> Digital Democracy can be a great way of ensuring the voices of all children and young people in a school are heard. Sue Lyle and Peter Anderson report on how the digital platform, VocalEyes can be used to support Pupil Voice and lead to serious action for change in schools and community.
This is such a positive project with loads of ideas such as no-dig food growing and involving communities from Swansea.
They have plans to create 7 areas of hazel coppice over the next 7 years. Coppiced wood is invaluable for building materials and for converting into bio-char to add to the soil. (The project is inspired by Ed Revill's growing project on South Gower and his biochar pioneering work).
Tuesdays have now been set as a weekly workday. It would be great to have a large group of people working together and sharing food and conversation too. Car parking available across the road at Bishopston Community Centre or the number 14 bus from Swansea bus station takes you right there.
If you want to get involved please contact Bob and Jules on 07964 530436 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Val on 07533 711 506. Also if you know of any community groups that may be interested in participating, contact Jules and Bob. Volunteer expenses are provided plus unlimited cups of tea and coffee with biscuits!
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This project received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government and supported by Swansea Rural Development Partnership at Swansea Council.!(https://vocaleyes.org/vocaleyes/news/update/id/593#prettyPhoto/0/)
This will be a lively workshop for residents who want to have a direct input into making decisions in the community, about the community. We will show you how to use our new Vocaleyes system to enable you to respond directly to questions put by Rhossili Community Council and Rhossili Village Hall. Share your ideas, tap into your creative side and have your say!
Please bring a charged smartphone, tablet or laptop. It would be really helpful if you could register with the Vocaleyes site above, ahead of the session.
**Free refreshments (not just biscuits this time!) from 6.45pm for 7pm start.**
A Teams meeting between Haigh Parish Council and Wigan Council Officers took place virtually on 13th December, when the Bridleway For Haigh project was raised and well received.
A detailed report for consideration by the officers was submitted to Wigan Council after the meeting, and then distributed by the Director to the team currently responsible for the management of Haigh Country Park.
Unfortunately, the wheels of progress seem to turn very slowly in local government and we still await to hear the outcome of the meeting.
Haigh Parish Council will continue to keep the Haigh communities informed and as soon as a response is received we can move the project forward.
The public reaction to this idea has been wonderful to see, and the passion and commitment shines through in all the horse riders' comments.
These will be very useful in gathering evidence to show to Wigan Council that there is an urgent need to address the issues sooner rather than later.
An email has been sent out to everyone who expressed an interest in getting involved, inviting them along to a Zoom meeting on Tuesday 29th November at 7pm.
The agenda is as follows:
To establish the aims of the working group by gathering evidence from horse riders to show if there is an urgent need for a joined up bridleway in Haigh.
Use an OS Map of the area on a shared screen to discuss the following questions: (The bridleways are the large green dashed lines, small ones are footpaths)
What is the current situation?
Has it changed from the past situation? If so, how has it changed?
Do you feel safe riding in Haigh? Are there any dangers? If so, how can these be addressed?
What would you like to see change, and where?
Can you identify a potential route for a joined up bridleway?
To take the findings of this meeting to Wigan Council with a view to setting up a joint working group with a balance of members.
If you would like to get involved, its not too late, just click you'd like to get involved and I will get back to you with details.
Lots of horse riders have put forward some very good suggestions, ideas, and reasons why there is an urgent need for this to be addressed.
Emails will be sent out shortly to all those who have volunteered to be part of a working group, with an invitation to take part in a virtual meeting via Zoom.