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Do you live in West Dunbartonshire and want to get more involved in your local community but not sure where to start?

Or does your community organisation need more volunteers or members?

If so why not attend a series of events organised by West Dunbartonshire Council to encourage people to get involved in improving their community.

Starting on Monday 28 January in Alexandria C.E the workshops are an opportunity for people to share their experiences of community involvement and ideas on how to make it easier to play an active role in their community.

On Thursday January 31 the community workshops move to Dumbarton C.E Centre and the final event is on Wednesday February 6 in Clydebank Town Hall.

These conversations will help inform and improve the processes so more people choose to get involved and the information gathered will shape the Council’s emerging Community Empowerment Strategy and Action Plan.

Residents will also be provided with information on how they can use the Community Empowerment Act to make positive changes in their community.

The workshops, run by Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) on behalf of West Dunbartonshire Council, follow a series of similar events held in December.

Councillor Caroline McAllister, spokesperson for Community Empowerment, said: “Our residents are at the heart of what we do at West Dunbartonshire Council and we want to stress to them that opportunities to get involved in their community do exist. Who better to know what each individual community needs than the people who live there.

“I’d encourage everyone to make a point of getting along to one of these events and have your say or get support to be involved.

“We’ve already hosted a number of events in December, but we want more voices to add to the discussion.”

Councillor Diane Docherty, Convener of Housing and Communities, added: “These workshops are a great way to start a conversation about how we can empower our residents and make it easy for them to get involved with making improvements to their community.

“We welcome any member of the community who feels they have opinions on how to improve public services, or ideas for a local disused building, or even people who have struggled to know how to get involved in the past.”

West Dunbartonshire Council’s Community Empowerment Strategy and Action Plan will set out the key things that need to be done to empower communities and to ensure that the Community Empowerment Act (2015) can be used to make things better for communities.

Hot food and a chance to talk informally to other local people will start at 5.15pm with the main discussion between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.

To encourage more people to take part, additional support including a crèche, transport and interpreting services will be provided.

If you would like more information about the events, or need to book childcare, transport or require other support please contact:

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