Help will soon be at hand from community development worker

CRANBROOK'S first community development worker starts her new role in the town later this month.

Corena Ward is due to take up the East Devon Volunteer Support Agency post on Monday, May 20, which will see her provide residents with day-to-day advice and support on a range of matters, such as bus routes, local services and on the progress of building works.

Corena said: "I am very excited to be working with the community of Cranbrook. As a community development worker, my role is to enable people to be active and to participate in planning and developing their community into the future..I'm really looking forward to getting started."

Minister for Cranbrook Mark Gilborson, who was on the interviewing panel, said: "I am delighted at Corena's appointment – it really is a sign of putting people first at Cranbrook. I am sure that her tremendous energy and positive outlook will be a huge asset and I am greatly looking forward to working with her and the people ofCranbrookas we support the emerging community."

Corena's role could also see her helping the community do things such as helping residents form a community group that can apply for funding to set up services such as a new youth club, crèche or adult-learning courses.

They will also be working with local people to support development of a new town or parish council.

Corena comes to Cranbrook with a solid track record in community development work with communities in Ireland, Exeter and Ilfracombe.

The East Devon Volunteer Support Agency – the Council for Voluntary Services for East Devon supports community groups and charities across the district and runs a range of projects to support local communities, including carers support, a homework club and a visiting scheme for older and isolated people.

There will soon be an office for Corena in the new Younghayes Centre inCranbrook.

In the meantime, if you want to discuss community development at Cranbrook, contact Julia Darby at EDVSA on 01404 549045.

Article coutesy of the Express and Echo


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