Women Speak Out on Community Planning Report Launch03//05/2016On Wednesday 27th of April, we launched our Women Speak Out on Community Planning report. The event was held at Belfast City Hall and sponsored by Belfast's Lord Mayer, Councillor Arder Carson.
With the re-structuring of local government, councils now have the new statutory duty of community planning. Community Planning aims to improve the effectiveness of public services in meeting people's needs, to support the development of local communities and to improve the quality of life for all. Therefore, it was important to us that women are not only aware of this new duty but that they are fully involved.
WRDA Women's Sector Lobbyist held a number of workshops across Northern Ireland to engage with local women and listen to their main concerns.
The research was then collated into a report highlighting the three key themes that emerged from the findings. The full report is available here.
The launch was a great success with a great turnout from local community groups, organisations and individual women and men interested in the process of Community Planning.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Arder Carson, encouraged us all to stay engaged and be involved in our community. We also heard from WRDA Director Anne McVicker, Glenda Davies who took part in the workshops and lastly Belfast City Council Community Planner, Kim Walsh.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this piece of work and contributed to the final report.