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Don’t forget about the Arden Community Forum, tonight from 6:30pm at Henley Community Library, for your chance to discuss what’s important to you in your community with local councillors, police, and organisations that provide public services.
Forum presentations will be in the chapel of the Henley Methodist Church while meet-the-people sessions with refreshments and community information displays will be in Henley Community Library.
See https://henleycommunitylibrary.org/2013/09/08/arden-community-forum/ for further details. We look forward to welcoming you later. Did we mention there are refreshments?
Community forums are open public meetings, held four times per year at various locations within your local area on week day evenings. At the meetings you have the chance to discuss what’s important to you in your community with local councillors, police, and organisations that provide public services.
Examples of matters that are raised include: anti-social behaviour; roads/highways; speeding; parking; street lighting; housing; schools; youth provision; waste/recycling, and; environmental health.
The Arden Community Forum (formerly known as the Henley and Studley Community Forum) has chosen Henley Community Library as the venue for its next open public meeting, which will be held from 6:30pm on 12 September. Dave Nash of Stratford District Council to outline the next steps in the draft Core Strategy for Development. Forum presentations will be in the chapel of the Henley Methodist Church while meet-the-people sessions with refreshments and community information displays will be in the Library.
The forum includes an informal drop-in surgery where you can speak to officers from your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, Councillors and Officers from Warwickshire County and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils to raise specific concerns or problems. Additionally, representatives from NHS Warwickshire and VASA (Voluntary Stratford-on-Avon) regularly attend forums, keeping it updated with all current developments. Everyone is welcome to come along and it is your chance to find out what is really going on in your community.
The Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme has begun its operation in Warwickshire. The county council’s program supports vulnerable people at times of great crisis by providing food, or vouchers, and helping with heating—all through a telephone call to its hotline. For those who have no telephone, Henley Community Library’s phone is free for them to contact the scheme.
Henley Community Library also supports the new, community-initiated Food Bank in the St. Nicholas Church hall in Henley in Arden. It gives food to the most vulnerable people in the area. The Library helps by posting its notices, collecting cash donations, and handing out shopping lists of needed items to potential donors. The Food Bank’s Director has now joined the Community Library’s Board, ensuring that close liaison continues.
Henley Community Library has also taken a more direct initiative to help the vulnerable. At an Arden Community Forum meeting in December, a Citizens Advice Bureau worker talked about the increasing need for the agency’s services and the need for more outreach clinics.
Henley Community Library promptly offered its space and volunteer support to assist a CAB outreach worker for such a clinic outside of library hours. The Library has received provisional funding approval from Orbit Heart of England Housing Association to pay for the outreach worker and is refining safeguarding arrangements to meet CAB and Orbit expectations. CAB representatives have visited the library to assess its suitability and discuss logistics and costs. The clinic is planned to open twice a month.