Photo of the 4 Editors of the Web Team – Paddy, Steve, Sue and Mike with Stan
ENTHUSIASTIC Bramcote residents officially launched their new website –‘Bramcote Today’ – and blog last night in front of almost 100 residents at the Bramcote Memorial Hall, Bramcote Today is for local people of all ages to enable them to become more active in their community – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Local residents, ward councillors and Broxtowe Borough Council officers were treated to a demonstration of the new website at the 40th meeting of the Bramcote Community Action Team (CAT) earlier this week.
The site offers residents a ‘one-stop shop’ for all things Bramcote and a ‘blog’ for sharing news on local events and activities, contact details for local schools and politicians, as well as spreading important community safety messages.
The website has been created by a group of keen ‘Bramcoteonians’ who have received training from ‘Talk About Local’ which is a project that gives communities a powerful online voice. Talk About Local shows people how to use simple, free powerful web platforms to help them express themselves.
The Bramcote group includes local residents Steve Austin, Mike Johnson, Paddy Riley and Sue Sambells who are all regular Bramcote CAT attendees and feel passionate about improving local community communications.
‘Bramcote Today’ co-founder, Steve Austin said: “I first got involved in the Community Action Team (CAT) when somebody broke into my garden shed a few years ago. “There appeared that there was little the police could do so I decided to go to the CAT meeting to raise the issue – it turned out there were other people who had suffered the same. The police took on board our comments, offered security advice and improved their policing of the area, so the meetings are invaluable.”
“Now the group’s decided to launch Bramcote Today as a more modern way to spread the word that community involvement really does work – it’s ‘The Big Society’ in action!”
Cllr Stan Heptinstall, ward councillor for Bramcote, said: “The Bramcote Community Action Team has enjoyed huge success in helping to improve their community and it’s fitting that the group chose their 40th meeting to launch their new website. By using new technology, I’m sure that the group’s success will continue to provide real opportunities for local people to shape the future of their neighbourhood.”
Community Action Team (CAT) meetings provide an ideal opportunity for residents to discuss local issues with ward councillors, the police, Council officers and other organisations.
For more information about Community Action Team (CAT) meetings in your area, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3395, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.broxtowepartnership.org.uk