Connected Communities strategy: Have your say
Bexley's draft Connected Communities strategy has been developed over the past year, in close conversation with Bexley’s residents, local volunteers, local businesses, faith groups, community groups and charities.
The strategy sets out how the Council intends to involve local people, community groups and businesses more in shaping communities and solutions to local challenges and outlines how over the next four years we want to:
- Encourage and equip local people to take part in civic life, to influence decisions and local priorities and shape the place where they live
- Cut red tape for residents who want to get on and be active in their community
- Build positive relationships across the public, private and voluntary community sector enabling grassroots citizen networks to identify shared goals and unlock untapped resource
- Develop people’s skills, knowledge and confidence in responding to local issues and engaging with public sector bodies – and instil the knowledge that they can make a difference.
We believe that by doing this, we can build stronger and more supportive, cohesive, healthy and successful communities in Bexley, together.
We would like to test our vision and approach with local people, community groups and businesses and hear your ideas on how we can work more closely together to deal with the challenges we all face.
You can shape this work in four ways:
- Read the draft Connected Communities strategy 2019/23 (PDF, 6.8MB) or draft Connected Communities strategy 2019/23 easy read version (PDF, 530KB) and complete our online survey or pick it up from your local library
- Bring together your family and friends, neighbours, sports teams and community groups and conduct a discussion group at your own convenience by downloading the Consultation toolkit guidance and feedback form and the Consultation toolkit worksheets
- Come along to one of our informal pop-up events for a chat about the strategy and what it means to you
- If you are part of a community group we will be running workshops across the borough so please get in touch with email@example.com if you would like to come along.
Upcoming pop-up events
Drop in and see us!
- Bexleyheath Central Library, Tuesday 29 January, 12 noon to 2pm
- Crook Log Leisure Centre, Tuesday 29 January, 5pm to 7pm
- Sidcup Library, Monday 4 February, 12 noon to 2pm
- Sidcup Leisure Centre, Monday 4 February, 5pm to 7pm
- Blackfen Community Library, Wednesday 6 February, 12 noon to 2pm
- Hall Place, Saturday 9 February, 12 noon to 2pm
- Erith Leisure Centre, Monday 11 February, 5pm to 7pm