Power of Wellbeing; Adoption of the Power of Well Being

Statement of Intent; Ipplepen Community EngagementStatement of  Intent

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STATEMENT OF INTENT

AIMS & OBJECTIVES 
Ipplepen Parish Council will endeavour to provide the best for all without unfair disadvantage to any public, private or voluntary group or individual.

DEFINING THE COMMUNITY
Ipplepen has a diverse population spanning all age, ability and social groups.  Many of these groups are represented by targeted interest organisations whereas other organisations encompass all individuals.  The parish council will consult with parishioners, organisations and external organisations such as the emergency services and upper tiers of government to achieve the Community Strategy Plan objectives.

PROVISION OF INFORMATION TO THE COMMUNITY
The Parish Council will continue to bring to public attention issues that affect the community through consultation events, direct liaison with private and voluntary groups, through the parish newsletter, web site, notice board and parish magazine.  A summary of the minutes of Parish Council meetings are published monthly in the parish magazine.  The Parish Annual Assembly will be an opportunity to provide a review of the Parish Council's achievements and objectives.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Parishioners may express their views to the Parish Council through the Parish Council's web site www.ipplepenparishcouncil.gov.uk, by email or by post.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the Parish Council meetings, which are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in the Village Hall.  At the beginning of each meeting there is an opportunity to ask questions or express your views.  There is a further opportunity to comment on any of the proceedings should you wish to stay until the end of the meeting at about 9:00pm.

Consultation events will be held before the April Parish Annual General Meeting and the October council meeting and at other times as the need arises in relation to specific objectives.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORMAL REPRESENTATIONS TO THE COUNCIL
The Parish Council welcomes written representations at any time.  Correspondence will, if necessary, be addressed by the subsequent parish council meeting and responses will be recorded in the minutes. If further action or external consultation is necessary the item will remain on the parish council agenda under matters arising and will continue to be reported in the minutes until resolved.

The results of consultations will be summarised at a subsequent parish council meeting and the breakdown published on the Parish Council's web site and made available at the annual assembly.

INVOLVEMENT IN PARTNERSHIPS
The Parish Council will distribute parish newsletters to groups and organisations and follow up with personal representations if requested.

SPECIFIC AREAS FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
The Parish Council is currently replacing and adding additional play equipment at the playing field, is preparing the new Parish Strategy Plan and is conducting a feasibility study for the building of a community building for a lifelong learning centre, library, meeting rooms and offices.  These have each received input from the public through consultation events at IpplepenPrimary School, a questionnaire to every household and at a special parish council meeting respectively.  The public input from these consultations is available in summary from the parish clerk.