FENLANDER: Places snapped up on March community involvement training course

FOURTEEN people have snapped up all the places on a new, free training course in March enabling them to get more involved in community activities and make a real difference to life in the town.

The first part of the six-week course, called “Making March Work for You”, took place this week, following a very successful taster session last month at which the group started to plan the course’s content.

They have chosen to focus on a variety of issues from recruiting volunteers to running special events and are keen to explore the idea of having a community website for March.

The course is being run jointly by Fenland District Council, Fenland MIND and Cambridgeshire County Council. It has been funded by the Take Part Development Fund.

A similar pilot project held recently for people in the Wisbech area was attended by eight residents. It concluded with a celebration evening at the Wisbech St Mary Community Centre when participants were presented with special certificates by Gloria Culyer, chairman of the Fenland Strategic Partnership.

The project seeks to give people the skills and confidence to play a more active role in their communities. Its key aims include enabling people to get more involved in local decision-making and increasing the level of volunteering.

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