Connected Community - Work Placement Project

As part of our ongoing commitment to working with the community, in 2017-18 we provided a six month work placement for a local high school student.  During this time, we helped her to explore some ideas for upgrading a nearby community facility.  The project involved speaking to existing user groups, Councillors and Council officers to discuss how the building is currently used, what the issues with it are, and how it could be improved.  In addition to the challenge of balancing multiple sets of priorities, we were also mindful of the need to balance the need for income to cover costs with the social aspirations for increased community use.  The proposals were well received by those involved and have formed part of an ongoing discussion over the future of the building.