The Mutual Gain project got off to a roaring success last week when community members came together for the first World Café event in Skegness.
Crowds of people gathered at the Tower Gardens Pavilion on the 3rd of September to talk about the issues they face in the area and how they can overcome them together.
This World Café event – which is designed to get people talking over cake and drinks - is one of four set to take place in Lincolnshire over the coming weeks.
Attendees were asked what community safety meant to them, what needs to happen to make Skegness safer and how the community can help achieve this.
A strong turnout demonstrates how much local people care about where they live.
Mark Housley, operational superintendent on East, said: “The Skegness, Jolly’s World Café Event on Friday went really well.
“With about 50 people from the local community, colleagues from Business, Town Council, Local Authority and Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust.
“We had some interesting debate and challenge. The event has highlighted local issues that local people are concerned with.
“So, what next?
“The community, supported by local partners are planning a few more events of a similar nature to reach out further, particularly to young people and those who feel a little disenfranchised.
“We will then take action, together, to tackle the issues.”
Roisin Mullee, Safer Together Coordinator, East Lindsey, said: “The Jolly World Café was a great event, with a good turnout of residents coming along to give us their views on the community and the safety of Skegness.
“The event allowed direct involvement in a positive way with many residents on leaving felt they had been listened too and their views would directly impact the work which follows.
“The planning group will now endeavour to share the findings with the community and local partners and continue to work directly with the community to make Skegness safer for all.”
The event proved a hit with people in the community too, as many gave the café format their seal of approval.
One person said they “found it interesting and informative”, while another said it “made me think about things that haven’t occurred to me before.”
Another added that it was “really interesting meeting new people and getting their thoughts and ideas.”
The next step is for the information to be collated and then shared with the wider community and partners, highlighting what the community feel are issues.
This was the first of four events to take place this month, with two set to happen this Saturday in Sleaford and Sutton Bridge.
To find out more about the Mutual Gain Project, click here.
08 Sep 21 11:48 AM