no obligation to become involved afterwards, although hopefully many will become instrumental in helping to build pride in the area.

There will also be a chance to speak and discuss issues with the different authorities and groups.

Making your voice heard and making a difference.

If you would like to come along then please phone Nick Burden on 01473 432218, or write to him at Room 701, Ipswich Borough Council, Civic Centre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2EE.

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