What was Rotherfield at Heart all about?
The project consisted of a programme of activities and events and a community survey between July and September 2018, which involved residents in driving positive change in the community, turning their ideas in-to action.
The Public Health Wellbeing & Resilience in East Sussex annual report 16/17, stated that Rotherfield is asset rich but has a lower mental wellbeing resilience. It also states, “More detailed work is necessary to try to understand why these wards are exceptions and what can be learnt and applied elsewhere”.
The pilot identified the strengths and weaknesses of the community and local people’s wants and needs over a period of 6 months, as well as identify the skills and knowledge within the community and supported local people to share their skills and knowledge through volunteering.
John Routledge, Director of East Sussex Community Voice said: “This exciting partnership between ESCV and Rotherfield St Martin aims to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Rotherfield residents. Through this project, we believe that local communities across Sussex will also gain valuable insights into how to build community resilience in their own areas.”
Rotherfield at Heart aimed to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Rotherfield residents.
How will we be engaging with local people?
We are currently planning our programme of activities and would like to work with as many residents, businesses and voluntary organisations as possible.
We will be delivering a programme of engagement that includes:
- A survey – what matters to you personally and as part of your community? We will be asking local people to answer some questions to help us turn your ideas into actions
- Events and activities – fun activities, open to all. A great way to get residents together and start a conversation about community action and change
- Focus groups – we want to talk to: older residents and their carers who are experiencing isolation, young people (13 – 18) young adults (18 -25) and LGBT residents.
- Social Media – we will be engaging with the online community via Facebook, Twitter and our website.