Skelmersdale residents are invited to meet West Lancashire Council, police and fire service officers and a host of other representatives from local agencies at a special event on Monday 11 August.
West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership has organised a Community Action and Information Event at the building formerly known as Digmoor Community Centre, now known as Evermoor Enterprises.
The event’s aims include reducing crime and the fear of crime, removing rubbish that could be used for criminal damage or to start fires, and providing advice and support on a range of community safety-related issues and services.
Staff and volunteers from many organisations will be at the centre from 10am to meet with residents and hear their views on issues. These include crime, misuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances, domestic abuse and tenancy issues. Local borough councillors will also be supporting the event and are keen to meet local residents to discuss important local issues.
Dave Tilleray, chairman of the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership, said: “We want to improve the lives of local people by bringing services to them to find out more about the needs of the community. I am pleased that the Community Safety Partnership has secured funding to deliver this event to the community and for the support provided by partnership agencies and the voluntary sector community.”
Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Community Safety, said: “This is a very important event to help people in Skelmersdale and Digmoor and they will reap the benefits if they come along. They can also tell local agencies and councillors what they think of services in the borough and highlight any community concerns to the police.”
West Lancashire geographic police inspector Christina Shorrock said: “This is an excellent community engagement opportunity, where members of the public can meet with Police and partners to discuss their concerns. So please come along and tell us about issues that are affecting your local community, and any positive local initiatives you would like us to become involved in.”
West Lancashire Borough Council officers attending will include the environmental enforcement team and the estate management and tenant involvement teams. Representatives from Lancashire County Council’s Environment and Community Projects Team and the West Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau will also be in attendance to listen to local concerns and provide advice and support.
Other organisations attending include the Community Payback Team, Discover Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services, Young Addaction and the West Lancashire Liberty Centre. The West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Services are also supporting the event together with the Connect4Life project and number of other community based voluntary sector agencies including Skelmersdale Action for Youth.
The management team at Evermoor Enterprises is also aiming to put on activities for young people on the Monday to encourage young people to get involved. Activities to get involved in and enjoy include a bouncy castle and arts and crafts. Further details will be available at the community centre.
The event will be supported by a community clean-up, funded by the Community Safety Partnership, and skips will be available at the following locations from 9am until they are full:
The skips are usually full by 2.30pm and are staffed at all times.