Council lends support to pride in community

A NEW initiative to celebrate and boost community pride has been launched by West Lindsey District Council.

As part of the Supporting Community Action campaign, the council is providing funds and encouraging staff to volunteer alongside residents to support community activity.

Leader of the council and Market Rasen councillor Burt Keimach said: “We want to celebrate and build on the fantastic achievements already taking place in our communities.

“What better way to build on this by asking residents to think about what else they can do in their communities to help themselves.”

To support the campaign, the council launched a £250,000 Community Action and Volunteering Fund (CAV Fund) and £50,000 Olympic and Diamond Jubilee Fund.

This is in addition to the £2,000 Councillor Initiative Fund, which all 37 district councillors have available to them to support community groups.

More funds will be announced later in the year.

District-wide community plans are no longer suitable because what is right for one town or parish is not necessarily right for another. The council is focusing its attention on the place rather than service.

The council has divided the district into six areas to create clusters of towns and parishes to work with.

Councillors are in the process of holding Area Summits within towns and parishes located in these areas, to raise awareness of the campaign. They are supported by a senior manager within the council, who is taking on a dual role as an ‘area manager’.

Coun Keimach said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the council to embrace new ways of working.

“We want to help give power back to the community, so they can decide what they want for their area and these area summits are a starting point.

“The area managers are here to support the councillors with expert advice and guidance.

“These are not new jobs but thanks to a service redesign, service managers have identified capacity to be able to deliver this dual function.

“I am very impressed with how dedicated they all are to their area.”

The areas and area managers are: Caistor area is Joanna Riddell, Market Rasen area is Grant Lockett

Market Rasen’s area manager, Grant Lockett, said: “I am thoroughly enjoying the area manager role in Market Rasen and supporting councillors with the advice they need to help local people help themselves.

“Being able to support people to make a positive difference in their local area and an area I feel passionately about is very satisfying.

“The district councillors provide a vital link between the local authority and the communities which we serve and they are really committed to this campaign.”

You can follow Caistor on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caistorarearesidents .

You can follow Market Rasen at www.facebook.com/MarketRasenArea .

To apply for the CAV Fund contact Jenny Stone on (01529) 301951/ (01529) 302466 or email her at: cav.fund@communitylincs.com

To apply for the Olympics or Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund download an application at www.lincolnshiresports.com or call 01522 585 580 for further details.